Otterbein University (8-4) picked up its second-straight series sweep of Kenyon College (12-6) on Sunday at Rike Field in a non-conference doubleheader. The Cardinals won 3-0 in the opener before invoking the run rule in Game 2 during an 11-3 victory.
In the opener, Otterbein pitcher Gabby Johnson improved to 4-0 in the circle as she shut out the Ladies for the first time this season. Kenyon batters were struck out a season-high 10 times and managed just three hits.
After a lead-off single was allowed to Madi Maldonado in the first, Johnson retired 13 of the next 14 batters. Six of those outs were by strikeout.
In the final inning, Emily Buckwalter registered a single down the right-field line. After that, the Cardinals had a strikeout and groundout to end the game.
Keely Sweet took the loss in the circle while Austen Whibley made her first appearance of the season.
Kenyon started well in Game 2, as Maldonado once again led off the game with a hit, this one a two-bagger to center field. Two batters later, Emily Buckwalter drove her in with a sacrifice fly.
The 1-0 deficit was quickly erased, though, by Otterbein’s offense. Alyson Shaw singled, stole second, and two batters later, Wierzbicki drove her in on a RBI groundout. Near the end of the frame, Bailey McElwain doubled to right field plating two more.
Kenyon showed a little fight to cut the deficit to 7-3 in the fifth. Grace Pilz doubled to left center and Nicole Horita followed with a homer to right center.
It was the most runs given up this season by the Ladies as Jace Juliano took the loss going 2 1/3 innings and allowing four runs. Offensively, Kenyon struggled, hitting .159 in the doubleheader.
Kenyon will look to rebound on Thursday when it hosts Capital University (2-10) for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
Shaky defense costs Kenyon doubleheader
Trying to wrap up a two-week, spring-break schedule on a positive note, the Kenyon College baseball team struggled with defensive play Saturday and dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Washington College Shoremen. The Lords committed seven errors on the day, lost Game 1, 10-3, and then fell, 3-0, in Game 2.
The defeats concluded a streaky trip for the Lords, who lost their first six games and then followed with six straight wins before being swept by Washington. The team returns to campus with a 6-8 overall record and will not play again until Tuesday, March 27, when it hosts Muskingum University.
Otterbein 9, MVNU 0
Mount Vernon Nazarene University Women’s Tennis took the courts at the Kenyon Athletic Center against Otterbein for its first match in over a month, and the Cardinals came away with a dominant 9-0 victory.
The Cougars were outmatched in this one against the NCAA Division III opponent, though there is plenty of opportunity to continue to improve throughout the spring season. Full results from the day’s play is included below, as sophomore Sarah Higgins played perhaps the most competitive match at No. 2 singles, falling 6-2, 6-2 to Makayla Sutter.
In doubles play Gaby Reyes and Jayna Morehouse were downed 8-2 at the No. 1 flight, while Shelbi Keller and Aly Landis fell 8-2 at the No. 3 position.
MVNU (5-11) will next host Concordia University on Friday at 5 p.m. on the Ramser Tennis Courts, weather permitting.