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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team was held scoreless in its annual Knock Cancer Out of the Park game Saturday, April 20, as they dropped a 4-0 decision to Bowling Green State University. The Eagles (12-28-1, 2-11 MAC) were held to just four hits, while Bowling Green (22-17, 6-9 MAC) scored four runs on four hits.
Lauren Wells (Lowell, Indiana-Lowell) was charged with the loss after starting her 14th game of the season. Wells (0-17) tossed the opening 5.1 innings and was touched for four runs, three earned, on four hits and four walks. Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) threw 1.2 hitless innings in relief for EMU. Jamie Kertes (9-10) made the start for Bowling Green tossing a complete game and walking just one batter and scattering just four hits.
Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) was the only Eagle to post a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3, while Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich-Bedford) and Katy Blaharski (Carlenton, Mich.-Airport) each had hits, with Blaharski's being her sixth double of 2013.
Runs were at a premium early with the first tally coming in the third inning. The Falcons were first to cross the plate when Hannah Fulk stole third, but then was able make it home on an errant throw by the catcher, Loe, putting BGSU up 1-0.
The Eagles could not register a hit until the bottom of the third, when Blaharski doubled to deep left centerfield. She did not remain on-base as she got caught in a pickle and was tagged out mid-way between second and third base..
Wells walked a pair of runners on in the top of the fifth and with one out Katie Yoho launched a 3-2 pitch deep to centerfield, clearing the fence and putting the Falcons up 4-0 where the score remained throughout the rest of the game.
With one out in the sixth, Wells allowed two runners on with one out before she was lifted, allowing Rich to take the mound in the top of the sixth. With runners at first and second the Eagles escaped the inning without allowing another run thanks in part to a great throw from Loe to catch Lexie Valone stealing.
Saturday's contest was the fifth annual Knock Cancer Out of the Park game as well as Eastern's Alumni Game. The annual fundraiser has generated over $20,000 for cancer research while the game drew the largest crowd of the season with more than 250 fans in attendance.
The Green and White will host the Falcons again, Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. when it will look to spilt the season series with the MAC East opponent.
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron softball team was unable to work around Ohio starting pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey as the Bobcats handed the Zips a 6-0 loss Saturday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field in Mid-American Conference action.
Both teams entered the contest with identical 4-8 marks in league play, but Akron fell to 18-21 overall and 4-9 in the MAC, while Ohio moved to 22-22 and 5-8.
UA celebrated its senior day prior to the first pitch, honoring the class of 2013 in left fielder Cassie Gleisner and first baseman Alissa Birkhimer.
Offensively the Zips tried to get out ahead in the count all day, but Ohio had other plans as Akron hitters managed just three hits and Dorsey struck out 12.
Four of Ohio's six runs came off the longball as the Bobcats used the gusty winds in their favor to launch three out of the park, including two in the top of the sixth.
UA threatened in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings with runners on first and second but could not find a way to bring them around, stranding six altogether on the base paths for the game.
Erin Seiler (12-14) was docked for the loss, throwing five and one-third innings and giving up eight hits. Lisa Lash was solid in her newly-found relief role, coming in to pitch one and two-thirds scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. The pair combined for seven strikeouts in the circle for Akron.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m. at Lee Jackson Field. Akron will hold its annual Teammates for Life Camp in the morning prior to the game, with all proceeds benefitting former Zips baseball player Alex Loftin who is undergoing a courageous battle with cancer. Walk-up registration is welcome and begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Stile Athletics Field House. For prices and more information, click here.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan won its seventh straight game, extending its win streak to 13 of the last 14 contests. The Chippewas blanked Toledo 3-0 on the arm of Senior Kara Dornbos, who gave up three hits and earned her fifth shutout of the season.
Central Michigan dominated the game defensively and put up eight hits on the Rockets. In the fifth inning, sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer doubled with senior Macy Merchant on third and two outs to put the Chippewas up 3-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore Trista Cox singled short to reach base with one out. Junior Brittney Horan hit into a fielder’s choice, forcing Cox out at second. Senior Brogan Darwin followed Horan with a hit to second base, but a throwing error over to first allowed her to reach safely and bring Horan into score, giving Central Michigan the 1-0 lead.
The Chippwas extended their lead in the fourth. Sexauer looked at four balls before junior Lauren Bowman came in as a pinch runner. Freshman Katelyn Rentschler put a ball in play but the Rockets were unable to make a play at second allowing both runners to advance safely. With two on and one out, Horan knocked a long, fly ball to left field for a double, scoring Bowman from second.
Horan finished the game 2-3 with an RBI, a double and a triple. Merchant continued to be a tough out, going 2-3 with a run. Dornbos pitched back-to-back three-hit performances, blanking Toledo for her fifth shutout of the season and surrendering no extra base hits. She now has 14 complete games on the season and 62 in her career, moving her into fourth in Chippewa history.
Jessica Lemieux led the Rockets with two of the team’s three hits. Kristen Roznoski accounted for Toledo’s other base hit. Marla Gooding pitched 6.0 innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs. She struck out two batters and walked one.
Central Michigan will be back in action tomorrow, April 21, for game two of the series against Toledo at 1 p.m. The Chippewas will look to continue their longest win streak of the season and earn its ninth win at Margo Jonker Stadium.
KENT, Ohio – On a chilly day at the Diamond at Dix, the Kent State softball team used solid pitching and defense along with some opportunistic base running to earn a 2-1 victory today (April 20) over Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan.
The Golden Flashes improve to 20-16-1 overall and stand second in the MAC East division at 10-5 behind Miami (Ohio) at 9-3. The Broncos slip to 13-24 and fourth in the MAC West at 4-7.
"The energy we brought today was excellent," Kent State head coach Karen Linder said. "This was a big win for us. Our pitching and defense kept us in it and gave us a chance to score some runs at the end. Winning at home is always important when you compete in such a tough conference."
Kent State was coming off a doubleheader on Friday (April 19) at the Diamond at Dix where it was swept, 5-1 and 4-3, by Northern Illinois. The Flashes managed just five hits between the two games.
Although Western Michigan outhit Kent State, 3-1, this afternoon, it was the Flashes who outscored the Broncos, 2-1.
Kent State trailed, 1-0, after Western Michigan sophomore left fielder Mackenzie Shepeck homered to left center in the top of the sixth. That's when the Flashes made their move.
Sophomore right fielder Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) walked to start the bottom of the sixth and advanced to second on a passed ball. Senior center fielder Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) then drew a walk and junior second baseman Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) singled sharply to right center to load the bases with no outs.
Western Michigan sophomore Becca Shemberger struck out freshman pinch hitter Shelbi Tilton (Massillon, Ohio), but an errant pitch got past freshman catcher Marleen Rodriguez and rolled to the backstop. It was all Kirkpatrick needed to score the tying run and all Grimes needed to plate the winning run.
Kirkpatrick and Grimes each walked twice on a day where the Flashes drew seven free passes.
Freshman shortstop Lauren Kesterson (Everett, Wash.) turned in a strong performance in the field with three putouts and two assists, while freshman third baseman Michele Duffy (Phillipsburg, N.J.) recorded six assists.
Sophomore right-hander Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) was sharp over seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run to improve to 15-8. Johnson struck out eight and walked one.
Kent State returns to the Diamond at Dix at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, April 21) for the final game of its two-game series with Western Michigan.