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Softball Facing Otterbein for an OAC Series This Weekend

Photo by Ellen Nilback
Photo by Ellen Nilback





WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College softball team continues Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play with a four-game series against Otterbein University this weekend. The Fightin' Quakers will host the Cardinals for two games on Saturday and travel to Westerville for twinbill on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday (note time change) and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Teams: Wilmington and Otterbein. The Fightin' Quakers enter the weekend with a 9-11 overall record including an even 8-8 mark on OAC competition after falling in 3-of-4 games to Muskingum University last weekend. The Cardinals are 8-12 on the season and 5-11 in conference play after being swept in four contests by Baldwin Wallace University.

The Coaches: Beth Floyd is starting her 14th season as Wilmington's softball head coach. She is the winningest softball coach in school history and is also the College's associate director of athletics. Floyd has led the Quakers to the program's first winning season with a 20-16 record in 2013. Brook Donovan, a Coastal Carolina University graduate, begins her third season as head softball coach at Otterbein.

The Hitters: Two Wilmington freshmen – Arianna Layne and Lindsey Carter – lead the team in batting average over a .340 clip with Layne leading the squad in home runs with five and RBIs with 20. Sophomore Lizz Hadley and senior Megan Crager both hit over a .300 clip with Hadley driving in 10 runs. Otterbein has hit 18 home runs as a team. Hannah Dobrinick and Katrin Wierzbicki have combined to hit half of them, and coincidentally, both lead the Cardinals in average.

The Pitchers: Alexis Stringfellow, Lindsey Carter and Hayley Suchland have all pitched over 33 innings for Wilmington. Stringfellow has a team-best 3.00 earned run average while Suchland has 24 strikeouts. Brook Crosby and Jess Gunter both have over 30 strikeouts for the Cardinals' pitching staff.

Series History: Wilmington is 5-21 against Otterbein in the last decade with the Cardinals winning 3-of-4 to open the season in mid-March. More information on the series history can be viewed by visiting the link above.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Coverage: Live statistics of all four contests and live video of the doubleheader at Wilmington will be available – visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington faces Ohio Northern University for a four-game series next weekend.