By Sports Information Intern Tyler Jester
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Dominican softball team will look to finish the GLIAC regular season strong as they host two conference rivals this weekend. The Panthers will have a chance to finish the regular season with an overall record above .500 with all four wins. Also, ODU has a chance to take the top spot in the GLIAC tournament being only one game behind Saginaw Valley.
ODU will host Ashland on Friday for a doubleheader, and then host Malone for Senior Day on Saturday for two games.
This past week the Panthers put themselves in great position to win the regular season GLIAC title by going 4-2 including a sweep on the road over then conference leading Grand Valley State. Last week was the first time ODU had an extended trip away from their home field since the beginning of March. The Panthers started the week with a split at Northwood, followed by another split at Ferris State, and ended with the sweep over Grand Valley.
ODU was led by freshman Allie Hinton (Newcomerstown, OH) who earned her third GLIAC Player of the Week honor with her performance. Hinton hit .350 (7-for-20) with a .750 slugging percentage. Hinton scored five times, hit two homeruns, drove in seven, and had two doubles. She also hit her first career grand slam against Northwood. Hinton is now batting .328 with a team high 29 RBI.
Senior shortstop Caitlin Jividen (Wheeling, WV) also had a solid week at the plate batting .368. Jividen scored four runs, had two RBI, two doubles, and two stolen bases. She continues to have a strong senior season batting .385 on the year with 25 RBI. Jividen now leads the team in walks with 20, and in runs scored with 28.
Junior pitcher Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, TX) has continued to have a nice season, as she now leads the GLIAC in wins with 16. Last week Stanzel pitched 29.0 innings, while recording a 4-2 record with a 1.21 ERA. Stanzel is now 16-13 on the season with a 2.18 ERA and is fifth in the conference with 99 strikeouts.
ODU will welcome Ashland this Friday for a doubleheader. Ashland (21-14, 10-8) will look to improve their seeding position for the conference tournament. The Eagles currently sit in the seventh position in the conference and are two games back from Walsh for sixth, but they are also only one game ahead of Findlay, who is ninth, with only the top eight making it to the GLAIC tournament. Ashland comes in losing four of their last five games. The Eagles are led by junior pitcher Sarah Alley. Alley is leading the team in both pitching and batting categories. Alley is batting .416 on the season with a team high 31 RBI. She also leads the team in wins with an 8-6 record with a 2.37 ERA. Taylor Menhart is batting .404 and is leading the team with 13 doubles. Ashland will host Findlay for a doubleheader on Wednesday before traveling to Columbus on Friday. The doubleheader will begin at 3:00p.m. at Panther Field.
After hosting Ashland, the Panthers will hold Senior Day on Saturday against Malone. Malone comes into the week with a 10-24-1 record overall, and a 2-18 mark in the GLIAC. The Pioneers are currently riding a nine game losing streak. Last season the Panthers took both games from Malone winning 4-0, and 9-1. Emily Isla leads the charge offensively for the Pioneers with a .422 batting average, which is ranked fifth in the GLIAC. Isla also has 21 RBI, nine doubles, and three home runs on the season. Desi Hengoed is batting .402 and is leading the team with 31 RBI, 11 doubles, and four home runs. The two game set will begin at 1:00p.m. with the recognition of the senior players occurring at the conclusion of the second game.
Contact: Sarah Twiggs