May 6, 2011

Softball Upsets Top-Seeded Ohio Northern in OAC Tournament

ADA, Ohio -- Fourth seeded Mount Union shut out top-seeded Ohio Northern, 1-0, in the first round of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Friday in Ada.

The Purple Raiders (20-15) advance to a Friday afternoon semifinal game against No. 3 seed Baldwin-Wallace, which knocked off fellow regular season co-champ and No. 2 seed John Carroll, 3-0, earlier in the day.  The winner advances to Saturday's 1 pm championship game.

Sophomore pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) allowed only four hits in the complete game shutout.  Ohio Northern has been shut out only three times this season and McAninch has two of those as she beat the Bears 2-0 last Saturday.

The game's only run came in the top of the second inning as senior Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) started the frame with a single.  After being bunted over to second, she advanced to third on a single by Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia) she would come home on a throwing error while Mayo attempted to steal second.

McAninch made the lead stand including getting out a jam in the sixth as Ohio Northern's first two runners reached and tying run got to third base before she tossed three-straight strikeouts to end the threat.

Mount Union 1, Ohio Northern 0 (May 06, 2011 at Ada, Ohio)
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Mount Union......... 010 000 0 -  1  5  2      (20-13)
Ohio Northern....... 000 000 0 -  0  4  2      (24-11)
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Pitchers: Mount Union - Rachel McAninch and Mara Palombaro. Ohio Northern - Maggie Molnar and Kimi Blewett.
Win-Rachel McAninch(10-5)  Loss-Maggie Molnar(6-5)  T-1:42  A-118

2011 OAC Softball Tournament
May 6-7, 2011 - at ONU Softball Field, Ada, Ohio - Hosted by Ohio Northern

| OAC Tournament Program (.pdf) |

Friday, May 6

  • Game 1 - #3 Baldwin-Wallace def. #2 John Carroll, 3-0 | Box Score |
  • Game 2 - #4 Mount Union def. #1 Ohio Northern, 1-0 | Box Score |
  • Game 3 - #3 Baldwin-Wallace v #4 Mount Union, 3 pm | Live Stats |
  • Game 4 - #2 John Carroll v #1 Ohio Northern, 5 pm

Saturday, May 7

  • Game 5 - Game 3 Loser v Game 4 Winner, 11 am
  • Game 6 - Game 3 Winner v Game 5 Winner, 1 pm
  • Game 7 - Game 6 Winner v Game 6 Loser, If Necessary, 3 pm
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