COLUMBUS, Ohio — With a sweep of Davis & Elkins by final scores of 6-1 and 10-1 (5 innings), Ohio Dominican's softball team extended its winning streak to six games and saw four home runs go over the fence at Panther Field in the process Friday in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader.
ODU (16-15, 6-2) has dominated its opponents in the last six games, outscoring the opposition by a staggering 50-7 margin during the span.
In game one, the Panthers used 14 hits to score six runs while limiting the Senators to just five hits. Senior Liz Sutter (Mansfield, Ohio) led the way in hits, going 3-for-4. Notching solo home runs were sophomores Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) and Landry Slider (Stow, Ohio). Slider went 2-for-4 in the contest and recorded her first career long ball. Barber was stellar on the day, hitting three home runs in two games, notching five RBIs and pitching three hitless innings in game two.
Also recording RBIs in the game were junior Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio), sophomores Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) and Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) along with freshman Kristen Bales (Pickerington, Ohio).
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth, when Barber and Slider both hit solo shots to give Ohio Dominican a 2-0 lead. Barber hit her home run to center field, while Slider homered for the first time in her career with a long ball to left center to push the lead to two runs.
Farmer scored freshman Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) in the top of the fifth to increase the lead to 3-0, then a sacrifice fly by Rayburn to score Sutter in the top of the sixth extended the advantage to 4-0. In the seventh, senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) singled, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and then an RBI single by Mix scored Kline to extend the lead to 5-0. Three batters later, Bales singled through the right side to score Mix, giving the Panthers a commanding 6-0 lead. D&E scored one run in the bottom of the seventh, but junior pitcher Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) finished her ninth complete game of the season in the circle, striking out seven en route to her sixth win of the year, 6-1.
The Panthers used 12 hits to score 10 runs in game two, holding the Senators to just one hit for the five inning contest. Barber picked up her seventh win of the season in the circle and went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, all on home runs. Farmer and Bales each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Kline finished 3-for-4 with two stolen bases.
Ohio Dominican scored four runs in the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead. Kline scored on a wild pitch to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead, then Barber homered for the second time on the day to push the lead to 3-0. A double down the left field line by Slider scored Sutter, increasing the advantage to 4-0.
In the third, Barber crushed another ball to center field, scoring Farmer and pushing the lead to 6-0. The Panthers went on to score four more runs for the contest and held the Senators to just one run in the bottom of the fifth, earning the win, 10-1.
ODU will look to continue its streak of victories tomorrow in games against Alderson Broaddus starting at 2 p.m. at Panther Field.
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