The 2012-13 season was another landmark year for Ohio Dominican athletics as the athletic programs took another step forward in the NCAA Division II ranks. OhioDominicanPanthers.com is counting down the top moments from the past year.
#13 - Women's Tennis Claims Dramatic Win Over Tiffin (June 17)
#12 – Men's Basketball Overtime Win at Central State (June 18)
#11 – Baseball Braves Elements, Walks Off Winners (June 19)
#10 – Volleyball Rallies in Five in Longest GLIAC Match of Season (June 20)
#9 – Walker Rewrites Cross Country Record Books (June 21)
#8 – Women's Soccer Team Wins in Dramatic Fashion (June 24)
#7 – Softball Captures Wild 18-17 Home Opening Win (June 25)
#6 – Hockenberry's Hot Hand Helps Panthers To Heart-Stopping Wins (June 26)
#5 – Football Breaks Records in 2012 Campaign (June 27)
After qualifying for the GLIAC Tournament for a second consecutive season, the Ohio Dominican softball team tasted its first victory in conference postseason play by defeating Northwood 3-1 in the first round of the tourney on May 3.
The Panthers had to rally as Northwood scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, but Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) would hold the Timberwolves in check for the rest of the game.
In the fourth, Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, W. Va.) ripped a fastball for a one-out single, which was followed by a line shot by Taylor Thomas (Bellville, Ohio). Heads up base running by the Panthers put the pair on second and third after advancing on the outfield throw. Elisabeth Weber (Canton, Ohio) came through in the clutch with an RBI single through the right side of the infield and the Panthers grabbed the 2-1 lead. Thomas scored on the play on an error by the Timberwolves' first baseman.
Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, Ohio) plated an insurance run for the Panthers in the seventh after she ripped an RBI double, scoring Weber.
Stanzel went the distance, scattering three hits and walking just one in the complete game effort.
ODU would eventually bow out of the tournament but not after challenging ninth-ranked Grand Valley, falling 3-1, and eventual champion Wayne State, dropping a 4-1 decision to the Warriors.