Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
OLEAN, NY - The University at Buffalo softball team concluded Big 4 play on Tuesday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader at St. Bonaventure and finishing the year with a 5-1 mark against Big 4 opponents. UB dropped the first game in walk-off fashion, 4-3, but came back to win the second game 3-2.
Both teams recored two runs in the second inning of the opener, UB doing so without a hit, but did get several runners on base following St. Bonaventure errors. Groundouts from Alexis Curtiss and Dani Cowan scored the first two runs. The Bonnies then scored the next three runs, but UB tied it back up in the fourth on another unearned run as junior Holly Luciano singled up the middle, scoring pinch runner Kenzie Koch.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when St. Bonaventure put the first two runners on base and a two-out single scored the winning run. Despite pitching 5.0 solid innings in relief where she struck out six, Cowan picked up the loss.
The Bulls came back in the second game scoring two runs in the top of the first on the second home run of the season from freshman Anissa Pinedo, hitting a two run shot to center field. The Bonnies tied the game up in the fourth inning, but UB went back ahead in the top of the sixth.
Junior Holly Luciano hit a lead off single and stole second, advancing to third on an error from the catcher. She came in to score during the next at bat as Tori Pettine drove her in with a sacrifice fly. It was enough to hold up as relief pitcher Tori Speckman came in as pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball for her ninth victory of the season. UB managed just four hits, but it was enough for their 15th win of the season.
The Bulls will conclude the regular season this weekend, heading to Ball State for a doubleheader on Friday.
KENT, Ohio - The Kent State softball team dropped the opener, 6-3, but came back to win the nightcap, 5-4, to split a non-conference doubleheader today (April 30) against Cleveland State at the Diamond at Dix. Kent State is 24-18-1 overall, while Cleveland State stands 19-23.
"We lacked a little bit of energy in the first game and didn't have real good plate discipline," Kent State head coach Karen Linder said. "We've been going hard these past few weeks, and with finals coming up, the kids have a lot going on. We'll take [Wednesday] off to give them a mental break and come back on Thursday and have a good practice for this weekend's games [at Miami and Ball State]."
Kent State won the nightcap on the strength of a four-run first inning. The Flashes had seven hits in the game and received a solid pitching performance from junior right-hander Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio). McNeil allowed four earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts over six innings to improve to 5-6. Freshman right-hander Alyssa Frankenfield (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came on in the seventh and allowed just two hits in stalling Cleveland State's comeback bid and earning her first save.
Senior center fielder Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and senior first baseman Lauren Balodis (North Royalton, Ohio) went 2-for-3 with her third home run of the season. Junior second baseman Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while sophomore right fielder Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Kirkpatrick went 2-for-3 with a run scored in the opener. Junior shortstop Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Sophomore pinch hitter Ariele Patterson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) hit her first career home run, a majestic shot to center.
Frankenfield started the opener and pitched well despite the loss, allowing six earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Grimes went 2-for-6 in the doubleheader to become Kent State's all-time leader in career at-bats with 645. Grimes entered the day two behind Jess Carmichael who had 641 at-bats from 2008-11.
Kent State returns to Mid-American Conference play when it travels for a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday (May 3) at Miami. The Golden Flashes are 13-5 and first in the MAC East Division, and lead the second-place Redhawks by two games.
DAYTON, Ohio – The Miami University softball team got a pair of strong pitching performances from freshman Jenna Modic and junior Paige Myers, but fell in a pair of pitchers’ duels against Wright State on Tuesday. The Raiders took the opener, 2-1, and the nightcap, 3-2. The RedHawks fall to 18-29 on the season, while Wright State improves to 16-31.
Miami scored its opening game run in the top of the second inning. Modic led off with a walk. She was retired on a fielder’s choice groundout by Kayla Ledbetter. A single by Shanyn McIntyre moved Ledbetter to second base. Kylie McChesney also hit a fielder’s choice groundout that retired Ledbetter, but moved McIntyre to second base. A single from Allie Larrabee scored McIntyre and gave the RedHawks a 1-0 lead.
Modic had her second straight solid outing, only running into trouble in the bottom of the third. The Raiders scored two runs on three hits and an error to score the runs needed to earn the 2-1 win. Modic kept WSU off the board the rest of the way, allowing seven hits in six innings pitched.
Larrabee finished the opener 1-for-2 with one RBI. McIntyre was 1-for-3 with one run score.
Down 1-0 in the nightcap, the RedHawks would tie the score in the bottom of the second. McIntyre led off with a bunt single. Bree Lipscomb was also able to reach safely on a bunt. One batter later, Remy Edwards singled to left field to bring home McIntyre.
Wright State got single runs in the bottom of the second and bottom of the sixth off of Myers to take a 3-1 lead. Myers finished the day having allowed three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Trailing by two, Miami would rally in the top of the seventh. Modic would pinch-hit for Edwards and lead off with a single to center field. Edwards would reenter the game to run for her. Megan Mattera drew a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Tiyona Marshall. A single from Taylor Shuey scored Edwards and cut the deficit to 3-2. A sacrifice bunt from Kristy Arbour moved the runners up to second and third with only one out, but Miami would be unable to get the tying run home as the Raiders held on for the victory.
Shuey finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with one RBI. McIntyre was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Edwards was 1-for-2 with one RBI and one run scored.
The RedHawks return to action on Friday when they host Kent State for a key Mid-American Conference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The games will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan softball suffered a series sweep to visiting Valparaiso as the Crusaders, came out on top, 4-3 and 1-0, avenging a loss to WMU earlier this season.
All three of the meetings between this season between WMU and Valparaiso resulted in a one-run decision as the Broncos defeated the Crusaders, 2-1, at the Hilltopper Invitational on Feb. 24. The game one loss was also WMU's first at home against Valpo in the last 10 meetings.
The Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the home half of the first inning in game one. Melissa Palmer led off the game with a single to center field and later scored on a Jenny Rohn base hit to right field. Both would finish the game 3-for-4 at the plate with Palmer hitting her second triple of the season. For Rohn it was her 11th multi-hit game of the season, second on the team only to Palmer's 14. It was also her fourth three-hit game of 2013, second only to Palmer's seven.
Valpo answered right back in the top of the second and tacked on two more in the top of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Loren Nagy drove in the Broncos' third and final run of the game in the bottom of the third, reaching on a fielder's choice to score Diana Patterson.
Western Michigan's best chance at taking the lead back came in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Colleen Lynch reached on a fielder's choice followed by Elisha Handshoe drawing a walk. Megan Stamm singled to the shortstop but all three were stranded.
Game two was ultimately decided in the fifth inning when Valpo scored on a base hit to right field with a runner scoring from second base.
Western Michigan came to bat in the last of the seventh and put pressure on the visiting Crusaders and starting pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer. Caty Pixley led off with a single to right field and was sacrificed over to second by Emma Bogart. Palmer drew a walk to put the winning run aboard but the rally ended one batter later.
Weissenhofer became Valpo's single-season strikeout leader recording her 176th punch out in the third inning. WMU pitcher Mackenzie Shepeck had seven strikeouts in the loss.
WMU will face Notre Dame on Wednesday, May 1, in a make up game originally scheduled for March 27. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.