Wittenberg (2-0, 14-4), Kenyon (2-0, 10-16) and DePauw (2-0, 5-13) all picked up sweeps against Allegheny (0-2, 5-13), Oberlin (0-2, 8-14) and Wooster (0-2, 8-14), respectively, on the opening weekend of NCAC play. Conference play continues this week with four NCAC doubleheaders scheduled for Wednesday and three more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY went 1-4 last week. In their win over Geneva, eight different Gators recorded at least one hit in the win, as Allegheny owned an 11-9 advantage in the hit column. Jessica Valerino (Liverpool, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) went .357 on the week with five hits. Paige Blinkiewicz (Kalamazoo, MI/Loy Norrix) had six hits and six runs, batting .316 in the five games.
DENISON went 2-2 last week and split its conference series opener with Ohio Wesleyan. The Big Red made history during the week as they hit two grand slams in the same inning in their 9-0 win over Otterbein. Offensively, Ryan Lee (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) was the catalyst for the Big Red. The senior hit a team-high .643 with nine hits, four doubles, and three RBI. Sarah Herold (Oak Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) was untouchable on the mound as the junior hurled two complete-game shutouts.
DEPAUW posted a 3-5 record last week with a win over top-ranked Berry and victories in the first two conference games of the season. Abey Bass (Shelbyville, IN/Shelbyville) led DePauw with a .368 batting average for the week, while Lauren Godden (Carmel, IN/Carmel) drove in a team-high six runs, including five in the final two innings (7th and 8th) of the win over top-ranked Berry in which the Tigers overcame a three-run deficit in the seventh.
HIRAM dropped both games of its lone doubleheader against John Carroll last week. Hiram fell 7-0 in game one, before dropping game two, 5-0. In the 7-0 loss, the Terriers fell Prey to the Blue Streak’s pitcher Jessica Cook, who finished with a perfect game. Alexus Acton (West Manchester, OH/National Trail) finished game two with a pair of hits.
KENYON got off on the right foot in conference play by winning a doubleheader at Oberlin. But they couldn’t keep it going against Capital as they lost both games in Columbus. Those defeats moved Kenyon’s record to 10-16. Britny Patterson (Corona, CA/Centennial) continued her solid play getting at least one hit in three of four games last week. She added to her conference-leading home run total (5) as well by smacking a homer in Kenyon’s game one victory at Oberlin.
OBERLIN finished last week with a 2-4 record. The Yeowomen split doubleheaders with Wilmington and Defiance and were swept in their conference opening series against Kenyon.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 2-2 record last week, including splitting its conference opening series with Denison. Junior catcher Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) posted a .308 average at the plate with four hits, four RBI and one run scored on the week to lead the Bishops, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to help OWU collect a 3-2 win against Muskingum. Senior pitcher Bianca Siblilly (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands/Sts. Peter & Paul) posted a 3.77 ERA and a 2-1 record in the circle.
WITTENBERG opened up NCAC play with an impressive sweep of Allegheny. The Tigers scored 25 runs in the two games combined. Senior Casey Hobbs (Fairborn, OH/Carroll) went 5-for-8 at the plate with four runs scored and six RBI in the two wins. Junior Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) threw a complete-game shutout in the circle for the Tigers, striking out five in five innings of work.
WOOSTER dropped all four games last week, including its opening NCAC series against DePauw. Sophomore Bridget Serrurier (Morton, IL/Morton) hit .364 with four hits, two runs scored and three RBI.