Heading into the final week of the regular season, Wittenberg (9-1, 17-15) holds a one game lead over DePauw (10-2, 16-17) and Denison (10-2, 19-7) for the top spot in league standings. With all four tournament spots still up in the air, North Coast action continues this week with three doubleheaders scheduled for Tuesday and the league schedule concluding on Saturday with four final doubleheaders.
ALLEGHENY went 6-0 on the week, with a pair of conference sweeps. On Wednesday, the Gators defeated Wooster 2-1 and 5-3. On Saturday, they took a break from conference play and defeated Alfred State 17-3 and 2-0. They concluded the week with an 8-7, 7-6 sweep of OWU. Jessica Zavolta (Level Green, PA/Penn-Trafford) hit .529 on the week with nine hits, a HR and nine RBI. Freshman Victoria Vradenburg (Pasadena, CA/San Marino) went 3-0 on the week with a 2.74 ERA in the circle for the Gators.
DENISON went 4-0 on the weekend, defeating Hiram on Saturday, 13-3 and 22-1, and then taking care of Capital on Sunday, 10-1 and 8-3. In the doubleheader against Hiram, senior Lauren Secaras (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) became the program’s all-time leader in RBI, passing Erica Evans (2008-2011) and currently holding the record at 131. She also moved into second place in career hits (192) as she is only 11 hits away from tying Julie Rooney’s career-record of 203. Denison’s 22 runs and 20 RBI in game two against Hiram broke their previous single-game record of 19 RBI and runs scored set on April 7, 2010, in a 19-4 win at Kenyon. Also coming in the game two win against Hiram was Colleen Hoffman’s (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius College Prep) first career no-hitter as she allowed one run in five innings of work and recorded six strikeouts. It marked the first no-hitter by a Denison pitcher since Sarah Herold (Orland Park, IL/Carl Sandburg) on April 8, 2017, in an 8-0 win against Oberlin. It was the 11th no-hitter in program history.
DEPAUW split its four games last week. Alyssa Nowak (Bartlett, IL/Bartlett) batted .571 (4-7) and slugged .714, while Becca St. Germain (Plainfield, IL/Plainfield South) and Sidney Holler (Overland Park, KS/Shawnee Mission South) each batted .500 (6-12). Brooke Bandy (Elmhurst, IL/York) posted a 0.00 ERA in eight innings with a 1-0 record in two starts, including a two-hit shutout at Oberlin.
HIRAM suffered a pair of losses in the doubleheader matchup with Denison, Saturday afternoon. Hiram fell 13-3 in game one, before dropping game two 22-1, in five innings. The Terrier arms produced two complete-game performances as Hiram played to a split with Kenyon on Sunday afternoon. The freshman pitching duo of Kaitlyn Hager (Rohnert Park, CA/Rancho Cotate High School) and Bailey Scheck (Wellington, OH/Black River High School) combined to allow just one earned run through 14 innings as Hiram dropped game one, 2-0, before capturing game two, 4-3.
KENYON dipped to 19-17 and 3-9 in NCAC play after losing twice to Ohio Wesleyan and splitting at Hiram last week. The Ladies will close their home portion of their schedule against Allegheny on April 24.
OBERLIN went 0-6 last week in its three NCAC doubleheaders. First-year slap-hitter Gianna Volonte (Corona, CA/Santiago) highlighted the week as she batted .300.
OHIO WESLEYAN was busy last week, playing three conference doubleheaders and earning sweeps against Oberlin and Kenyon. Freshman Madi Drabick (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon) led the way for the Bishops with a .500 average at the plate with 11 hits and 12 RBI. Drabick also posted a 3-1 record in the circle with a 3.30 ERA.
WITTENBERG improved to 9-1 in NCAC play last week, following series sweeps of DePauw and Oberlin. Elise Freeland (Marysville, OH/Marysville) led the Tigers at the plate with six hits, two runs scored and six RBI. Chelsea Zang (Cincinnati, OH/Seton) went 2-0 in the circle with a 1.29 ERA.
WOOSTER went 1-3 last week, falling twice to Allegheny on Wednesday and splitting with Heidelberg on Sunday. Emmalee Cooke (Wakeman, OH/Western Reserve) was outstanding at the plate during the four games, batting .583 with five runs scored and three RBI.