Friday's Softball Results

Updated 2/9/2013


Friday's Softball Results
Kent State 5, Army 2
Kentucky  12, Western Michigan  1
Kent State  5, E. Tennessee  4
Ohio 4, East Carolina 3 
Eastern Michigan  0, Georgia Tech  12
Sam Houston St.  0, Northern Illinois  4
Eastern Michigan  6, Butler  1
Western Michigan  0, Cal Poly  1
Ohio  5, Towson  7
Northern Illinois 3, Illinois St.  1
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 5, Army 2
Kent State  5, E. Tennessee  4
AUBURN, Ala. – The Kent State softball its first two games of the Plainsman Invitational Friday at Auburn's Jane B. Moore Field.  The Golden Flashes topped East Tennessee State, 11-5, in the opener and then defeated Army in the nightcap, 5-2.
"You have to be pleased any time you can get two wins your first time out," said head coach Karen Linder.
The Kent State lineup did its damage early against ETSU, scoring all five runs in the first two innings. After being hit by a pitch, sophomore Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Sophomore Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio) moved her to third on a bunt single. Ramos was then thrown out attempting to steal second, but Kirkpatrick was able to come home on the play for the first run of the game. Junior Kim Morgason (Grove City, Ohio) reached on an error and scored on a double by senior Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio).
After surrendering three runs in the top of the second, the Flashes were able to regain the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning without recording a hit. An error, a walk, and hit batter loaded the bases for the Flashes. The bases were not full for long thanks to junior Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio), who knocked in three runs with a two-out double.
"We really took advantage of mistakes by the other team and came through with some clutch hits," Linder said. "Lauren and Abbey had clutch hits for us in that first game."
Kent State would only get one more hit the rest of the way, but that was all of the run support junior Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio) needed. McNeil recorded seven strikeouts in the complete game victory. She allowed six hits and was nearly unhittable aside from a pair of home runs by ETSU's Sam Carpenter that generated all of the team's four runs.
"Lauren gave up those two big hits, but other than that, she pitched very well for us," Linder said. " She was able to recover and shut down their momentum after the home runs. That was huge."
The Flashes never trailed in the nightcap, striking first on a throwing error in the third inning. A pair of walks and an error loaded the bases for Kent State in the forth inning. Freshman Lauren Kesterson (Everett, Wash.)  doubled down the left field line to clear the bases, just as Ledford had done in the opener. Kesterson finished 2-for-2 from the plate and scored two runs.
Sophomore Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) picked up where she did a season ago, striking out 11 batters and allowing just five hits in the victory.
"Emma took awhile to get in a rhythm, but once she did, she had a nice game."
Despite only nine hits on the day, the Flashes were able to produce 10 runs. They were able to capitalize on six errors by their opponents with timely hitting.
"As a team, we will be better hitting the ball than what we showed today," Linder said.
Kent State continues play at the Plainsman Invitational on Saturday against host Auburn at 1:30 p.m. and Furman at 4:00 p.m.
Kentucky  12, Western Michigan  1
Western Michigan  0, Cal Poly  1
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Western Michigan softball team picked up its first win of the 2013 season in dramatic fashion as Sabrina Gamboa's fourth-inning home run helped the Broncos to a 3-2 victory over Cal Poly in eight innings.
The Mustangs entered Friday's game 1-0 after defeating New Mexico in walk-off fashion on day one of the Kajikawa Classic but the Broncos made sure they didn't make it two in a row, coming from two runs down to take it in extra innings.
Elisha Handshoe began the rally with a lead off double in the third inning and pinch runner Jenny Rohn scored on a wild pitch.  Gamboa's first collegiate home run came on a 1-1 offering and sailed over the center field wall to tie the score at two runs apiece.
Playing according to international rules, Christina Pigozzi was placed on second base to start the bottom of the eighth inning.  Gamboa laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Pigozzi to third and Mackenzie Shepeck wasted little time in ending the game.  She pulled a 1-0 pitch through the right side of the infield to plate Pigozzi for the 3-2 win.
Freshman Allyson Kus worked five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits to earn the first win of her collegiate career.  Becca Shemberger worked the eighth inning, allowing a pair of walks, to earn the first save of her career.
The Broncos capped the night against 2012 NCAA Tournament participant Kentucky, falling in five innings by the score, 12-1.
WMU scored its lone run in the top of the second.  Caity Pixley led off the frame with a single to right field followed by Loren Nagy's first career double.  Two batters later Marleen Rodriguez scored pinch runner Colleen Lynch on a base hit through the right side.
Gamboa continued her hot start at the plate with a double down the right field line in the fifth. 
Melissa Palmer had the best day at the plate, going 3-for-4 against Cal Poly.  Shepeck collected a pair of hits against the Mustangs as did Rodriguez.
Through three games this season, Western Michigan has yet to play a regulation seven-inning game, having played two five inning contests and one eight inning tilt.
WMU continues play at the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday against San Diego State at 11:30 a.m. MT and close out the day against tournament host No. 4 Arizona State.  Follow @WMUSoftball for updates throughout the weekend.
Ohio 4, East Carolina 3 
Ohio  5, Towson  7
 The Ohio University Softball Team (1-1) split its first two games of the 2013 season on Friday afternoon, falling to the Towson Tigers and defeating the host East Carolina University Pirates during the first day of the 2013 ECU Pirate Classic.
Ohio fell to Towson, 7-5, in the first game of the day before bouncing back and defeating ECU in a close 4-3 affair to end the afternoon.
Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) had a terrific first day for the Green and White, hitting .800 (4-5), belting one double, one triple, and one home run en route to driving in two runs on the afternoon. The senior catcher slugged at a rate of 2.000 and also showed great discipline at the plate, earning two walks.
Gellerman was one of four Bobcats to record more than one hit during the first day of the 2013 season, as Alyssa Wolfe (three), Alexia Cortez (two), and Adrienne Gebele (two), all had multi-hit days. The ‘Cats hit .275 as a team on the first day of the season and struck out three fewer times than their opponents. 
Eastern Michigan  0, Georgia Tech  12
ATLANTA, Ga. ( – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped its second game of 2013 Friday, Feb. 8, as they fell 12-0, to Georgia Tech. The Eagles were only able to scrape out one hit from the Yellow Jackets in their second game of the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational.
Eastern (1-1) posted just one hit, which was a double off of the bat of Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales). Despite striking out just five times, the Eagles had just two base runners as Cassidy Jenkins (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) drew a walk.
In the circle, Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) made the start and went five innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits. Wells (0-1) struck out three and walked four in the loss. Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) went the final two innings for EMU. Rich was touched for six runs on three hits.
Georgia Tech posted their first run in the second inning when Morgan Taylor connected on a one-out single to score Kelly Delashmit, who was running for Karly Fullem, to give GT a 1-0 lead. Fullem had ripped a one-out double one batter earlier.
Eastern saw its first base runner in the bottom of the second when Herron roped a double to left-centerfield with one out. Jenkins later walked that inning to make it runners at first and second with two outs, however EMU could not convert.
The Yellow Jackets added a pair in the third to make it 3-0 after three innings of play. Georgia Tech ripped four base knocks to score in the third.
Eastern was able to hold the GT offense at bay until the sixth when the Yellow Jackets broke through for three runs on a pair of hits and a walk, making it 6-0. The Eagles could not return the favor offensively and saw Georgia Tech add six more runs in the seventh to cap-off the 12-0 loss in Atlanta, Ga.
The Eagles continue their road swing through Georgia Saturday, Feb. 9, when they take on both Kennesaw State University and the University of Butler. EMU and KSU square off at noon in Kennesaw, Ga., while the Green and White will hit the diamond at 4 p.m. to  faceoff with the Bulldogs.
Eastern Michigan  6, Butler  1
ATLANTA, Ga. ( – The Eastern Michigan University softball team opened the 2013 campaign with a 6-1 victory over the Butler University Bulldogs Friday, Feb. 8. The game was the first game in the 2013 Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational.
The Eagles (1-0) were led by freshman designated player Abby Davidson (Westerville, Ohio-Olentangy Orange) and senior catcher Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford (West Liberty)) who each posted multi-hit games. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) and Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) drove in a pair of runs each, while Nellie Coquillard (Nile, Mich.-Niles) added an RBI of her own. Stanton and Coquillard each blasted their first homers of the 2013 campaign.
Despite walking seven batters and hitting another, Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) went the distance in the circle, pitching seven innings. Ignowski (1-0) struck out six Bulldogs, while allowing just one run. Leah Bry (0-1) was charged with the loss for Butler after allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits.
The Green and White opened the scoring in the first innings by notching a pair of runs. Davidson led off the game with a walk and moved into scoring position after Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) laid down a sacrifice bunt. Stanton followed Blaharski with a two-run homer to give EMU a 2-0 lead after one inning.
Butler was able to get one run back in the second inning when Ignowski walked Devin Dearing with the bases loaded to make it 2-1.
It was all Eastern through the rest of the game, as they tacked on four runs through the next five innings. EMU put up a three-spot on the top of the fourth. After the first two batters of the inning made outs, the Eagles turned up the offensive pressure. Loe singled through the left side of the infield and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Mady Hostetler (New Haven, Ind.-Woodlan) roped a double to left center, for her first collegiate hit. Lucas was next to the plate and singled scoring both Hostetler and Myranda Barnes (Ypsilanti, Mich.-Belleville) who ran for Loe when she reached third. The Lucas single made it 4-1 in favor of EMU, but the Eagles were not finished in the fourth. Davidson poked a single in the next at-bat which brought Lucas in to score after the Bulldogs' leftfielder made an error, giving Eastern a 5-1 lead after four innings.
Coquillard launched a homer to right-centerfield in the top of the fifth to give Eastern the final tally of 6-1.
Eastern looks to drop the host of the tournament Friday, Feb. 8, as it takes on Georgia Tech for a 3 p.m. tilt.
Sam Houston St.  0, Northern Illinois  4
Northern Illinois 3, Illinois St.  1
WACO, Texas - Christina Sutcliffe'stenure as head coach of the Northern Illinois University softball team couldn't have gotten off to a better start as the Huskies opened the 2013 season by sweeping its doubleheader at the 12th annual Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas Friday afternoon.
The Huskies (2-0) were solid in every phase of the game in both contests, opening the day with a 3-1 victory over in-state rival Illinois State and scoring a 4-0 shutout over Sam Houston State in the second game. Northern Illinois pounded out 15 hits, allowed one run, and committed only one error on the day.
"We definitely came through when it mattered," Sutcliffe said of the performance by the Huskie offense. "We didn't try to do too much. We stayed within ourselves and came through when it counted."
Emily Norton(Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) picked up the win in her Huskie debut, allowing one run while scattering eight hits in seven innings of work against the Redbirds.
"She did a great job keeping them off balance," she said. "She did a great job fielding as well. A couple times we got in some trouble with runners on third and she made the pitch when it needed to be made."
Bryanna Phelan(Coal City, Ill./Coal City) led the way for the Huskies at the plate going 2-for-3 driving in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning.
With the scored tied 1-1 and runners at first and second with two outs, Phelan singled to the short. A little bobble by the Redbird shortstop, allowed pinch runner Kristyn Barrett (Monitcello, Ill./Monticello) to score and give NIU a 2-1 lead. Ashley Kopp(Burr Ridge, Ill./Hinsdale South) added an insurance run with a single.
Pitcher Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) and the Huskie defense shut out the Bearkats in Game 2. Jennifer Barnett(Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli), who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, jump started the Huskie offense, belting the first home run of the season over the right field fence to give NIU a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth. Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) singled to left to drive in pinch runner Jillian Mattor (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Beach). Gremillion then scored on a double by Shelby Miller(Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa). Miller scored the third and final run of the inning when she advanced to third on a wild pitch, then took home on an errant throw by the catcher.
"Jessica threw lights out," Sutcliffe said. "They're [Sam Houston State] a great hitting team and she kept pitching the ball in and out and kept them off balance moving the ball around."
The Huskies return to the diamond tomorrow when Northern Illinois takes on host Baylor University. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.