Wednesday's Softball Results

Updated 3/24/2010
Wednesday's Softball Results
No. 2 Michigan 10, Bowling Green 2
Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 3
No. 24 Notre Dame 8, Toledo 4
No. 24 Notre Dame 11, Toledo 0
Syracuse 3, Buffalo 2
Syracuse 8, Buffalo 0
Ball State 7, Dayton 2
Ball State 5, Dayton 0
Purdue 6, Miami 4
Central Michigan 9, Detroit 0
Central Michigan 8, Detroit 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

No. 2 Michigan 10, Bowling Green 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-The Bowling Green State University softball team fell to No. 2 Michigan Wolverines, 10-2, in five innings, to end the Falcons pre-conference competition. The game remained tight through the first four innings of the game, until the Wolverines big bats in the bottom of the fifth, including a game-ending homer by UM senior Nikki Nemitz, were enough to shut the Falcons down.

The Wolverines got a quick jump over BGSU in the first, recording three hits that resulted in two runs in. But Falcon pitcher Melissa Bott was kept Michigan to just one run and only three hits in the second and third innings, giving the Falcons a chance to make a comeback in the fourth.

Entering the fourth inning, BGSU trailed the Wolverines 3-0, but were not going down without a fight. Freshman Paige Berger kicked the Falcon offense into action with a single to right field. Following

Berger, fellow freshman Andrea Arney smashed a homer-her first of the season and her career as a Falcon-over left field to bring Berger home. Adrienne Dick also recorded a hit for the Falcons with a single left field before the inning was over.

Defensively, Bott continued to fend off the Wolverines offense, keeping UM scoreless and allowing just one hit in the bottom of the fourth.

Wolverines pitcher was just as determined and kept the Falcons hitless and scoreless in the top of the fifth, giving UM the opportunity to shut the Falcons down.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Wolverines recorded five hits that resulted in seven runs, ending the game in five innings, with a final score of 10-2.

"We played a great game through the first four innings," said head coach Shannon Salsburg. "We hurt ourselves by getting behind, but they are a good hitting team. Bott did a great job at the plate today and was really able to split up their hits."

In total, three freshmen recorded four hits for the Falcon squad, including Berger (2), Andrea Arney and Adrienne Dick.

Salsburg said, "We are going to continue to work on staying ahead and get ready for MAC play."

The Falcons will swing into Mid-American conference competition next weekend (April 2, 3 and 4) with a double header against Central Michigan on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and back-to-back games on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Eastern Michigan.

Michigan State 5, Western Michigan 3
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Western Michigan softball battled back from a two-run deficit before falling 5-3 to Michigan State at Old College Field in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday afternoon. Lexi Jager was one of six Broncos to register a base hit, collecting a one-RBI triple to score WMU's final run of the game.

After the Spartans jumped out to a two-run lead, off a double and a Bronco error, through three innings of play, Western Michigan evened the score in the top of the fourth. Meredith Whitney recorded a base hit but was thrown out when Courtney Rousseau reached on a fielder's choice. Michelle Bendewald followed with a base hit to left field. Starting pitcher Kayla Houston helped plate both runs, reaching base on an error by Jessica Bracamonte in centerfield. Rousseau and Bendewald scored on the play.

Michigan State grabbed its two run lead back in the home half of the fourth, scoring again on a base hit and a Bronco error. The Spartans added one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Mary Kate DiVirgilio sent a home run over the center field wall to lead off the frame.

Jager's team-leading third triple of the season came in the top of the seventh. After Jenn Tschetter recorded a two-out single to left field, Jager stepped to the plate and ripped a shot down the left field line on a 2-0 offering from Lauren Kramer. Jager was stranded when Sarah Thomas struck out to end the comeback.

Also collecting hits for WMU on Wednesday were Gracie Barstad and Molly Lange. Michigan State's offensive effort was led by shortstop Lindsey Hansen's 3-for-3, two-RBI performance.

Western Michigan will have eight days off before opening its Mid-American Conference season with a doubleheader against Buffalo on April 2. The twinbill starts at 1 p.m., with the second game to follow one half hour after the completion of the first.

No. 24 Notre Dame 8, Toledo 4
No. 24 Notre Dame 11, Toledo 0

SOUTH BEND, IN - Toledo's softball team led early in game two of its doubleheader with Notre Dame, but couldn't hold on to upset the No. 24 Fighting Irish, falling 8-4. The Rockets dropped an 11-0 decision in game one Wednesday at Melissa Cook Stadium.

Freshman McKenna Smith blasted her first home run of the season, a two-run shot, to put Toledo on the board in the second inning of game two. Classmate Lindsey Tobias followed with a single and came in to score on an Irish throwing error to make it 3-0.

The Rockets kept that lead through the bottom of the fourth when Notre Dame put six runs on the board behind the power of three home runs. UT cut the deficit to 6-4 in the fifth as Morgan Smith singled home Jillian Spink, but the Irish earned some breathing room with runs in the sixth and seventh.

Smith and Tobias both had two hits for Toledo, but UT left nine runners on base in the contest. Spink was hit by a pitch for the tenth time in 2010, which moves her into second on the school's all-time single-season list.

In game one, the Rockets were limited to one hit - a Sam Toy single in the fourth. Notre Dame scored three times in the first, once in the third and seven times in the fourth to put the game away.

Toledo fell to 6-21, while the Irish - who are ranked in the Ultimate College Softball poll and receiving votes in the NFCA rankings - are now 21-5.

The Rockets are off until Friday, April 2, when UT hosts Eastern Michigan in its MAC opener. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m. at Scott Park.

Syracuse 3, Buffalo 2
Syracuse 8, Buffalo 0

SYRACUSE, NY - The University at Buffalo softball team dropped a pair of games to Syracuse this afternoon, falling to the Orange 3-2 in game one and 8-0 in the night cap, bringing their record to 8-18 overall.

In game one of the afternoon, Buffalo scored first, putting up two runs in the top of third inning as Dominique Carcone, Kristin Waldron and Alyssa Ward all singled. The Bulls were able to capitalize on a pair of Syracuse errors and an RBI from Ward to earn the runs. Syracuse bounced back and bettered the Bulls' score, earning three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. The Bulls had a chance to tie it up in the top of the seventh with a double from Kristen Gallipani but the Syracuse defense stranded the batter and ended the game.

Kate Kraus earned the start on the mound, striking out five batters in 3.1 innings of work. Sharon Barr pitched the final 2.2 innings, adding a strikeout to the count. The Bulls were only able to put up one hit in the second game, with Waldron hitting a single in the opening inning of the game. That would be it for Buffalo, as the Orange went on to score at least one run in every inning except the third, to end it in five innings. The Buffalo defense stranded seven batters throughout the game, but Syracuse was still able to rally eight runs, as they closed the game with a three-run homerun by Veronica Grant in the bottom of the fifth.

Kraus earned the start in game two as well, pitching 1.1 innings before being relieved by Barr, who wrapped up the remaining 3.0 innings. They combined for three strikeouts in the game.

The Bulls will play at cross-town rival Canisius on Friday afternoon with the first pitch set for 3pm. The Bulls will then host Canisius on Saturday at Nan Harvey field. That game is slated for 2 pm.

Ball State 7, Dayton 2
DAYTON, Ohio - Ball State's Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) sent two balls sailing over the fence Wednesday at UD Stadium to help the Cardinals defeat Dayton 7-2 and 5-0 in Dayton, Ohio. The double win improves the Cardinals' season record to 19-6, while the Flyers fall to 9-14.

In game one, Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton) put the Cardinals' first point on the board in the second inning when she stole home plate in a squeeze play that also saw Jackie Durment, pinch running for Montalto, successfully steal second. Ware has stolen a perfect 14-for-14 bases this year.

Back for more in the third inning, Ware smacked a double deep to centerfield that drove Lisa Rozanski (Tampa Fla./Alonso) and Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) home.

The Flyers responded to the Cardinals' offense in their next at bat when Anne Maci slugged a homerun off Ball State's Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh). Sanders held Dayton for the remainder of the inning and ended the third by striking out Emily Stegeman.

Ball State tallied its final four points of the game in the fifth inning. The scoring drive began Barkley hit a single that drove Rozanski across the plate. Then, Ware singled to right field and Barkley advanced to third base on the play. Montalto was up next for the Cardinals and slugged her first homerun of the day to drive home Barkley and Ware. At the end of the inning, the Cardinals led 7-1.
Dayton's Kathleen Maloof sent a bomb over the fence in the seventh inning with no runners on base to give the Flyers their second and final run of the day.

Credited with the win, Sanders pitched 10 strikeouts and walked just two batters to improve her season record to 4-4.

Ball State 5, Dayton 0
Kim Mazzapica (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake), 2-1 this year, took the mound for the Cardinals in their second game against Dayton and allowed no runs, gave up just three hits and walked one batter in six innings pitched. Milian, Ball State's ace, took to the circle in the seventh inning and gave up zero runs, one hit and pitched one strikeout.

Ball State earned its first run in the second inning when Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) doubled to right centerfield to drive in Alyssa Freiling (Bixby, Okla./Sequoyah). After Freiling crossed the plate, however, Barkley lined out to leftfield and two batters were left on base.

Jen Reifschneider (Wichita, Kan./Maize) contributed a double hit in the third inning that drove Ware home. Reifschneider, however, was tagged out at second on a throw from left field to the shortstop. The score was 2-0 after the third.

Dayton's Maloof attempted to string together a sequence for the Flyers in the bottom of the third, but was caught by a double play, initiated by Ware, that showcased the strength of the Cardinals' defense.

In the top of the fifth inning, Collins hit a single off Dayton's Eva Rappe who had just stepped in the circle to replace Sarah Wedel. With Barkley at bat, Collins advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third after Barkley grounded out to third base. Next to bat for the Cardinals was Ware whose single to right field drove Collins home to make the score 3-0.

With Barkley on base in the seventh inning, Montalto batted her second homerun of the day and third this season to increase the Cardinals' lead to five. Montalto is slugging at a .559 clip this year.

Dayton, unable to respond in the seventh inning, gave Ball State its ninth shutout this season.

The Cardinals have no games scheduled for this weekend, but will play in their 25th straight road game Tuesday at 5 p.m. against IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.

Purdue 6, Miami 4
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A four-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as Purdue defeated Miami 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 11-14 on the season, while the Boilermakers improve to 12-16. Miami struck first when Daniela Torres led off the top of the first with her third home run of the season. Purdue answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, but further damage was avoided by a nifty defensive play by Miami. A walk put runners on first and third with only one out. The Boilermaker batter baited catcher Jenna McGivney to throw to first by purposely leading off the base. However, first baseman Shannon Tillett quickly realized that the real play was an attempted steal of home and quickly threw to third to pick that runner off. Miami completed the double play by forcing the other Purdue runner into a run-down between first and second base.

With one out in the top of the third, Torres reached on a bunt single. The next hitter, Meghan Mawn, beat out a double play attempt to keep the inning alive after Torres was tagged out at second. Miami loaded the bases after Alicia Hogl singled to third base and Kathryn Russette walked. Sarah Billstrom then brought in two runs with a single through the right side.

There were great defensive plays throughout the game for the RedHawks. Purdue loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, but McGivney and Torres teamed up to pickoff the Boilermaker runner at third base.

The big blow for Purdue came in the bottom of the fifth when the Boilermakers scored four runs on six hits off starter Jessica Simpson and reliever Meredith Linch. Billstrom got one back when she hit her fifth home run of the season in the top of the sixth, but Purdue responded with one more run in the bottom of the inning to complete the scoring.

Billstrom finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Torres was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Simpson allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings pitched. Linch took the loss for the RedHawks.

Miami returns to action on Thursday, Apr.1 when they host Dayton for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

Central Michigan 9, Detroit 0
Central Michigan 8, Detroit 0

DETROIT, Mich. - If Wednesday was any indication, the Central Michigan softball team brought its hot bats back to its home state as it swept a doubleheader at Detroit.

Five CMU batters hit home runs in the twin bill as the Chippewas defeated the Titans, 9-0, in six innings in the opener before pulling off an 8-0, five-inning victory in game two.

"We're playing with great pride and having fun at the game," head coach Margo Jonker said. "Our batters are loose at the plate and letting the ball travel deep in the zone before unloading on the ball. We've been scoring a lot of runs lately, but our pitching has also been doing extremely well."

Central improves to 12-7 with the victories, matching last season's win total. The Chippewas have won five straight games and 10 of their last 11 contests.

Molly Coldren and Christina Novak each went deep while Kara Dornbos and Sarah Patterson held Detroit to only one hit as Central posted a dominant, 9-0, victory in the opener.

The Chippewas took advantage of a Titan miscue to open the scoring in the top of the first. Novak reached on an error, then stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball. After a Katie Greenman walk, Coldren blasted a pitch over the center field wall for her fifth home run of the season.

Another UDM error allowed Jill Schulz to score in the second and make it 4-0 CMU. Schulz put the Chippewas up by five runs in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout.

The score remained 5-0 in the sixth inning before Novak launched a two-out grand slam, the senior's 13th career homer, to cap the scoring.

Dornbos improved to 5-2 with the victory after tossing five scoreless innings. She allowed only one hit and three walks while striking out four. Patterson pitched a scoreless sixth inning, fanned two batters and walked one.

Game two began the same way the opener did as the Brittini Merchant launched a two-run home run, her second of the year, in the first inning to stake the Chippewas to an early lead.

The game remained 2-0 until the fourth inning when Brogan Darwin belted her first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, to double CMU's lead to 4-0.

The Maroon and Gold broke the game open in the fifth inning. Molly Coldren made it 5-0 with an RBI single to left and Amanda Patrick followed with a monster three-run home run, her fourth of the year, down the right field line to cap the scoring.

Sarah Patterson picked up her first collegiate win with four scoreless innings. The Okemos, Mich., native allowed only two hits and struck out six batters. Courtney King finished the game by pitching a scoreless fifth.

The Chippewas return to the diamond when they host a doubleheader against Oakland in its home opener on March 31.