Friday's Softball Results

Updated 2/13/2010
Friday's Softball Results
No. 4 Arizona 13, Western Michigan 0
UC Davis 10, Kent State2
Loyola Marymount 12, Kent State 11
Oklahoma State 5, Northern Illinois 4
Texas State 3, Northern Illinois 0
Ole Miss 7, Ohio 3
No. 1 Washington 4, Ohio 3

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

No. 4 Arizona 13, Western Michigan 0
TEMPE, Ariz. - Western Michigan ran into an offensive buzz saw during the second day of competition at the 2010 Kajikawa Classic. The No. 4 Arizona Wildcats racked up 13 runs in five innings, while holding the Broncos without a hit in WMU's first loss of the season.

Kayla Houston started the second game of her career in the circle but exited after one third of an inning after Arizona, a 2009 Women's College World Series participant, opened up a 3-0 lead. K'Lee Arredondo ripped a two-RBI single to post the first two scores of the game. She would later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Baillie Kirker.

Meredith Whitney came on in relief, pitching for the Broncos the remaining four and two-thirds innings. She held the Wildcat bats at bay through the next two innings. After allowing a pair of walks to lead off the second inning, she forced Kirker to hit into 4-3 double play and then forced Matte Haack to ground out back to her in the circle.

The 2009 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year retired the first two batters of the third inning before giving up a walk and an infield single. Arredondo ended the frame when she harmlessly grounded out to Houston at first base.

Walks were the theme for Western Michigan's pitching on this night as the Broncos gave up 14 free passes, resulting in four of Arizona's 13 runs. Despite the pitching woes, none of the seven hits given up by Western Michigan went for extra bases. Friday's game also marked the first time WMU has been no hit since March 6, 2009 against Boston University at the Under Armour Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida.

Arizona's Sarah Akamine was two mistakes from notching a perfect game for the Wildcats. Courtney Rousseau drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the third inning and Houston reached on a fielding error by Arredondo at shortstop. WMU was not able to advance a runner to second base throughout the five-inning game.

The Broncos will regroup and head back to the field for an early first pitch against Kentucky on Saturday. WMU, facing back-to-back teams with a Wildcat for a mascot, has a first pitch at 11 a.m. ET (9 a.m. in Arizona). It is the most active day for Western Michigan during the Kajikawa Classic. The Broncos turn around with a tilt against No. 11 California at 1:30 p.m. ET.

UC Davis 10, Kent State2
Loyola Marymount 12, Kent State 11

LAS VEGAS - The Kent State softball team dropped games to UC Davis and Loyola Marymount Friday on the opening day of UNLV's Sportco Kickoff Classic. The Golden Flashes held a 2-0 lead after four innings against UC Davis, before the Aggies scored 10 runs in the fifth in the season opener for both teams at Eller Media Stadium. KSU then out-hit Loyola Marymount 16-13 in a 12-11 nine-inning loss.

"Everything that could have gone wrong, did," Head Coach Karen Linder said of the fifth inning against UC Davis. "After that, I was happy with the intensity and focus we played with in the second game."

Loyola put up six runs in the top of the fifth to take an 11-4 lead before KSU began to claw its way back with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the fifth. Amy Hair's second two run shot of the game in the sixth brought the Flashes within one (11-10).

Freshman Lauren Grimes hit a one-out solo blast in the seventh to tie the game at 11 and send it into extra innings. In her first collegiate start, Grimes finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

With a runner placed on second in the top of the ninth, Loyola used a sacrifice bunt and a sac fly to push across the go-ahead run.
"Our pitching wasn't as solid as we'd like it to be," Linder said of the second game. "But a lot of players contributed in a lot of different ways."

Those contributors included Ashlee Hein and Heather Duhon, who each smashed their first homers of the season.

In the opener, Kylie Reynolds allowed just two hits in the first four innings. The tide turned in the bottom of the fifth when a leadoff hit-by-pitch was the first of four free passes in the frame. The Aggies smacked seven hits in the fifth, including three against relief pitcher Markie Pozzuto.

"They didn't hit the ball hard once all game." Linder said of UC Davis. "Kylie had two batters struck out on full counts and they called an illegal pitch, Mary (Holt) ran into a baserunner fielding a ball and there was no call and they had bloop hits."

Leah Archual singled and scored and knocked an RBI single in the first two innings of the opener. She finished with four hits on the day.
Along with Grimes, the Flashes also saw an impressive debut from Beth Cinadr, who 2-for-3 with a double in her start against Loyola. According to Linder, Holt made a pair of strong defensive plays in her new role as the starting shortstop.

The Golden Flashes will play their third of five games at the Sportco Kickoff Classic Saturday against Bakersfield.

Oklahoma State 5, Northern Illinois 4
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped its season opener, falling to Oklahoma State in the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State Friday afternoon at Bobcat Field in San Marcos, Texas.

The Huskies (0-1) opened the tournament against Big 12 foe Oklahoma State, falling to the Cowgirls, 5-4, in eight innings. The day got off to a promising start for Northern Illinois as the Huskies took a 1-0 lead when freshman Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) collected her first collegiate hit and run batted in scoring Ashley Cann (Glenwood, Ill./Marian Catholic) on a single up the middle.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the top of the third, the Huskies retook the lead on a three-run homer by Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) over the right field fence.

"Dani worked really hard in the offseason and has gotten herself into a much better place offensively," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "We set out a challenge to her at the end of last year and she has risen to the occasion."

However, Oklahoma State (1-0) got a couple of those runs back in the bottom of the frame. The Cowgirls scored two runs on a throwing error by the Huskie defense to pull within a run, 4-3. Oklahoma State tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when a lead-off double by Megan Castle came around to score.

Neither club was able to take the lead in the seventh inning, and the game was sent to extras. After the Huskies were unable to score in their half of the eighth, Oklahoma State loaded the bases with two outs and Alysia Hamilton singled down the left field line to drive in the winning run.

Bittner took the loss, allowing five runs, two earned, on 10 hits in seven and two-thirds innings. Parrish went 1-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs and a run scored, while Carly Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) had a solid day at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Texas State 3, Northern Illinois 0
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 3-0 setback to Texas State in its second game of the CenturyLink Classic Friday night at Bobcat Field in San Marcos, Texas.

The Huskies (0-2), who opened the tournament earlier in the day with a 5-4 extra inning loss to Oklahoma State, played solid defense in their game with the host Bobcats, but the offense, which had been so effective in the first game of the day struggled to get going.

NIU's best scoring chance came in its final at bat. Trailing 3-0 heading into the top of the seventh, the Huskies had back-to-back one out singles to put runners at first and second. However a strike out and ground out ended the threat and the game for NIU.

Despite the outcome of Friday's games, NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard was pleased with the performance of her pitching staff.

"I thought the pitcher's did a good job today," Chouinard said. "There were a few mistakes made, but for the most part they did a really good job. They kept us in the game and kept their composure. For two freshmen and a sophomore, I thought it was a good day for us from the mound."

The three Huskie pitchers combined to allow eight runs, five earned, on 16 hits, while striking out seven batters in 13 and two-thirds innings.

The Huskies return to the diamond tomorrow morning when NIU takes on UT-Arlington in a doubleheader. First pitch for Game 1 is set for 9:30 a.m. with Game 2 scheduled to start at noon. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at www.NIUHuskies.com.

Ole Miss 7, Ohio 3
No. 1 Washington 4, Ohio 3
TEMPE, Ariz. - A message was served by Ohio softball on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic as the `Cats left the defending national champions and No. 1-ranked Washington Huskies licking their wounds after the Huskies managed to limp past Ohio late, 4-3. The Green and White fell victim to a hot Ole Miss squad 7-3 earlier in the evening.

Emily Wethington (New Palestin, Ind.) and Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) each hit two-run homers to help pace Ohio on the day. For Wethington, it was the 12th round tripper of her career, while Colvin picked up her first. The two each totaled two hits on the day as well.

Ohio ran into a hot Ole Miss team to start the day as the Rebels were coming off a big come-from-behind win over Oregon State right before facing the `Cats. Ole Miss' Lindsey Perry was sizzling in the circle and held the Green and White to just three hits on the day. The Rebels took advantage of two big innings in the middle of the contest to take come away with the win. Wethington's two-run shot in the sixth help pace Ohio, while Deanna Hartsough (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) each picked up hits in the contest. Colvin took the loss off the rubber for Ohio.

Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) got the Green and White off to a good start against the Rebels as she reached on an error to start the contest. The sophomore promptly stole second and then hustled around to score following a throwing error. Ole Miss responded in a big way and took advantage of one pitch that missed with a three-run homer en route to four runs in the bottom of the third. A pair of Ohio errors in the bottom of the fourth hurt the `Cats as the Rebels extended their lead to 7-1.

Following a quiet fifth, Wethington knocked her first home run of the season to cut the lead to 7-3. Morgart singled with two outs in the seventh, but Perry would not allow Ohio to get anything more as Ole Miss took the win.

One pitch ended up being the difference for Ohio against the top-ranked Huskies. The `Cats held a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth, before one pitch missed. Unfortunately for the Green and White, it resulted in a two-run Washington homer that eventually gave it the win.

Colvin picked up two hits to lead Ohio in the game, while Zambrana and Wethington each picked up hits as well. Despite turning in a solid complete-game effort in the circle, Wethington was handed the loss to fall to 0-2 on the young season.

Washington opened the scoring in the contest with an RBI single in the top of the second. The `Cats responded in kind in the bottom of the inning when Wethington opened the frame with a single before hustling around on a Huskie error three batters later. Washington took advantage of a costly Green and White throwing error in the third to reclaim the lead.

Inning four went quietly, before Colvin struck in the fourth with her blast to center that also plated Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.), who had reached on a fielder's choice the play before, to put Ohio up 3-2.

Wethington, who had started the contest, kept her strong showing going as she put the heart of the Huskie lineup down in order. After Washington managed to get out of the fifth unscathed, Shawna Wright was able to take advantage of a missed Ohio offering with a two-run homer to put the Huskies in front 4-3. From there, Washington was forced to call on its ace, reigning National Player of the Year, Danielle Lawrie, who managed to shut the feisty `Cats down in the bottom of the seventh to limp away with the win.

Despite turning in a solid complete-game effort in the circle, Wethington was handed the loss to fall to 0-2 on the young season.
Ohio will wrap up play in the Kajikawa Classic Saturday as it takes on North Dakota State in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium.