DePauw (4-0, 8-14) and Wittenberg (2-0, 9-11) sit atop the conference standings following the opening weekend of NCAC play. The Indiana Tigers picked up sweeps against Wooster (0-2, 7-13) and Hiram (0-2, 7-11), while the Springfield Tigers collected a pair of wins over Allegheny (0-2, 6-9). Conference play continues this week with four NCAC doubleheaders scheduled for Wednesday and three more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY fell in both ends of its lone doubleheader last week at Wittenberg. Kelly Lafferty (Suffolk, VA/Nanesmond River) had a pair of hits, including a double while Jessica Valerino (Liverpool, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) had a pair of RBI.
DENISON went 3-3 last week, splitting all three doubleheaders against Muskingum, Otterbein and Ohio Wesleyan. Laura Bagan (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) hit .389 with a home run and four RBI in six starts.
DEPAUW opened NCAC play with four straight wins as they outscored Wooster and Hiram by a combined 41-2 and outhit them .382-.157. DePauw’s pitchers posted a 0.54 ERA and allowed just 14 hits in 26 innings. Sophomore Devin Pieper (Lansing, IL/Thornton Fractional South) tossed a three-hit shutout in the second game against Hiram with 12 strikeouts. The Tigers’ other four games were against No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan and No. 7 Christopher Newport. Two of those ended in one-run losses.
HIRAM split doubleheaders last week, sweeping Grove City, before falling to DePauw to open up NCAC action. Against GC, junior Makenzie Dombrowski (Streetsboro, OH/Streetsboro) collected a career-best pitching performance, allowing just two hits in seven innings while striking out 13 batters. In the game two win, Hiram was led by freshman Giselle Bahena (West Covina, CA/Bishop Amat Memorial), who went a career-best 4-for-4 with three RBI.
KENYON split its NCAC opener against Oberlin last week. The Ladies won 6-1, before falling 14-12 in the second contest. Nicole Horita (San Mateo, CA/Aragon) batted a team-high .571 last week and also had eight putouts and four assists from her catching position.
OBERLIN opened the conference slate with a split at Kenyon, dropping game one 6-1, before rallying for a 14-12 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap. The Yeowomen trailed 12-5 after two innings, but first-year pitcher Emily Tucci (Bloomingdale, IL/Lake Park) would blank them the rest of the way to set the stage for the comeback. It was fellow rookie Dani Pechthalt (Los Angeles, CA/Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies) who put Oberlin in front for good with her first-career home run in the top of the seventh to extend her hitting streak to 10 games.
OHIO WESLEYAN split with Denison to open up NCAC action last week, taking game one, 9-1, before falling in the second contest, 13-10. Erin Ferguson (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich) hit .500 at the plate with four hits, five RBI, two runs scored and a home run. Madi Drabick (Mount Vernon/Mount Vernon) picked up the win in the circle for the Bishops, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of game one.
WITTENBERG opened up NCAC play with a sweep of Allegheny last Saturday. Sophomore Victoria Toetz (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) led the Tigers at the plate with five hits, six RBI and two runs scored, including a pair of home runs in game two.
WOOSTER dropped a pair of doubleheaders last week, first falling to Ohio Northern and then opening NCAC action by falling to DePauw. The Scots were only able to scratch across one run in the four contests.