Softball: Marietta (17-15 Overall, 6-8 OAC) at Ohio Northern (19-11 Overall, 12-2 OAC)

Softball: Marietta (17-15 Overall, 6-8 OAC) at Ohio Northern (19-11 Overall, 12-2 OAC)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 3 p.m. — ONU Softball Field, Ada, Ohio

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Wednesday's Preview: The Ohio Northern softball team will play its fourth double header in the last five days on Wednesday when the Pioneers come to the ONU Softball Field ... The games were scheduled for Friday, but were moved up to Wednesday due to anticipated inclement weather on Friday ... The Polar Bears have won 12 of their last 14 games and are coming off a split at Otterbein on Tuesday ... ONU won the opener 6-3 and dropped the nightcap 12-4 ... Junior Gabby Stewart broke a 3-all tie with a 2-run single in the top of the ninth and senior Kaitlin Surdej struck out 8 in the complete-game victory in Game 1 ... Northern clinched a spot in the OAC Tournament for the fifth time in the past six seasons ... Through 30 games, Stewart leads the team and is 4th in the OAC with a .442 batting average ... She also leads the team with 42 base hits and 29 RBI ... Senior Hailee Loughman is 2nd on the team with a .435 average, junior Brady Guest is 3rd at .402 and freshman Maddie Anderson is 4th at .400 ... ONU leads the OAC with a .355 team batting average ... Guest also leads the team and is t6th in the league with 4 HR ... In the circle, Surdej has a 12-5 record, a 2.69 ERA, 3 saves and 71 Ks in 127.2 innings ... She is 2nd in wins, 5th in ERA, and 4th in Ks in the OAC ... Stewart ranks t18th all-time in ONU history with 134 career base hits ...  Loughman has 128 career hits, which is 20th all-time ... Loughman and Stewart are tied for 9th with 31 career doubles ... Surdej ranks 2nd all-time at ONU in strikeouts (316) and t3rd in wins (44) in her career ... The Pioneers enter today's twin-bill looking to snap a 5-game losing streak after a 12-3, 9-6 sweep by Muskingum on Tuesday ... Sophomore Kayla Alderson and sophomore Hannah Richardson each hit home runs against the Muskies ... Anderson leads MC this season in batting with a .358 average and 2 HR ... Sophomore Jordan Pallay is second at .338 and also has 2 HR ... Junior Erin Miller is batting .274 with 2 HR and a team-best 15 RBI ... Sophomore Maddi Liston is 7-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 37 strikeouts to lead the MC pitchers.

Ohio Northern Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.       Hits       Runs       RBI  
1. Stewart .442   1. Stewart 42   1. Stewart 23   1. Stewart 29
2. Loughman .435   2. Guest 41   2. Guest 22   2. Loughman 27
3. Guest .402   3. Loughman 40     May 22   3. Guest 25
                  R.Hish 22        

Ohio Northern Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts  
1. Surdej 12   1. Surdej 2.69   1. Surdej 71
2. Anderson 5   2. Anderson 3.83   2. Anderson 25
3. Walters 2   3. Walters 10.84   3. Walters 7

All-Time Series Notes: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 44-26 margin ... The Polar Bears have won four consecutive games in the series, including 3-2 and 8-0 decisions in 2018 ... ONU is 25-9 at home in the series.

ONU Head Coach Jackie Price: Price is currently in her third season as the head softball coach at Ohio Northern ... She owns a 77-34 overall record, a winning percentage of .694 ... In five seasons overall as a head coach, Price is 98-83 with a winning percentage of .541.