NCAC Weekly Release (4-10-17) - Softball

Hiram Sophomore Makenzie Dombrowski
Hiram Sophomore Makenzie Dombrowski

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Denison (5-1, 19-7) collected four conference wins last week, sweeping both Kenyon (3-3, 11-19) and Oberlin (1-5, 9-17) to improve to 5-1 in NCAC play. Wittenberg (4-0, 16-4) and DePauw (2-0, 8-14) are the two lone unbeaten teams in league play and highlight a full week of NCAC action with the Indiana Tigers traveling to Ohio Wesleyan (3-3, 8-14) on Tuesday and hosting Oberlin on Saturday, while the Ohio Tigers will host Denison on Tuesday and travel to Kenyon on Saturday.

ALLEGHENY went 1-3 last week. In their twinbill split at home against Oberlin, the Gators earned their first NCAC win of the season. Taylor Massart (Sarver, PA/Freeport) went 3-4 from the plate in their 8-2 win with four RBI. Jessica Valerino (Liverpool, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) went a perfect 4-4 with three runs. The Gators continue NCAC play at home against Hiram this Thursday.

DENISON took care of business last week with four league wins. The Big Red swept Oberlin and Kenyon to improve to 5-1 in conference play. Sarah Herold (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) threw Denison’s 10th no-hitter in program history in the Big Reds 8-0 victory. Denison followed up their league sweep with a sweep of Marietta. Offensively, Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) hit a team high .615 with eight hits, two home runs and 10 RBI

DEPAUW posted a 3-1 record at the Illinois Wesleyan Tournament, including one win over No. 23 Illinois Wesleyan. DePauw hit .327 for the week with a .467 slugging percentage and posted a 1.56 ERA.

HIRAM posted a 1-3 mark last week, which included a 10-9 extra-inning victory over Mount Union on Sunday. In the win, senior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, PA/New Castle) tallied the walk-off magic, plating Nikki Budner (Massillon, OH/Washington) with a suicide squeeze as part of a two-run ninth. Brittany Zajac  (Corry, PA/Corry) earned the win for the Terriers, pitching 2.2 innings of relief without allowing an earned run.

KENYON lost three of four last week. The Ladies got swept by Denison at home and split on the road at Wooster. Those outcomes moved Kenyon’s record to 11-19 and 3-3 in conference play.

OBERLIN went 1-3 last week, splitting with the Allegheny Gators on Wednesday, before getting swept at Denison. In the win on Wednesday, junior Sandra Kibble (Portola, CA/Portola) threw a complete game, her fourth of the year. She surrendered just one earned run on seven hits, striking out two. At the plate, the Yeowomen were led by Dana Rae Goldstein (Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale), Lexi Mitchell (Fort Mill, SC/Providence Day) and Sami Mericle (San Rafael, CA/San Rafael), all tallying two hits in the week’s only victory.

OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 2-2 record last week, sweeping Allegheny on Saturday, before falling to Wittenberg on Sunday twice in a pair of one run losses. Junior catcher Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) posted a .636 average at the plate with seven hits, three RBI and one run scored on the week to lead the Bishops.

WITTENBERG improved to 4-0 in NCAC play after earing a pair of one-run victories against Ohio Wesleyan. Sophomore Abby Curnutte (Urbana, OH/Urbana) hit .555 at the plate with five hits and one RBI. Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) went 2-0 in the circle.

WOOSTER posted a 4-2 record last week, including a 3-1 mark in NCAC games, sweeping Hiram and splitting with Kenyon. Senior Jenna Kendall (Marshallville, OH/Smithville) led the way offensively for the Scots with nine RBI on the week, including going 5-for-11 with two runs and two HR in NCAC contests. In the circle Maddy Chase (Pleasant Praire, WI/St. Joseph’s) posted a 3-1 record with a 1.46 ERA. Chase moved into top-five all-time in program history in wins (24) and shutouts (7).