Softball: Ohio Northern (9-9 Overall, 3-1 OAC) at Capital (7-15 Overall, 1-3 OAC)

Softball: Ohio Northern (9-9 Overall, 3-1 OAC) at Capital (7-15 Overall, 1-3 OAC)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 3 p.m. — Clowson Field, Bexley, Ohio

Wednesday's Preview: The Ohio Northern softball team will play second day of back-to-back OAC double headers with two games at Capital on Wednesday ... The games were rescheduled from Saturday (and then Monday) due to rain ... The Polar Bears are coming off 7-0, 13-6 sweep of Wilmington on Tuesday ... The Polar Bears scored 20 runs and pounded out 27 hits and got a 4-hit shutout in Game 1 and a 3-inning save in Game 2 from senior Kaitlin Surdej in the wins ... Surdej finished the day with 10 innings of shutout ball with only six hits allowed in the circle ... In the opening game, Surdej (5-4) retired the first 10 batters she faced and ended the game with 2 strikeouts ... She only needed 65 pitches to earn the complete game victory ... Senior Hailee Loughman hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to start the scoring ... Through 18 games this season, junior Gabby Stewart leads the team and is fourth in the OAC with a .484 batting average (30-for-62) ... She also leads the team with 30 base hits and 5 doubles ... Junior Brady Guest is second on the team and seventh in the OAC at .475 and leads the team with 3 home runs, 17 RBI and a .689 slugging percentage ... Junior Gabby Stewart is second on the team with a .434 batting average and freshman Maddie Anderson is third on the team with a .412 batting average ... In the circle, Surdej is 5-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 74.0 innings and Anderson is 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 23.0 innings ... Junior Gabby Stewart ranks t24th all-time in ONU history with 122 career base hits ... Senior Hailee Loughman rhas 108 career base hits, which ranks her 31st all-time ... Surdej ranks 3rd all-time at ONU in strikeouts (290) and 7th in wins (37) in her ONU career ... Capital is riding a 3-game win streak with a 2-1 win over John Carroll and a 3-2, 5-2 sweep of Kenyon last week ... The Crusaders scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win Game 1, and tallied 4 times in the fourth to go up 5-0 and hold on fore the win in game two ... CU is led at the plate by Alyx Slusher with a .439 batting average, 12 doubles and 14 walks ... Chevonne Hayslett is batting .321 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI and Kristen Mellott is batting .321 with one home run and 16 RBI ... Brianna Reardon is 5-7 with a 4.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts to lead the pitching staff.

Ohio Northern Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.       Hits       Runs       RBI  
1. Stewart .484   1. Stewart 30   1. May 16   1. Guest 17
2.  Guest .475   2.  Guest 29   2. Stewart 14   2. Loughman 16
3.  Anderson .412   3. May 21   3. Guest 13   3. Stewart 14

Ohio Northern Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts  
1. Surdej 5   1. Anderson 2.43   1. Surdej 45
2. Anderson 3   2. Surdej 2.93   2. Anderson 17
3. Walters 1   3. Walters 10.27   3. Walters 6

Series Notes: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 44-30 margin ... ONU swept a double header 9-0 and 9-0 from Capital last year in Ada after CU won twice in Bexley in 2017.

ONU head coach Jackie Price: Price is currently in her third season as the head softball coach at Ohio Northern ... She owns a 66-33 overall record, a winning percentage of .667.