COLUMBUS, Ohio — On the field, Ohio Dominican's softball team split a Great Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader with Lake Erie, but the Panthers celebrated the ninth annual Friends of Jaclyn Day in front of a packed Panther Field on Sunday and honored honorary team member Reagyn Semler, along with her family.
It was a celebration of life and softball at Panther Field. Semler, a brain cancer survivor who was adopted by the team in 2010 and is now a high school senior, threw out the first pitch of the day that benefits the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers. Last season, proceeds from the day raised over $2,400 for the FoJ Foundation, and ODU was proud to continue the tradition on Sunday.
Ohio Dominican (29-16, 15-3 G-MAC) took game one by a final score of 1-0 to extend its win streak to an NCAA Division II-best 19 games before Lake Erie turned the tables and earned a hard-fought, 1-0 victory in game two.
The pitching was solid on both sides, with junior Abby Lamping (Cleves, Ohio) throwing a gem in game one for the Panthers. Lamping earned her 13th win in the circle in 2018, pitching her 15th complete game of the season while allowing just two hits for the contest. In game two, sophomore Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) allowed just one earned run while striking out three in her 14th complete game of 2018.
In game one, the Panthers tallied four hits, with senior Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio) delivering the game-winning RBI. Senior Liz Sutter (Mansfield, Ohio), sophomore Brooklyn Rayburn (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) and freshman Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) all tallied hits in the contest.
With the game scoreless in the bottom of the third, Kline delivered the game winning RBI for ODU. With runners on second and third, Kline hit a long fly ball to center field, allowing Rayburn to score on a sacrifice fly and give Ohio Dominican a 1-0 lead.
Lamping was brilliant in the circle, striking out two of the final three Lake Erie batters in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.
Lake Erie continued its strong pitching in game two, as the Storm's Allyson Deemer struck out six and held Ohio Dominican to just four hits.
The Storm got on the board in the top of the fifth with an RBI double from Savannah Karako, but the game would come down to the final inning and out. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs and ODU trailing 1-0, Sutter notched a single through the right side to put the tying run on first for the Panthers. Sophomore Landry Slider (Stow, Ohio) hit a long fly ball to center field in the next at bat, but Lake Erie center fielder Payton Brownlee made a terrific grab to end the game.
Ohio Dominican has won 19 out of 20 and will prepare for the final week of the regular season.
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