LIMA – History was made at the University of Northwestern Ohio on Sunday.
For the first-year UNOH softball program, Sunday marked its first-ever home appearance as the Racers hosted Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference-foe Aquinas College for a doubleheader.
However, it wasn’t the way the Racers wanted to start off play on its home
UNOH dropped both games of the twin bill as it opened WHAC play 0-2.
In Sunday’s opener, a five-run sixth inning for Aquinas broke the game open as the Saints went on for an 8-2 victory.
Aquinas (10-7, 2-0 WHAC) pounded nine base hits against UNOH (10-8) pitching in the first game.
The Racers also hit the ball well, collecting seven hits.
However, UNOH left eight base runners stranded.
In the second game, Aquinas recorded 10 hits and got a complete-game pitching performance from Caitlyn Hensel for the win.
In the first game, former Bath standout Camille Martin went 2-for-3 at the plate. Martin plays shortstop for the Racers. Martin went 1-for-4 in the second game.
Martin came into Sunday’s action hitting .439. Her UNOH teammate Shelby Lucas (Shawnee), UNOH’s second baseman, went 1-for-4 in each game. Lucas entered Sunday’s action hitting .462.
In the first game, Erica Gulik pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Racers, before being lifted in the sixth. Gulik was tabbed for six runs on seven hits. She struck out three and walked one.
Chelsea Miller came in and closed out the game for UNOH.
Megan Plum had the big hit for UNOH, a home run in the fifth inning.
In the nightcap, Casey Yingst started on the mound for the Racers.
The freshman right-hander worked four innings before being pulled. Yingst gave up two runs on four hits. Miller came in to pitch the rest of the way.
The Racers, who boast 13 freshmen on the roster, have enjoyed some success on the road, going 10-6 away from home.
UNOH coach Tracy Coffman has been pleased with her team so far this season.
“I’ve been pretty proud of this bunch,” Coffman said. “We’re not going to use the ‘young’ thing as an excuse. But for a young team, we’re doing a lot of good things. The WHAC is a very competitive league. So, we’re going to have to continue to fight and get better every day.”
For Martin, playing at UNOH has been rewarding.
“It’s been a great experience and we have a good team,” Martin said. “We’re behind our pitchers and our defense is getting better. We’ve made some mistakes and that’s what a young team will do. But, we’ll continue to get better.”
Sunday’s games were extra special for Martin. She said it didn’t take long to shake off the nerves.
“It was very nerve-racking for the first game here. After the first couple at-bats, I was back to my normal playing,” she said.
For Lucas, playing on the same team with Martin has been special.
“I love playing with Camille,” Lucas said. “I feel comfortable. I know if I make an error at second, I know she will be there. … She has my back.”