The University of Findlay softball team will face top-seeded Ohio Dominican in a 10 a.m. contest on Friday in the first round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference being hosted by UF and being played at the Marathon Diamonds Complex.
Ohio Dominican, 25-25 overall, is the only team in the GLIAC tournament without a winning record. The Panthers earned the top seed, though, by going 21-5 in GLIAC play and winning the league title.
The hottest team in the field could well be second-seeded Wayne State. The Warriors are 37-9 overall and enter the GLIAC tournament riding a 12-game winning streak.
Wayne State faces No. 7 seed Ashland (25-16) and No. 3 Saginaw Valley (26-9) takes on No. 6 Walsh (28-17) in two first-round games starting at noon on Friday. In addition to UF’s matchup with Ohio Dominican, No. 5 Northwood (26-14) and No. 4-seed Grand Valley State (27-10) meet in a 10 a.m. opener.
Findlay, 22-17 overall, was 13-13 in GLIAC play. Hillsdale was also 13-13 in the league, but UF was 2-0 in head-to-head matchups between the teams.
The GLIAC tournament continues Saturday and concludes Sunday. Second-round pairings will be determined by Friday’s first-round results.
Magni earns OAC honor
ADA — Ohio Northern senior Matt Magni, who fired a complete game in a 2-1 victory over Division I Valparaiso last Tuesday, has been named has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.
Magni (3-0) struck out five, allowed just four hits and did not give up an earned run in the victory.