Courtesy of Home MAC Athletic Communication Departments
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped the second of a two-game series with Bowling Green State University, 6-1, Sunday, April 21, at Varsity Field. The Eagles (12-29-1; 2-12 MAC) had just three hits, while BGSU (23-17; 7-9 MAC) plated six runs on eight hits.
The Green and White scored one run on three hits in the loss. Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford) went 1-for-1 with a double, while Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) and Cassidy Jenkins (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) each had singles for EMU.
Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) made the start for Eastern, tossing five strong innings. Ignowski (7-7-) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, while punching out five. Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) threw the final two innings and allowed three runs, two earned on four hits. Paris Imholz (14-6) went 5.2 innings for BG and allowed one unearned run on two hits. Jamie Kertes picked up her fifth save of the season after allowing one hit in 1.1 innings.
Eastern used a dropped toss over to first in the second to get an early 1-0 lead. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) led off the inning with a walk before Loe dropped down a sacrifice bunt. After getting the bunt down, Loe was able to reach with a mishandled toss over to first base, allowing Stanton to get to third. Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) hit a sharp liner to deep centerfield, scoring Stanton from third.
The Falcons took the lead in the ensuing half inning. Emily McClelland led off the inning with a triple down the leftfield line bringing Hannah Fulk to the plate. Fulk launched a pitch over the fence in leftfield to give BGSU a 2-1 lead in the third.
The Eagles finally broke Imholz in the bottom of the fifth when Jenkins put a grounder back up the middle for the first hit of the game for EMU.
Bowling Green extended their lead to two runs, 3-1, in the sixth. Marisa Shook led off the inning with an infield single, marking the end of the day for Ignowski. After getting a pair of quick outs, Rich let up a single to Adrienne Dick to score Erika Stratton from second.
BG added a trio of runs in the top of the seventh to make it 6-1. McClelland led off with walk, followed by a Fulk single and a Paige Berger single to load the bases. After getting two bases loaded outs, Stratton ripped a single to right field, scoring Fulk, while Berger came around to score when the EMU right fielder fumbled the ball, making it 5-1. With runners at first and third, pinch runner Jessica Gregg took off to steal second, on the throw Katie Yoho took home to make it a final of 6-1 at Varsity Field.
The Eagles are off until Friday, April 26, when they host Miami University for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Varsity Field.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball team moved to 13-1 in Mid-American Conference play with a Think Pink doubleheader split versus Miami Sunday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.
The split also moves the Cardinals’ overall record to 29-13. Miami goes to 17-24 (10-4 MAC) with the split and maintains its lead in the MAC East Division.
In support of cancer awareness, the Cardinals wore special pink jerseys (donated in part by Country Shack) during Sunday’s games which will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana - Little Red Door.
Other auction items include gift cards from Amazing Joe’s, Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Eye Candy Beauty Design and Twisted Scissors Salon, as well as a Breast Cancer Awareness Luggage Set.
Fans can start their bidding now by visiting http://ballstatesports.com/softball and clicking on the link to the Think Pink Auction which runs until Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
Another highlight of the day was the day’s ceremonial first pitch which was thrown out by Tasha Rinehart, who is currently fighting breast cancer. Rinehart is the sister of current Ball State freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker.
Schifferdecker road the momentum from her sister’s first pitch into her start in the second game, recording her first career complete game shutout.
Over seven innings, Schifferdecker limited the RedHawks to just two hits and one walk. After Miami tallied 12 hits in the opening game, Schifferdecker retired 21 of the 24 batters she faced, including a pair of strikeouts in the first inning.
After being limited to just a pair of hits in the first game, the Cardinals responded with 10 in the second, including a fourth-inning leadoff home run from junior first baseman Taylor Rager. Rager finished the second game 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter also had a strong showing in the nightcap, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore pinch hitter Jessica Craft also drove in a pair of runs with a clutch two-out double in the bottom of the fourth.
The Ball State softball team returns to action Tuesday with its final non-conference mid-week game of the season. This time, BSU will travel to Bloomington for a 6 p.m. first pitch versus the Indiana Hoosiers.
Miami handed Ball State its first league loss of the season with a 3-1 win in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader at the BSU Softball Complex.
Myers picked up the win the contest, entering the game in relief and throwing the final 3.2 innings. During that span, she held the Cardinals hitless while issuing three walks. She also struck out four BSU batters.
Jenna Modic started in the circle for Miami, giving up one run and BSU’s lone two hits of the game over 3.1 innings.
The Cardinals looked ready to pull ahead big early, loading the bases in the top of the first. Sophomore designated player Loren Cihlar opened the inning with a bunt single, while a fielder’s choice allowed Stuedemann to reach. Gilbert followed with a single to left, while Rager drew a walk to load the bases.
Carpenter would then drive in BSU’s lone run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field. A unfortunate bounce off the leg of the Miami pitcher Modic right to the third baseman off the bat of Robertson would lead to the final out of the inning.
Miami tallied their first two runs of the game in the fifth on RBI singles from Modic and Shanya McIntyre to pull ahead 2-1.
The RedHawks tallied an insurance run in the top of the seventh on another RBI single from Modic to give the game its final score of 3-1.
Freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach suffered her first league loss in the contest, falling to 12-8 on the year after surrendering 12 hits and three runs over 7.0 innings. She would strikeout one Miami batter.
Behind the strong pitching performance from Schifferdecker, the Cardinals rebounded from their first MAC loss of the season with a 6-0 win in the nightcap.
After a quick two outs in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals used three straight singles to push across the game’s first two runs. Junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert started the rallied with a single to left, while Rager followed with a single to center. Gilbert advanced to third on the play, while the throw to third allowed Rager to advance to second.
Carpenter then dropped a single just out of reach of the Miami shortstop to give BSU the game’s first two runs.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Ball State pushed the score to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth with three more runs. Rager opened the frame with a solo blast over the center field wall, while a single from Carpenter and a Miami error on a ground ball from senior catcher Sadie Robertson put a pair of runners on with two outs.
After a double switch put junior pinch runner Julie Cortez at second and sophomore pinch hitter Craft at the plate, Craft smashed a double over the Miami right fielder’s head to make the score 5-0.
Ball State would post the game’s final run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a RBI double from Rager. Sophomore designated player Hanne Stuedemann opened the inning with an infield single, while Gilbert singled through the right side to put a pair of runners on. Rager followed with a RBI double which drove in freshman pinch runner Briana Evans to right to make the score 6-0.
Paige Myers suffered the loss in the game, throwing the first 3.0 innings and surrendering six hits and four runs (three earned). She fell to 8-13 on the season with the loss.
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday falling to Northern Illinois, 6-4, in extra innings in the opener and 6-0 in the second game. Prior to today's game, the Bulls honored their four-member senior class.
UB got on the board first in the opener, taking advantage of a two-out error in right field and getting an RBI single from junior Heather Ryder. The Bulls remained ahead until the top of the fourth when Northern Illinois scored three runs to take the lead against UB starter Tori Speckman.
The Bulls came back in the bottom of the fifth, putting together a pair of runs. Junior Sammi Gallardo and freshman Anissa Pinedo hit back-to-back doubles to open the inning, pulling within 3-2. Holly Luciano came in to run for Pinedo and after advancing to third she came home on a sacrifice fly from Ryder to tie it up at 3-3.
Neither team was able to score in the sixth or seventh as the game went to extra innings, the second straight extra inning game for UB. The Huskies hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth to go up 6-3 and the Bulls were able to get just one run home in the bottom half of the inning.
Speckman picked up the loss despite striking out seven and not walking a single batter. Gallardo went 3-for-4 from the plate while freshman Ryleigh Fitzgerald also had a multi hit game.
In the second game, the Huskies had a four-run inning in the second to take the early lead and chase Ryder, who started for Buffalo. The Bulls were only able to record two hits in the game as NIU tacked on single runs in the third and fifth. The Huskies looked to be in business in the sixth inning, putting runners on first and second with no outs, but Gallardo robbed the Huskies by diving to grab a line drive at second and than doubling up the NIU runner.
Ryder picked up the loss in the second game while Pinedo and Ryder picked up the two hits. Freshman Nicole Aviles gave the Bulls three innings of scoreless relief.
The Bulls will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday against Canisius. First pitch is at 4:00 pm.
AKRON, Ohio – Akron center fielder Taryn Allmon extended her hitting streak to six games, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, but the spark was not quite enough to ignite the Zips' offense in a 4-2 eight-inning loss to Ohio Sunday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.
UA broke a 13 and one-third inning scoreless drought in the bottom of the seventh when pinch runner Iesha Mountain came home on a Bobcat wild pitch to tie the game at one and send the game into extra innings.
Akron (18-22, 4-10 MAC) left a combined three runners on base over the course of its last two at-bats, its comeback falling short in the extra frame as Ohio (23-22, 6-8 MAC) exploded for three runs in the top half of the eighth.
Erin Seiler went the distance for the Zips in the circle, moving to 12-15 on the season and striking out a career-high 11 batters in her eight innings of work.
Saturday's winner Savannah Jo Dorsey picked up the victory, and Bobcat reliever Lauren McClary came in to get the last out of the game which was enough to get credit for the save. The two teams engaged in an early pitchers' duel, combining for just five hits in five scoreless innings. Dorsey joined Seiler with double figure strikeouts as well with 10.
Allmon ripped a leadoff triple down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Zips their best chance to get on the board first with no one out and a runner on third, but she would be one of seven Akron runners left stranded in the game.
The Bobcats plated the first run of the day in the top of the sixth after Seiler's uncharacteristic second walk of the inning loaded the bases with two outs. Shortstop Amanda Dalton singled to shallow center field to bring in one, but Ohio was caught trying to sneak across a second run on the same play and Allmon easily threw the runner out at home for the third out.
UA was forced to counter in the seventh inning, and Jessica Schneider got the ball rolling with a leadoff single giving Mountain the chance to work her magic on base. The sophomore stole second and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt from McKenzi Rhodes, eventually scoring on the Dorsey wild pitch.
Ohio third baseman Raven King picked up her only hit of the day in the top of the eighth but it was a big one, in the form of a two RBI triple to right field that put the Bobcats ahead 3-1. They would score one more on a sacrifice fly to extend the advantage to 4-1 before the Zips had their last chance at the plate.
Back-to-back singles from Kellie Roudabush and Alissa Birkhimer with one down brought up the tying run in Rachael Ratcliffe. Akron's right fielder went down swinging, but Schneider came through again with a single to center, driving home Roudabush for the Zips' only RBI on the day. Rhodes stepped in and saw a 3-0 count go full before she slapped one back up the middle. The ball deflected off the pitcher's glove but was recovered by the shortstop in time to get Rhodes at first as Ohio held on for the win.
Akron returns to the diamond for a midweek non-conference doubleheader against in-state foe Dayton on Wednesday, April 24. First pitch of game one is slated for 3 p.m. at Lee Jackson Field. UA dropped a pair of games to the Flyers last year at Dayton on March 25, by scores of 3-1 and 2-1. MAC play will resume next weekend when the Zips embark on their final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan Softball dropped a heartbreaker in eight innings to Toledo, 3-2, on Sunday, April 21. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Chippewas gave up three runs, including a solo homerun in the top of the eighth.
Central Michigan took a 2-0 lead into the third inning before giving up two runs to the Rockets. After a pop up by Courtney McCarthy, Lani Ernst singled to centerfield for Toledo’s third hit of the game. Jessica Lemieux hit a deep triple to right field to bring in Ernst. Lindsey Tobias came to the plate with one out and hit a sac-fly to centerfield to even the score at 2-2.
Junior Morgan Yuncker came in as relief for junior Chelsea Sundberg in the third inning and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. She struck out three batters and held Toledo to four hits. Senior Kara Dornbos came in to close in the seventh inning, stranding two Rockets on base and holding them scoreless.
Senior Macy Merchant hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to represent the go ahead run. Senior Summer Knoop kept the home-side alive with a single up the middle. Junior Cory DeLamielleure stepped to the plate with two on and two outs, but hit into a fielder’s choice that caught Knoop at second to end the seventh.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Marla Gooding hit a homerun over the left field wall to put Toledo up 3-2.
The Rockets held Central Michigan to a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth to end the Chippewas’ seven-game win streak.
Central Michigan scored first in this contest with two outs in the first inning. Back-to-back walks put DeLamielleure and sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer on first and second. Freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit a single to right-center field to bring DeLamielleure home.
In the second inning, senior Brogan Darwin extended the Chippewas’ lead with a one out, solo homerun to left field. It was Darwin’s first homerun of the season, ninth of her career.
Darwin and Rentschler led Central Michigan with two hits and an RBI each. Knoop finished 2-4 from the plate. Sundberg pitched 2.2 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. Dornbos surrendered two hits and a homerun in 2,0 innings.
Gooding finished the game 3-3 with the game winning homerun. Lemieux went 3-4 with an RBI and a run. Seven different batters for Toledo had hits. Gooding pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up two earned runs and nine hits.
The Chippewas will travel to Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 23, to take on the No. 9 ranked Michigan Wolverines. First pitched is scheduled for 6 p.m.
KENT, Ohio – The sun was shining and the weather just a touch warmer. Whether that had anything to do with the Kent State softball team breaking out of its mini-offensive slump is up for interpretation.
All that mattered today (April 21) was that the Golden Flashes came away with an 8-2 win at the Diamond at Dix over Western Michigan to sweep a two-game Mid-American Conference series from the Broncos.
Kent State (21-16-1 overall) now stands 11-5 and second in the MAC East division, just a half game behind front-runner Miami (Ohio) at 10-3. Western Michigan (13-25) slips to 4-8 and fifth in the MAC West.
"We look at sweeps and you have to be able to do that to stay in the conference race," Kent State head coach Karen Linder said. "Everyone had great energy and was determined to get this one today."
Kent State was making just its second appearance of the season this weekend at the Diamond at Dix and things got off to a rocky start. On Friday, Northern Illinois limited the Flashes to just five total hits in two games as it swept the doubleheader, 5-1 and 4-3.
The Golden Flashes only tallied one hit in the opening game of the two-game series with Western Michigan yesterday (April 20), but utilized seven walks and opportunistic base running to rally for two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 2-1 win.
No such drama was needed today as the Flashes erased an early 2-0 deficit with a seven-run second inning to put the Broncos out of reach. The Flashes collected nine hits, including two doubles, in the win.
Senior center fielder Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Freshman third baseman Michele Duffy (Phillipsburg, N.J.) went 2 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI.
"I'm real happy with what Lauren has done in the cleanup spot for us the past couple games," Linder noted. "She really has stepped up. Michele also had a really good day at the plate for us."
Sophomore left fielder Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio) went 1 for 4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Sophomore right fielder Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) went 1 for 3 with a double and run scored.
Junior right-hander Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio) gave way to sophomore right-hander Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) after allowing a pair of first-inning runs. Johnson shut down Western Michigan the rest of the way, allowing no runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings to improve to 16-8.
Johnson also defeated Western Michigan in the series opener yesterday (April 20) by allowing just three hits and one earned run over seven innings.
"Emma did a nice job of coming in and stopping [Western Michigan's] momentum," Linder said. "She did a real nice job in both games."
Kent State returns to action when it travels for a 3 p.m. / 5 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday (April 24) at Penn State.