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Softball team prepped for OAC run

March 25th, 2010

After a disappointing finish to their annual Florida trip, the John Carroll University softball team returned to Ohio and picked up two impressive wins against a tough Hiram College team.
The Blue Streaks dismantled the Terriers in both games of their home opener last Thursday, 3-1 and 15-2.
In the opening set of the twin bill, pitching and timely defense were key as sophomore standout Brittany Danilov limited her opponents to one unearned run on four hits in seven innings of work while striking out nine.
Danilov helped her own cause when she homered in the second inning.
Senior Laura Boselovic was the only player that tallied a pair of hits in the game.
The second contest saw a similar showing of dominance in the circle as senior Samantha Thompson pitched four innings, allowing only two earned runs.
Offensively, this game was a different story as JCU erupted for 15 runs on 15 hits.
Sophomores Erin Riccardi and Olivia Matthews each had three hits, with Matthews knocking in four runs. It took only five innings before the Blue Streaks had reestablished themselves as a team to be reckoned with in 2010.
“We started connecting with the ball better,” Boselovic said. “The games against Hiram showed us how good of a team we are and we just need to keep at it.”
Ohio Athletic Conference play starts this Saturday as the team will travel to Ada, Ohio to face the reigning conference champions, Ohio Northern University. The Polar Bears ran through the league last season going 16-2 in conference play and 39-6 overall.
“In order to pull out two wins against ONU we will definitely need to score runs,” Thompson said. “They are a very strong offensive team, so in order to ensure a victory we are going to have to push across more than a couple runs.”
John Carroll lost two close contests to ONU last year and had a chance of winning both contests late in the game.
The early test will give JCU a good idea if they are ready to dethrone the class of the conference.
“To come out and get a sweep of ONU would put us way ahead in the conference,” junior Angela Vistocco said. “We should be two of the top teams in the OAC at the end of the season.”
After going 13-5 in OAC competition last season, and returning the majority of the starters from that team, the Blue Streaks look poised to make a legitimate push at bringing a title back to University Heights.
At time of print, ONU, the preseason No. 2 team in the country according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III poll, was 11-1 overall and ranked No. 10 in the country.