COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the second game of the day against Northwood tied at 10-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and two runners on base, Ohio Dominican's Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) blasted a three-run home run to left center field to earn a 13-10 win for the Panthers on Sunday afternoon in game two of a non-conference doubleheader.
It marked the second walk-off home run in as many days for Ohio Dominican (9-8) after sophomore Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) hit a walk-off on Saturday against Northwood (1-2) for a 3-2 win.
ODU trailed 10-9 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. A lead-off single by junior Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) put the tying run at first, then a sacrifice bunt by freshman Emma Bergman (Oak Harbor, Ohio) advanced Mix to second. After a wild pitch allowed Mix to move to third, Rayburn singled to center field to score Mix and tie the game at 10. Three batters later, Farmer took the 1-2 pitch and smashed the ball to left center for the walk-off winner, 13-10.
ODU notched 16 hits in the game, falling just one shy of tying its season-high. Farmer went an impressive 4-for-5 in the contest and now boasts 18 RBIs on the season. Senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Senior Liz Sutter (Mansfield, Ohio) finished 2-for-4 and notched two RBIs, while Mix finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. Rayburn continued her impressive weekend, going 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The Panthers fell 3-2 in eight innings in game one of the doubleheader. Farmer went 5.1 innings in the circle, allowing just one earned run while striking out three. Junior Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) pitched 2.2 innings and allowed just one run on three hits. Farmer and freshman Raemon Meents (Downers Grove, Illinois) went 2-for-4 , with Meents notching an RBI. Rayburn notched her second home run in as many days, finishing the weekend 3-for-7 with two home runs, one double and four RBIs.
With no score in the bottom of the second, Meents singled to score freshman Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio) and give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the fifth with the game tied at 1-1, Rayburn hit a bomb to left center for a home run and a 2-1 lead for the Panthers. But Northwood scored one run in the top of the sixth and the game-winning run in the top of the eight to earn the 3-2 (8 inn.) win.
Ohio Dominican will be travel to Bellarmine next Sunday for a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. in its next contests.
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