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Thu Apr 05
Final
1 Kenyon
7 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 05
Final - 6 innings
4 Kenyon
12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 07
Final - 5 innings
12 Denison
0 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sat Apr 07
Final
5 Denison
3 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Sun Apr 08
Final
1 Thomas More
0 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 08
Final - 5 innings
4 Thomas More
12 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 10
Final
4 Wittenberg
6 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 10
Final
2 Wittenberg
1 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 12
Final
6 Mt. St. Joseph
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 12
Final
6 Mt. St. Joseph
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 13
Final
2 Denison
1 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Fri Apr 13
Final
2 Denison
1 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Tue Apr 17
Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 17
Cancelled
Adrian
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
in Defiance, Ohio
Thu Apr 19
Cancelled
Denison
at Defiance
in Defiance, Ohio
Sat Apr 21
Final - 5 innings
3 Hiram
13 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 21
Final - 5 innings
1 Hiram
22 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 22
Final - 5 innings
1 Capital
10 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Apr 22
Final
3 Capital
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Apr 25
Final - 5 innings
11 Denison
1 at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Wed Apr 25
Final
8 Denison
1 at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Thu Apr 26
Final
1 DePauw
0 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
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
In Meadville, Pa.
Fri May 04
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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Denison softball is peaking as NCAC Tourney approaches

Denison opens NCAC Tournament play on Friday  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Denison opens NCAC Tournament play on Friday | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio - After wrapping up the regular season with a 26-8 mark, Denison softball has earned the No. 2 seed in the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which will be played at top-seeded Wittenberg in Springfield, Ohio on May 4-5.

The Big Red's first matchup comes against third-seeded DePauw at 10 am on Friday, May 4. In the regular season, the Big Red split two games against the Tigers in Granville on April 26. DePauw took the first game 1-0, and the Big Red bounced back for a 5-4 win in game two.

In the other opening round game of the tournament, No. 1 Wittenberg will take on No. 4 Allegheny at 12 p.m. on Friday.

The Big Red has been a well-oiled machine on offense, hitting .347 as a team (including eight hitters with more than 50 at-bats hitting above .300) with a .407 on-base percentage and 23 home runs. All three marks were tops in the NCAC. In the circle, Denison led the NCAC in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and batting average against (.237).

Senior pitcher Sarah Herold finished the season amongst the NCAC's most honored players, three times being named the conference's pitcher of the week. In the circle, Herold sports an 11-4 record through 16 starts, including 14 complete games. Showing pinpoint control throughout the season, Herold has struck out 100 batters and walked only 16. At the plate, Herold is batting .358 with two home runs and 21 RBI.

First baseman/pitcher Lauren Secaras was also a force on both sides. The senior leads Denison in several offensive categories, hitting .433 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs en route to becoming Denison's all-time career RBI leader. Secaras boasts a .478 on-base percentage and is slugging .827, both of which were also team-highs. In the circle, Secaras is 4-1 in 14 appearances, with two saves.

Junior Colleen Hoffman is 9-3 in 13 starts, with four complete games. Hoffman has struck out 50 batters and allowed just a .231 batting average against. On April 21, Hoffman threw her first career no-hitter against Hiram.

Offensively, Emilie Fisher, Laura Bagan, and Amanda Howell are having strong seasons. Fisher is hitting .385 and leads the team with a .485 on-base percentage. Bagan has belted five home runs and is slugging .580, while Howell has blasted four home runs and leads the team with 35 RBIs.

Since its inception in 2011, Denison has claimed six NCAC Tournament championships, the most of any program. Denison has made 15 trips in the NCAC Tournament, which is also a conference record.