Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 5/8/2010
Friday's Softball Results
Kent State 2, Toledo 1
Kent State 8, Toledo 3
Ball State 7, Akron 0
Ball State 3, Akron 0
Western Michigan 7, Eastern Michigan 5
Western Michigan 7, Eastern Michigan 7
Bowling Green 5, Buffalo 3
Buffalo 4, Bowling Green 3
Miami 4, Ohio 0
Miami 7, Ohio 2
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, cancelled

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Kent State 2, Toledo 1
Kent State 8, Toledo 3

KENT, Ohio - For the fifth consecutive season, Kent State has earned a Mid-American Conference East Division title after sweeping a doubleheader from Toledo Friday at "The Diamond at Dix." Beth Cinadr belted home runs in each contest as the Flashes (29-19, 16-4 MAC) took the opener 2-1, before smacking 12 hits in an 8-3 win in game two.

Senior hurler Kylie Reynolds (22-14) struck out 15 and allowed just two hits in the opener. In the first through fourth innings, Reynolds fanned eight consecutive batters.

"Kylie was throwing hard and was hitting her spots," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "She pitched really, really well. She was in total control and it was one of the best performances I've seen from her. They're a good hitting team and she did a nice job of shutting them down."

Kent State's only runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Cinadr lifted a two-run blast to opposite field. Lauren Grimes reached on an infield single to put a runner on for Cinadr.

"Beth is doing her job right now," Linder said. "This is what we need her to do this time of year."

The Rockets first hit came in the sixth and their only run came in the seventh with two outs, when Mica Sanchez hit a solo shot down the left field line.

KSU finished with only four hits in the first game, but Reynolds never allowed more than one base runner in any inning. Reynolds also came on in relief during the seventh inning of game two. She fanned all three of the batters she faced, giving her 18 strikeouts in eight innings on the day.

The Flashes piled up five first-inning runs in game two. Leah Archual started the rally with a hard single through the right side. Cinadr singled to right, setting up a two-run double to center by Jess Carmichael.

"It's important to have the middle of the lineup come through," Linder said of Cinadr and Carmichael, who combined for seven hits and six RBIs on the day.

A walk to Jess Blanton put two runners on for Mary Holt, who made it a 5-0 game with her fifth home run of the year. Holt's three-run shot carried over the left field fence and led to the early exit of Rocket starter Hannah Rockhold.

With two outs in the second and reliever Whitney Young in the circle, Cinadr sent her second home run of the day to left field. A walk to Heather Duhon put the first runner on in the inning.

Starter Markie Pozzuto did not allow a hit until the third inning when the Rockets scored their first run on three singles to center. Toledo tallied three more hits in the fourth, but Pozzuto left the bases loaded without allowing a run. The left-handed junior improved to 3-1 on the season.

The Flashes added a run in the fifth behind singles from Archual and pinch hitter Shannon Laughlin. Archual and Carmichael each had four hits on the day.

"We played good defense today and everyone's doing their job right now," Linder added. "We showed up in all phases of the game."

Miami's Friday sweep of Ohio helped the Flashes clinch the East Division crown. KSU remains tied with Ball State for the best record in the conference.

Kent State returns to action Saturday (May 8) for a single game against Bowling Green at 2 p.m.

Ball State 7, Akron 0
Ball State 3, Akron 0

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State softball team shutout Akron 7-0 and 3-0 in doubleheader action Friday at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind. With the sweep, Ball State is 38-13 overall and 16-4 in the MAC, while Akron falls to 20-32 on the season and 7-13 in MAC play.
Heading into their final two games of the regular season, the Cardinals are riding a season-best 10-game winning streak and have officially clinched the top spot in the Mid-American Conference West Division.

GAME 1 - Ball State 7, Akron 0

In the circle for Ball State, Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10 batters to notch her ninth shutout this season and the team's 11th.

On offense, Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon del Oro) began the Cardinals scoring drive with her first of three doubles in the game - the junior has tallied 12 doubles this season and nine multi-hit games. Wilczynski was followed by Meredith Nash (Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar) who followed with a double to drive in Wilczynski for Ball State's first run of the day.

Then, in the third inning, Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso), Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) and Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) strung together a series of singles. While Carpenter drove in both Rozanski and Barkley, she was tagged out on second. Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Wilczynski followed with doubles to score a third run in the inning and give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton) tripled in the fourth inning - after being hit by a pitch and grounding out in previous at bats - and scored on a throwing error by Akron's centerfielder, Cassie Gleisner.

Ball State would score its final two runs of the game in the sixth inning which began with Wilczynski's third consecutive double. Then, an error by Akron's shortstop Heather Bauer allowed Jen Moore (Canton, Ohio/Jackson), pinch hitting for Jen Reifschneider (Wichita, Kan./Maize) to reach and Hannah Zimmerman (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina Memorial), pinch running for Wilczynski, to score. Pinch hitter Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw) then tallied an RBI on a single up the middle to advance the Cardinals' lead to seven runs.

GAME 2 - Ball State 3, Akron 0

Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh) took the mound for the Cardinals in the nightcap and tallied her second shutout of the season and the team's 12th. The rookie struck out four batters, allowed just four hits to Ball State's seven and posted zero walks.

With neither team able to score in the first four innings, Reifschneider notched the first run of the game on her second home run of the season. Then, Ware, who leads the nation in triples and triples per game, hit her second triple of the day to drive in Sadie Robertson (Fenton, Mo./Rockwood Summit). Rozanski followed with a single to center field that drove in Ware for the Cardinals third and final run of the game.

The Cardinals have tallied 38 wins this season and need just two more to set a school record in the category. The 2010 team has already set school records in runs scored (296), doubles (82), triples (30), RBI (257) and total bases (641).

Ball State returns to the BSU Softball Complex for its final two games of the regular season Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. against Ohio.

Western Michigan 7, Eastern Michigan 5
Western Michigan 7, Eastern Michigan 7

YPSILANTI, Mich. - A 7-5 win and a 7-7 tie, WMU's first since head coach Kathy Leitke's first season at the helm in 2001, at Eastern Michigan on Friday afternoon puts the Broncos .5 wins ahead of Akron in the race for the final spot in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Tournament. Western Michigan needs to take care of business against Central Michigan this weekend (May 8-9), but today's action gives the Broncos the tiebreaker over the Eagles and in control of their own destiny.

Gracie Barstad almost single-handedly gave the Broncos its two-run victory to open Friday's doubleheader against the Eagles. The sophomore was 2-for-3 at the plate with her fourth double of the year, a home run, also her fourth of the year and accounting for a career-high four RBIs.

Her first RBI came in the top of the fifth with a double to left field that scored Sarah Thomas, who had singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The score tied the game after EMU had taken a 2-1 lead to close out the third inning. Barstad's remaining three RBIs came with one swing of the bat in the top of the sixth.

Diana Patterson led off the frame by reaching on a throwing error by the shortstop. Jenn Tschetter singled down the left field line two batters later to put runners at the corners. Tschetter's first stolen base of the season put her on second to remove the double play as an option for the Eagles. Courtney Rousseau grounded out to put two outs on the board but Lexi Jager reached on the Eagle's second throwing error of the game, clearing the bases in the process. Thomas collected her second hit of the game to set the table for Barstad, who drove a 3-1 offering over the left center field wall to cap the Broncos' five-run inning.

EMU would not go quietly as the Eagles plated three runs in the bottom of the seventh bu Meredith Whitney, who earned her ninth win of the season, forced the last two batters to foul out and fly out, respectively. Whitney scored the game's first run for WMU after she led off the second inning with a single to left field and came home on Tschetter's base hit to right field.

Four Broncos had multiple hits in the opening game, including Barstad and Thomas. Whitney and Tschetter also a pair of hits, each going 2-for-4 at the plate. Meghan Thomas, Patterson and Michelle Bendewald also collected hits against the Eagles in the day's opening game.

The Broncos had to come back from a run down in the opening game to claim the win, but WMU dug itself a much deeper hole in the second game. Eastern Michigan tallied a run in the opening inning and scored five more runs in the second inning of game two but WMU chipped away, scoring two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings and three more in the sixth to take a 7-6 lead.

Whitney had another 2-for-4 performance at the plate and got things going offensively with her second home run of the season, scoring Meghan Thomas in the top of the fourth. Sarah Thomas plated WMU's next two runs in the fifth with a base hit to center field, scoring Rousseau and Jager who had reached on a fielder's choice and error, respectively.

Thomas and Whitney led off the sixth with a walk and single, respectively, and each advanced a base on Patterson's sacrifice bunt. Thomas scored on a wild pitch and Whitney came home on a error at second base. Bendewald also reached on an error and scored the Broncos' third run of the inning on Tschetter's ninth double of the year.

EMU entered the home half of the seventh, trailing 7-6 but erased that deficit almost immediately with a lead-off home run. The Eagles could manage no more runs, forcing extra innings. WMU had two outs in the top of the eighth when the game was called due to lightning and rain.

Bowling Green 5, Buffalo 3
Buffalo 4, Bowling Green 3

Buffalo, N.Y. - With their collegiate softball careers coming down to the final week of the regular season, Bowling Green's two seniors provided a jolt of power as the Falcons split a doubleheader with Buffalo Friday afternoon to keep their hopes of advancing to the MAC Tournament alive. BGSU won the opener 5-3 before a hard-fought 4-3 loss in nine innings in the nightcap.

Seniors Susan Sontag and Karmen Coffey each homered in the opener, combining to drive in all five of the team's runs. Coffey was especially effective, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. She also had an RBI single in the third to tie the score at 2-2. Sontag's homer got the scoring started as she led off the second with a bomb.

Bowling Green outhit Buffalo 10-5 in game one and Melissa Bott kept the Bulls bats off-balanced, pitching six strong innings and giving up just two earned runs to get the win. Zada Lines came on to pitch the seventh after Bott gave up a leadoff double and retired the next three batters in order to get her second save.

Coffey, Sontag and Rachel Proehl had three hits each and Coffey was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Her homer in the fifth came with nobody out after Hannah Fulk walked to lead off the frame and Proehl reached on a bunt single.

In game two, Bowling Green was held to just five hits but Coffey was almost the hero again. The Falcons trailed 3-2 with two outs in the top of the seventh, when Coffey hit an RBI double to drive home Fulk, who had walked earlier in the inning, to send the game to extra innings.

Bowling Green, though, was unable to produce any more runs and Buffalo finally ended it with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Lines pitched the entire 8 2/3 innings in the second game, scattering nine hits and two walks, striking out 10. She was also the only Bowling Green player with multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with an RBI on a bases loaded walk in the first.

The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead after just half an inning but Buffalo scored twice in the third to tie the game and added a run in the fifth to take the lead until Coffey's RBI double in the seventh.

Buffalo is now 19-32 overall and 7-13 in MAC play. Bowling Green moves to 12-26 overall and 8-12 in the MAC. With five teams competing for the final two spots in the MAC Tournament, the Falcons are in the driver's seat with just two games remaining. However, Bowling Green must face MAC East leader Kent State Saturday and Sunday. The first game begins at 2 p.m. and the second starts at 1 p.m.

Miami 4, Ohio 0
Miami 7, Ohio 2

OXFORD, Ohio - Strong pitching and some timely hitting led the RedHawks to a doubleheader sweep of Ohio on Friday afternoon. Miami took the first game 4-0 and followed with a 7-2 win in the nightcap. The RedHawks improve to 29-22 overall and 12-8 in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats fall to 18-29 overall and 13-7 in the MAC.

Starting pitcher Jessica Simpson was the story of game one. She threw her eighth shutout of the year, allowing only three singles and no walks. No Ohio batter reached second base the entire game on Simpson. She improved her record to 17-14, and lowered her ERA to 1.54.

Miami scored all of its game one runs in the bottom of the third inning. Jenna McGivney started things off with a walk. Kathryn Russette followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt in which the Ohio third baseman attempted to throw out McGivney. The throw was not in time and everyone was safe. Daniela Torres was next and she singled down the left field line to score Ashley Zappia, who had come in to pinch run for McGivney. A double by Meghan Mawn brought home Russette and Torres and made it 3-0. The RedHawks completed their scoring when a single by Alicia Hogl scored Mawn.

Mawn finished the game 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI. Torres was 1-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI.

The Bobcats got on the board in the top of the first inning in game two with an unearned run off starter Meredith Linch. The RedHawks responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Torres led off with a double to left field. Two batters later, Mawn doubled to left center to bring her home. After a Sarah Billstrom single put two runners in scoring position, Hogl doubled to right field to make it 3-1 after one inning of play.

In the bottom of the second, a throwing error by Ohio pitcher Melissa Bonner allowed Zappia to come around and score. A solo home run by the Bobcats cut the lead to 4-2 after three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Jordan McElroy was hit by a pitch and Mawn singled to the shortstop. That was followed by a three-run blast over the left field wall by Billstrom, her eighth home run of the year, to make it 7-2 and complete the scoring for Miami.

In game two, Billstrom was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Hogl was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Linch pitched well in earning her 12th victory of the season. She finished with six innings pitched, giving up one earned run on four hits.

Miami continues its final home weekend with a single game against Akron on Saturday at 6 p.m.