Friday's Softball Results

Updated 2/27/2010
Friday's Softball Results
Miami 4, Rutgers 3
Tennessee Tech 5, Miami 4
Kent State 1, Auburn 0
Radford 3, Kent State 2
East Tennessee 2, Ball State 1
Ball State 10, Wright State 0
Eastern Michigan 13, Villanova 5

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Miami 4, Rutgers 3
Tennessee Tech 5, Miami 4

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami University softball split its two games on the first day of the Frost Classic on Friday. The RedHawks opened with a 4-3 victory over Rutgers in the morning before falling, 5-4, to Tennessee Tech in the afternoon. Miami is now 1-3 on the season.

In the opener, Rutgers struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first off starter Jessica Simpson. Miami immediately answered in the top of the second. After Shannon Tillett doubled to lead off the frame, Sarah Billstrom hit her first home run of the season to centerfield to tie the score at two.

The RedHawks took the lead in the top of the fifth inning. Daniela Torres singled to start off the frame. Jordan McElroy sacrificed her to second. Meghan Mawn than brought her home with a triple. Miami concluded its scoring in the top of the sixth with another home run by Billstrom. It is the first time in her career that she has had a multi-home run game.

Meanwhile after the first inning, Simpson settled down and kept the Scarlet Knights off the board. She forced Rutgers into eight ground ball outs over the middle five innings. In the bottom of the seventh, the Scarlet Knights finally got to her with a home run and a walk to lead off the inning. The RedHawks then brought in Meredith Linch to relieve her. While Rutgers eventually loaded the bases with two outs off a walk and a fielder's choice, Linch got the final batter to ground out to Taylor Rice to earn the save and secure the 4-3 victory.

Billstrom finished the game 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Kathryn Russette was 2-for-3. Simpson earned the victory giving up three hits and three earned runs in six innings pitched.

In the nightcap against Tennessee Tech, Miami struck first in the bottom of the first inning. McElroy led off the inning with a single up the middle. She stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. As Mawn struck out on the next pitch, she scored by stealing home.
The Golden Eagles scored two runs over each of the next two innings to take a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the third. In that frame with Shannon Tillett on first base, Billstrom doubled to advance her to third. The next batter, Russette, doubled to left center to score both Tillett and Billstrom. Tennessee Tech scored one more run in the top of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Alicia Hogl led off by reaching on an error. Tillett doubled to advance her to third. Two batters later, Russette singled to score Hogl. A groundout by Jenna McGivney left runners on second and third with two outs. The Golden Eagles brought in their ace and she was able to force Rice into a strikeout to give Tennessee Tech the 5-4 win.

Russette finished the second game 2-for-3 with three RBI. Tillett was 2-for-3 with one run scored. Simpson pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief giving up only three hits.

The RedHawks return to action with two more games at the Frost Classic on Saturday. Miami will take on Oakland at 12:30 p.m. and follow it up with a 5 p.m. game against Central Connecticut State.

Kent State 1, Auburn 0
Radford 3, Kent State 2

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Senior ace Kylie Reynolds tossed her fifth career no-hitter as Kent State edged Auburn 1-0 in eight innings Friday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Later in the day, the Golden Flashes found themselves in another tight battle, falling to Radford 3-2.

In the opener, Reynolds fanned 12 Tigers, while the Golden Flashes took advantage of a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth. The tiebreaker rule took effect in the eighth as Reynolds retired three straight hitters with a runner on second.

"Kylie had better command of her pitches today, especially her curve ball," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "She used a good mix of pitches and they (Auburn) were aggressive swingers. She still put runners on base, but did a really good job of buckling down when she needed to."

Sophomore Sarah Starr began the bottom of the eighth on second and watched two of her teammates strike out. With Leah Archual at the plate, Starr took off for third and Tiger catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold threw toward the base with no one covering, allowing Starr to score the game's only run.

"My thought was: if Sarah gets thrown out, we lead off the bottom of the ninth with Leah," Linder said. "So we had nothing to lose."

Earning career win number 60 in her home state, Reynolds allowed five walks and one hit-by-pitch, but strikeouts and solid defense kept her out of trouble. Her fourth-inning strikeout of Krista Clyde left two runners stranded and her eighth inning punchout of Kelley Smiley kept a runner on second. A Reynolds walk in the top of the first was nullified when sophomore catcher Jess Blanton gunned down a runner attempting to steal second.

Mary Holt doubled down the right field line in the second, before KSU left two runners on. The Flashes also stranded two in the fourth following a single to center by Jess Carmichael.

Carrying over its momentum from the first game, KSU scored a pair of first inning runs against Radford. However, it would the Flashes' only runs of the contest as the Highlanders scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth on a throwing error.

Archual's single in the first set up a two-run blast by junior Beth Cinadr, her second of the season. Archual accounted for two of Kent State's six hits against Radford. Holt also recorded her second hit of the day.

Junior Markie Pozzuto threw the first five innings against the Highlanders, allowing two runs on three hits. Radford's Kristen Shifflet led off the game with a home run to left center and Michelle Beall hit a two-out homer in the third.

Reynolds took over for Pozzuto in the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Shifflet. With one out, Shifflet stole third and scored on a throwing error. Reynolds totaled 15 strikeouts on the day and did not allow an earned run in 10 innings pitched.

The Flashes gave Radfotd a scare in bottom of the seventh with four hits, but were unable to score. Starr was thrown out at home plate on a double steal attempt and Lauren Grimes was thrown out at home, trying to score from second on a single.

"We were trying to make something happen because we hadn't done anything offensively since the first inning," Linder said. "We had some mis-communication on the double steal and their right fielder did a nice job of throwing to the plate. I was excited about they way we fought in the seventh though."

KSU returns to action Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, taking on Hofstra at 1:30 and Mississippi Valley State at 4:00 p.m.

East Tennessee 2, Ball State 1
Ball State 10, Wright State 0

The Ball State Cardinals lost to the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State Friday afternoon, 2-1, in the first game of the Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial.

East Tennessee State jumped out to an early lead when Cheniece Carson scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Katy Jett in the top of the first inning.

The Cardinals had a good opportunity to score when they led off the bottom of the second inning after a double by designated player Jackie Durment. She was followed by first baseman Jen Refschneider's single. A strikeout and a liner cauught by the pitcher that was turned into a double play short circuited the rally.

The Cardinals and Buccaneers continued to trade scoreless innings due to the pitching battle taking place. That scoreless inning streak was broken in the top of the sixth inning as the Buccaneers put another run across the board to take the lead 2-0. Carson scored her second run of the afternoon as she advanced home on a throw to second trying to catch a base runner stealing.

The Cardinals cut the lead in half with a two out rally in the bottom of the sixth. Third baseman Jessica Ware reached on an error by the second baseman as they collided at the first base bag and she dropped the ball. Montalto followed up with a clutch two out double, her second of the game, which scored Ware from first base.

Jessica Duncan of ETSU gave up seven hits through seven innings, but really locked the Cardinals down with runners in scoring position. She allowed only one unearned run. Not to be outdone, freshman pitcher Audra Sanders pitched an equally impressive game. She gave up only four hits in the game over seven innings. She also had an impressive seven strikeouts and only two walks on the game.

Ball State defeated Wright State 10-0 in its second game of day one at the Frost Classic behind the dominance of pitcher Elizabeth Milian. Milian pitched five innings of hitless baseball to get the victory for the Cardinals and only faced two batters above the minimum. Milian struck out seven batters while walking none.

Ball State jumped out to an early lead with the first score of the ball game in the top of the second. Third baseman Jessica Ware got the first hit of the game off lefty pitcher Sharon Palma. Advancing to third on a wild pitch and groundout, she then scored on a timely hit by first baseman Kate Wilcynzski up the middle giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

Ball State scored four runs in the third and added four more in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.

Ball State still wasn't done and used a Wilczynski single followed by Freiling double to take a 10-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Milian ended the game as dominant as she began it, getting a pop out to second, a strikeout swinging, and a ground ball to the third base who through on to first sealing the victory and the no hitter.

Eastern Michigan 13, Villanova 5
FORT MYERS, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team used a six-run fifth inning to pull away from Villanova en route to a 13-5 season opening win at the FGCU Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla. Friday evening, Feb. 26.

The Eagles took advantage of four Wildcat errors, turning them into six unearned runs en route to the win. Sarah Gerber paced the Eagles offensively, going 4-for-4 at the dish with three runs scored and three runs batted in.

After a scoreless first for the Green and White, Gerber started a two-run second inning with a leadoff single up the middle. She eventually came around to score on a throwing error. The Eagles would add to their 2-0 lead in the fourth following yet another leadoff single by Gerber. She gave EMU a 3-0 lead when she scored on a Jessica Patterson single to left. The senior, Patterson, finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI from the nine-hole.

Villanova strung together a two-run rally on a pair of hits in the bottom half of the frame off Eagle pitcher Michelle Hletko, but that didn't knock her off her game. The senior who threw the 11th no-hitter in EMU history against Albany to kick off the 2009 campaign pitched four strong innings to get the season opening win in 2010 as well.

Lauren Delapaz led off the fifth with a triple down the right field line followed by a sacrifice fly to center by senior Jenny Scherer. Scherer finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI. Stacie Skodinski then drew one of her four walks on the night and advanced to second on an Allison Scherer walk to get into scoring position for Gerber who drove her in with a single. The next four batters would reach base, bringing Delapaz to the plate for the second time in the inning. The junior stroked an RBI single up the middle to make the score 9-3 Eagles. Delapaz finished the day 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Junior transfer, Jamie Melchert came in to pitch the final three innings of relief, allowing just two hits while striking out five. The Eagles will take part in a double-dip against Minnesota and St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday, Feb. 27. First pitch with the Gophers is slated for 11:15 a.m. while the Eagles and Red Flash will get started at approximately 8:15 p.m.