Tuesday's Softball Results

Updated 3/24/2010
Tuesday's Softball Results
Northern Illinois 4, Western Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 2, Western Illinois 0
Notre Dame 9, Eastern Michigan 0
Notre Dame 9, Eastern Michigan 3
Wright State 6, Ohio 5
Wright State 3, Ohio 2



Story Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Northern Illinois 4, Western Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 2, Western Illinois 0

DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team opened its home schedule in impressive fashion by sweeping a doubleheader from in-state rival Western Illinois, shutting out the Fighting Leathernecks in both games at Mary M. Bell Field Tuesday.

"We played great today," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "It's a great start. It was a beautiful day, a lot of fans and we played wonderfully and played the way we're capable of playing.

"Western is a good team. They take their hacks and put good swings on the ball. They're very well coached. We just came out and executed they way we're capable of."

A four-run second inning and a solid outing from pitcher Whitney Owens (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) proved to be the difference in NIU's 4-0 victory in Game One. With the Huskies (8-15) leading 1-0 on an RBI single by Krista Matsui (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and delivered the big blow of the game tripling to center field to clear the bases and give NIU a 4-0 lead.

"We talked a lot with the girls about being able to put in the big blow when you have the opportunity and Dani did that today," Chouinard said. "We could have let it linger at 1-0, but she got a good pitch and she crushed it."

Owens turned in her best performance of the season, blanking the Leathernecks (14-6), scattering six hits in seven innings, striking out seven. She pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth by striking out Erin Schlotfedlt to end the threat.

Strong pitching, solid defense and timely hitting proved to be the keys to victory in the second game. Sophomore Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) equaled Owens' effort in Game Two, going seven strong innings, allowing three hits and no walks.

"Morgan and Whitney both pitched great," she said. "They're growing and progressing. They're young, but today definitely showed what they're capable of doing.

NIU scored its first run in the bottom of the third on a two-out single to center field by Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) to drive in Kate Welsh (Wilmington, Ill./Bishop McNamara) from second. The Huskies added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out double to left from Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany).

Northern Illinois University completes its three-game homestand Thursday when the Huskies welcome Northwestern to Mary M. Bell Field for a single game with the Wildcats. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.

Notre Dame 9, Eastern Michigan 0
Notre Dame 9, Eastern Michigan 3

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team was upended by the University of Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish swept both ends of a doubleheader, 9-0 and 9-3, and celebrated a successful home-opener at Melissa Cook Stadium Tuesday, March 23. The result drops the Eagles to 6-13 on the season while Notre Dame improves to 19-5 and winners of 18 of their last 19 games.

Eastern Michigan has dropped four straight games, all of which have come against top-notch competition in Northwestern, No. 3 Missouri and now Notre Dame in the span of five days. After getting shut out in game one, the Eagles were able to muster some offense in game two, taking a short-lived lead before the Irish offense showed its true colors.

In game two, the Eagles secured the game's first lead after loading the bases and doing so without needing a base hit. Freshman Nellie Coquillard strode to the plate with two outs and a chance to do some damage. The first year second baseman, making her 17th start of the season, came through with the biggest two-run single of her early career. It was the first hit of the game for the Eagles and scored Lauren Delapaz and Jessica Richards on the play.

It was a rare early lead for junior right-hander Jaclyn Caro, one that has been hard to come by for Eagle pitchers as of late. Caro, making just her fourth start of the season in the wake of offseason surgery wasn't able to hold down the high-powered Notre Dame offense, however, as the Irish responded in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run double by Sadie Pitzenberger to tie it, leading to a four-run frame for the Irish.

The first inning would be the only frame that Notre Dame would fail to score in as they went on to a 9-3 victory. In light of the defeat, the Eagles top four hitters, beginning with Coquillard in the lead-off spot, went 5-for-13 against Irish pitching in the tail-end of the double dip. Stacie Skodinski, a native of South Bend making her return trip home, went 3-for-5 on the day including a 2-for-3 effort in game two to raise her batting average to a team-high .408 this year. Freshmen Coquillard and Jenna Ignowski, of nearby Niles, Mich., also enjoyed somewhat of a homecoming. Coquillard had the big two-run single in the first inning of game two while Ignowski pitched the final 3.2 innings of game one.

Another bright spot for the Green and White was an encouraging performance by Caro in game two. The junior, who emerged as the team's ace in 2009, allowed nine runs on 10 hits while striking out three and walking six, but nonetheless, went the distance for the first time this season.

For the Irish, Jody Valdivia moved to 14-2 by pitching a four-hit shutout in game one, her seventh shutout this year. Britta O'Donnell is 5-1 after getting the win in game two.

The Eagles are off until Tuesday, March 30, when they will travel to East Lansing for a mid-week showdown with Michigan State. It will be a single game beginning at 4 p.m. EMU will play its home opener the next day, Wednesday, March 31, with a doubleheader against Detroit-Mercy at Varsity Field at 3 p.m.

Wright State 6, Ohio 5
Wright State 3, Ohio 2

DAYTON, Ohio - Wright State's Jamie Perkins had a pair of walkoff doubles as the Raiders proved to be ungracious hosts in sweeping a doubleheader over Ohio, 6-5 and 3-2 (eight innings), Tuesday. Jordan Paden and Shalene Petrich each drove in two runs on the day to pace the 'Cats.

Ohio did a good job offensively, tallying 15 total hits on the day. The Raiders proved to be a rather pesky squad, however, as they managed to rally from behind in both games.

The 'Cats struck first in game one in a big way, putting three runs on the board in the top of the first. Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) drove in the first run with a single through the left side that brought in Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.). Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) then capped off the inning a short time later with a two-run single up the middle that scored Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) and Wethington. Ohio extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth when Alexis Zambrana's (Alvin, Texas) single scored Paden.

WSU would not go away, however, as it chipped into the Green and White advantage with two runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double from Katie Kine.
The Raiders came right back in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs to even the tally at four.

Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) knocked her third homer of the year to right to lead off the seventh and give Ohio a 5-4 advantage. Unfortunately for the 'Cats, it would not last. After getting the first two hitters in the bottom of the seventh, the Raiders started a big rally, culminating in a walkoff two-run double from Jamie Perkins that gave WSU the win in game one.

Clark paced the 'Cats in game one, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Paden scored a run and chipped in two RBI, while Wethington and Zambrana each went 1-for-2 with an RBI. Candace Saucedo (Ontario, Calif.) was handed the loss in the circle in relief to fall to 0-3 on the year.

Petrich put Ohio on the board first in the second game with an RBI single in the second that scored Deanna Hartsough (Santa Ana, Calif.). Petrich and Hartsough teamed up again in the fourth to score the 'Cats' second run of the contest.
Hartsough opened the inning with a single and later came across on a sacrifice fly from Petrich.

As was the case in game one, WSU would not go away quietly. The Raiders came back to manufacture two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to tie the score at two. The score remained intact through the next three innings to force the extra frame with the international tiebreaker coming into play.

The 'Cats had their opportunity first and moved Zambrana to third with one down.
They would be unable to capitalize as WSU managed to get the next two outs. The Raiders then moved their runner to third with just one down, before Perkins slapped her second walkoff double of the day to give WSU the win.

Petrich and Hartsough each went 2-for-3, with Petrich driving in two runs, to lead the Green and White in game two. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) each finished 1-for-2. Wethington (4-6) picked up the loss off the rubber, despite tossing a complete game in which she scattered four hits while striking out four.

Ohio will now have a week away from action before resuming its current road slate with a doubleheader at No. 16/17 Ohio State March 31.