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John Carroll advances to OAC Tourney finals with record setting 15-9 win over Muskingum

By Jay Garneau

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ADA - The third-seeded John Carroll softball team broke the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament record with 15 runs as they defeated fourth-seeded Muskingum 15-9 in the semifinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at the ONU Softball Field Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Blue Streaks improve to 25-15 and advance to the finals, to take place Saturday at 1 pm.

The Muskies drop to 22-20 and fall to the loser’s bracket, where they will play the winner of Ohio Northern and Mount Union Saturday at 11 am.

JCU was led by sophomore Olivia Mathews, who went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs, while fellow sophomore Erin Riccardi went going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.

JCU got out to a quick start, scoring three runs on singles by senior Julie Marlowe, sophomore Olivia Mathews and a two-run single by sophomore Brittany Danilov to take a 3-0 lead.

Muskingum answered with two in the bottom of the inning when a two-run single by sophomore Ashley Price plated sophomore Chelsea Kaunert and sophomore Aly Mazzei to cut the deficit to 3-2.

In the bottom of the second, Muskingum tied the game at 3-3 on an RBI double by Kaunert that scored freshman Jendy Weppler.

After Riccardi hit her seventh home run of the season as she led off the third, but Boda answered with her sixth homer of the season in the bottom of the inning.

Muskingum then took the lead when Heagan walked and came around to score on a wild pitch, making it a 5-4 Muskies lead through three.

John Carroll burst out for seven runs in the top of the fifth including back-to-back home runs by Riccardi and Mathews to start the inning. After an RBI groundout, a two-run double by sophomore Michelle Murphy scored Danilov and junior Angela Vistocco. A Marlowe RBI single and Riccardi sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 11-5.

In the top of the sixth, back-to-back singles by Vistocco and Danilov set the plate for three more JCU runs. After an RBI groundout, a Muskingum error and Marlowe RBI single made it a 14-5 game.

The Muskies picked up two runs in the bottom of the frame when Price drilled a two-run double to the left field. Another RBI double by senior Chloe Moloney cut the lead to 14-8.

Mathews added a solo shot in the top of the seventh, her second of the game, pushing the lead to 15-8.

Despite a Muskingum RBI double in the bottom of the seventh, John Carroll won the game by a 15-9 score.

Senior Sam Thompson picked up the win by tossing 3.0 innings in relief to improve to 11-6 on the year, while Price gets the loss for Muskingum and moves to 11-8, despite posting four RBIs offensively.