Softball Becomes Second Comeback Victim of OAC Tournament for Streaks; Raiders Play at 11 AM Saturday

Leigh Siedlak (Photo by JT Higgins)
Leigh Siedlak (Photo by JT Higgins)

ADA, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team lost an early lead and fell to John Carroll, 4-2, in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinal Friday afternoon in Ada. The Purple Raiders (21-19) saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end.

John Carroll scored twice in the top of the 7th inning to complete the comeback after trailing 2-0 early. Michelle Murphy, Olivia Matthews, and Colleen Brady delivered consecutive doubles to give the Streaks a 4-2 lead that they would hold onto.

Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) delivered her team-leading sixth home run with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning for an early 2-0 lead.

John Carroll tied the game with a pair of runs in the 5th inning. With one out, Erin Riccardi doubled to score Samantha Becker, ending the day for Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson). After a walk and RBI single by Olivia Matthews, Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was able to get out of the bases-loaded jam with the scored tied.

Willis (11-9) received the loss for the Raiders in 2.2 innings of relief duty. Willis allowed two earned runs on five hits in her first loss since April 12th against John Carroll. McAninch went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Brittany Danilov (21-5) won her second game of the day for the Blue Streaks.

Danilov recorded six strikeouts and allowed just two hits after the Raiders' two-run 1st inning.

John Carroll also trailed 2-0 after the 1st inning of their first game against Otterbein and trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the 7th before scoring twice for the walk-off win.

Mount Union will play the winner of Ohio Northern and Otterbein in an elimination game Saturday at 10 am. If the Raiders are victorious in that game, they must defeat John Carroll twice to claim the OAC Tournament Championship.

2012 OAC Softball Tournament
Ohio Northern University – Ada, Ohio
Friday, May 4

  • Game 1 - #2 John Carroll 5, #3 Otterbein 4
  • Game 2 - #4 Mount Union 6, #1 Ohio Northern 1
  • Game 3 - #2 John Carroll 4, #4 Mount Union 2
  • Game 4 - #1 Ohio Northern v #3 Otterbein, 5 p.m. - Elimination Game | Live Stats |

John Carroll 4, Mount Union 2 (May 04, 2012 at Ada, Ohio)

John Carroll........ 000 020 2 -  4  9  0      (29-13)
Mount Union......... 200 000 0 -  2  4  2      (21-19)
Pitchers: John Carroll - B. Danilov and M. Griffin. Mount Union - R. McAninch; B. Willis(5) and
B. Papp.
Win-B. Danilov(21-5)  Loss-B. Willis(11-9)  T-1:48  A-105
HR MTU - L. Siedlak (6).
Weather: 75 Partly Cloudy