Saturday's Softball Results

Updated 2/28/2010
Saturday's Softball Results
Miami 2, Oakland 1
Miami 7, Central Connecticut State 1
Hofstra 1, Kent State 0
Mississippi Valley State 8, Kent State 2
Ball State 12, Central Connecticut State 3
Ball State 8, Austin Peay 1
Minnesota 4, Eastern Michigan 0
St. Francis 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Miami 2, Oakland 1
Miami 7, Central Connecticut State 1

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami RedHawks earned two victories Saturday at the Frost Classic. In the early game, the RedHawks used some strong fielding plays to defeat Oakland, 2-1. In the nightcap, the bats got going as Miami beat Central Connecticut State, 7-1. The RedHawks improve to 3-3 on the season.

In the opener, Miami scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning. With one out, Alicia Hogl walked to get on base. Kristen Sheffield moved her to second on a groundout. Briana Burke singled Hogl home with a base hit up the middle. She advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Jenna McGivney followed with a double to right field to score Burke.

Meanwhile Jessica Simpson did a great job keeping the Golden Grizzlies off the board. She only allowed one unearned run in the bottom of the second after a fielding error.

Some great defensive plays kept Oakland from scoring further. In the bottom of the sixth with a runner on third and no one out, Oakland hit a single straight to centerfield. Kathryn Russette fielded the ball and made a great throw to home to throw out the runner. Simpson got the next batter to pop out and followed it up with a strikeout to get out of the inning unscathed.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Grizzlies got runners on first and second with one out. Meredith Linch came in to relieve Simpson. She earned the save by forcing the next batter to line out to Sarah Billstrom. Billstrom was then able to step on second before the runner could return to complete the unassisted double play and give Miami the victory.

Burke finished the game 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Meghan Mawn finished 2-for-3. Simpson earned her second victory of the season. She pitched 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits and no earned runs while striking out six.

Miami struck first with four runs in the bottom of the first against Central Connecticut State. Mawn led off with a double to left field. Russette advanced her to third base on a groundout. Billstrom walked and then stole second. The catcher threw the ball away, allowing Mawn to score. Shannon Tillett doubled to score Billstrom. Hogl singled up the middle to score Tillett. After Daniela Torres walked she stole second base, which allowed Hogl to steal home. It was the second time in this tournament that a Miami player has stolen home.

After the Blue Devils scored one run in the top of the fourth, the RedHawks answered with two more in the bottom of the frame. With Mawn on second base, Russette tripled down the left field line to score her. Billstrom followed with a walk. She stole second, where the catcher once again threw the ball away, which allowed Russette to score. Miami closed out its scoring in the bottom of the fifth when Casey Drees scored on a wild pitch. Drees had gotten on base earlier in the frame with her first career base hit.

Linch got the start for the RedHawks and pitched well throughout. She held CCSU to only one earned run on four hits. She struck out for six in the complete game victory.

Mawn finished the second game 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Tillett was 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Miami concludes play at the Frost Classic when it takes on the host Chattanooga at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Hofstra 1, Kent State 0
Mississippi Valley State 8, Kent State 2

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Kylie Reynolds had another strong outing, but Kent State (1-8) suffered its second one-run loss of the weekend, in a 1-0 setback to Hofstra Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Later in the day, Mississippi Valley State scored five runs in the second on the way to an 8-2 victory over KSU.

In the opener, Reynolds allowed just two hits and fanned nine, but the Pride (8-0) remained undefeated. KSU out-hit Hofstra 7-2, but stranded seven runners.

The Flashes put two runners on with one out in the second, before the next two batters struck out. Kent State put two more runners on with one down in the sixth, but Lauren Grimes was thrown out at home, trying to score from second on a single by Jess Blanton.
Hofstra's only run then came in the top of the seventh on a solo homer by Sara Michalowski.

A bottom of the seventh single by Amy Hair and sacrifice bunt from Mary Holt put the tying run in scoring position. However, the Flashes countinued to have trouble on the bases as pinch runner Sarah Starr was caught in a rundown between second and third.

Grimes and Jess Carmichael each had a pair of hits. Reynolds has allowed just one earned run in 17 innings pitched on the weekend.
Freshman pitcher Danielle Abernathy got her first collegiate start in the second game and held the Devilettes scoreless in the first, leaving the bases loaded.

Facing both Abernathy and reliever Markie Pozzuto in the second, MVSU scored five runs on five hits. The Devilettes tacked on two more runs on three hits in the third.

Both KSU runs came in the top of the sixth following singles from Grimes, Holt and Beth Cinadr. Grimes and Holt each went 2-for-3. Grimes is hitting a team best .560 (14-for-25) on the season.

KSU concludes its stay at the NFCA Leadoff Classic Sunday, taking on Florida State at 12:30 p.m.

Ball State 12, Central Connecticut State 3
Ball State 8, Austin Peay 1
Ball State improved to 2-0 on the day with a 12-3 win over the Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon. In the game the Cardinals out hit the Blue Devils 16 to five, while playing error free softball. With the victory the Cardinals have now won three in a row and are 3-1 overall in the Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial. Ball State is 5-4 on the season.

Ball State and Central Connecticut traded scoreless first and second innings, but the Cardinals were able to hang a crooked number on the scoreboard in the top of the third to take the lead. Centerfielder Lisa Rozanski hit into a fielder's choice reaching first safely, but for the second time today a Ball State runner took advantage of what the defense gave, and stole second while no one was covering the bag. She later scored on a two-out triple by shortstop Alicia Barkley to give the Cardinals the lead 1-0. Barkley's triple was followed by third baseman Jessica Ware's two-out RBI base hit to extend the lead to 2-0.

Ball State kept up its scoring in the fourth inning with a pair of doubles. The first was by first baseman Alyssa Freiling, who later advanced on a wild pitch and scored on second baseman's Kate Wilczynski's double, to make it 3-0.

Central Connecticut fought back in the bottom of the frame to bring the game back to a tie. The Blue Devils were finally able to get to Ball State's Kim Mazzapica, who pitched well in her second career start.

After tying the game at 3-3, Elizabeh Milian came in and shut the Blue Devils down the rest of the game in her second relief effort of the day.

It was all Cardinals from there on out as Amanda Montalto's homerun hit in Ware, who had previously reached on an error put Ball State up 5-3. They would never relinquish the lead due to another great outing by Milian. She went three and a third innings giving up only one hit with no walks and six strikeouts.

Ball State cemented the victory when it piled on seven runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Cardinals had five doubles in the inning -- two by Ware, one by Jen Reifschneider, one by Wilczynski and another by Freiling. This brought Ball State's extra base hit total up to nine for the game and 15 for the day.

Ball State will look to extend their winning streak Sunday when it faces undefeated UT-Martin (8-0) at 12:30.

Ball State dominated Austin Peay and tallied an 8-1 victory on its way to a second consecutive victory behind the pitching of Audra Sanders and equally impressive hitting of Jessica Ware. The win improved the Cardinals to 2-1 in the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., and evened the team's overall record at 4-4.

The score remained 3-0 until the top of the fourth inning when Austin Peay responded with a homerun of their own. The single homerun brought Austin Peay to within two runs at 3-1, while the hit was the first hit given up by a Ball State pitcher in eight innings.

Ball State used some great defense with double plays in the fourth and fifth to keep Austin Peay from scoring. That combined with an error free game helped the Cardinals keep Austin Peay at bay for the first five innings.

Shortstop Hannah Zimmerman got her first hit of the tournament with a single through the left side and thanks to some crafty base running got to second when she realized no one was covering the bag. Ware got her second big hit of the morning with a triple, scoring Barkley from second, and taking the lead up to 4-1. Ware then scored from third on a squeeze play executed to perfection by pinch hitter Meredith Nash, making the score 5-1. The final hit of the inning came from second baseman Alyssa Freiling as she singled through the left side to score pinch runner from third.

Ball State pitcher Audra Sanders ran into a little bit of trouble in the top of the sixth as she walked the bases loaded. Head coach Craig Nicholson then went to his bench in brought in pitcher Elizabeth Milian, who was coming off a five inning no-hitter the day before, Milian continued her dominance coaxing the third and final out of the inning on a lineout to third. Sanders finished the game with an impressive line of five and two-thirds innings, three hits, seven strikeouts, two walks and only one earned run allowed.

Ball State got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth inning when Barkley got her second single of the day, this time through the right side, scoring on another triple by Ware. This gave Ware 10 total bases on the morning. Ware then scored on an error by the Austin Peay second baseman, giving the Cardinals an 8-1 lead.

The Cardinals will play Central Connecticut State at 12:30 p.m.

Minnesota 4, Eastern Michigan 0
FORT MYERS, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - In the first of two games on the day for the Eastern Michigan University softball team, rain prevented any late-inning comeback as the game was called after four and two-thirds innings. Minnesota came out on top in a 4-0 victory behind Lacey Middlebrooks' no-hitter at the FGCU Invitational at the FGCU Softball Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The loss drops the Eagles' record to 1-1 as they'll face St. Francis (Pa.) in the night cap beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m.

In the circle for EMU, making her first regular season collegiate start, was Jenna Ignowski. The Gophers of the Big Ten Conference got to the freshman early by putting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first. After giving up a leadoff single to Minnesota's Barnes, Ignowski recovered to sit down Howard looking at strike three. She got the next batter to fly out before the Gophers embarked on a two-out rally. Al. Davis singled before a two-run double by Carls put the Eagles in a 2-0 hole.

That was all Middlebrooks needed as she carried the Gophers the rest of the way. The Eagles put two on with one out in the second inning as Allison Scherer reach on a hit by pitch followed by a walk to Sarah Gerber, but Middlebrooks sat down the next two batters to stop any potential scoring threat.

That started a stretch of eight consecutive batters retired for Middlebrooks, who received a bit of insurance after her team added two runs in the fourth, both unearned due to a pair of Eagle miscues. In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Gophers loaded the bases with one out before the game was delayed due to rain and eventually called.

First pitch between the Eagles and Red Flashes is set for 7:15 p.m. at the FGCU Softball Complex. Follow it live with live stats provided by FGCU. Go to EMUEagles.com and click the live stats link shown in the schedule calendar on the home page.

St. Francis 3, Eastern Michigan 1
FORT MYERS, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team wound up winless on the day as they dropped the night cap, 3-1, to St. Francis University (Pa.) at the FGCU Softball Complex Saturday evening, Feb. 27. The Eagles fall to 1-2 on the season while St. Francis (Pa.) improves to 2-6.

Jenny Scherer hit her first home run of the season and the 37th of her career. Unfortunately, it was the only run the Eagles were able to muster against the Red Flashes. Her long ball came with two outs in the sixth inning and was one of five hits on the night for the Green and White.

Jenna Ignowski received her second consecutive start after her first one, which occurred earlier in the day against Minnesota, was rain-shortened. She was very strong, going the distance and allowing just five hits while striking out six batters and walking just one. However, her counterpart, St. Francis pitcher Megan Layne, stymied the EMU offense, holding them to just five hits and striking out four without surrendering a walk. She limited the Eagles' chances as EMU left just three runners on base.

The Red Flash got on the board first when Taylor Darnielle singled home Christina Aulbach, who pinch ran for Heather Stiglich who doubled with one out in the inning. It was the only extra base hit of the game for the Red Flashes. St. Francis added two insurance runs in the sixth inning when Karlie Miller singled home a pair of runs.

There were changes to the tournament schedule due to the rain that affected the Eagles contest with Minnesota earlier in the day. The Eagles will now face Georgia Southern at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, instead of 1 p.m. In that 1 p.m. slot, they will take on Villanova, which they defeated in the season opener, 13-5, Friday night. They will not face Connecticut, which they were originally scheduled to play at 11 a.m. Sunday, but will face the Huskies in the FAU "Miken" Classic March 7.

Florida Gulf Coast University sports information will be providing live stats for each of tomorrow's games. A link to live stats can be found at EMUEagles.com by clicking the live stats link next to each game under the schedule calendar on the home page.

Ohio 10, Lehigh 1
Longwood 11, Ohio 7
FARMVILLE, Va. - Offense was on display for Ohio softball Saturday as it tallied a combined 22 hits on the day en route to 17 total runs while splitting a doubleheader. The `Cats thumped a strong Lehigh team 10-1 and fell 11-7 in a slugfest to host Longwood to conclude the day.

After struggling to get the runs they needed in tight contests the last two weekends, the `Cats (3-8) more than made up for it Saturday. Ohio laced out a season-high 10 runs on 12 hits against Lehigh (1-1), an NCAA Regionals qualifier a season ago, in its 10-1 run-rule win. The Green and White followed it with seven more runs and nine hits against Longwood (5-5) in its second game of the day.

Unfortunately for the `Cats, the Lancers' bats were sizzling as well as Longwood took advantage of a huge eight-run fifth inning to outslug Ohio and pick up the win.

Seven `Cats picked up multiple hits on the day, led by Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas), who finished a combined 4-for-7 while scoring four runs on the day. Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) tallied three hits, while freshman Caitlin Colvin continued her strong hitting with three hits and seven RBI, including her second homer of the game on a grand slam against Longwood. Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) and Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) also picked up their second dingers of the season while each had a pair of hits on the day. Deanna Hartsough (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) also finished with two hits and an RBI each.

"All in all it was a good day," Ohio coach Jodi Hermanek said. "We had some great at bats and strong pitch selection and were able to get through our zones. We just let one inning against a good hitting team get away from us."

Ohio got things rolling early against the Mountain Hawks as it roped out four hits in the top of the second to plate the first run of the game when Hartsough came across on an RBI single from Paden). After Lehigh responded with a run of its own to tie things up in the bottom of the inning, the `Cats put two more runs on the board in the third to take a 3-1 lead. Clark opened the frame with her blast, before Wethington deposited a shot of her own beyond the left-field wall.

Three `Cat hits in the fourth resulted in two more Green and White runs, which extended the lead to 5-1. After an out to open the inning, Zambrana and Petrich both reached on infield singles and stole third and second bases, respectively. They each came around to score on a single to center from Colvin.

Following a quiet fifth, Ohio put the finishing touches on the contest with five big runs, thanks in part to three Mountain Hawk errors. Petrich picked up an RBI single in the frame, while Wethington picked up a two-run single. Clark scored the final run on a Lehigh wild pitch.

Wethington continued her strong outing as she put the Mountain Hawks down with barely a whimper to pick up the complete game. The junior finished her strong outing with six strikeouts while scattering five hits and giving up just the one run to improve to 2-2 on the season.

The `Cats continued right where they left off against Longwood as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Zambrana opened the frame with a bunt single and eventually came across on a single from Colvin. Clark also singled in the inning and touched home following a Hartsough single to right.

Longwood countered with its first run of the game on a homer to left center from Camille Ketsdever in the top of the second. Ohio then continued its offensive groove with four more runs in the second, capped off by Colvin's grand slam to center. The Lancers still would not go away and scored two more runs in the third behind a pair of RBI singles.

Petrich came across in the bottom of the fourth following a Bonner single to right and an error from the Longwood right fielder to make it 7-3. The Lancers then exploded with eight huge runs on seven hits in the top of the fifth to make it 11-7 and take the wind out of Ohio's sails.

The `Cats would not go away without one last fight as they tried to mount a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Ohio put two runners on with just one out following a Paden pinch-hit single, but Longwood managed to force the final two outs to steal the win. Candace Saucedo (Ontario, Calif.) was credited with the loss in just two-thirds of an inning.

"Longwood is a really good hitting team up and down their lineup," Hermanek said. "We struggled to throw the ball into our zones and gave up walks and hits that really hurt us. We know where we need to make adjustments though, and we'll be ready to go again tomorrow."

Brooke Short and Ketsdever paced the Lancers, going 4-for-5 and 3-for-4, respectively, with five RBI each.

Ohio will now turn around and play two more games with Longwood and Lehigh tomorrow. Following an 11 a.m. rematch with Lehigh, the `Cats will look to extract a bit of revenge when they face the Lancers at 3 p.m. to conclude the weekend.