HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Ohio Dominican's softball team dropped a 9-6 contest to No. 19 Indianapolis, but rallied in its second game of the day to defeat Montevallo by a final score of 5-4 on Friday at the Music City Invitational.
In game one of the day, the Panthers fell 9-6 to No. 19 Indianapolis. ODU (1-1, 0-0 GLIAC) recorded six runs on five hits, with five different Panthers recording hits in the contest.
Junior Jordan Nichols (Peotone, Illinois) went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, recording a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning in her Panther debut. Senior Kelly Wallace (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) went 1-for-2, junior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) recorded a double and two RBIs, and freshman Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) finished with a sacrifice fly for an RBI in her first game as a Panther.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Nichols blasted a two-run home run to right field, scoring sophomore Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) and cutting the ODU deficit to 4-2 heading to the fourth inning.
Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth, Nichols was walked, scoring freshman Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio). Barber would record a sacrifice fly in her next at bat to score Wallace, then Kline doubled to left center to score Nichols and junior Bailey Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio), tying the game at 6-6 through four innings. But Indianapolis would pick up one run in the top of the fifth and two in the top of the sixth, surging ahead for the win, 9-6.
In the second game of the day against Montevallo, ODU scored two runs in the top of the seventh to key a 5-4 comeback win over the Falcons.
The Panthers recorded six hits in the contest and held Montevallo scoreless in the final three innings.
Barber pitched three innings of scoreless baseball for Ohio Dominican in her first trip in the circle, also recording an RBI single. Nichols recorded her second home run of the day, finishing with two RBIs in the contest. Mix also recorded a home run, and Kline finished with one hit and one stolen base for ODU.
Mix started the scoring in the top of the second, homering to left field to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the third, Nichols homered to left field, scoring senior Casey Murdoch (Morrow, Ohio) and giving Ohio Dominican a 3-1 advantage.
The Falcons countered with three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead, but ODU rallied in the top of the seventh. Farmer led off the inning with a single to left field, then a single by Barber and a subsequent throwing error allowed Farmer to score and Barber to advance to second, tying the contest, 4-4. Then Kline reached base in her next at bat on a single, stole second base and advanced to third after Barber was thrown out at home plate. But Kline would score on a passed ball in the next at bat, giving ODU the lead and game-clinching run, 5-4. Barber retired the side in the bottom of the seventh, earning the Panthers their first victory of 2017.
ODU continues play in the Music City Invitational on Saturday with contests against Truman at 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. CST and Kentucky Wesleyan at 5 p.m. EST/4 p.m. CST.
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