ODU Splits with Knights in Non-Conference Road Twinbill

Alex Cribari
Alex Cribari

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In its first road doubleheader of the young season, Ohio Dominican's softball team collected a non-conference split at Bellarmine (Ky.) on Sunday afternoon, winning 4-3 in eight innings in game one, before falling 4-2 in game two at Knights Field.

In the opener, the Panthers' new faces once again helped key the victory as freshmen Kelsey Seeds (Westerville, OH) and Alex Cribari (Lyndhurst, OH) combined for all three RBI and three of the team's six hits. Classmate Rachael Stanzel (Angleton, Texas) picked up win number three in the circle, spacing seven hits and two earned runs over the full eight innings, while striking out a season-best nine batters and walking just one.

ODU (3-3) opened the scoring in the second as junior Brooke McCartney (Salem, OH) doubled home senior Kylee Crislip (Louisville, OH) who reached thanks to a fielding error by the leftfielder.

A couple of miscues allowed the Knights to tie the game in the bottom of the third, however the Panthers went back ahead in the fourth as Seeds plated McCartney and Crislip with a two-out double.

Once again, Bellarmine countered as a double and two-out homerun to straightaway center in the home half of the fourth knotted the score at 3-3. Each team could only generate two hits over the ensuing three frames as the game went to extras.

The Panthers advanced the courtesy runner from second to third with a groundout to short and Cribari followed with the eventual game-winning two-out, RBI double to left center that scored pinch-runner Brittany Seavey (So./Flint, Mich.). The Knights added a single in bottom of the inning, but Stanzel induced a fielder's choice and got two swinging strikeouts to seal the final.

As in game one, ODU got the scoring started as sophomore Rebekha Lucas (Laurelville, OH) singled in the top of the first, stole second and eventually came around to score on Crislip's two-out single to left. Bellarmine (7-7) tied the game with an unearned run in the second and went ahead 4-1 with a two-run homer to left in the fourth and a two-out double in the fifth.

Crislip's second two-out single to left of the game in the sixth inning scored Seavey who led off with a double to right center and advanced to third on a fielder's choice, yet the Panthers stranded a pair of runners in each of the final two innings as the Knights recovered for the home split.

Both Crislip and Seavey finished with two hits to lead ODU, while Stanzel failed to go the distance on the rubber for the first time this year, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and one walk in 4.2 innings for her first loss.

The Panthers are idle until their Spring Break trip when they head to Texas for four road doubleheaders in four days, beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 12 against St. Edward's in Austin.

Contact: Bryan Desch