By Alex Hooper, Transcript Reporter
Softball split their doubleheader, non-conference games against John Carroll on Thursday, March 22 at Margaret Sagan Field.
In the opening game, the Bishops lost, 2-0.
John Carroll’s pitcher–Brittany Danilov–and OWU right-hander, sophomore Dani Haley, went head to head in a pitching battle.
John Carroll quickly took the lead in the top of the second inning when the Blue Streaks players, Olivia Matthew and Heather Hurley, scored.
The Bishops were unable to make a comeback in the first game, so they found themselves trying to comeback strong in the second.
Sophomore Tamra Londot said the team is used to playing doubleheader games, and that they do not affect the team’s players.
“We knew after the first loss, it wasn’t a true win on their part, because they got one lucky hit and scored runs on it,” Landot said. “We knew we were the better team and that we had played our game.”
Coming out with a strong start in the second game, Blue Streaks pitcher Trisha Pike held the Bishops hitless through the first four innings.
Fueled by their first loss, the Bishops fought back in the fifth inning.
Leading the comeback was junior third baseman Stefanie Rieder. She was followed by scores from freshman outfielder Chelsea Denman and junior outfielder Lauren Elkins. Their plays tied the game, 3-3.
Senior first baseman Jackie Kolovich lined a double down the left field line to score both runners on the field. Senior second baseman Abby Walsh added an RBI (run batted in) double later in the inning, giving the Bishops a 6-3 lead.
The Blue Streaks pulled up to 6-5 with Angelia Locey’s two-run single in the sixth. OWU right-hander Amanda Barker pitched the first 5.2 innings, striking out four and walking one to collect the win. Londot got the last 4 outs for her first save of the season.
Londot said she is only concerned about making it to regionals.
The Bishops are 6-6 in non-conference play. They play Alma College on April 9 at Margaret Sagan Field.