Softball: John Carroll (12-18 Overall, 2-8 OAC) at Ohio Northern (15-9 Overall, 9-1 OAC)

Softball: John Carroll (12-18 Overall, 2-8 OAC) at Ohio Northern (15-9 Overall, 9-1 OAC)

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1 p.m. — ONU Softball Field, Ada, Ohio

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Saturday's Preview: The Ohio Northern softball program wraps up a four-game home stand Saturday afternoon with an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader against John Carroll ... Game one is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch at the ONU Softball Field in Ada ... ONU owns a 15-9 overall record and a 9-1 conference mark, placing them atop the OAC standings ... The Polar Bears enter play on an eight-game winning streak ... Northern is coming off a 6-4, 2-1 sweep over #24 Baldwin Wallace ... Senior Kaitlin Surdej and freshman Maddie Anderson each won games in the pitching circle with strong performances ... Surdej recorded a win in game one and a save in the nightcap ... Anderson went 6.1 innings and surrendered just one run to win game two ... Senior Hailee Loughman led the offense with a four-for-seven performance, an RBI, and two runs scored ... Through 24 games, junior Gabby Stewart leads the team with seven doubles, 20 runs scored, and a .463 batting average, which ranks fourth in the OAC ... Meanwhile, she and junior Brady Guest are tied for the team lead with 22 RBI ... Guest also leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league with four home runs ... In the circle, Surdej has a 10-4 record, a 2.46 ERA, and 59 strikeouts in 102.1 innings ... She is third in wins, fourth in ERA, and tied for fourth in strikeouts on the conference leaderboards ... Stewart ranks 20th all-time in ONU history with 130 career base hits ...  Loughman has 119 career hits, which ties for 26th all-time ... Surdej ranks third all-time at ONU in strikeouts (304) and fourth in wins (42) in her career ... The Blue Streaks enter Saturday's contests sporting a 12-18 overall record and a 2-8 mark in the OAC ... JCU is fresh off a doubleheader split at Oberlin Thursday evening, winning game one 7-4 before falling 8-7 in game two ... Senior infielder Lindsay McKnight paces the John Carroll offense with a .432 batting average, 41 hits, four home runs, 28 RBI, and a .462 on-base percentage ... In the circle, junior Jenn Patterson leads the team with seven victories, seven complete games, and 63 strikeouts, which also ranks third in the conference.

Ohio Northern Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.       Hits       Runs       RBI  
1. Stewart .463   1. Stewart 38   1. Stewart 20   1. Guest 22
2. Guest .425   2. Guest 34   2. May 19     Stewart 22
  Loughman .425   3. Loughman 31   3. Guest 18   3. Loughman 21

Ohio Northern Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts  
1. Surdej 10   1. Surdej 2.46   1. Surdej 59
2. Anderson 4   2. Anderson 2.90   2. Anderson 22
3. Walters 1   3. Walters 8.56   3. Walters 6

All-Time Series Notes: Ohio Northern currently leads the all-time series 47-21 over John Carroll, including a 24-10 mark at home ... The Polar Bears swept the Blue Streaks last season with 1-0 and 5-2 victories.

ONU Head Coach Jackie Price: Price is currently in her third season as the head softball coach at Ohio Northern ... She owns a 72-33 overall record, a .686 win percentage.