Otterbein baseball, softball and lacrosse teams have had an action-packed week.
Baseball dropped a couple of close contests this week. On Tuesday, the Cards lost 5-3 to visiting Ohio Wesleyan. Starting pitcher Travis Engard pitched for roughly six innings, allowing one earned run. Outfielder Tim Snyder was three for four at the plate.
The Battling Bishops led 3-2 going into the ninth inning, scoring two runs in the first half. Those runs proved to make the difference, as Otterbein fell short by finishing 5-3.
Otterbein took the diamond again on Wednesday, losing 7-6 to Bluffton. Shortstop Ben Beachy hit his first home run of the season, going two for four and scoring three runs. Snyder had three RBIs on the game, going two for five in hitting. The Cards had an opportunity to win the contest in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out, but Dante D’Andrea was able to earn the save to preserve the Bluffton victory.
The baseball team sits at 7-7 heading into the weekend, where it will open conference play with a double-header at home against Mount Union this afternoon.
Otterbein softball lost a pair of games on Wednesday against visiting Mount St. Joseph by scores of 3-2 and 2-1. Runs were at a premium in both contests.
In game one, the sixth inning was the deciding frame with the score even at 1-1. The visitors plated two runs, gaining an advantage. Otterbein responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the sixth, but was unable to even the score in the next inning. Maria Herron had two RBI, going two for three at the plate and scoring two runs.
Game two was another low-scoring affair: the Cards lost with a score of 2-1. Mount St. Joseph scored a pair of late runs in the sixth and seventh innings to win. Anna Edwards registered a strong pitching performance, going roughly six innings with six strikeouts.
The Cards will open conference play by traveling to Mount Union.
Women’s lacrosse won a non-conference affair by a score of 19-1 over Thomas More. With the win, the team improves to 2-6 overall. Abby Smoot led the Cards in scoring, tallying five goals on the contest. The team will open conference play this afternoon at home against Mount Union at 1 p.m.
Otterbein men’s lacrosse dropped to 5-3 on Wednesday evening, losing 19-4 against Kenyon. Joe Sanfillipo scored two goals during the game. The Cardinals will open conference play at Mount Union this afternoon at.