Sunday's Softball Results

Updated 3/1/2010
Sunday's Softball Results
Chattanooga 6, Miami 1
No. 18 Florida State 6, Kent State 0
Ball State 5, UT-Martin 0
Eastern Michigan 8, Georgia Southern 7
Eastern Michigan 3, Villanova 2
McNeese State 9, Buffalo 3
Louisiana Tech 5, Buffalo 2
Buffalo 10, Louisiana Tech 7
Lehigh 2, Ohio 1
Ohio 6, Longwood 2


Chattanooga 6, Miami 1
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Miami softball team fell to the host Chattanooga, 6-1, Sunday in the finale of the Frost Classic. The RedHawks fall to 3-4 on the year, while the Mocs improve to 11-3.

Miami scored its run in the top of the second inning. With one out, Alicia Hogl singled up the middle. She advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jordan McElroy singled to advance her to third. When McElroy was able to successfully steal second, the catcher threw the ball away which allowed Hogl to run home.

Meanwhile starter Jessica Simpson kept Chattanooga hitless through the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth the Mocs worked got their first two hitters on base via walks. After a flyout to centerfield advanced both baserunners, a single down the right field line brought both of them home.

Meredith Linch came in to relieve Simpson after she gave up a double to open up the bottom of the fifth, but Chattanooga was able to score two more in that frame and two in the sixth to complete the scoring.

McElroy finished the game as Miami's top hitter, going 2-for-3. Simpson pitched four innings, giving up two hits and three earned runs.
The RedHawks return to action Mar. 5-7 when they participate in the Miken Classic hosted by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla. Miami will play two games on Friday, Mar. 5, opening with Connecticut on 11 a.m. and following it up with a game against Florida A&M at 1 p.m.

No. 18 Florida State 6, Kent State 0
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Kent State (1-9) continued to face stiff competition as No. 18 Florida State handed the Golden Flashes a 6-0 loss Sunday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year Sarah Hamilton tossed a one-hitter just one day after throwing a no-hitter against Hofstra.

In her first four innings, Kylie Reynolds held the Seminoles to two runs on three hits. Hamilton, her counterpart, fanned 14 batters and allowed just one walk in seven frames.

"She's probably the best pitcher we've seen all year," Head Coach Karen Linder said of Hamilton. "She did a great job of changing speeds."

FSU scored in the bottom of the first with a home run to right center field by Carly Wynn. In her next at bat, Wynn led off the bottom of the third with a triple and scored.

The Flashes' best scoring opportunity came in the fourth when Beth Cinadr reached on a dropped third strike and Jess Carmichael followed with a single to put two runners on with nobody out. Hamilton responded by retiring three straight batters on 0-2 counts.

A two out, two-run homer by Tory Haddad made it a 4-0 game in the fifth and the Seminoles added two more in the sixth.

"Kylie threw really well for a while and just ran out of gas," Linder said. "She pitched a lot of innings this weekend against good teams. Florida State has run-ruled a lot of teams and she did a good job of keeping them in check.

"We did a better job of putting it all together this weekend," Linder said. "For the most part we played pretty good defense, Kylie was better and at times we hit. We're closer to where we want to be, but we're still not there yet."

The Golden Flashes return to the diamond March 5-7 for five games at the Holiday-Inn-vitational hosted by Marshall in Huntington, W. Va.

"This was the toughest part of our schedule," Linder said. "It was a great experience and will help prepare us for the MAC Tournament. It was intense softball and the focus was there all weekend."

Ball State 5, UT-Martin 0
Ball State won its fourth game in a row with a 5-0 win over UT-Martin Sunday in its final game of the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. The loss was the first of the season for UT-Martin, and was due in large part to the dominance of Ball State pitcher Elizabeth Milian, who gave up only one hit through seven innings.

The Cardinals improved their record to 6-4 overall, and 4-1 at the Frost Classic Inspired by Memorial.

It was a pitching battle between Ball State and UT-Martin with the first hit not coming until the top of the fourth inning. UT-Martin's shortstop Jenny Bane hit a single to shortstop Alicia Barkely, who made a great play deep in the hole to even get to the ball. Bane barely beat out the Barkley throw to give UT-Martin its first and only hit.

The Cardinals had to wait until the bottom of the fifth inning to get their first hit, but it was well worth the wait as third baseman Jessie Ware led off the inning with a triple. Meredith Nash came in to pinch hit and laid down a bunt to score Ware from third on the squeeze play. After a walk to first baseman Kate Wilcznski, pinch runner Jackie Durment and Nash scored on the second triple of the inning. This time it came from the bat of left fielder Amanda Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals added on to their lead when they scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the inning, Barkley got a single and was replaced on the bases when Ware grounded into a fielder's choice. After catcher Amanda Montalto's single trough the middle advanced Ware to third, Montalto advanced herself to second on the throw. Ware and pinch runner Hannah Zimmerman later advanced home on a pair of wild pitches from UT-Martinsville's reliever Kate Vanderham to give Ball State a 5-0 lead.

The real story of the game had to be the continued excellence of Elizabeth Milian. Two days removed from a five inning no hitter, she about repeated the performance giving up only one hit in seven innings. For the game she had nine strikeouts compared to only one walk. She faced only one batter above the minimum. In two starts and two relief appearances in the tournament, she gave up a total of two hits over 16 2/3 innings.


Eastern Michigan 8, Georgia Southern 7
FORT MYERS, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team used two, two-run homers by Jenny Scherer and a three-run triple by Jessica Richards to complete the from behind, 8-7, victory over Georgia Southern University at the FGCU Softball Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Sunday, Feb. 28. EMU will play again right away and take on Villanova for the second time in three days at approximately 2 p.m.

A rough outing by Michelle Hletko was spared by Jamie Melchert, who shut down a Georgia Southern team which was previously unbeaten in four games at the FGCU Invitational. Hletko, making her second start of the season, needed to be relieved by Melchert after failing to get out of the first inning. The junior transfer entered the game with one out in the first, but took awhile to settle down as the Eagles of GSU (7-5) put seven runs on the board in the first two innings.

Scherer tried her best to single-handedly bring EMU (2-2) back into the game, launching her second home run of the season and in as many days, to cut the deficit to two, 4-2. After GSU put three more runs on the board in the top of the second, Scherer came to the plate with another runner on and cranked her second two-run bomb of the game to make the score 7-4.

After the second inning, Melchert really settled down, retiring nine of the next 11 batters, including seven in a row into the fifth inning. With one out in the fifth, that streak ended with back-to-back singles by GSU. Suddenly, Melchert was in a jam after both runners reached second and third on a wild pitch with Megen Smith at the plate. Smith, who had been pitching a gem early on, also homered in the second inning with a two-run shot off Melchert. The Eagle newcomer exacted her revenge and got Smith to ground out to third to end the threat.

An EMU offense that looked so prominent in their 13-5 win over Villanova in the season opener, finally returned to form in someone other than Scherer when Richards tied the game at seven-apiece with a two-out, three-run triple to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning. Richards then scored on a wild pitch with Lauren Delapaz at the plate to give EMU an 8-7 lead, which they hung onto until the end.

Scherer finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk while driving in four runs on a pair of long balls. She also stole a base. Nellie Coquillard had a hit to go along with Richards' three-run triple to make up the four total hits for EMU.

Melchert went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits, striking out three and earning her first win as an Eagle.

Head Coach Karen Baird is unable to be with the team as prepares during their Florida trip due to her pregnancy, but did have this to say about the team's win over Georgia Southern, "This type of win shows the type of character you want in a team and that is a "never say die" attitude. I am very proud of them as that was a great early, in the season, win for the program."

Interim Head Coach Eric Oakley and Eastern Michigan will do battle with Villanova at 2 p.m. to close out the FGCU Invitational Sunday, Feb. 28. Follow it live on EMUEagles.com by clicking the live stats link under the calendar on the home page.

Eastern Michigan 3, Villanova 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team closed out the FGCU Invitational with wins in its final two games after a 3-2 victory over Villanova at the FGCU Softball Complex Sunday, Feb. 28. Sophomore Jessica Richards' steal of home plate proved the difference for the Eagles on a thrilling day in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Eagles (3-2) used momentum to push across all three runs in their win over the Villanova Wildcats (3-6). Richards, who knocked in a three-run triple to tie the score at 7-7 in game one against Georgia Southern, scored the winning run by stealing home in the seventh inning with two outs against Villanova in game two. The Eagles have won two in a row and the second against the Wildcats in three days.

The Eagles picked up right where they left off following their comeback win against Georgia Southern as Jenny Scherer made it 1-0 in the first with a one out RBI double to left center, scoring Richards from second base.

Villanova took a while to respond thanks to Eagle pitcher Jenna Ignowski's strong start early on. Ignowski held the Wildcats in check for the first two innings, before Jess O'Boyle tripled down the right field line with two outs in the third to drive in Danielle Maricle. A breakdown in the defense for EMU allowed two runs to score that inning as Maricle reached on a fielding miscue by freshman Katy Blaharski at second base. The next hitter, which would have been the third out of the frame, lined out.

In the fifth, the Wildcats had a chance to extend their lead with runners on first and second with two outs. Molly Manning singled to left and O'Boyle tried to score, but Richards got the ball in quickly and Lauren Delapaz made an accurate throw home to Nellie Coquillard to cut down the potential insurance run and keep the deficit at 2-1.

"The turning point in the game, I believe, was the play at home," Interim Head Coach Eric Oakley said. "Nellie Coquillard held onto the ball despite a collision that shook her up."

That built momentum that led into the top of the sixth for the Green and White. Stacie Skodinski doubled to center and Gerber reached on a fielding error by the VU third baseman. A sacrifice bunt by McKenna Russ advanced both runners to second and third and Kaylee Tolliver squeezed in Skodinski to tie the game with a surprise bunt of her own.

The Eagles escaped another huge jam in the sixth when Villanova put runners at second and third with nobody out. Ignowski got Julie Smith to ground back to her for the first out while not allowing either runner to advance. The next batter, Christina Botkins, then grounded to the Eagle shortstop, Skodinski, who fired home to stop Stephanie Zrebiec in her tracks before Gerber gunned her out at third to end the rundown. With two outs and runners at first and second, Ignowski ended the threat by getting Maricle to ground out to third.

With the momentum once again in favor of the Eagles and the top of the order coming up in the form of Richards, EMU was able to push across the go-ahead run. Richards, who led off with a single, advanced to third on a pair of groundouts, then stole home to put the Eagles on top 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

"The steal home was a great read by Jessica Richards," Oakley said. "She saw an opening and took initiative."

In that final frame, Ignowski (1-2) retired the side in order to complete yet another come-from-behind victory, the team's second of the day. The freshman earned her first win as an Eagle, going the distance in allowing two runs (none earned) while scattering nine hits, striking out two and walking just one.

"What impressed me today was leadership and resilience, especially after a tough day yesterday and a rough first inning today," Oakley said. "Jenny Scherer showed great leadership with her bat and in the huddles between innings. Her home runs inspired confidence in others. I can't say enough about the day Richards had. She showed great confidence all day. Jamie and Jenna both pitched well. It was a well-fought day."

The Eagles will have off on Monday before taking on Florida Gulf Coast in a 5 p.m. showdown Tuesday, March 2 in Fort Myers, Fla.

McNeese State 9, Buffalo 3
Louisiana Tech 5, Buffalo 2
Buffalo 10, Louisiana Tech 7

LAKE CHARLES, LA- After being rained out yesterday, the University at Buffalo softball team hit the field on the campus of McNeese State University to take part in the Cowgirl Classic today. The Bulls played three games, dropping game one to Louisiana Tech, 5-2, and falling to McNeese State, 9-3, but finishing up the day with a win over Louisiana Tech, 10-7.

In game one, the Bulls scored first, earning their first run in the bottom of the second inning. Sharon Barr started out the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Alyssa Ward. Jessica Griffin also walked to put runners on first and second. Dominique Carcone pinch ran for Barr and was sent home when Alex Bejarano singled through the right side. The third inning was scoreless but the Lady Techsters answered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning and another in the top of the fifth to build a lead. Buffalo answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning with Ashley Bertot starting off the inning with a single to shortstop and stealing second base. Kristen Gallipani perfectly placed a sacrifice bunt to send Bertot to third, giving Kristin Waldron the opportunity to send home the RBI with a double to center field. The Bulls wouldn't score again as the Lady Techsters went on to win game one, 5-2.

The Bulls took on a tough McNeese State in game two, falling to the Cowgirls, 9-3. Terese Diaz hit her first home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning to put the Bulls on the board, but the Cowgirls put up seven runs between the third and fourth innings.The Bulls scored again in the sixth inning as Waldron singled to right field and advanced to second when Ward walked. With runners at first and second, Bejarano singled to left field to send home Waldron. Waldron had an RBI in the seventh inning but it wasn't enough as the Cowgirls went on to win, 9-3.

In the rematch with Louisiana Tech, the Bulls dominated most of the game, winning 10-7. Griffin led the way with four RBI's and Andi Saucier batted in another two. Griffin hit the first home run of her collegiate career in game three. The Bulls had a strong third inning where they were able to rally for five runs to take a quick 5-0 lead. Buffalo kept a comfortable lead throughout the game, going into the final inning with a 10-3 lead. The Lady Techsters gave the Bulls a scare as they scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bulls were able to hold on for the win. Overall, the Bulls had a successful all-around game with Saucier and Diaz each hitting doubles and Waldron slamming her first triple of the season. Barr pitched the complete game for Buffalo, striking out seven batters.

The Bulls will hit the road next for a week long trip out west. The first game will be next Friday, March 5 when the Bulls take on Cal Poly at noon as part of the San Diego Classic.

Lehigh 2, Ohio 1
Ohio 6, Longwood 2

FARMVILLE, Va. - Ohio softball wrapped up its weekend of action in Virginia Sunday with a split, dropping a tight 2-1 decision to Lehigh and upending host Longwood 6-2.

The `Cats (4-9) enjoyed another strong offensive day, tallying a combined 18 hits over the two games. As was the case Saturday, however, one strong inning from the opposition bit Ohio. Lehigh (2-2) scored both its runs in the first inning, and it proved to be the difference, despite being outhit by the Green and White. Ohio then responded with a big 11-hit outburst against Longwood (6-6), keeping the Lancers quiet, except for two unearned runs in the sixth.

A pair of big Mountain Hawk doubles proved to be the most costly as Lehigh scored its two runs in the top of the first. Ohio had chances in both the third and fifth innings as it put two on with two outs, but the Mountain Hawks managed to get out of both innings unscathed.
The `Cats put their only run of the day on the board in the sixth as Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) led off the inning with a solo homer, her team-leading third round tripper of the season. The Green and White continued to fight and had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh when it put the winning run on second with just one out. Lehigh managed to force a pop out and a ground out to escape with the win.

Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) and Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) each went 2-for-3 to pace the `Cats at the plate, while Wethington, Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) and Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) each recorded hits. Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) (0-2) took the loss in the circle, despite giving up just four hits and striking out five in a complete-game effort.

Ohio showed no ill effects from the loss to Lehigh early in its second game of the day against Longwood as it pounded out four second-inning hits to plate three runs. Deanna Hartsough (Santa Ana, Calif.) opened the frame with a double to right and eventually touched home on a well-placed sacrifice bunt from Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio). A two-out double from Zambrana scored Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio), who had reached on an infield single. Petrich followed that with a single up the middle that plated Zambrana for the third run of the inning to give the `Cats a 3-0 lead.

The Green and White looked poised to add to its lead in the top of the fourth when Van Wagnen led off the inning with a double. She moved to third after a sacrifice bunt after which Zambrana drew a walk and stole second to put runners on second and third with just one down. Longwood's hurler was able to force the next two outs, however, to spoil any Ohio hopes.

After Wethington thwarted the Lancers' hopes of a promising fifth, Paden opened the sixth with a shot to left for the first homer of her career. Van Wagnen followed with a single for her third hit of the day and then added to it by stealing both second and third to give her three stolen bases. Zambrana was then hit by a pitch and Petrich singled back to the pitcher to load the bases with one out. Ohio's hopes for anything else would come to naught as Longwood managed to get the next two hitters and end the inning.

The Lancers refused to go down quietly and put up two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. After an Ohio error put a runner on, Camille Ketsdever haunted the `Cats for the second day in a row with a two-out, two-run homer that cut the Green and White advantage to 4-2 after six.

Ohio added the final two runs to its tally with a two-out rally in the seventh. After Longwood managed to get the first two hitters of the inning, Paden laced a double to right. She then scored after Van Wagnen reached on a throwing error, which ended with Van Wagnen at second. Jenna Giusti (Danville, Calif.) then brought in the second run and final run of the day with single to left that scored Van Wagnen.

Wethington went the distance for Ohio, giving up just the two unearned runs while striking out seven to get the win and improve to 3-2 on the season. Van Wagnen finished a perfect 3-for-3 with three stolen bases to help pace the `Cats offensively, while Paden went 2-for-3 with a double, homer and an RBI. Petrich also picked up two hits and an RBI, and Morgart, Giusti and Zambrana each recorded an RBI.

Ohio will be back in action Friday when it heads to the University of Tennessee Tournament. The `Cats will open up play against host Tennessee Friday at 6 p.m.