Softball: Ohio Northern (21-11 Overall) at Anderson (Ind.) (13-13 Overall)

Softball: Ohio Northern (21-11 Overall) at Anderson (Ind.) (13-13 Overall)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 3:30 p.m. — Raven Softball Field, Anderson, Ind.

Wednesday's Preview: The Ohio Northern softball team will travel west for non-conference double header at Anderson (Ind.) on Wednesday at the Raven Softball Field ... ONU was slated to play at Case Western Reserve on Tuesday, but those games were postponed to April 30 ... The Polar Bears have won 14 of their last 16 games and are coming off a 10-2, 4-2 sweep of Marietta on Wednesday ... With the two victories, ONU has clinched no worse that a No. 3 seed in the OAC Tournament May 3-5 ... ONU would host the tournament as the top seed with a win in either of its games at Muskingum on Saturday ... Freshman Rachel Hish, junior Alicia Swierz, junior Gabby Stewart and senior Hailee Loughman combined to go 14-for-28 with 8 runs scored and 8 RBI in the two games ... Through 32 games, Loughman leads the team and is third in the OAC with a .449 batting average ... She also leads the team with 44 base hits and has 30 RBI ... Stewart is second on the team with a .431 average, freshman Maddie Anderson is third at .400 and Hist is fourth at .398  ... 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 13-5 record, a 2.42 ERA, 4 saves and 77 Ks in 130.1 innings ... She is 1st in saves, 2nd in wins, 3rd in ERA, and 4th in Ks in the OAC ... Stewart ranks t16th all-time in ONU history with 136 career base hits, is 10th with 31 doubles and is t10th with 10 home runs ... She also has 99 career RBI ... Loughman has 132 career hits, which is 20th all-time ... Loughman is tied for 8th with 33 career doubles and has 97 career RBI ... Surdej ranks 2nd all-time at ONU in strikeouts (322) and is 3rd in wins (45) in her career ... The Ravens enter today's twin-bill looking to snap a 4-game losing streak, which includes 5-1 and 5-0 losses to Thomas More (Ky.) on Monday ... D.J. Martz leads AU in batting with a .338 average and 5 home runs ... Ariel Lee is second in batting at .324 and Brooke Walden is third at .322 ... Lee also leads the team with 5 doubles and 18 RBI Hadley Decker leads the AU pitching staff with a 4-6 record, 4 saves, 65 Ks and a s.88 ERA in 68.0 innings of work.

Ohio Northern Batting Leaders

  Batting Ave.       Hits       Runs       RBI  
1. Loughman .449   1. Stewart 44   1. Stewart 25   1. Stewart 32
2. Stewart .431   2. Loughman 44     R.Hish 25   2. Loughman 30
3. Anderson .400   3. Guest 42   3. May 23   3. Guest 25
                  Guest 23        

Ohio Northern Pitching Leaders

  Wins       ERA       Strikeouts  
1. Surdej 13   1. Surdej 2.42   1. Surdej 77
2. Anderson 6   2. Anderson 3.43   2. Anderson 28
3. Walters 2   3. Walters 10.92   3. Walters 7

All-Time Series Notes: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 9-5 margin ... The Polar Bears swept a DH in 2017 3-1 and 5-2 at Anderson.

ONU Head Coach Jackie Price: Price is currently in her third season as the head softball coach at Ohio Northern ... She owns a 78-35 overall record, a winning percentage of .690 ... In five seasons overall as a head coach, Price is 99-84 with a winning percentage of .541.