The John Carroll University softball team took care of business last week as they swept non-conference foe Ohio Wesleyan University on the road in Delaware, Ohio last Friday.
The twin-bill ended a 13-day layoff as the Blue Streaks last competed in Florida during their spring trip on March 12.
The first game of the doubleheader between the defending conference champion Blue Streaks and the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops turned out to be a pitching duel.
Luckily for the Blue Streaks, they had an all-conference performer in junior Brittany Danilov on their side. She pitched a dominant game as she went the distance without surrendering a single run to the lineup from OWU.
The biggest play of the game came when junior Olivia Mathews hit a two-run homer in the top of the third inning, giving JCU just enough of a cushion.
Danilov coasted through the rest of the game with a small lead and guided the Blue Streaks to a 2-0 win.
The second game of the doubleheader was the exact opposite of the first as it turned out to be a high scoring affair. The two teams combined for 28 hits in game two.
The Blue Streaks scored at least one run in every inning except for the second and came away with a 9-4 victory. JCU capitalized on their opportunities as they only left five runners on base during the game while amassing 16 hits in the victory.
With the sweep over OWU, the Blue Streaks are off to an impressive start as they have begun their season with an overall record of 9-3.
“We worked extremely hard during the preseason in order to prepare ourselves for this season against a tough conference,” said freshman infielder Samantha Becker, who contributed two hits and scored a run in the second game against OWU. “Our coaches have pushed us to our limits to get us where we are now, and they will continue to keep pushing us so we can get to where we want to be.”
The Blue Streaks also had a doubleheader scheduled at the Diamond at Dix Stadium on March 26 on the campus of Kent State University against Ohio Northern University, but the games were postponed due to poor weather.
The games will be rescheduled, but a make-up date has not been announced.
Fans can check www.jcusports.com for an announcement.
Last year, the Blue Streaks defeated ONU in the Ohio Athletic Conference championship game, stunning the then-fourth ranked Polar Bears.
While the rescheduling of the doubleheader between JCU and ONU is yet to be announced, the Blue Streaks will be ready to play when the opportunity arises.
“ONU has a good program and is always a contender in the OAC,” said Becker. “I’m excited to play them and I know the rest of the team is too.”