North Coast softball teams battled once again with all contests on Saturday and Sunday being postponed due to weather. DePauw (8-0, 14-15) remains the lone undefeated squad in NCAC play with two weeks remaining in the regular season, followed closely by Wittenberg (5-1, 13-15) and Denison (8-2, 15-7). There are nine NCAC doubleheaders scheduled this week, highlighted by Wittenberg visiting DePauw on Wednesday.
ALLEGHENY split a pair of home NCAC doubleheaders last week. In the sweep of Hiram, Victoria Vradenburg (Pasadena , CA/San Marino) collected a pair of wins in relief. In three games on the week she went 2-1 with a 2.23 ERA. Kelly Lafferty (Suffolk, VA/Nanesmond River) batted .500 on the week with seven hits, five runs, four doubles and four RBI. Hayley Behr (Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills) had six RBI on six hits, including a homerun.
DENISON improved to 15-7 on the season and 8-2 in the NCAC following a 4-2 record last week. After the Big Red split doubleheaders with Wittenberg and Mt. St. Joseph, they swept Wooster by scores of 2-1 in both games at Wooster on Friday afternoon. Leading the way for DU was junior Amanda Howell (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) who hit .313 for the week with six RBI on a triple, two doubles and a home run. She also posted an on-base percentage of .476.
DEPAUW has won six-straight and 10 of its last 11 and remains unbeaten in NCAC play. Senior Liz Getz (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) hit .500 at the plate last week with five hits and four runs scored with three RBI. In sweeping Ohio Wesleyan and Allegheny, DePauw batted .311 and posted a 1.04 ERA.
HIRAM kicked off the week by dropping a pair of games to Allegheny on Wednesday evening. Amanda Holzman (Medina, OH/Medina) led the way in game one, going 3-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI. On Friday, Hiram fell short in both matchups against Ohio Wesleyan. The Terriers dropped a 2-0 decision after falling 1-0 in game one. Shalynn Call (Caledonia, OH/River Valley) led the Terriers by tallying three hits on the day.
KENYON split a pair of doubleheaders last week. Monday in Gambier, the Ladies swept Capital by scores of 5-4 and 6-3. Friday in Springfield, Wittenberg swept the Ladies by scores of 19-0 and 12-4. Throughout those four games, freshman Emily Buckwalter (Phoenixville, PA/Phoenixville Area) set the pace for the Kenyon offense, going 5-for-11 (.455) with one run scored and five RBI.
OBERLIN split an early week match-up at Baldwin Wallace, winning game one 7-4 before dropping game two, 5-2. The Yeowomen would get swept by Wooster the next day, falling 9-1 and 6-5. Oberlin also had scheduled weekend contests with DePauw and Defiance washed out. First-year Gianna Volonte (Corona, CA /Santiago) went 6-for-12 over the four game games with two runs scored.
OHIO WESLEYAN was swept on Tuesday by DePauw, but bounced back to sweep Hiram with a pair of shutout victories on Friday. Freshman Madi Drabick (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon) led the way for the Bishops with a .333 average at the plate and posted a 2.15 ERA in the circle, including a victory against the Terriers.
WITTENBERG went 3-1 last week, splittling with Denison on Tuesday and sweeping Kenyon on Friday. Junior Missy Lee (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) led the Tigers are the plate with five hits, one home run and five RBI.
WOOSTER swept Oberlin on Tuesday before falling to Denison twice by identical, 2-1, scores on Friday. Senior Maddy Chase (Pleasant Prairie, WI/St. Joseph’s) was outstanding at the plate for the Scots, batting .692 with five runs scored and two RBI. Chase also moved into third all-time in hits in program history during Wooster’s sweep of Oberlin.