COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's softball team will look to add four wins to the ledger this weekend, when they play a pair of doubleheaders on the road. ODU will travel to Ashland on Friday and visit Malone on Saturday.
The team had a disappointing weekend, losing all four games and ending their five game winning streak. First ODU welcomed Ferris State to town on Saturday. In the first game, Ohio Dominican held a lead until the fifth inning. In the second half of the doubleheader, a pair of hits by junior shortstop Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W. Va.) was not enough to give the Panthers the victory.
In the second twin bill of the weekend, the Panthers took on No. 9 Grand Valley State. In the first match up, both teams were scoreless through five. The Lakers got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Sophomore third baseman Taylor Thomas (Bellville, Ohio) hit a homerun in the bottom of the seventh, giving her six on the season, but it wasn't enough. Game two, much like game one, featured excellent pitching by Grand Valley.
After the weekend, the Panthers have a few players who rank among the best in the latest GLIAC statistics Jividen ranks first in the conference in assists with 107, and is sixth in stolen bases with eight and fifth in hits with 46. Sophomore pitcher Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) is now first in the GLIAC in innings pitched with 169.0, 14th in ERA with 2.82, and sixth in wins with 12. Overall, the Ohio Dominican pitching staff has thrown 204 strikeouts, placing them atop the conference in the category.
When Ashland comes to town for two games on Friday, the Panthers will look to shut down junior outfielder Carly West, their best offensive threat. West is batting .392 on the season to lead her team, as well as a slugging percentage of .423, an on base percentage of .438, and 38 total hits on the year. In addition to West, the Eagles have three other players who are batting over .300, and two players with 40 or more hits.
On the mound, Ashland is led by sophomore pitcher Sarah Alley. Out of the 16 games Alley has started, she has pitched every inning 12 times and has managed to notch 10 wins. She has an ERA of 2.33, partly due to her 93 strikeouts, which puts her at fifth in the GLIAC. Ashland has dropped their last two, but before their recent skid had won six in a row, and will be looking to get back on the winning track Tuesday when they play Saginaw Valley before coming to Columbus at the end of the week.
To round out the end of the regular season, Ohio Dominican will face off in a doubleheader against foe Malone on Saturday. Malone is led by freshman middle infielder Alexa Holztrager, who leads the team in batting average (.357), as well as in runs (19), doubles (7), RBI (17), slugging percentage (.686), stolen bases (9), and is second on the team in hits (25). Freshman pitcher Amy Donze leads the Pioneer pitching staff with 77 strikeouts, as well as 11 complete games in 15 starts.
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