Tigers softball wins double victory Saturday against Oberlin


DePauw gave Oberlin College no chance in their second NCAC conference game of the season winning 10-0 and 9-3 in the double header Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers are now 8-12 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC play.
Sophomore Jen Ridge, hitting first for the Tigers, took a quick lead with a single, moved to second on senior Amy Hallet's bunt and made it home on freshman Haleigh Chasteen's single to left. The Tigers concluded the first inning 1-0.
By the end of the second the Tigers made it 3-0 as freshman Sammi Bell and senior Samantha Szyska scored.
Ridge said the team was in their element in Saturday's game play.
"We stuck to our game and played like we do in practice," Ridge said. "Our hitting came through and we got a lot of people on base. We played aggressively and well-executed plays to pull out the win. We played DePauw softball."
The Tigers shined in the fourth inning where they were unstoppable rounding out seven runs. Senior Jamie Story, up first to bat in the fourth, got a run to first base and switched out with junior Lauren Krumwiede.
Krumwiede stole second and continued to third on Szyska's bunt. Krumwiede stole home on one of Ridge's foul balls upping the score to 4-0. Freshman Catherine Conte hit next allowing for Hallet and Ridge to make it home by a deep hit to right field. Bell and sophomore Kay Wood scored finishing the inning. The Tigers finished the fourth up by 10.
The team came together and picked each other up throughout the game helping to lead them to success Wood said.
"Coach is always telling us to bend and not break, which helped motivate our team," Wood said. "It helped us get through tough sports in the game to play as DePauw softball."
Ridge led the Tigers with three of the 15 total hits, while Chasteen, Catherine Conte, Bell and Szyska each had two hits.
Junior pitcher Emily Bichler led the Tigers striking out the Yeowomen four out of five innings, her only hit given up in the third to sophomore Kelsey Stein.
The Tigers ended the first game on the eight-run rule in the top of the fifth leaving Oberlin without any points scored.
Head coach Hanrahan said the team focused on moving off the pitch.
"We got very strong pitching in both games that allowed for a good game and great defense behind the pitching," Hanrahan said. "Because we had great offense our team was able to play very free."
In game two the Tigers got off to another quick start leading the third 3-0, Krumwiede scoring two runs and Hallet scoring one.
Freshman Kahla Nolan pitched holding the Yeowomen till the fifth inning where they scored two runs, but the Tigers came back scoring three runs.
Three more runs were scored in the sixth totaling nine runs for the Tigers. Oberlin scored one more in the seventh, the final score 9-3.
To conclude the weekend's play, DePauw faced Hiram College on Sunday in a doubleheader in Hiram, Ohio. The Tigers continued their winning streak beating Hiram, 6-4, 7-1. The team will play Denison University, who defeated them in the conference championship last year, in their next conference game Tuesday afternoon on their home field.
To take on the Big Reds the Tigers plan to stick to their game and execute.
"This squad, after seeing so many top ten teams already, it won't be a surprise." Hanrahan said. "Drawing on that experience that we've already had, to be in the right mindset and to play good defense in pitching will be key for us facing Denison. The girls will be ready."