Eagles Extend Win Streak To Seven Before Split At ODU

Photo courtesy of Purdue Northwest athletics.
Photo courtesy of Purdue Northwest athletics.


In a doubleheader which originally was supposed to be played at home, Ashland University's softball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 4-2 victory in Game 1 on Saturday (March 16) at Ohio Dominican, before losing 6-5 in the nightcap despite a late rally.

The Eagles (14-6) took Saturday's opener on the strength of a stellar pitching performance from senior Hannah Stroe (7-3), who fanned 14 Panthers en route to a complete-game five-hitter. Stroe, who has won five consecutive decisions, walked two and allowed two runs.

Junior second baseman Camille Pollutro was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and senior right fielder Halle Dorko crossed the plate twice in the victory.

In Game 2, the Eagles trailed 6-1 after 3½ innings, but nearly pulled out the comeback thanks to a single run in the bottom of the fifth, then three runs in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-clearing double from junior shortstop Bree Gill.

Junior designated player Dayna Denner was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored, Dorko was 2-for-3, Gill was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and senior center fielder Erika Farst hit a solo home run.

Senior pitcher Abbie Sgro threw four scoreless innings in relief of starter Laney Jones (5-3), who yielded six hits, six runs (one earned) and a walk and struck out two in three frames.

After 20 road/neutral-site games to begin the season, Ashland is scheduled to play at Brookside Park for the first time in 2019 on Wednesday (March 20) in a 3 p.m. doubleheader vs. Northwood in the Eagles' Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener.