GLIAC Softball: Ohio Dominican, Wayne State reach tourney final

After losing to eighth-seeded University of Findlay in the first round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference softball tournament on Friday, Ohio Dominican University turned things around in a big way.
The Panthers won three elimination games on Saturday and will face Wayne State in the GLIAC softball championship today at the Marathon Diamonds in Findlay.
Ohio Dominican knocked off Walsh 7-1 in the first elimination game on Saturday, scored five runs in the fourth inning to defeat Ashland 5-2 in the second game and cruised past Grand Valley State 11-3 in the last game to win the loser’s bracket.
Wayne State trailed 2-0 after the first inning of its’ game with Grand Valley State in the winner’s bracket, but scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and added two more in the bottom of the seventh to win 3-2 and advance to the championship game. The Warriors have won 15 straight games.
Ohio Dominican (29-26) and Wayne State (40-9) will play at 10 a.m. today, and if necessary, the second game will be at noon. The Panthers must beat Wayne State twice to win the title.
WINNER’S BRACKET
WAYNE STATE 3, GRAND VALLEY STATE 2
Grand Valley State 200 000 0 — 2 4 1
Wayne State 000 010 2 — 3 5 1
WP — Butler (20-4). LP — Gevaart (12-2). top hitters: (WSU) Hentschel HR, 2 RBI; Ingratta 2B. (GVSU) Bria. Taylor 2B, 1B; Cleary 1B, RBI.
records: Wayne State 40-9, Grand Valley 29-11.
LOSER’S BRACKET
OHIO DOMINICAN 7, WALSH 1
Walsh 000 000 1 — 1 6 3
Ohio Dominican 021 130 x — 7 9 0
WP — Stamzel (19-13). LP — Rohr (17-12). top hitters: (ODU) Fishel 3-1B; Hinmton 3B, 2 RBI; Sanner 2B, 1B, RBI; Weber 2B, RBI. (WU) Anderson HR, 1B, RBI.
records: Ohio Dominican 27-26, Walsh 29-19.
OHIO DOMINICAN 5, ASHLAND 2
Ashland 000 010 1 — 2 10 3
Ohio Dominican 000 500 x — 5 4 0
WP — Stanzel (20-13). LP — Flanigan (5-5). top hitters: (ODU) Albanese 3B, RBI; Thomas 2B. (AU) Menhart 2B; Alley 2-1B, RBI; Weber 2-1B; Seidler 2-1B, RBI.
records: Ashland 27-18, Ohio Dominican 28-26.
ohio dominican 11, grand valley state 3
Grand Valley State 011 010 — 3 8 2
Ohio Dominican 104 402 — 11 11 1
WP — Fishel (6-5). LP — Andrasik (12-7). top hitters: (GVSU) Cleary HR, 1B, 2 RBI; Briauna Taylor HR, 1B, RBI. (ODU) Hinton HR, 2B, 1B, 6 RBI; Thomas HR, 2B, 1B, 3 RBI; Albanese 2B, RBI.
records: Grand Valley State 29-12, Ohio Dominican 29-26.

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