Saturday's Softball Results

Updated 2/14/2010
Saturday's Softball Results
Bakersfield 9, Kent State 4
Kentucky 5, Western Michigan 1
No. 11 California 9, Western Michigan 1
No. 19 Florida State 9, Bowling Green 0
Southern Mississippi 5, Bowling Green 3
UT-Arlington 5, Northern Illinois 4
UT-Arlington 2, Northern Illinois 1
North Dakota 5, Ohio 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Bakersfield 9, Kent State 4
LAS VEGAS - Six unearned runs on three Kent State errors made the difference in Bakerfield's 9-4 victory over the Golden Flashes Saturday at the UNLV Sportco Kickoff Classic. The KSU offense displayed its power once again, hitting their sixth and seventh home runs of the weekend.

"You can't give a good hitting team extra chances and that's what we did today," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "We had played good defense in the first two games and made some good defensive plays today, but you can't make three errors like that. So far when we've made progress in one area of our game, we've taken a step back in another and right now we're just trying to put it all together."

KSU put up a pair of runs in the top of the first, on a two-run homer by junior right fielder Beth Cinadr. Freshman left fielder Lauren Grimes put a runner on for Cinadr with a single into left.

"Our offense is really producing, which is exciting," Linder said. "There's lot of different players making things happen."

Bakersfield then responded with two runs of their own in the first inning on three hits capped off by a double from Danielle Lyman.

The Roadrunners tacked on two unearned runs in the second after a fielding error at second base and an illegal pitch called on Kylie Reynolds. Another error in the third sparked a three-run rally for Bakersfield, who added two runs in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead.

After leaving two runners on in the fifth, the Flashes got back on the board in the sixth when senior Alyssa Frobase launched a two-run shot to right center. Frobase also doubled in the second on a 2-for-3 day.

"From top to bottom, I think this is a better offensive team than what we had two years ago," Linder said. "When we bring it all together, we're going to be tough to beat."

Grimes went 2-for-4 on the day, while Cinadr was 1-for-2 with two walks. Sophomore Jess Blanton singled and got her first career start at third base.

"Jess has a very strong arm from third, Mary's (Holt) making some nice plays at short and Beth (Cinadr) threw out a runner at the plate from right field," Linder said.

Reynolds tossed the first three frames, allowing three earned runs and fanning two. Junior Markie Pozzuto did not allow an earned run in three innings. Sammy Rodriguez went the distance for the Roadrunners, allowing four earned runs on seven hits.

The Golden Flashes will play their final two games at the Sportco Kickoff Classic Sunday, taking on Illinois and Long Beach.

Kentucky 5, Western Michigan 1
TEMPE, Ariz. - After jumping out to a one-run, first-inning lead and working out of back-to-back bases loaded jams, Western Michigan suffered a 5-1 loss to the University of Kentucky on Saturday morning at the Kajikawa Classic. The Wildcats, ranked No. 26 according to the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 Preseason Poll, used a four-run fourth inning to break the game open.

Lexi Jager single-handedly posted the lone run for Western Michigan in the top of the first. She led off with a base hit to center field and stole second on Courtney Rousseau's strikeout. She advanced to third and later scored on wild pitches. Jager was one of two Broncos to go 2-for-3 at the plate on Saturday, also slapping a double down the right field line in the third inning.

Meredith Whitney also had a double and single in the game. The sophomore doubled to right center with two outs in the fourth after Kayla Houston had reached on an error. The San Diego, Calif., native was thrown out at the plate. She added a base hit in the top of the seventh with one out after Houston led off the final frame with a single up the middle.

Meghan Thomas, in her second start of the season, worked her way out of two bases loaded jams in the first two defensive innings for the Broncos. She forced a ground out to end the first and a foul out to right field to end the second inning. She worked 3.1 innings but was relieved by true freshman Diana Patterson after giving up a pair of home runs in Kentucky's game-breaking fourth inning.

Brittany Cervantes had two home runs during the game; a solo shot in the third to tied the game and a two-run blast in the fourth. Molly Johnson led off the four-run inning with a solo home run of her own.

Sarah Thomas also collected a hit for the Broncos against the Wildcats, ripping a base hit back up the middle with one out in the top of the fifth inning.

Western Michigan has dusted off and is on the field against No. 11 California right now. Follow the action on GameTracker. The Bears are 1-1 so far at the Kajikawa Classic after falling to Texas A&M, 3-2, and defeating Wisconsin, 3-1, on Friday.

No. 11 California 9, Western Michigan 1
TEMPE, Ariz. - Western Michigan faced the second nationally ranked team in as many times and had to settle for a similar result as the Broncos fell to No. 11 California, 9-1, in five innings on Saturday afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic. Lexi Jager continued her hot hitting, going 2-for-3 and is now hitting .636 (7-for-11) through the first four games of the 2010 season.

Jager registered a double and a single for the second-straight game in one day during WMU's loss to the Bears. She served a 1-1 offering from Cal pitcher Marissa Drewrey into righ center field to lead off the home half of the first inning for the Broncos. She eventually advanced to third base but was stranded there when Gracie Barstad reached on a fielder's choice and Kayla Houston was tagged out at second base. Houston had earned a four-pitch walk earlier in the inning.

Michelle Bendewald collected a one-out single in the bottom of the second but was left on first base as the next two batters struck out and grounded out, respectively. The Broncos posted their lone run of the game in the bottom of the third and, again, Jager was involved.

The junior Kalamazoo native led off the inning with a single to left field and stole second, her second of the season and 28th of her career. Sarah Thomas hit her first double of the season, scoring Jager, but was thrown out trying to extend the double into a triple.
The Bears jumped out to an early, 4-0, lead on grand slam off the bat of Lindsey Ziegenhirt to score Valerie Arioto, Jamia Reid and Jace Williams who had reached by on a lead-off double, an infield single and a walk, respectively.

The Bears added three more runs in the second inning on a two-run home run by Arioto and a bases loaded walk for Ziegenhirt. California added another run on a fielding error in the fourth and once more on a squeeze bunt in the fifth.

Western Michigan closes out its time at the 2010 Kajikawa Classic against the University of Oregon on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET (11:15 in Arizona). Live stats are available from the schedule page of the WMU web site. The link will be available on the site and at www.twitter.com/kananmj prior to the first pitch.

No. 19 Florida State 9, Bowling Green 0
Southern Mississippi 5, Bowling Green 3

TALLAHASSEE, Florida-With the first day of games at the Sunshine State Classic under wraps, the Bowling Green State University softball team started off the season with two losses at JoAnne Graf Field. The Falcons fell to by No. 19/23 Florida State, 0-9, and Southern Mississippi, 3-5.

Falcons vs. Seminoles in a Mid-Morning Matchup
With the weather finally in agreement with the tournament schedule, Coach Salsburg and the Falcons (0-1) were finally able to play their first game of the tournament this morning (Feb. 13) against the nationally ranked Florida State Seminoles (2-1). The Falcons fell to the ‘Noles, 0-9, in five innings.

Freshman Andrea Arney recorded her first career hit as a Falcon while also posting one of only two hits by the Falcons, with a single to centerfield in the fourth. Rachel Proehl tabbed the Falcons second hit of the game.

Defensively, the Falcons kept the Seminoles scoreless in the first inning.

On the first day of the tournament, (Feb. 11) FSU fell to Southern Mississippi, 2-1. Following FSU's game against the Falcons, the Seminoles upended Iona College, 9-1.

Falcons vs. Golden Eagles in a Battle of the Bats
In their second game of the day, the Falcons (0-2) met the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-0) on the diamond, in what turned out to be a battle of the bats. Although the Falcons and the Golden Eagles each held each other to seven hits, in the end, USM defeated BGSU 5-3.

Recording hits on the Falcon's end was Hannah Fulk, Rachel Proehl, Melissa West, Susan Sontag, Melissa Bott and two for Andrea Arney.

On the defensive end, the Falcons held the Golden Eagles scoreless in the first, second and third innings. In the fourth inning, USM scored its first three runs, a lead which would remain for the rest of the game. The Golden Eagles ran in for two more runs, adding one to the scoreboard in the fifth and their fifth and final run in the sixth inning.

The Falcons went scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when they scored all three of their runs. Rounding the bases for the Falcons was Andrea Arney, Karmen Coffey and Susan Sontag. Sontag recorded the Falcon's sole triple of the game while Andrea Arney had the team's sole RBI.

On the day, Andrea Arney was at bat five times, had three hits, one run and one RBI.

"We learned a lot about ourselves today," Head Coach Shannon Salsburg said. "The team did a nice job of rebounding back after the Florida State game. We made adjustments and put ourselves in a place to win against Southern Mississippi."

The Falcons resume play on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), the final day of the tournament, with back-to-back games against Iona College (9:00 a.m.) and a second game against Florida State (3:35 p.m.).

UT-Arlington 5, Northern Illinois 4
UT-Arlington 2, Northern Illinois 1

SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped a pair of one-run games in its doubleheader to UT-Arlington in the CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State Saturday at Bobcat Field in San Marcos, Texas. The Huskies lost Game 1, 5-4, and were edged out 2-1 in Game 2.

The Huskie (0-4) offense turned in a solid performance at the plate in the first game, scoring four runs on seven hits and three base on balls. However, the NIU defense struggled, committing four errors, including two in the final inning that allowed the Mavericks to score the game winning runs.

With the Huskies leading 4-3 and a runner at third with two outs in the top of the seventh, UTA pushed across the tying run on an error by third baseman Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) and took the lead on the play on an error by pitcher Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly). NIU was unable to tie the game in its final at bat, suffering the loss.

"Obviously, our defense let us down today," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "When you can't take care of the ball, it makes it hard to win games."

Bittner took the loss, allowing five runs, three earned on six hits and a walk. Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had a great day offensively for the Huskies, going 2-for-3, including a home run, with three runs batted in a run scored. Krista Matsui (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) also had a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with a stolen base and run scored.

A two-run third by the Mavericks proved to be the difference in the final game of the day for Northern Illinois. Whitney Owens (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) pitched well in her first start as a Huskie, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. The NIU offense struggled scoring one run on three hits. Freshman Monica Segura (Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom Fundamental) went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI in the sixth inning scoring Colosimo.

Northern Illinois wraps up play in the CenturyLink Classic tomorrow morning when the Huskies face New Mexico at 9 a.m. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker on NIUHuskies.com.

North Dakota 5, Ohio 0
TEMPE, Ariz. - A last-inning North Dakota State charge cost Ohio as the 'Cats fell 5-0 to a very strong Bison squad to wrap up the final day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Paige Kemezis and Alexis Zambrana both doubled to help pace the Green and White.

Ohio (0-5) battled NDSU (3-0), who is the top team receiving votes in the preseason Top 25 poll, right down the very last inning, before the Bison broke the scoreless tie with five unearned runs in the top of the seventh to take the win. The `Cats totaled just three hits on the day, including the Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) and Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) doubles and a single from Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.). Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) turned in a nice showing in the circle, giving up no earned runs while fanning five in 6.2 innings of work against a sound NDSU offense.

The `Cats looked poised for a strong start in the bottom of the first after putting runners on second and third with just one out, but Parks was able to get the next two Ohio hitters to end a promising first. Bonner was strong through the first three innings, allowing just one Bison player to reach base.

After the Green and White thwarted NDSU's hopes for anything in the fourth and fifth frames, Kemezis doubled to open the bottom of the fifth. Unfortunately for Ohio, it would come to naught as Parks was able to get the next three hitters to stop another `Cat threat.

The sixth inning went quietly for both sides, before the Bison were able to end the stalemate in the top of the seventh. An error eventually helped push the first run across after a single. Ohio looked to halt things there as it got two outs, but then the deciding blow was landed on a grand slam homer from NDSU's Melissa Chmielewski to extend the Bison advantage.

Clark opened the bottom of the seventh to give the `Cats a promising start, but Ohio's hard-hit balls after that fell right to people, and the Bison were able to sneak out with the win.

Ohio will continue tournament play next weekend as it heads to Auburn, Ala. to take part in the Auburn University Tiger Invitational. The `Cats will open the event Friday when they take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at 4 p.m. ET and host Auburn at 6 p.m.