Sunday's Softball Results

Updated 2/15/2010
Sunday's Softball Results
Oregon 4, Western Michigan 0
Illinois 10, Kent State 0
Long Beach State 6, Kent State 1
Bowling Green 4, Iona 0
Florida State 8, Bowling Green 1
New Mexico 7, Northern Illinois 2

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Oregon 4, Western Michigan 0
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Western Michigan softball team suffered its fourth-straight loss after opening the season with a 21-16 win over Ole Miss when the Broncos fell to Oregon, 4-0, to close out the 2010 Kajikawa Classic hosted by No. 7 Arizona State.

The Broncos fell behind early to the Ducks, ranked No. 30 according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Preseason Poll. Right fielder Sam Pappas launched a home run to straightaway center field to lead off the game. Pappas' shot, which landed 30 feet over the fence, was an 0-1 offering from freshman Diana Patterson for Western Michigan.

Patterson earned her first collegiate start in the circle for the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The freshman worked all seven innings in the loss, throwing 99 pitches with three strikeouts and allowing four earned runs on seven hits.

Oregon added its second run in the top of the third when Kaylan Howard reached on an infield single and later crossed home plate on Neena Bryant's double to right center field, scoring Howard all the way from first base. The Ducks manufactured two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to give them the winning margin.

Western Michigan had its best scoring opportunities in the second and sixth innings, the only two frames that the Broncos had base runners advance past first base. In the second Michelle Bendewald and Gracie Barstad each reached on successive errors by the Oregon shortstop but were stranded. Patterson flew out to center field and Elisha Handshoe grounded out to third base to end the threat.

The only other time a Bronco reached second base came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs Meredith ripped a double to left center field but Bendewald struck out on three-straight pitches to end the frame. WMU led off the home half of the seventh inning with Barstad reaching the Ducks' third error of the game but she too was stranded as the next three Broncos went down via the strikeout, fly out and ground out, respectively, to end the game.

Western Michigan will head back to Kalamazoo for two weeks before heading south to Florida for a pair of single games against Maine (March 3) and Florida Gulf Coast (March 4) before participating in the Under Armour Invitational hosted by South Florida in Clearwater, Fla.

Illinois 10, Kent State 0
Long Beach State 6, Kent State 1

LAS VEGAS - Freshman Lauren Grimes continued her early season hitting surge, but Kent State dropped a pair of games Sunday, falling to Illinois 10-0 and Long Beach State 6-1 on the final day of UNLV's Sportco Kickoff Classic. Grimes went 4-for-7 on the day, but the rest of the team combined for six hits in two games.

The Fighting Illini were held scoreless in the first three innings as Kylie Reynolds retired the first eight batters she faced. When Illinois did get its first hit, Beth Cinadr threw a runner out at third from right field. It was the second time in as many days Cinadr has thrown out a runner from right. She also went 2-for-3 from the plate.

"Lauren and Beth have been the most consistent for us offensively," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "It's good for our team to have newcomers that are contributing so much. And Beth has done a great job defensively too."

Two walks in the fourth led to a grand slam and the Flashes never recovered. The Illini added three in fifth with the help of a throwing error and three more in the seventh. KSU left nine runners on base, including two in the first, second and third innings.

"Kylie pitched really well for the first three innings against a good hitting team," Linder said. "She had some borderline pitches that didn't go her way this weekend," Linder said of the walks.

Three Kent State errors against Long Beach State contributed to three unearned runs. Two of those errors came from outfielders in the third inning, allowing two 49er runs to come across.

A single by Jess Carmichael and walks to Cinadr and Leah Archual helped the Flashes get a run in the fourth, but KSU left the bases loaded and would not score again.

"We didn't get clutch hits and we didn't make adjustments well," Linder said. "If we get a clutch hit in that fourth inning it's a 3-3 game at that point."

Carmichael went 2-for-3 in the second game. Reynolds pitched the first four innings, allowing two earned runs.

The Golden Flashes will not compete again until Feb. 26 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

Bowling Green 4, Iona 0
Florida State 8, Bowling Green 1

TALLAHASSEE, Florida-The Bowling Green State University softball team split wins on day two of the Sunshine State Classic in Tallahassee, Fla. The Falcons (1-3) defeated the Iona College Gaels 4-0, but were unable to edge out the Florida State Seminoles in their second meeting of the tournament, falling 8-1.

Leading the Falcon offense at the Sunshine State Classic was freshman Andrea Arney who racked up a .375 slugging percentage. Seven Falcons also maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage during the opening tournament, including, Andrea Arney, Karmen Coffey, Adrienne Dick, Paige Berger, Carley Riepenhoff, Melissa Bott and Zada Lines.

Falcons Oust the Gaels
The Orange and Brown squad had a strong start in this morning's matchup (Feb. 14) against the Gaels (0-3), scoring all four of their runs in the first two innings.

Kick starting the Falcons offense was freshman Hannah Fulk who crushed a double to right center. Sophomore Rachel Proehl followed Fulk with a single to the pitcher, advancing Fulk to third; but the play did not finished there. On a wild pitch by Iona's Alyssa Maiese, Proehl ran to third while Fulk took off for home plate and scored the Falcons first run of the day.

Keeping the Gaels hitless and scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Falcons took to the plate ready to score. Senior Susan Sontag started off the Falcons offense, pounding a triple to left center. After walking Andrea Arney, Karmen Coffey nailed a single to right field, but advanced to second on the throw, allowing Sontag and Andrea Arney to score. Rounding back to the top of the Falcon lineup, Fulk was hit by a pitch but took to second on an error by Iona's catcher. The error allowed Coffey to score the Falcons third run of the inning and the team's final run of the game.

On the defensive end, Melissa Bott, a junior, pitched all seven innings for the Falcons, keeping the Gaels to just two hits and no runs the entire game.

With neither team able to score throughout the remainder of the game, head coach Shannon Salsburg and the Falcons took their first win of the season.

"It feels good to get our first win of the season," said Salsburg. "The team came out focused and ready to play today. Melissa threw a great game and it was very important that we scored early."

In total, the Falcons kept the Gaels hitless in the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Iona recorded the team's only two hits in the bottom of the third and fifth innings. BGSU posted four hits, including one double, one triple and one RBI. Recording hits for BGSU was Fulk, Proehl, Sontag and Coffey.

'Noles Out hit Falcons
In the Falcon's second game against the Florida State Seminoles (3-1), BGSU fell to FSU 8 -1, in seven innings.

The Falcon's first hit and only run came from a homerun by senior Karmen Coffey who smashed the ball over right field in the top of the third inning.

Coffey's homer was the first of two hits by the Falcon squad in today's Valentine's Day matchup with FSU. Today's homerun also marked Coffey's first career homerun as a Falcon.

The team's second hit came in the top of the seventh inning by freshman Courtney Cox who crushed the ball down the right field line.

Splitting time in the circle was Zada Lines and Melissa Bott. Of the 23 batters Bott faced, she allowed only eight hits in the six innings she spent in the circle. Bott kept the Seminoles scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and kept them to only one hit throughout the same time span.

The Falcons ended the tournament with a 1-3 record. On the tournament, BGSU had 14 hits, including eleven doubles, one triple, one homerun, and three RBIs. Defensively, the Falcons racked up an impressive .929 fielding percentage.

Coach Salsburg and the Falcons will be back in action next weekend (Feb. 19-21) in Athens, Ga., for the Red and Black Classic where they will square off against Western Carolina, Georgia, Winthrop and Virginia Tech.

New Mexico 7, Northern Illinois 2
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team closed out play in the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State with a 7-2 loss to New Mexico Sunday at Bobcat Field in San Marcos, Texas.

New Mexico jumped on top of the Huskies (0-5) early. The Lobos took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first on three hits and one error and tacked on three more runs in the second inning on four hits and an error. That would be all the offense New Mexico would need.

Northern Illinois was limited to two runs on six hits, with freshmen Adrianna Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) and Jennifer Barnett Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) driving in both runs. Sanchez went 2-for-3 on the day with a run batted in the bottom of the sixth, while Barnett was 1-for-2 from the plate with an RBI in the fourth.

Despite the outcome of the five games, NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard was pleased with her team's performance in its first game action of the season.

"We're feeling pretty good about where we're at," Chouinard said. "Our freshmen are starting to settle in and starting to feel more like themselves and play that way. That's what the first weekend is about. It's getting people to feel comfortable and settled. Hopefully we can build on that and move forward."

Northern Illinois returns to the diamond in two weeks when the Huskies travel to Louisville to compete in the Cardinal Classic Feb. 27-28. NIU will face Purdue at 10 a.m. and Saint Louis at 4 p.m. on Feb. 27.