With the regular season winding down, the John Carroll University softball team is playing some of its best ball of the year.
Last week the Blue Streaks received outstanding pitching performances in conference, as they pulled off a clutch sweep of the Heidelberg University, winning the games 5-0 and 7-0.
In game one of the twin bill, sophomore Brittany Danilov twirled a gem as she pitched seven innings, while surrendering only three hits and striking out nine.
A big sixth inning, where the team saw four runners cross the plate, broke the game open and gave Danilov all the runs she would need.
Freshman Mackenzie Griffin and Senior Laura Boselovic both tallied two hits in the contest.
Game two saw much of the same as the Blue Streaks continued their hot touch in the pitcher’s circle.
Senior Samantha Thompson carried the torch from Danilov as she too held the ‘Berg scoreless. Thompson picked up her 10th win of the season in pitching seven innings, allowing only five baserunners, while striking out a season-high 11.
Fellow senior Julie Marlowe notched three hits and came across the plate twice in her final home game.
“These two wins were huge for us,” Thompson said. “Being able to pick up a sweep of a team that we were tied with in the conference really gives us some extra security for the tournament.”
The day had extra meaning as the team not only parted ways with their senior leaders, but also joined in the fight against breast cancer.
The squad donned custom made pink jerseys, and sold pink T-shirts as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
“Being able to go out with such a great win means a lot,” Thompson said. “You never want to leave with a bad taste in your mouth and us seniors definitely do not have to do that.”
Seniors Marlowe, Boselovic, and Thompson are three of the most impactful players in the programs history. All have been significant contributors throughout their four years.
JCU now turns its attention to the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference postseason tournament.
As the third seed in the tournament, they will be pitted against Mount Union College. John Carroll lost both previous match-ups against the Purple Raiders earlier this season.
“We really cannot worry about what happened earlier this year,” junior Angela Vistocco said. “Anything can happen when you get into the playoffs. We just need to stay relaxed and we should be able to do very well.”
Editor’s Note: Follow the Blue Streaks in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament by visting the JCU Athletics Web site, jcusports.com.