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Tic-tac-toe, three sweeps in a row

April 23rd, 2009

Brooms were out last week as the John Carroll University women’s softball team was able to sweep three different doubleheaders in as many days.
The domination began on Thursday as the Blue Streaks were able to complete back-to-back wins by mercy rule over the College of Wooster 10-1, 10-0.

JCU showed its flair for the dramatics as both of the games would be ended with resounding home runs. Junior Samantha Thompson would clinch the first game with her second long ball of the season.

In the second half of the twin bill freshman Erin Riccardi proceeded to go a step further and cap the day off with a walk-off grand slam home run.
While the offense was the star on Thursday, Friday’s games belonged to the pitchers as JCU’s starters both threw complete game shutouts against Capital University.

In the opener, freshman Brittany Danilov would allow a mere two hits while striking out a then career-high nine batters.

All the offense that was needed would be provided by senior Jamie Smrdel and junior Laura Boselovic who were able to tally three RBI’s against Capital’s Brittany Stefano, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference pitcher of the week.

The second game would see a very similar story; the only difference was the pitcher in the circle. Thompson was able to hold the Crusaders to only four hits over her seven innings of work to pick up her fifth win of the season.

JCU then made the long trip down to Wilmington College to play the Quakers, a team that has not won a single conference game all season.
Game one would see Danilov continue her dominance as she threw her second consecutive shutout of the season. She struck out a career-high 10 batters while winning her school-record 14th game of the season.

With the ending still in question, junior Julie Marlowe would seal the game with a two-run triple, which was part of a four-run seventh inning.
The second game of the day would be much closer than many people imagined.

After a quick start by Wilmington, Danilov would come on in relief to put an end to the offensive outburst, while giving time to the JCU offense to make a come back.

A four-run, fourth inning by the Blue Streaks, capped by a two-run home run off the bat of freshman Michelle Murphy would prove to be all that the team needed to complete a sweep and end their week of games with a record of 6-0.

With the wins JCU improves to a school record 23-7 through 30 games and 10-4 in conference play, good enough to tie for second place with two series remaining against conference teams before the postseason tournament begins next week.

“I think a lot of good teams in the conference don’t know our full potential,” Boselovic said. “We have the opportunity to prove to everyone our potential in winning an OAC championship.”

The Blue Streaks will host Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference doubleheader today before ending the regular season with the Pioneers of Marietta College on Saturday.