March 9, 2012

Owens Express Softball Opens Home Season Against Defiance College JVs, March 19

Softball Team 2012PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College women’s softball will open its 2012 home season against Defiance College JVs on Monday, March 19. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at 4 p.m.

All home games will be played at the College’s Softball Complex on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. Admission to all home games is free.

The Owens softball program is guided by ninth-year Head Coach Duane Lanham. His Assistant Coaches are Kevin Snyder and Sara Fleming.

Express women’s softball completed the 2011 season with a 44-5 overall record and captured its tenth OCCAC (6-2 record) title in the program’s history. Owens was ranked No. 8 in the final NJCAA Division II women’s softball regular season poll.

The women’s softball team also advanced to its second NJCAA Division II National Championship tournament where they finished second among 16 participating intercollegiate teams. Owens lost to Louisiana State University-Eunice 10-0 in the NJCAA Division II National Championship game. The Express is the first women’s intercollegiate athletic program in school history to advance to the national championship game.

Early in the 2012 season, Owens has compiled a 7-0 overall record following games played in South Carolina.

“I am pleased with the early season success of this ballclub,” said Lanham. “The team has really put forth a lot of hard work and effort. Our goal is to improve each and every day and compete. We have a great group veterans and incoming freshmen that want to build on last year’s success. I expect our team to compete for another conference title and play well in the postseason.”

Owens has eight players returning from last year’s team, including Allison Hausch of Bryan (Bryan H.S.), Ashlyn Michalak of Temperance, Mich. (Springfield H.S.) and Michelle Hollister of Newport, Mich. (Airport H.S.).

In 2011, Hausch, a sophomore catcher, was named to the NJCAA All-Region XII Tournament Team. She collected 30 hits, scored 14 runs, had 21 RBIs and compiled a .448 batting average. Michalak is a sophomore pitcher and earned OCCAC Academic All-Conference honors last season. She posted an 11-1 record with a 2.59 earned run average and one save for the Express. Last year, Hollister, a sophomore shortstop and second baseman, collected 42 hits, 27 runs, 39 RBIs and 15 doubles as well as a .378 batting average. Her postseason honors included OCCAC Academic All-Conference selection.

Lanham’s squad also returns Taylor Redinger of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.) and Kasey Graham of Oregon (Clay H.S.). Redinger, a sophomore catcher, scored 11 runs, had 12 RBIs and compiled a .364 batting average. Graham is a sophomore pitcher. She compiled a 5-0 record with a 2.94 earned run average and one save last year. In addition, Graham was named OCCAC Academic All-Conference.

Returning sophomore student-athletes to the Owens team also include Sydney Barron of Monroe, Mich., first base/third base (Jefferson H.S.); Tabitha Britt of Maumee, outfield (Maumee H.S.), and Hallie Thompson of Oregon, second base/shortstop (Clay H.S.).

Express first-year players to the women’s softball program are Mareshah Scott of Maumee, outfield (Maumee H.S.); Olivia Reeder of Martin, catcher (Genoa H.S.); Amanda Sinay of Oregon, outfield (Cardinal Stritch H.S.); Alyssa Lassey of Ida, Mich., infield (Ida H.S.); April DeCant of Delta, second base (Liberty Center H.S.); Hannah Shank of Van Buren, infield/outfield (North Baltimore H.S.); Katie Butler of Maumee, first base (Maumee H.S.); Leona Euler of North Baltimore, pitcher (North Baltimore H.S.); Katlyn Whitmarsh of Monroe, Mich., outfield (Monroe H.S.); Jaylee Glad of Temperance, Mich., outfield (Ida H.S.); Hannah Morrison of Curtice, third base (Genoa H.S.); Melanie Iacoangeli of Monroe, Mich., outfield (Ida H.S.); Kendra Craig of Deerfield, Mich., outfield/catcher (Summerfield H.S.); Lexi Sheets of Carrollton, pitcher (Carrollton H.S.), and Aja Hall of Fostoria, third base (Fostoria H.S.).

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.