COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Dominican's softball team split with Findlay in the final doubleheader of the 2018 regular season, falling 7-1 in game one before bouncing back for a 5-3 win over the Oilers in game two on senior day at Panther Field.
Seniors Taylor Kline (Bellville, Ohio), Liz Sutter (Mansfield, Ohio), Bailey Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jordan Nichols (Peotone, Illinois) had played in a combined 510 games entering Sunday's games, and combined to go 5-for-13 at the plate in their last doubleheader at Panther Field. At 32 wins, Ohio Dominican (32-19, 18-6 G-MAC) has reached its highest win total in the program's NCAA Division II era and its highest number of wins since 2006.
In game two, ODU and the Oilers (27-20, 17-5 G-MAC) were tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Carson Hackerd (Frankfort, Indiana) began the inning with a single for the Panthers. A single by Kline in the next at bat put two runners on, and a wild pitch allowed Kline to move to second and Hackerd to advance to third. Then in the next at bat, junior Kelly Mix (Baltimore, Ohio) notched a sacrifice fly to center field to score Hackerd and give Ohio Dominican a 4-3 lead. Sophomore Taylor Farmer (Mt. Blanchard, Ohio) drove home another run for the Panthers in the next at bat, also recording a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kline and pushing the Ohio Dominican lead to 5-3.
Sophomore Cameron Barber (Powell, Ohio) allowed just one hit for the rest of the contest, recording her 16th complete game of the season after allowing just four hits in 7.0 innings pitched, giving ODU its 32nd win of the season.
Barber also went 2-for-2 at the plate. Kline, Sutter and Hackerd each went 1-for-3, while Miller also recorded a hit for ODU.
Findlay earned a 7-1 victory in game one. The Oilers tallied nine hits and held the Panthers to just three for the contest. Kline went 2-for-3 in the game and takes an eight-game hit streak into the conference tournament. Mix tallied an RBI single and has four RBIs in her last six outings.
ODU will look forward to competition in the 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday at Athletes in Action Sports Complex in Xenia, Ohio.
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