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Weekly Sports Digest: March 27- April 2

Junior Kirsten Lightel set the ONU career strikeout record on Sunday against John Carroll. (photo/ ONU Sports Information)

At the conclusion of every week, the Northern Review will recap what happened that week in the world of Ohio Northern athletics, and will also preview the week ahead. Here are this week’s headlines:

Lightel breaks school career strikeout record

Junior pitcher Kirsten Lightel (right) broke the Ohio Northern career strikeout record in an 11-strikeout home performance against John Carroll on Sunday afternoon. Lightel broke the record (she currently has 314 Ks) in just 375.2 career innings, while it took previous record-holder Cortney Cash (‘10) 542.1 innings to set the previous record of 313.

Lightel currently has the lowest career ERA of any pitcher in Northern history at 1.53, and is third all-time in wins (42). She is 10-2 this season, with 72 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.71.

The junior struck JCU’s Angie Zappitelli out swinging for the second out of the seventh inning in game two of Sunday’s doubleheader to set the record. The Polar Bears lost the game, however, 5-0, and split the doubleheader with the Blue Streaks.

 

Men’s and women’s golf finish second, fourth respectively at Polar Bear Classic

Junior Zach Goodchild (below) finished second out of 53 golfers in the men’s eight-team match by shooting a 70 on Friday and 74 on Saturday, finishing two strokes over par. Senior Tyler Davis finished fifth by shooting a 76 on Friday and a 74 on Saturday, and was named to the All-Tournament Team, alongside Goodchild.

The men’s team finished second in the home event, which took place at Colonial Golfers Club (just five minutes from Ohio Northern). Northern finished 13 strokes behind first-place Tiffin. The women’s team finished fourth of 11 teams last weekend and were led by senior Ariana Tomasula, who finished eighth out of 67 golfers.

Tomasula shot an 87 on Friday and an 85 on Saturday, while senior Heather Comer and sophomore Caitlin Silva shot 177s and tied for 12th in the event.

Both the men’s and women’s golf teams will participate in the OAC Spring Invitational this weekend.

 

Baseball ends six-game skid, wins three straight

The Polar Bears ended a six-game losing streak last week with a road win over Defiance on Wednesday, before sweeping John Carroll in a road doubleheader on Sunday. They beat local rival Defiance 5-3 behind a solid pitching performance from freshman lefty Josh Mohr.

On Sunday, Northern allowed just six combined runs over two games in their sweep of John Carroll. Junior Hayden Shenefield recorded three RBIs in the team’s 6-3 game one win, while the ONU bats exploded for 16 hits in game two, as they won 14-3. Northern gave up over eight runs per game during their recent losing streak, but has given up just nine combined runs in their last three victories.

The Bears are 11-10 overall and 2-2 in OAC play. They will return to action this Saturday afternoon, when they host Mount Union in a doubleheader.

 

What to watch for this week:

The upcoming sports schedule is as follows:

Friday

Men’s lacrosse at Muskingum -- 7 p.m.

 

Saturday

Baseball vs. Mount Union -- 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Union -- 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Men’s tennis vs. Mount Union -- 1 p.m.

Women’s tennis at Mount Union -- 1 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse vs. Mount Union -- 1 p.m. (Senior Day)

Men’s & women’s track & field at Ohio Wesleyan Marv Frye Invitational -- all day Saturday

 

Sunday

Men’s & women’s golf at OAC Spring Invitational -- all day Sunday and Monday