ADA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University softball team closed its weekend series by splitting a pair Ohio Athletic Conference games with Ohio Northern University on the ONU Softball Field.
BW (19-11, 17-11 OAC), who snapped a three-game losing skid, won the first game by a final score of 6-1. Ohio Northern (15-4-1, 14-13 OAC) won the second game in a nine-inning affair by a final score of 5-4.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored six runs on six hits as they plated two runs in the second and fourth innings with all four runs coming off the two-run homeruns by freshman Bridie Bricker (Brook Park/Berea-Midpark) and one run in the sixth and seventh innings. The Polar Bears scored one run on seven hits as it pushed its lone run across the plate in the fifth inning.
The BW offense was sparked by Bricker as she went 2-for-2 with the two homers, two runs scored, four runs batted-in (RBIs) and a walk. Junior All-OAC designated player Ashley Matousek (Sagamore Hills/Akron Archbishop Hoban) was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
In the circle, junior right hander Hannah Welling (Ravenna) picked up her sixth win of the season as she allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Junior All-OAC right Nikki Camarati (Brunswick/Holy Name) pitched the final two innings and did not allow a run on one hit with four strikeouts.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored four runs on six hits as they plated two runs in the third, one in the fifth off the solo shot by Matousek and one in the seventh. Ohio Northern scored five runs on 10 hits as it pushed one run across the plate in the second, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the ninth.
Matousek led the BW offense as she went 2-for-5 with a homerun, run scored and two RBIs. Freshman shortstop Emily Mau (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and walk.
In the circle, Camarati suffered the loss as she allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, May 1 when they host an OAC and Seniors' Day doubleheader against Capital University on the BW Softball Field at the Roehm Athletic Complex at 1 p.m.