Danilov throws no-hitter as JCU sweeps Otterbein

April 19th, 2012

A walk-off victory and a no-hitter served as the daily specials on Sunday, April 15 at Bracken Field on the campus of John Carroll University.

John Carroll University witnessed history when senior pitcher Brittany Danilov tossed her first career no-hitter in the Blue Streaks’ 2-0 game two victory against the second place Otterbein University Cardinals (19-9, 6-4 OAC), which came following a complete game performance in the Blue and Gold’s 2-1 victory in game one.

In game one, the Blue Streaks (20-10, 5-5 OAC), despite committing four defensive errors, won in walk-off fashion when senior third baseman Erin Riccardi drew a one out walk with the bases loaded, which allowed Morgan Robinson to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

The seventh inning heroics were even made possible because of Riccardi’s sixth inning one-out RBI single to right field which scored Sam Becker, who led off the inning with a double.  Riccardi’s clutch base hit in the sixth tied the game at one, and put the Blue Streaks in the perfect position for the storybook ending that occurred in the seventh.

Brittany Danilov picked up the victory in the ballgame finishing with nine strikeouts in seven innings without allowing an earned run.  Otterbein’s Chelsea Burns picked up the loss in relief throwing one inning while allowing three walks, two of them coming in the seventh.

Danilov never relented, completing game two with seven shutout innings of no-hit softball against an Otterbein Cardinals offense that came into the afternoon’s doubleheader possessing a team batting average of .339, good for second in the Ohio Athletic Conference.  With her two victories Sunday afternoon, Danilov finished with a two-game total of 15 strikeouts and zero earned runs allowed. Danilov also improved to 13-5 on the season.

“I felt very strong out on the mound today,” said Danilov following the sweep.  “My teammates were there for me to back me up as we picked up two big conference victories today.”

One run in the second and third innings is all the Blue Streaks needed in game two to secure the 2-0 shutout victory.  In the second inning, a Michelle Murphy double, followed by an Ollie Mathews single  eventually led to Robinson’s two-out RBI single that brought home Murphy.  Murphy would then, in the third inning, single up the middle scoring Riccardi, who walked earlier in the inning.  Murphy finished the ballgame with two hits in three at-bats.

Otterbein’s starting pitcher Natalie Zwicker took the loss in game two, falling to 5-1 on the season.  Zwicker went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

With the Blue Streaks’ victories, they moved to fifth place in the OAC standings, one game behind fourth place Capital for the final spot in the OAC postseason tournament.

The Blue Streaks’ quest to make it to a fifth straight Ohio Athletic Conference postseason tournament continues today as the Blue Streaks make the short trip across Cleveland to take on the host Case Western Reserve University Spartans for another day of doubleheader softball action.