Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/10/2010

Saturday's Softball Results
Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Western Michigan 5, Akron 4
Northern Illinois 6, Ohio 3
Central Michigan 1, Miami 0
Bowling Green 3, Toledo 1
Kent State 8, Buffalo 2


Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Returning to the BSU Softball Complex less than 24 hours after losing game two of a split doubleheader with Central Michigan Friday, the Ball State Cardinals posted a 3-1 win on Eastern Michigan, Saturday. The Cardinals, now 23-9 this season, will look for their fourth Mid-American Conference win in game two of the weekend series against the Eagles, Sunday at 1 p.m. After Saturday's loss, the Eagles are 11-18 and 3-4 in the MAC.

The Eastern Michigan offense was unable to overcome the strength of the Ball State defense, as the Eagles scored their only run of the game on a home run by Courtney Nicholson in the first inning. Between eight strike outs courtesy of Elizabeth Milian and 21 putouts in the field, only four Eastern Michigan batters made it on base.

Amassing 603 strike outs throughout her career at Ball State, Milian needs just 12 more to surpass Ball State's career strikeout leader, Bernie Coffman (1986-89). Also, with a 17-2 record this season, she needs seven wins to surpass Coffman as the school's all-time career leader in this category as well.

The Cardinals scored two of their three total runs in the second inning when Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw) advanced to second on a single and then to third on an error by Eastern's centerfielder, Jenny Scherer. Stratton's crucial single, which drive in both Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde), was hit with two outs in the inning.

Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) is credited with the Cardinals third run of the game, which she earned by stealing home with Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) at bat. The junior leads the team with 17 stolen bases this season and is Ball State's career leader with 94 in three years.

The Cardinals amassed five hits, remained perfect in the field and left four runners on base.

Ball State faces Eastern Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final of the two-game weekend series at the BSU Softball Complex. Live stats and audio will be provided on Also, inning-by-inning updates are available courtesy of @BallStSoftball on Twitter.

Western Michigan 5, Akron 4
AKRON, Ohio - Western Michigan softball bounced back from Friday's series sweep at Ohio to defeat Akron, 5-4 at Lee R. Jackson Field on Saturday. The win gives the Broncos their first road win of the 2010 season and snaps a five-game skid. Gracie Barstad and Meghan Thomas each had multi-hit and multi-RBI days with Thomas bashing her first home run of the season in the top of the fourth.

Western Michigan's bats woke up against the Zips as the Broncos scored five runs in the first five innings to take a 5-0 lead. WMU's breakout inning came in the fifth when the team brought three runs across home plate. Courtney Rousseau led off the inning by reaching on an error. Michelle Bendewald sacrificed her over to second on a bunt. Rousseau advanced to third on a Sarah Thomas base hit and scored on Barstad's sacrifice fly.

Starting pitcher Meredith Whitney also reached on an error as did Meghan Thomas, which allowed both Whitney and sister Sarah to score on the play. Meghan also hit her first home run of the season and fifth of her career to lead off the top of the fourth. It was the first home run for Western Michigan since Barstad's two-run home run against Notre Dame on March 18.

Meghan finished the game with three RBIs, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, while Barstad had her second-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Akron mounted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs to pull to within two of the Broncos. The Zips sandwiched a double and base hit around a batter getting hit by a pitch for their first run of the game. The next batter reached on a throwing error to score the second run of the inning and the third and final tally crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Akron loaded the bases on another hit batter but Whitney managed to get the last two outs, forcing a ground out and ending the frame on her seventh strikeout of the game.

Diana Patterson came into the game in relief of Whitney, looking for the first save of her young career and the first save of the season for Western Michigan. After forcing the lead off batter to ground out, she gave up a double to right center field and a single to right field sandwiched around a strikeout. The two-out base hit scored Akron's fourth run of the game. She earned the save and the Broncos' second league win one batter later.

Western Michigan and Akron will conclude its two-game series on Sunday with first pitch at Lee R. Jackson Field scheduled for 1 p.m.


Northern Illinois 6, Ohio 3
ATHENS, Ohio - Northern Illinois took advantage of five runs in the first three innings as it handed Ohio a 6-3 setback Saturday at the Ohio Softball Field. Junior Melissa Bonner tallied two hits, while Shalene Petrich drove in two to pace the `Cats.

A day after Ohio (8-22, 3-2 MAC) feasted off early-inning opportunities, the tables were turned on the Green and White as the Huskies (15-21, 5-2 MAC) took advantage of early walks and a costly Bobcat error to score early and get the cushion they needed.

Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) finished 2-for-4 to pace the `Cats offensively, while Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) doubled and drove in two. Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas), Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) and Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) also had hits for Ohio. Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) (4-9) took the loss in the circle, tossing five innings and striking out five along the way. Candace Saucedo (Ontario, Calif.) did not allow a hit in two innings of relief work.

"Northern Illinois is a good team," Ohio coach Jodi Hermanek said. "We didn't make the adjustments we needed to offensively, and we gave them opportunities we shouldn't have with miscues. We'll look at things and make the corrections we need to for tomorrow."

A costly throwing error with two down gave the Huskies their first run of the day in the bottom of the first. Another two-out surge from NIU in the bottom of the second resulted in three big Husky runs and put the visitors up 4-0 after two innings. After NIU put up its fifth run of the day in the top of the third, Ohio came back with its first tally in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly from Petrich with the bases loaded. Unfortunately for the `Cats, they were unable to take advantage of anything more and still trailed.

The Huskies scored again in the fourth on an RBI single from Andrea Colosimo. Ohio took advantage of a pair of NIU errors in the fifth with two unearned runs to pull within 6-3. Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) scored the first run, and Petrich capped off the frame with her double that scored Zambrana. Unfortunately for the `Cats, they would not be able to get the offense they needed the next two innings and fell.

Amanda Sheppard drove in three runs to lead the Huskies, while Carly Norton finished 3-for-4. Morgan Bittner picked up the win, tossing a complete game with no earned runs.

Ohio will look to even the series with NIU tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Central Michigan 1, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio - A clutch pinch-hit double by Amanda Patrick gave Kari Seddon all the offense she needed to pitch the Central Michigan softball team past defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champion Miami, 1-0, on Saturday.

Seddon fired her second shutout of the season, a one-hitter in which she fanned seven batters. The effort improved the Chippewa (17-11, 4-3 Mid-American) ace to 9-6 this season.

"This was a great game today," head coach Margo Jonker said. "Both teams played tremendous defense. Kari pitched a solid game for us. Our conference is going to be tight this year, so it's nice to see us come up with wins against quality teams so far this weekend."

While Seddon and Miami ace Jessica Simpson matched each other zero for zero through the first five innings, it wasn't for a lack of opportunities. CMU had seven base runners via six hits and a walk that were stranded. MU left six runners aboard in that span after drawing five walks and recording its lone hit.

The Chippewas put yet another scoring threat together in the sixth as Jill Schulz singled to start the frame and moved to second on a Brogan Darwin sacrifice. Schulz reached third on a Brittini Merchant single to put runners at the corners. With two batters later, CMU brought Patrick off the bench and she drilled a double to left center field to plate the game's first run.

Seddon reached back and limited the RedHawk bats down the stretch as she pitched a perfect sixth and stranded a one-out walk in the seventh to secure the victory.

The Chippewas aim for the series sweep against the RedHawks on Sunday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.


Bowling Green 3, Toledo 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-Head coach Shannon Salsburg and the Bowling Green State University softball squad tallied another win to their record today (April 10), as they defeated the Toledo Rockets 3-1. The BGSU softball team improves its record to 7-12 overall, 3-2 MAC, while the Rockets fall to 7-25 overall, 1-4 MAC.

Today's triumphant win over BGSU's I-75 rival was the result of an all-around team attack as six different Falcons in the lineup recorded hits, resulting in three runs scored.


Kent State 8, Buffalo 2
KENT, OH - The University at Buffalo softball team opened their weekend campaign at Kent State this afternoon, falling to the Golden Flashes 8-2. Candice Sheehan and Kristin Waldron earned the RBIs for Buffalo.

The Golden Flashes scored early and often, as Amy Hair hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to start things off. The Bulls countered the score in the top of the third inning with a sacrifice fly from Sheehan as pinch runner Kristen Gallipani earned the run. Hair homered again in the top of the fourth for the Golden Flashes, this time earning two RBIs on the way to a four-run inning for the Golden Flashes. Kent State went on to score another run in the bottom of the fifth and a pair in the bottom of the sixth to secure the win.

The Bulls put up another run in the top of the sixth as Sheehan started off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Waldron doubled to right center to drive home the run but it wasn't enough as the Golden Flashes went on to win 8-2. Jessica Griffin and Jaime Sheffler each added a hit for Buffalo.

Terese Diaz earned the start on the mound, striking out two batters in one inning, stranding three batters in the bottom of the first to hold off the Golden Flashes. Sharon Barr finished the game, earning the loss, pitching five innings and striking out eight batters.

Buffalo will conclude their series with Kent State on Sunday. The Bulls and the Golden Flashes are slated for a 1:00 pm start tomorrow afternoon at the "Diamond at Dix" in Kent, Ohio.