DETROIT, Mich. – The bats came alive for Ohio Dominican's softball team in Sunday's closing game at Wayne State (Mich.) and the Panthers held on late for the 14-13 victory to secure the afternoon conference split. The Warriors took the opener and third straight game in the four-game weekend series by the final of 9-3.
ODU recorded runs in each inning and cranked out season highs of 16 hits and 14 runs in the win as seven Panthers tallied a multi-hit or multi-RBI effort. Junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) matched her collegiate best and tied the ODU single-game record with four hits, all singles, going 4-of-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshmen Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) and Kendall Lust (Marion, OH) each notched three base knocks with Cribari scoring a game and season-high four times and Lust driving in a pair.
Despite just one hit, freshman Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH) drove in a season-best four runs and scored twice, while seniors Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) and Caitlin Chaney (Newark, OH) each posted three-RBI efforts, going a combined 3-of-5 in the game.
Following a Wayne State solo homerun in the top of the first, the Panthers sent one run across in the first and four more in the second for a 5-1 advantage. McCartney plated the first run with a sacrifice bunt and followed that with a run-scoring single in the second. Seeds added a two-RBI single to left center and Chaney plated sophomore Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH) with a second sacrifice bunt to the pitcher.
The Warriors pulled within one with a three-run third, yet ODU pushed the lead to 10-3 with five runs in the bottom of the frame as Seeds plated sophomore Danyelle Delligatta (Sidney, OH) despite reaching due to an error, McCartney and Crislip both sent RBI singles to the outfield and Chaney scored two with a two-bagger to left center.
Again, Wayne State cut into the deficit with two runs in the fourth, but the Panthers responded once more with one run in the next two innings as Lust singled down the left field line to score Cribari and Crislip belted her team-leading seventh homerun to center in the fifth.
The offenses continued to roll into the sixth and after the Warriors hung a three spot on the board to close within 12-9, ODU scored two to go back up five thanks to a successful sacrifice bunt from Seeds and RBI base hit to left by Lust.
The Panthers appeared as sure bet to pick up the win with a 14-9 lead headed into the seventh, but Wayne State made things a little unnerving as the first three Warriors reached base, the last coming on a run scoring single through the left side. Following a foul out, a double to left center scored two more and a throwing error on the play plated another, yet ODU was able to escape with the 14-13 triumph and improved its record to 13-17 and 7-3 in the GLIAC.
In game two, the Panthers found themselves in a hole early and never catch back up as the Warriors cruised to the their sixth straight win over ODU. After WSU plated a run in the first inning and four additional runs in the second, the Panthers finally got on the board in the fourth as Delligatta doubled home senior Erin Sutter (Mansfield, OH) with a drive down the left field chalk.
After Wayne State extended the margin to 7-1 with a pair of scores in their half of the fourth, ODU rallied with two in the fifth thanks to sophomore Caitlin Jividen's (Wheeling, WV) two-run homerun to left center, her second round tripper this season. However, the rally would fall short as the Warriors countered with two more insurance runs in their at-bat to seal the victory.
From her designated player position, Delligatta led the Panthers' offense in the opener with three of the team's eight hits, going a career-best 3-of-3 with the one RBI.
ODU continues South Division play this week, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 as reigning GLIAC champion Tiffin visits Panther Field for the conference twinbill.
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