Friday?s MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/3/2010
Friday's MAC Softball Results
Toledo 6, Eastern Michigan 5
Eastern Michigan 6, Toledo 4
Bowling Green 6, Central Michigan 4
Bowling Green 3, Central Michigan 2
Western Michigan 6, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 4, Western Michigan 1
Kent State 9, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 7, Kent State 2

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Toledo 6, Eastern Michigan 5
Eastern Michigan 6, Toledo 4

TOLEDO, OH - Jillian Spink homered and drove in three runs, including the game-winning score in the bottom of the seventh, to help lead Toledo past Eastern Michigan 6-5 in game one of a doubleheader Friday at Scott Park.

In game two, UT led 6-4 entering the sixth but could not protect its lead, falling 12-7 to its MAC West foe.

Spink had three hits and five RBI in the twinbill, while Kate Ricchio went 4-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.

The Rockets (7-22, 1-1 MAC) entered the seventh with a 5-2 lead in the first game, but the Eagles tied it with a three-run homer. EMU (9-15, 1-1) put the go-ahead run on second with a one-out double, but Hannah Rockhold was able to work out of further trouble by recording the final two outs.

Sam Toy led off the Toledo seventh with a walk, and advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. With one out, Spink laced a single back up the middle to easily score Toy and lift the Rockets to their second walkoff win of the season.

UT jumped to a 3-0 lead in the early innings thanks to Ricchio's hot bat. The Racine, WI native brought home Brooke Gates in the first with a single, and her two-run double down the right field line in the second scored McKenna Smith and Lindsey Tobias.

The Eagles struck back with single runs in the third and fifth to cut Toledo's lead to 3-2. But after Ricchio led off the bottom of the fifth with her second double of the day, Spink launched a two-run shot to left, her fourth homer of the season.

Tobias had two hits and two steals in the opener. The Rockets had 11 hits, marking the 10th time this season UT has been in double figures. UT also stole a season-high five bases.

Toledo entered game two with visions of a sweep to begin their conference slate, but Eastern Michigan pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of several Rocket miscues in the field to earn the split.

EMU got on the board first with a solo shot in the top of the second, but UT's bats quickly came alive in the third. Audrey Harner doubled deep to left, and came in to score on Toy's basehit. Then, with two outs, Spink smacked a single to center to plate both Toy and Gates to make it 3-1.

The Rockets gave away three runs in the fourth, as two errors helped propel EMU to a 4-3 lead. Once again, though, UT seemed to have the answer, tallying three runs of its own in the fifth. Gates and Toy began the inning with back-to-back doubles, Mica Sanchez had an RBI single, and Lacey LeVier was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded to account for the Rockets' scoring.

But Eastern Michigan struck the decisive blow in the sixth, scoring six runs on seven hits as the Eagles batted around. Two Rocket errors also helped advance runners early in the inning as EMU built a 10-6 lead.

Ricchio's RBI single in the bottom of the inning temporarily quelled the momentum, but Toledo could draw no closer as Eastern Michigan plated two more runs in the seventh.

Toy and Sanchez led Toledo with two hits apiece in the second game. The seven runs scored pushed Toledo's season total to 126, which is seven more runs than the team scored in 46 games in 2009.

Ricchio became the sixth player on the team to reach double-figures in RBI as she now has 11 on the season.

Toledo continues its homestand with a single game against Central Michigan at 2 p.m. Saturday, and UT also hosts the Chippewas at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Bowling Green 6, Central Michigan 4
Bowling Green 3, Central Michigan 2

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-Head coach Shannon Salsburg and the Bowling Green State University softball team opened Mid-American Conference competition with a pair of wins against Central Michigan. The Falcons rallied back in game one from a 3-2 deficit to upset the Chippewas' 6-4, and continued the winning streak with a 3-2 win in game two. The BGSU softball squad advances its record to 6-10 overall, 2-0 MAC, while CMU drops to 13-10 overall, 0-2 MAC.

While the pair of wins was an all-around Orange and Brown effort, the freshmen continue to make names for themselves as Adrienne Dick and Paige Berger each cranked out one homer each. In the circle, junior Melissa Bott picked up wins in both ends of the doubleheader.

BGSU Rallies Back in Seventh to Overwhelm CMU
With the first MAC and home game on the line for BGSU, it all came down to the seventh inning in the Falcons' first game against Central. When they rallied back from a 4-3 deficit going into the bottom of the inning to win 6-4, BGSU proved it was not a team to go out quietly.

Senior Karmen Coffey kick-started the Falcon offense with a single up the middle, and was able to advance to second on the following play when Hannah Fulk recorded a sacrifice bunt. Coffey continued rounding the bases, stealing third-her seventh stolen base of the 2010 season. Sophomore Melissa West was then able to reach first on an error by CMU's second baseman, allowing Coffey to run home and tie the game at 3-3. Up next, freshman Paige Berger, the leading homerun hitter of 2010, smashed the game-ending homer-her sixth of the season-to straightaway centerfield, to bring home West and give the softball squad its first MAC and home win of the 2010 campaign.

Although the Falcons were held to zero runs and zero hits in three of the seven innings, BGSU posted the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Rachel Proehl was able to round the bases and put the Falcons on the scoreboard. Later in the game, Proehl also recorded the Falcons' third run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Also posting runs for the Falcons were Hannah Fulk, Paige Berger, Melissa West, and Karmen Coffey. In addition to out-scoring the Chippewas, the Orange and Brown squad also out-hit CMU, seven hits to five.

On the defensive end, the Falcons kept the Chippewas tame in the beginning by shutting down CMU's offense, making two double plays, one in each of the first two innings.

From the mound, junior Melissa Bott kept the Chippewa bats quiet, holding CMU to just four runs, zero earned runs and five hits. Bott pitched all seven innings for the Falcons and recorded her third win as a pitcher of the season.

Falcons Start a Wininng Streak
With one win under their belt, the Falcons started a winning streak after topping CMU 3-2 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Falcons held the lead for a majority of the game but had to stay strong late in the game to earn the win.

Adrienne Dick nailed the first long ball of her career late in the bottom of the sixth to give the Falcons their second and final lead of the game. Dick's home run put the Falcons ahead for good.

In game two, four Falcons recorded six hits for the win, including Fulk who recorded two hits, resulting in one run, Dick a homer, Lines a hit and Coffey who also had two. Freshman Andrea Arney also posted a run for the Falcons after being walked.

BGSU played strong defense for the whole game, fending off CMU's seven hits. Junior Zada Lines started on the mound for the Falcons and allowed only six hits during her five point one innings in the circle. Bott relieved Lines in the top of the sixth, halting the Chippewas' scoring efforts and allowing just one hit. Bott improved her pitching record for the second time of the day and is now 4-5 from the mound.

The Falcons will look to advance the two-game winning streak tomorrow (April 3), hosting Eastern Michigan at 2:00 p.m. at Meserve Softball Field. Eastern Michigan (8-15) split a doubleheader with Toledo on Friday.


Western Michigan 6, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 4, Western Michigan 1

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan softball team split its Mid-American Conference season opening series with Buffalo at Fran Ebert Field on Friday afternoon. The Broncos used a six-run sixth inning to capture the opener, 6-0, but Buffalo jumped out early in the second game and held on for a 4-1 victory.

In a game that was controlled by respective starting pitchers Meredith Whitney and Terese Diaz, Buffalo was the first to blink and Western Michigan took advantage. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Broncos were only out-hitting the Bulls, 3-2 but key hits and three Buffalo erros turned the tide.

Lexi Jager led off by reaching on a fielding error by the Bulls' left fielder, advancing to second on the play. Sarah Thomas advanced her to third on a ground out and Gracie Barstad drove her home on a base hit to right field. On the play, the right fielder missed played the ball and allowed Barstad to advance to second on the error.

Whitney followed with a double down the left field line, scoring Barstad. Courtney Rousseau followed by reaching on a throwing error by the shortstop. Kayla Houston and Michelled Bendewald reached on a pair of singles with Bendewald's shot driving in a two more runs. Jenn Tschetter capped the scoring with a double of her own to drive home Bendewald and Rousseau. Jager, who started the inning came to the plate again as the Broncos batted around in the inning.

Buffalo jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a hit and two errors in the top of the first and the Bulls held WMU hitless until the bottom of the third when Diana Patterson singled through the left side with one out. The Bulls added a fourth run on Diaz's home run over the left field wall in the top of the fourth.

Western Michigan scratched out its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Bendewald ripped a two-out double down the left field line and score on a throwing error as Patterson reached base. Tschetter grounded out to third base to end the Bronco threat.

WMU welcomes Kent State to Fran Ebert Field this weekend for a two-game set beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday's game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

Kent State 9, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 7, Kent State 2

DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team split its Mid-American Conference opener against Kent State dropping the first game, while coming back to take the nightcap at Mary M. Bell Field Friday.

After suffering a 9-0 loss Game One, the Huskies came back clicking on all cylinders to defeat Kent State, 7-2, in the second contest. Sophomore Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) set the tone for the Huskies (11-19, 1-1) from the pitching circle, limiting the Golden Flashes' scoring opportunities all game long. She picked up her seventh victory of the season after holding Kent State to two runs on five hits, while striking out eight.

"Morgan came out strong from the mound," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "That seems to be real important for us [at the start of the game]."
The defense, which had struggled the last three games, was solid in the field behind Bittner playing error-free softball. Another area that has seen its woes in the last few games, the Northern Illinois offense, came alive in Game Two. NIU scored seven runs on eight hits with two home runs on the day.

After jumping out to a 1-0 lead after one, the Huskies scored four runs on two hits and an error in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 5-0. Kent State closed the gap to three on a two-run homer by Lauren Grimes in the top of the sixth, but NIU got those runs back in the bottom of the frame on homers by Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) and Alex Wulbecker (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates). Sinner's team-leading fifth homer was a towering shot over the scoreboard in left field, while Wulbecker's shot to left center was the first career round-tripper for the freshman.

"Obviously, scoring in the first inning is a big thing," Chouinard said. "We just found ways to make adjustments."

Sinner and Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the way for the Huskie offense in the second game, with each going 2-for-3. Colosimo drove in two runs, while Sinner drove in one and scored two runs.

NIU continues its five-game home stand when it welcomes Buffalo to Mary M. Bell Field for a weekend set. Saturday's game with the Bulls is scheduled for 2 p.m. with Sunday's set for 1 p.m. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker on NIUHuskies.com.