Air temperatures warmed up over the spring weekend in University Heights, but the John Carroll University women’s softball team bats fell cold in the double header with Otterbein University.
The Blue Streaks were outscored 14-1 after only registering eight hits throughout the double feature at Bracken Field.
Junior pitcher Brianna Lach started in the circle for the Blue Streaks and she found trouble early. In the top half of the first inning, Otterbein managed to score two runs. Otterbein starting pitcher, sophomore Rachel Owens, helped her own cause when she hit a RBI double in the third inning. The RBI was the second for Owens in the game and pushed the visitors to a 3-0 lead early.
Activity on the base paths for the Blue Streaks came when junior Carly Simecek hit a stand up double to lead off the home half of the fourth inning. Owens worked out of the jam, stranding Simecek on second. JCU stranded a double of five base runners in the first act of the double header.
Owens would go the distance and help the Cardinals to a 4-0 victory in the game one. The sophomore earned a complete game, four hit shut out of the Blue Streaks, registering seven strikes outs and no walks in the early afternoon outing.
Sophomores Hannah Mizener, Maggie Gannon, senior Alyssa Coleman and Simecek were the only Blue Streaks to register a hit on Owens.
In the second game, trouble found the hosting Blue Streaks and starting pitcher, junior AnnMarie Kircher, when Otterbein sophomore Maddie Flasco hit a first inning home run to deep center field.
Kircher would settle in, keeping the Otterbein offense at bay for four innings. Between the Flasco home run and freshman Gabby Johnson’s RBI double, Otterbein only saw four base runners.
After 11 and two-thirds scoreless innings for the Blue Streaks, it was Simecek who answered the offensive call with a two out RBI single in the fifth inning.
Otterbein answered with a seven run outburst in the top half of the sixth inning. The game would be called in the sixth inning.
The double header sweep drops the Blue Streaks to 13-13 on the year. JCU is 2-3 in their last five games after enjoying a 5-1 stretch over the previous six games.
JCU is tied with Marietta University for the fifth spot in the conference.