Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 5/1/2010

Friday's MAC Softball Results
Eatern Michigan 12, Kent State 6
Kent State 6, Eastern Michigan 5
Central Michigan 7, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 4, Central Michigan 3
Akron 2, Bowling Green 0
Bowling Green 9, Akron 7
Ohio 3, Toledo 2
Ohio 7, Toledo 6
Miami 3, Western Michigan 1
Miami 4, Western Michigan 0


Eatern Michigan 12, Kent State 6
Kent State 6, Eastern Michigan 5

KENT, Ohio - Kent State and Eastern Michigan combined for 35 hits in a doubleheader split Friday at "The Diamond at Dix." The Eagles piled up 10 runs in the final three innings of a 12-6 road victory in the opener, before the Golden Flashes staved off a second comeback attempt with a 6-5 win in game two.

"There were a lot of players that came through with clutch hits for us today" Head Coach Karen Linder said. "Having two games where you score six runs...I'm happy with that. Normally our pitching and our defense is more solid than we showed."

In the first inning of game two, Mary Holt lined a two-run homer over the left field fence to give the Flashes a 4-0 lead. KSU's first two runs came when Jess Blanton ripped a two-out, two-run double to right center field.

The Eagles manufactured a run in the second and were held scoreless in the third through sixth innings. Junior Markie Pozzuto got the start and earned her first conference victory of the season, allowing just one run in 5.1 innings.

"Markie did a great job shutting them down, only giving up one run," Linder said. "She kept them off-balance with her off-speed stuff. She did a nice job of getting out of a couple jams and the defense played really well in that second game."

The Flashes added what turned out to be two very important insurance runs in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. Leah Archual led the inning off with an infield single. Two batters later, Beth Cinadr brought her home with a double to center field. A single to center by Blanton made it a five-run lead.

Eastern Michigan made things interesting in the seventh beginning with a two-tun homer from Lauren Delapaz against relief pitcher Kylie Reynolds. A two-run homer by Jenny Scherer cut the lead to one and forced Reynolds out of the game. Danielle Abernathy then made her second appearance of the day and fanned Sarah Gerber for her first save of the season.

Scherer got the Eagles' day off to a good start with a two-run blast in the first inning of game one. KSU responded with a run of its own in the first with the help of two EMU errors.

Still trailing in the fourth, back-to-back singles by Blanton and Holt helped start a four-run rally. A two-out error by pitcher Jamie Melchert was the break Kent State needed, tying the game 2-2. Archual lifted an RBI single into left field and Lauren Grimes followed with an RBI single up the middle. Archual and Grimes executed and a successful first-and-third double steal to score the fourth of the frame.

The Eagles caught their break in the fifth with a two-out, bases loaded error by Holt at shortstop that scored a pair of runs. In the sixth, A homer by Delapaz was the first of five EMU runs. Two more KSU errors in the seventh led to three more Eastern Michigan runs.

Junior Jess Carmichael blasted her 10th home run of the season in the seventh, but it was the Flashes' only hit of the inning.

"Eastern's a dangerous team," Linder said. "I was happy with the way we responded to the first game and really controlled that second game for six innings. You're going to have a bad game every once in a while and I think if anything it will help us to focus more"

Blanton went 3-for-7 with three RBIs on the day, while Archual went 4-for-8 with three runs scored. Holt, Grimes and Carmichael all finished with two hits on the day.

Scherer had a huge day at the plate for the Eagles, going 4-for-5 with four walks, two home runs and four RBIs.

With a strong chance of storms on Sunday, Kent State (25-18, 12-4 MAC) and Central Michigan (25-14, 11-5 MAC) will now play a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

Central Michigan 7, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 4, Central Michigan 3

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Central Michigan softball team found itself one out away from moving into a first-place tie atop the Mid-American Conference standings, but a pair of two-out rallies forced the Chippewas into doubleheader split at Buffalo on Friday.

The Chippewas (25-14, 11-5 Mid-American) rolled, 7-0, in game one, but stranded 14 runners in a 4-3, 12-inning loss in the series finale.

"We did a lot of good things in the first game," head coach Margo Jonker said. "We hit the ball well and cashed in with some runs. In the second game, we were unable to get key hits at the right time."

Early Offense Propels Chippewas to Game One Win

CMU scored early and often in a 7-0 win in the opener.

Christina Novak got CMU started in the first with a lead off home run, her seventh of the year, to make it a 1-0 game. The homer was the 18th of the senior's career.

The Chippewas plated two more runs in the top of the second on RBI singles by Summer Knoop and Ashley Gilson to build a three-run bulge.

Brogan Darwin made it a 4-0 game with an RBI double in the top of the fourth and the combination of Amanda Patrick and Knoop put the game out of reach in the fifth with a pair of run scoring doubles to cap the scoring.

Kari Seddon tossed her fourth shutout of the season to improve her record to 14-7. The junior allowed limited the Bulls to only five hits and a walk, she also struck out nine batters.

Buffalo Rallies Twice to Steal Game Two

Central was one out away from a doubleheader sweep on two occasions in the nightcap, but Buffalo came through with two out hits on both occasions to extend the game and eventually won, 4-3, in 12 innings.

The pitching had its way for the first six innings before a wild seventh sent the game to extra innings.

Kara Dornbos and UB's Terese Diaz matched zeroes for the first six frames with Dornbos facing the minimum in that span. Diaz held the Chippewas off the board despite the Maroon and Gold putting at least one runner aboard in each of the first six innings.

CMU's best chance came in the first as Christina Novak led off with a double and promptly stole third base, but none of the next three batters could bring her in as the score remained tied.

Central finally got on the board in the seventh as Summer Knoop reached second on an error and Rachael Hensel singled to put two runners on for the top of the order. A stolen base by pinch runner Brogan Darwin put runners at second and third for Ashley Gilson, who came through with a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Macy Merchant while an errant throw on the play let Darwin score to make it 2-0.

Buffalo answered back with consecutive two out hits as Jessica Griffin hit an RBI double to make it 2-1 and Alyssa Ward tied it up with an RBI single to send the game to extra innings.

After both teams went down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings, the international tiebreaker rule came into play in the 10th inning. The Chippewas put the go ahead run at third with one out but were unable to score while the Bulls loaded the bases with two down but failed to cash in.

Brittini Merchant recorded CMU's first hit since the seventh inning with a two-out double in the top of the 11th which plated Molly Coldren to give Central its second lead of the day.

A double play ball left the Maroon and Gold only one out away from a sweep once again, but Kristin Waldron's two-out knock plated the tying run once again and sent the game to the 12th.

It appeared that Central retook the lead in the top half of the 12th when Novak bunted for a single and got hit by the throw to first, allowing Darwin to touch home, but after further discussion, Novak was called for interference and Darwin got sent back to second base. Central had runners at second and third with one out after Gilson's bunt single and steal and loaded the bases with two down after Coldren was hit by a pitch. However, the Maroon and Gold could not come through with another two-out hit.

Buffalo sacrificed the winning run to third base to begin the bottom of the 12th and finally ended the game with a Lindsay Hampton walk-off single with two outs.

Dornbos pitched the first 11 innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits. She also struck out four batters and walked one. Seddon pitched the 12th and retired the first two batters, one via strikeout, before taking the loss (14-8).

"Both pitchers did a nice job for us today," Jonker said. "Unfortunately, we did not score enough runs to make it easier on us at the end. We were one out away from a sweep on a couple occasions, but just did not get that last out."

Central remains one game behind Kent State in the MAC standings as the two teams begin a crucial two-game series tomorrow in Kent, Ohio. Due to weather concerns, the series has been shifted to a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday.

Akron 2, Bowling Green 0
Bowling Green 9, Akron 7

AKRON, Ohio - Junior Alex Riedeman picked up her third shutout Friday afternoon in Akron's 2-0 win over Bowling Green to open the day before UA fell 9-7 in the second contest at Lee R. Jackson Field.

In the victory, Riedeman gave up five hits striking out five in her sixth complete game of the season.

In the third inning, Akron got its first hit of the day which came from junior Alex Feltes who pounded out a double. Freshman Alissa Birkhimer would drive her in with a hard hit single to center field to put the Zips up 1-0.

Akron's second run came when junior Heather Bauer led off the Zips fifth with a line drive to right center field. Bauer would steal her way home taking all three bases to cross the plate. Once on third, Birkhimer would reach after she was hit by a pitch and with pinch runner freshman Mary Hyland coming in to run, a double steal would allow Bauer to score for the 2-0 lead which was all the Zips would need for the victory.

The second game was a much different affair with Bowling Green coming out strong offensively scoring four runs off four hits in the first inning (0-4).

Slowly taking runs back, Akron put two on the board in the second inning. With no outs on the board, Akron placed runners at first and second with both advancing into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt from freshman Cassie Gleisner. Junior Sarah Stromack would drive in the first Zips run with a hit down the left field line (1-4) to score Feltes and sophomore Crystal Hernandez would load the bases when she reached on an error. Junior Sarah Earley drove in the Zips second run when she drew a four pitch walk (2-4).

In the third, Hansen put run three on the board with her fourth home run of the season (3-6) and in the fourth Hernandez scored run four for UA beginning when she reached second off a double coming home when Earley tripled to left center (4-6). Helfrich would reach on a base hit and another Zips double steal would score Earley from third to bring UA within one (5-6).

In the sixth, Akron added its final two beginning when Earley reached on a base hit followed by a steal of second. Sophomore Alex Helfrich would drive her home (6-8) on a base hit which allowed her to go to second off a BG throwing error. Runners reached the corners when Helfrich stole third and Bauer drew her third walk of the game. Hansen would drive in Helfrich from third to put UA within one (7-8) but to no avail as Bowling Green picked up its ninth run in the top of the seventh and held the Zips scoreless in their portion of the inning.

On the day Akron had 12 stolen bases and were led on the bags by Bauer who grabbed five.

Taking into account predicted weather in the forecast for Sunday, Akron will play Toledo in a doubleheader on Saturday set to start at 2:00 p.m. The day will mark the conclusion of UA's home schedule as well as senior day and Strikeout Cancer Day.

Ohio 3, Toledo 2
Ohio 7, Toledo 6

ATHENS, Ohio - A walkoff double from Lauren Gellerman in game one and a walkoff sacrifice fly from Melissa Bonner in game two punctuated a pair of comebacks as Ohio swept Toledo, 3-2 and 7-6 (eight innings) Friday at the Ohio Softball Field.

With the sweep, Ohio has won five of its last six Mid-American Conference games and improves to 16-27 overall and 11-5 in the MAC. The Rockets fell to 11-34 overall and 3-14 in conference play.

The Green and White wracked up a combined 23 hits on the day, including a season-best tying 12 in game two. Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) led the way with five total hits, including two triples. Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.), Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.), Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) and Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) each totaled four on the day.

The `Cats threatened early on with a leadoff triple from Bonner, but it came to naught as Toledo managed to get out of the inning unscathed. Things remained quiet until the top of the fourth when the Rockets' Jillian Spink slammed a two-run homer to put Toledo on top 2-0.

Ohio came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly from Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) which scored Gellerman, who had doubled earlier. Following quiet fifth and sixth innings, Ohio mounted its run in the bottom of the seventh. Bonner doubled to start the frame and then advanced to third following a sacrifice bunt from Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.). Petrich then hit one right up the middle to score Bonner. After a flyout, Clark singled up the middle to set the stage for Gellerman. The freshman then smoked her walkoff double just inside the third base line to score Petrich for the winning run.

Bonner paced the Green and White in the contest, finishing 3-for-4 and just missing a homer for the cycle. Petrich finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases, while Gellerman had a pair of doubles, including her walkoff hit, to also come in 2-for-4 with an RBI. Clark finished 2-for-3. Bonner scattered just four hits while striking out five to take the win in the circle and improve to 9-8 overall.

Toledo got on the board first in game two as it took advantage of a costly `Cat miscue that eventually resulted in three unearned runs on a three-run shot from Erinn Wright in the top of the third. The Green and White responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs of its own on RBI singles from Clark and Gellerman.

Mica Sanchez homered to open the top of the fourth to extend the Rockets' lead to 4-2. It wouldn't last long as the `Cats came roaring back with a big rally that resulted in two Ohio runs. Paden opened the frame with a single to left and then moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bonner then slammed her second triple of the day to right center to plate Paden. Kemezis then hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Bonner and tie the game.

Petrich put the Green and White on top in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer. Kemezis lined a single to center with two outs, before Petrich slammed a towering shot well beyond the wall in right field. That wouldn't last long as Toledo took advantage of an Ohio error and got a pair of timely hits to even the action at 6-6. Wright and Spink both had RBIs in the inning.

The `Cats were unable to get anything going in the seventh and the game went to extra frames. A leadoff walk to start the inning had things looking slightly dim for the Green and White, but Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) was able to come back with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to keep the Rockets off the board.

Paden opened up the bottom of the eighth with a huge double to left center and then advanced to third following a sacrifice bunt. Bonner then smacked an offering deep to the wall in center that was tracked down by the Toledo center fielder and allowed Paden to touch home for the winning run.

Paden paced five `Cats with multiple hits in the second game, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Petrich came in 2-for-4 with her homer, two RBI and two runs scored. Bonner also drove in two while going 2-for-4 with her triple and a run. Clark and Gellerman both finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Wethington struck out eight in five innings of relief to pick up the win.

Ohio will now play a doubleheader with Bowling Green beginning at 12 p.m. The schedule was changed due to inclement weather in the weekend forecast.

Miami 3, Western Michigan 1
Miami 4, Western Michigan 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Two great pitching performances by starters Meredith Linch and Jessica Simpson led Miami to a sweep of its doubleheader against Western Michigan on Friday. The RedHawks improve to 25-20 overall and 10-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos fall to 11-21 overall and 6-10 in the MAC.

Linch took the circle for Miami in game one. She allowed only one run, a fourth inning solo home run that just cleared the left field fence. She gave five hits and struck out seven.

The RedHawks struck first in the top of the third when Meghan Mawn singled home Ashley Zappia. After WMU tied it up in the fourth, Miami took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Jordan McElroy and Mawn reach base on a walk. After a wild pitch moved each of them up a base, Alicia Hogl doubled both of them home to make it 3-1.

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

Western Michigan began the second game by loading the bases off Simpson with only one out. She responded by striking out the next two batters to get out of the threat. She became nearly unhittable after that only allowing one more base runner the remainder of the game. Simpson finished with a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits while striking out six.

Miami scored its first run in the top of the third when Mawn drew a bases loaded walk. The RedHawks made it 2-0 in the fifth when a McElroy single brought home Taylor Rice. They added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Kathryn Russette and Daniela Torres led off the frame with singles. Two batters later, Sarah Billstrom brought them both home with a double to left center.

Billstrom finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBI. McElroy was 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Miami continues its road trip Saturday with a 3 p.m. (EDT) game against Northern Illinois.