On Thursday evening, the Shawnee State University softball program swept Ohio Christian University in a two game double header to open their home season at Boone Coleman Field. The Bears captured an 8-1 victory in the first contest, and concluded game two with a 7-3 victory.
In the initial affair Shawnee State opened the scoring as Wheelersburg native Michal Cunningham led the game off with a single down the left field line, while Marisa Brown doubled a ball to deep right center to move Cunningham to third base. The latter then crossed the plate for the first run of the game on a wild pitch, while Brown, who moved up to third on the same sequence, scored on a wild throw to immediately make the score 2-0. Katlyn Gleich then laced an RBI single into shallow right giving Shawnee State a quick 3-0 lead.
The Trailblazers would try and answer, and scored a run in the top of the second inning on an RBI double from Ashley Ireland, but SSU responded again by scoring two more runs in the second when a bases loaded walk allowed Michal Cunningham to score and a wild pitch brought Bailey Kemp home to allow SSU to take a 5-1 lead. The Bears then added three more runs on an RBI double from Maureen Wolansky, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly from Cunningham to put the game out of reach in the fifth inning.
In the second affair, Ohio Christian was able to get on the board first as the Trailblazers scored on a fielder’s choice groundout, but the Bears answered quickly.
Marisa Brown (JR/Liberty Township, Ohio) hit a sacrifice fly to score Michal Cunningham, then Morgan Rearick (FR/Canal Fulton, Ohio) would score on a ground ball hit by Lucasville’s Kayla Koch to give Shawnee State a 2-1 lead after an inning of play. In the second inning, SSU added onto the lead when West Portsmouth’s Megan Shupert-Martin sent a two-RBI double down the left field line. Morgan Rearick then hit another ball on the infield that allowed Shupert-Martin to score, which gave the Bears a 5-1 lead.
When Christine Moyer hit a solo home run to left field to allow OCU to close within 5-2, SSU responded in the bottom of the inning as Tatum Wise hit an RBI single to center field, which scored Stacy Trenholm. Bailey Kemp then lifted an RBI single past the second baseman to give the Bears a 7-1 lead. In the final inning, OCU was able to add one final run when Ashley Ireland scored on an error, but Shawnee State walked away victorious by a final score of 7-3.
In the first game, McKenzie Whittaker picked up the win pitching a complete game with one run on nine hits and five strikeouts. The loss was charged to Rachel Kennedy, who threw five innings, surrendered eight runs, and tallied five strikeouts. In the second game, Tatum Wise earned the win by going five innings and allowing only one run on two hits while adding three strikeouts. The loss in the nightcapper went to Whitney Fiedler who allowed 10 hits and seven runs in six innings.
The sweep moves Shawnee State to 10-4 on the season, while Ohio Christian University is now 7-5.
The Shawnee State softball program will hit the road to continue a four-game set with Ohio Christian University on Monday, where the first of a two-game doubleheader is slated for a 3 p.m. start time.