Walk Off Win Propels Tiffin To Doubleheader Sweep

Dawn Ondercin
(Photos by Ryan Baker, Baker Media Productions)
Dawn Ondercin (Photos by Ryan Baker, Baker Media Productions)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) held Tiffin University (13-14, 4-6 GLIAC) scoreless for six and two-thirds innings but a two out single by designated hitter Torrie Terry gave the host Dragons a 1-0 victory over Lake Erie College (5-18, 2-6 GLIAC) in game one of a Great Lakes Intecollegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Paradiso Fields in Tiffin, Ohio.

After a scoreless first three innings in game two, Tiffin's offense finally got to the Storm pitching en route to a 7-1 victory. 

It was a commanding pitching performance by Ondercin as she allowed six hits in the complete game, with six strikeouts and no walks.  However, she was matched and then some by the Dragons' Abbey Cooksey who picked up the complete game win while allowing just one hit and one walk with five strikeouts.  Neither team had a runner reach third base until the game's final play.

Lake Erie's lone hit in game one was an infield single by senior centerfielder Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) to lead off the sixth inning. 

Game two started in even stronger fashion on the mound as Lake Erie senior Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) and Tiffin's Amber Young each had perfect games going through three innings.  With one out in the fourth, the Dragons struck in a flurry after a leadoff out as four hits combined with a reached on fielder's choice and two Storm errors put six Tiffin runs on the board and Lake Erie behind the eight ball.  A leadoff double followed by a ground out and sacrifice fly extended the Tiffin lead to 7-0 in the fifth. 

Lake Erie finally broke up the no-hitter from Young in the bottom of the fifth, knocking her from the game after singles by senior Ali Heming (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) and sophomore Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) and a walk by Rathge loaded the bases with no one out.  The Dragons turned to Cooksey again as she kept the damage minimal.  She committed an error on a fielder's choice by sophomore Fayth Atkins (Holland, Ohio/Springfield) to allow a run to score but then worked out of the bases loaded, no out jam to keep the score 7-1. 

That's how the game would end as Ronde did not allow a hit in the final two innings but the Storm was unable to mount more than one baserunner in either of the final two frames. 

The Storm will stay in Tiffin tonight as the teams return to action for another doubleheader scheduled for a noon start Sunday.