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Cancelled
Adrian
vs. Denison
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Sat Mar 17
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Denison
at Centre
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Sun Mar 18
Final
2 Denison
8 at Centre
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Sun Mar 18
Final
0 Hanover
1 vs. Denison
@ Danville, KY in Danville, Ky.
Fri Mar 23
Final - 5 innings
1 Rochester (Mich.)
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Mar 23
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5 Rochester (Mich.)
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Mar 26
Final
2 Denison
4 at Muskingum
in New Concord, Ohio
Mon Mar 26
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5 Denison
3 at Muskingum
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Wed Mar 28
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2 Otterbein
7 Denison
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Wed Mar 28
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6 Otterbein
2 Denison
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Sat Mar 31
Final - 6 innings
1 Denison
9 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Mar 31
Final
13 Denison
10 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Thu Apr 05
Final
1 Kenyon
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 05
Final - 6 innings
4 Kenyon
12 Denison
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Sat Apr 07
Final - 5 innings
12 Denison
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Sat Apr 07
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5 Denison
3 at Oberlin
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Sun Apr 08
Final
1 Thomas More
0 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 08
Final - 5 innings
4 Thomas More
12 Denison
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Tue Apr 10
Final
4 Wittenberg
6 Denison
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Tue Apr 10
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2 Wittenberg
1 Denison
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6 Mt. St. Joseph
5 Denison
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6 Mt. St. Joseph
8 Denison
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2 Denison
1 at Wooster
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Fri Apr 13
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2 Denison
1 at Wooster
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Tue Apr 17
Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
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Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
in Defiance, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
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3 Hiram
13 Denison
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Final - 5 innings
1 Hiram
22 Denison
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Final - 5 innings
1 Capital
10 Denison
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3 Capital
8 Denison
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Final - 5 innings
11 Denison
1 at Marietta
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8 Denison
1 at Marietta
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Final
1 DePauw
0 Denison
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Thu Apr 26
Final
4 DePauw
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 29
Final - 6 innings
9 Denison
0 at Allegheny
In Meadville, Pa.
Sun Apr 29
Final
9 Denison
5 at Allegheny
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Final - 10 innings
5 DePauw
4 vs. Denison
@ SPRINGFIELD, OH in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final
10 Allegheny
14 vs. Denison
@ SPRINGFIELD, OH in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final - 13 innings
5 Denison
4 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
Sat May 05
Final
4 Denison
5 vs. DePauw
@ Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio - NCAC Tournament
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Big Red and Wittenberg split softball doubleheader

Laura Bagan |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Laura Bagan | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  Denison split a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader with Wittenberg on Tuesday afternoon.  The Big Red won game one behind six strong innings from Sarah Herold.  In game two, Wittenberg staved off a Denison rally in the seventh to escape with a 2-1 win.

In the opener, Denison third baseman Amanda Howell delivered the game's first big hit when she blasted an opposite field three-run home run over the wall in right field, scoring Lauren Secaras and Herold.

In the circle, Herold had things under control, striking out nine through five innings. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Herold started things off with an infield single.  Secaras moved her over to third base with a double to the wall in left.  One of the game's biggest moments occurred when Howell hit a comebacker that was fielded by Wittenberg pitcher Chelsea Zang.  She attempted to look Herold back to third before retiring Howell at first base.  Instead of retreating to third, Herold bolted for home plate as soon as Zang released the throw to first and her heads-up base running gave Denison a 4-0 lead.

With Secaras on third, Laura Bagan stroked an RBI single through the right side of the infield to put DU on top, 5-0.  Lindsey Clemson kept the rally going with an RBI single to scoring Bagan.

The Tigers got on the board in the sixth with two runs off three hits.  Herold worked out of a jam by inducing a groundout to third base.

After a lead-off walk in the top of the seventh, Herold was relieved by Secaras with Denison on top, 6-2.  After walking Elise Freeland, one run scored on an error with Missy Lee at the plate.  Abby Curnutte poked a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Freeland.  With one out and the potential tying run at the plate, Secaras fanned Zang on three pitches then got Rachel Black to ground out, ending the game.

Herold got the win and improved to 6-3 while Zang dropped to 3-6.  Herold allowed six hits and two earned runs with nine strikeouts.  She was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Secaras was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Howell finished the day 1-for-2 with four RBIs and one run scored.

In the nightcap, the game was scoreless until the sixth when Wittenberg's Lee reached on an error to start the inning off Denison starter Colleen Hoffman.  A double by Curnutte scored Lee, giving Wittenberg a 1-0 lead.  Secaras took over for Hoffman and Wittenberg's pinch runner, Elaina Adams advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Secaras battled back, retiring the next two batters, but a two-out single by Alex Gibson scored Lee with the second run of the game.

Denison made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh.  Clemson led off with a base hit to left.  Brennah Dutcher reached base on an error by the shortstop.  With runners on first and second and one out, Emilie Fisher fouled out to the third baseman.  Herold followed with an infield hit to the shortstop in which she beat out Lee's throw.  With Clemson trying to score on the play, Lee made a throw to the plate but Clemson was called safe.  Black made the quick decision to fire a throw to third where Hoffman, who was pinch running for Dutcher, was caught in a run-down for the final out of the game.

The Tigers escaped with the 2-1 victory behind a complete game effort from Abby Haab.  She scattered six hits and did not allow an earned run while striking out six.

Hoffman took the hard-luck loss for Denison. She pitched five innings surrendering only two hits and zero earned runs.  Clemson led DU at the plate in game two, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Denison moves to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the NCAC while Wittenberg's record moves to 11-15 and 3-1 in conference play.