Sunday's Softball Results

Updated 2/10/2013


Sunday's Softball Results
Eastern Michigan  5, Kennesaw St.  6
Akron  4, St. John's  2
Ohio  8, Rider  0
Sam Houston St.  3, Northern Illinois  5
Akron  1, Tennessee Tech  3
Western Michigan  1, Cal St. Northridge  6
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan  5, Kennesaw St.  6
KENNESAW, Ga. ( – Despite scoring two runs in the seventh to tie the game at five runs apiece, the Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped a 6-5 decision to Kennesaw State University Sunday, Feb. 10. The loss was the final game for EMU at the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational where they finished the five-game slate with a 2-3 record.
The Eastern (2-3) offense was paced by multi-hit performances from Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) and Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Catholic Central). Blaharski went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, a double and a walk, while Nicholson posted a 2-for-4 game with a run batted in. Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) posted a pair of RBI on a double in the second, while Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township).
Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) made the start for the Green and White going 2.2 innings, allowing four runs, on five hits. Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) tossed the next 1.2 innings for EMU, but was touched for a run on a hit, while allowing three walks. Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) went the final two innings in the loss. Wells (0-3) was charged with the loss after allowing a run on four hits. Amanda Henderson (3-0) was credited with the win for the Owls after tossing the final three innings and striking out five Eagles.
Kennesaw State opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, posting a three-spot. Sara Sikes led off the inning with a single to right-centerfield. A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases for KSU, Angie Dascoli grounded into a fielder's choice to score Sikes. In the next at-bat Kaylee Williams hit a fly ball to centerfield scoring Carly Van Auken to make it 2-0 in favor of the Owls. Caitlin Fowler single drove in a run with a single to the shortstop giving them a 3-0 edge.
Eastern fought back scoring a pair of runs in the second. Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) singled to centerfield but was tossed out at second on a fielder's choice by Mady Hostetler (New Haven, Ind.-Woodlan). With two outs, Aoife Duffy (Powell, Ohio-Olentangy Liberty) walked to put runners at first and second, setting the stage for Lucas. Lucas roped a double to centerfield scoring both Duffy and Hostetler to make it 3-2.
The Eagles were able to tie the game up in the third. Blaharksi led the inning off with a double to left-centerfield, and advanced to third on a groundout by Stanton. Nicholson was able to drive in Blaharski in the next at-bat with a single through the left side, knotting the score at three apiece.
The tie was short-lived as Kennesaw State answered with a run in the bottom half of the third. Alexis Collins drove in Williams on a double down the leftfield line to give the Owls a 4-3 edge. KSU added to their lead in the fifth when Van Auken singled in Kendal Robinson in the fifth take a 5-3 lead with two outs.
The Eagles used a two-run top of the seventh to get back into the game. Lucas led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. She later moved up to third on a groundout by Abby Davidson (Westerville, Ohio-Olentangy Orange). In the next at-bat, Blaharski walked putting runners at first and third with one out. Stanton grounded out to second in the next at-bat, scoring Lucas and moving Blaharski to second. Nicholson followed Stanton with a single and a throwing error moved the runners up a bag, scoring Blaharski, tying the game at five runs each.
The Owls return-fired in the bottom half of the seventh, taking the game 6-5. Jensen Hackett led off the inning with a double to left-centerfield. Hackett moved up to third on a groundout and was later driven in by Dascoli on a single to leftfield.
Eastern does not continue its 2013 campaign until March 1, when the Eagles travel to Boca Raton, Fla. for a tournament at Florida Atlantic University. EMU will open the FAU Tournament with a doubleheader, first taking on Jacksonville University at 1 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. match with Florida Atlantic.
Akron  4, St. John's  2
Seiler picked up her second victory of the season in game two of Saturday's doubleheader in a thrilling 4-2 win over St. John's (N.Y.). The freshman issued four strikeouts against two walks in seven innings of work.
The Zips grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first after leadoff hitter Keelia Nester scored with two outs following an error by the Red Storm's third baseman.
Akron struck again in the third when Roudabush knocked a single up the middle to drive in Allmon, who reached scoring position thanks to a Nester sacrifice bunt. Birkhimer followed with a single of her own to right field, and the Zips' two baserunners would then advance on a passed ball.
Schneider walked to load the bases with one out, forcing St. John's to make a pitching change to stop the bleeding. The Red Storm was able to minimize the damage, taking down Akron's next two batters to end the inning.
A two-out, two-run RBI from St. John's shortstop evened the score at two apiece in the bottom half of the third, and the two teams would be locked in a tie for the next three innings.
The Zips broke free in the top of the seventh as Nester and Roudabush pounded back-to-back singles with one down to get Akron rolling. Birkhimer reached on the Storm's second error of the day, pushing Roudabush to third and driving home Nester to give UA a 3-2 lead.
Erin Pond entered to run for Birkhimer and stole second, giving Schneider the chance to extend the advantage. She would do just that with a sacrifice fly to bring in Roudabush and make it 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Seiler came out and took care of business, sitting the Storm down in order to preserve the win.
The Zips (2-2) return to the field next weekend when they travel to Charleston, S.C. for the College of Charleston Cougar Classic. Akron will play a single game on Friday, Feb. 15 vs. James Madison at 6 p.m. before doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
Akron  1, Tennessee Tech  3
After taking three Tennessee Tech pitchers for 11 hits in their season opener, the Zips struggled to find a rhythm at the plate in a 3-1 loss to the Golden Eagles Saturday morning.
Two scoreless innings went by before Akron threatened for the first time in the top of the third, when McKenzi Rhodes doubled down the left field line.
Taryn Allmon laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch runner Alexa Montesano to third, and Roudabush walked two batters later to put runners on the corners with two outs. With Alissa Birkhimer at bat, Montesano was picked off trying to steal home to end the inning.
UA didn't have to wait long for another crack at a score, as Birkhimer returned to the plate in the top of the fourth and reached first on a dropped fly ball. Iesha Mountain came in to run and promptly stole second, then advanced to third on the ensuing ground out from Jessica Schneider.
Rachael Ratcliffe drove in Mountain and reached safely on a fielder's choice to put the Zips up 1-0. Shawna Hochstetler would walk, and Rhodes would get to first on a fielding error to load the bases with two outs. Akron was unable to capitalize however as Allmon struck out for the third out.
TTU countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, and snuck one more across in the fifth as UA retired in order in two of the last three frames.
Seiler and MacKenzie Conrad split time in the circle with Seiler picking up the loss. 
Ohio  8, Rider  0
GREENVILLE, N.C. - With its fourth straight victory--an 8-0 drubbing of Rider on Sunday morning--the Ohio University Softball Team (4-1) has won four of its first five games in back-to-back seasons. The Bobcats, after dropping their first game of the ECU Pirate Classic to Towson, are now on a four-game winning streak.
During this winning streak, Ohio has outscored its opponents by a massive 23-5 margin. The Bobcats have hit .281 as a team and slugged at a rate of .542. Ohio has recorded 27 hits, three doubles, two triples, six home runs, and collected 11 walks. During the same period of time, Ohio pitchers held opponents to a .204 batting average and 20 hits while collecting 25 strikeouts.
Freshman pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey threw a gem in Ohio's final game of the ECU Pirate Classic, recording a complete game, two-hit shutout of Rider. The native of Grove City, Ohio, showed great control within the circle, striking out seven batters while only walking one. Dorsey had a no-hitter going until the top of the fourth inning, when Allysen Breeden singled to the left side of the infield with one out.
On the offensive end of things, Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) had a massive game. The senior went 2-3 at the plate, with both of her hits being home runs. Gellerman's two home runs brought around a game-high five RBI.
Ohio got on the board right away, plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning. A walk by Alexia Cortez (Beaufort, S.C.) proved to be important, as Gellerman blasted a two-run shot just one batter later to put the `Cats on the board.
Dakota Pyles (Galloway, Ohio) registered her first career home run on Sunday, hitting a two-run shot in the bottom of the second inning to give the Green and White a 4-0 lead. Gellerman then came up with two outs in this inning and hit a three-run shot to center field, bringing around Biz Eyrise (Brookfield, Wis.) and Amanda Dalton (Salem, Va.) to score.
Ohio's final run of the game came via a solo shot from Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) in the bottom of the third inning.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Friday, Feb. 15 at the 2013 Louisville Slugger Classic. Ohio will face two top-25 teams at this competition, opening the tournament against current No. 5 Oregon and No. 19 UCLA.
Sam Houston St.  3, Northern Illinois  5
WACO, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team defeated Sam Houston State, 5-3, in the tournament finale at the 12th annual Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas Sunday morning.
A day after tallying one hit in two games, the Huskie (3-2) bats came alive against Sam Houston State. Northern Illinois pounded out nine hits on the afternoon and three Huskies tallied multi-hit games.
"This weekend was a huge step forward for the program," said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. "Opening the season 3-2 against the competition we faced is a great start."
Erika Oswald (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) led the way for the Huskies going 2-for-3 from the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a base on balls, while Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Northern Illinois took the early with two runs in the top of the second. With runners on second and third with one out, Oswald doubled down the left field line to drive in pinch runner Murielle Vansach (Chicago, Ill./Gordon Tech) and Miller.
After the Bearkats responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, NIU retook the lead with two runs in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) delivered and RBI single to left field to drive in Oswald. A Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) groundout drove in the second run of the game to give NIU a 4-2 advantage.
With the score 4-3 in the seventh, NIU added an insurance run when Gremillion scored on a Barnett single. Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard), who came in to pitch in relief for Emily Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) in the sixth inning, pitched a scoreless seventh and sealed the win for NIU.
Norton earned the victory, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of work, while Sturm picked up the save. Barnett and Sturm were both named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances over the weekend.
"Jessica came in today and really shut them down to earn the save," Sutcliffe said. "JB [Barnett] had a big RBI today and played solid defense all weekend."
The Huskies return to the diamond Feb 22 when the Huskies travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to compete in the FAU "Strike-Out Cancer" Tournament. NIU opens the tournament against North Florida with first pitch set for 8 a.m. CT.
Western Michigan  1, Cal St. Northridge  6
TEMPE, Ariz. - Western Michigan softball fell to Cal State-Northridge, 6-1, in its final game of the 2013 Kajikawa Classic.  Freshman Melissa Palmer led the Broncos offensively with a .450 batting average.
The Broncos scored their lone run in the top of the seventh, already trailing. 6-0.  After Emma Bogart grounded out to second base, Christina Pigozzi singled up the middle.  Jenny Rohn reached on a fielding error and Palmer followed with an infield hit back to the pitcher, loading the bases.  Lesy Schalk earned the one-out walk, registering an RBI.  The bases remained loaded but Sabrina Gamboa struck out looking to end the threat and the game.
Palmer went 3-for-4 against CSUN on Sunday.  It was her second three-hit game of the tournament and gave her at least one hit in all but one game throughout the weekend.  Another freshman paced the Broncos in extra base hits in Arizona.  Gamboa had a pair of doubles, with one against Northridge, and a home run in her first tournament at the collegiate level.
Cal State-Northridge scored a run in both the third and fifth innings but broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth thanks in part to a three-run home run to give CSUN a six-run lead over WMU heading into the top of the seventh.
Western Michigan has a week off before heading to Bowling Green, Ky., for the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic hosted by Western Kentucky (Feb. 22-24).  The Broncos open play at the tournament against Dayton on Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. CT.
CORRECTION: Becca Shemberger should have been credited with the win over Cal Poly instead of Allyson Kus due to the fact that Shemberger entered the circle with the game tied in the eighth.  This correction is shown in the season statistics.