Quakers upset Ohio Northern, split DH with Polar Bears
WC takes opener in extra innings
April 17, 2012
Danielle Monnier went the distance as the Quakers upset Ohio Northern in the opener of an OAC doubleheader.
Elise Mariner’s RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Wilmington College to a 4-3 upset win over league-leading Ohio Northern in the opener of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at the WC Softball Complex Tuesday afternoon. The Polar Bears earned a split with a 1-0 win in the nightcap.
Wilmington is now 4-8 in the OAC, 13-19 overall. Ohio Northern moves to 10-2 in the conference, 19-7 for the season.
The opener featured something for everyone — pitching, defense and clutch hitting — as the Quakers collected one of the biggest wins in team history.
“It was a great win for us. We came out and played good team ball,” Wilmington head coach Beth Floyd said. “Ohio Northern is a great team, and we played good ball to beat them.”
The Polar Bears jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Wilmington starter Danielle Monnier (Houston) was all but untouchable from that point forward.
After threatening but coming up empty handed through four innings, Wilmington took the lead in the fifth when Catlin Shilling (Waverly) drilled a three-run homer — her third of the season — to dead center field.
“Catlin came up huge for us. We got two people on and she just attacked the first pitch she saw. That was a huge momentum shift for us and helped give our kids the confidence that they could win,” Floyd said.
Ohio Northern tied the game with a run in the sixth, and the game went to extra innings tied at 3.
Monnier shut the Polar Bears down in the eighth and Wilmington got busy in the home half of the inning.
Erika Lee (Blanchester) singled to center and went to third on a Kelsey Becker (Clarksville, Ind.) double. One out later, Mariner (North Canton/Hoover) slapped a single through the left side to chase Lee home with the game-winning run.
“Elise came through. She is a tough kid and she loves to win,” Floyd said.
Monnier evened her record at 7-7 with the complete-game victory. The sophomore struck out seven.
“Danielle pitched amazing. She did an outstanding job of mixing speeds and had command of the strike zone,” Floyd said.
Shilling, Kerri Cunagin (Circleville/Teays Valley) and Becker had two hits apiece to lead Wilmington’s 12-hit attack.
Game two was a classic pitchers’ duel between Jess Clutter (Englewood/Northmont) and Ohio Northern’s Dani Steepe.
The Polar Bears scored what proved to be the game’s lone run in the third inning.
Wilmington was limited to two hits — a double from Stacy Lunsford (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) and a Brooke Byrne (Wilmington) single.
Clutter gave up eight hits over seven innings and fanned three.
“Jess gets better every game. With her and Danielle and Catlin, we have a solid pitching staff,” Floyd said. “Jess refused to give them anything. She got ahead and changed speeds well.”