May 11, 2012

Alma College falls to second seed Ohio Northern in the last game of the day

In the last game of the day, Alma College faced Ohio Northern University to decide who would remain in the winner's bracket.

In a close game, with the second and third seeded teams facing off, Ohio Northern University came out on the winning end with a final score of 2-1.

"Pitching and defense is really what helped us win this game," Ohio Northern University's head coach Kim Burke said. "If you look at the whole game, we didn't hit very well so it was our pitching and our defense that definitely helped us win. This is a huge momentum shifter for us. It keeps on giving us the confidence to win it all."

The Scots led the game scoring first in the third inning but Ohio Northern University quickly responded with two runs of their own. The Polar Bears began scoring when Fr. Kelly Sheridan (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) cranked a hit far down the left line that earned her a double and an RBI.

The rest of the game remained scoreless for both teams, allowing the Polar Bears to hold on to their lead.

"It was a good old fashioned pitchers' duel between their pitcher and Louise," Alma College's head coach Denny Griffin said. "They both pitch very well and we just weren't able to get that one hit or two that they did in certain situations. It's just part of the game, unfortunately."

Jr. Abbey Bensing (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) pitched the entire game for Ohio Northern University and allowed only one hit but was unable to strike out any of the batters she faced.

"My team played great defense behind me," Bensing said. "After they scored coming right back and scoring two runs right off the bat really gave me momentum to just pitch my heart out. We're really fired up, we're really excited for the next game and we just want go home with another W."

Jr. Louise Rezmer (Essexville, Mich./Bay City All Saints) again pitched for Alma College allowing only two runs and striking out four of the batters she faced.

Offensively, both teams struggled to string together hits and the Scots tallied one, compared to the Polar Bear's four hits.

The Scots will play John Carroll Saturday at noon and the Polar Bears continue tournament play against Trine University Saturday at 2 p.m.

written by student SID Maria Castaneda