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How Jenna Hollar became ONU’s most notorious base thief

Mar 26, 2018 - Comments: 0

Under an overcast spring sky, on a diamond lined with palm trees which swayed lightly in the wind, there stood Jenna Hollar.

After leading off with a single, she positioned herself on first base, rocking back and forth in an athletic stance. Her left foot in front and her right foot on the bag, she swayed as McDaniel (Md.) pitcher Cassie Rickrode began her motion.

It was the final game of Ohio Northern’s spring break trip, where they played 12 games in six days amid the Kissimmee, Fla. heat. While mentally and physically drained, Hollar knew what was on the line.

New-look Polar Bears clicking midway through Florida trip

Mar 08, 2018 - Comments: 0

After three straight days of doubleheaders at the Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Fla. -- six games crammed into a span of 72 hours -- the ONU softball team got Wednesday off to rest.

They deserved it, after all. They’re undefeated.

Northern is 6-0, the program’s best start since 2009, when they began the season 13-0 and would eventually advance to the NCAA Div. III Championships.

‘K’ is for Kirsten, now

Apr 13, 2017 - Comments: 0

Just two Sundays ago, on a pleasant afternoon with temperatures in the mid-60s, Kirsten Lightel was on the brink of history.

She needed one more strikeout to become Ohio Northern’s career leader in Ks. The junior had already retired 10 batters that day, but number 11 was the big one. With one out in the top of the seventh inning, John Carroll’s Angie Zappitelli, batting .365, was the next potential victim of history.

Northern's magical run ends in title game: My thoughts from press row

May 03, 2015 - Comments: 0
Senior Taylor Manahan bats during Sunday's OAC championship game. (ONU Sports Information photo)

The Ohio Northern softball team fell to Heidelberg in the championship game of the OAC tournament on Sunday afternoon by a score of 9-3. The Polar Bears had to fight their way back from a loss in their first tournament game, winning three in a row to make it to the title game. Freshman pitcher Kirsten Lightel threw 34 innings over the span of 50 hours this weekend, and the Bears fell one win short of an NCAA tournament birth.

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