Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/10/2010

Friday's MAC Softball Results
Ball State 12, Central Michigan 8
Central Michigan 11, Ball State 3
Miami 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Miami 10, Eastern Michigan 1
Ohio 5, Western Michigan 2
Ohio 4, Western Michigan 0


Ball State 12, Central Michigan 8
Central Michigan 11, Ball State 3

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Central Michigan softball team stood toe-to-toe with defending Mid-American Conference champion Ball State in a doubleheader split at the BSU Softball Complex on Friday.

The Chippewas (16-11, 3-3 Mid-American) couldn't overcome an early eight-run deficit in a wild, 12-8, loss in the opener, but dominated the Cardinals in an 11-3 six-inning victory in the finale.

"We responded well after playing an ugly first game," head coach Margo Jonker said. "We hit the ball well today, but we really shored things up defensively in the second game."

Early Deficit Too Much for Chippewas

Misplays were abundant on both sides in the opener as Central and Ball State combined for 10, which scored seven unearned runs.

CMU got off to an inauspicious start in the opener against last season's conference champion. Three first-inning errors and six Ball State hits led to a seven-run opening frame for the Cardinals. Ball State jumped ahead, 8-0, in the bottom of the second off another Central miscue, this time a run scoring passed ball.

"This was an ugly game," Jonker said. "The first inning was particularly ugly as we kept making errors to keep the inning going."

Facing the possibility of the eight-run rule, the Chippewas embarked on a furious rally to get back into the game. Macy Merchant singled and Christina Novak doubled with one out in the top of the third and came around to score on a two-out error to make it 8-2.

The teams traded runs in the fourth inning as Ball State committed three errors in the top half to allow Molly Coldren to touch home plate while another Maroon and Gold misplay allowed the Cardinals to answer in the bottom of the inning to make it 9-3.

Undeterred, the Chippewas continued to pick away at the deficit by scoring two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Jill Schulz made it 9-5 in the top of the fifth with a two-run double and Brogan Darwin launched a two-run home run in the sixth to pull CMU within 9-7.

"I was really pleased that the team was able to come back and score some runs after falling behind so early," Jonker said. "If we don't struggle the way we did in the first inning, it could have been a different game."

Central made two more errors in the bottom of the sixth and which helped Ball State continue a three-run rally to make it a 12-7 contest.

Molly Coldren launched her seventh homer of the year, one shy of the single season school record, to bring the Chippewas to within 12-8, but that was as close as they got.

Kari Seddon dropped to 8-6 after being knocked out of the game in the first inning. Seddon allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits and a walk before being replaced by Sarah Patterson, who yielded five runs (four earned) on eight hits in five and a third. She struck out three batters and only walked one.

Chippewa Bats Fly Past Cardinals

CMU scored early and often to recover from the early setback and split the Friday twin bill.

Christina Novak led the game off with a solo home run, her fourth of the season, to put the Chippewas on the board one batter in. Novak's leadoff shot was her second of the year. Summer Knoop followed the blast with a single and reached second on an error. Jill Schulz brought her home with a two-out double before coming around on a Katie Greenman RBI double to make it 3-0 in the opening frame.

"We did a very good job of starting strong in the second game," Jonker said. "We built on that start and continued scoring runs throughout."

The Cardinals responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first via an RBI double and an RBI single, both of which came with two outs, to make it 3-2.

After a scoreless second, Amanda Klosterman brought Greenman home with an RBI double to make put the Maroon and Gold up 4-2.

Ball State climbed within a run once more in the bottom of the fourth behind an RBI single by Alyssa Freiling.

The Cardinals' defense allowed the Chippewas to gain some breathing room as Amber Olejniczak touched home on a Ball State error and Katie Greenman came around on a wild pitch to make it 6-3.

Central blew the game open in the sixth, plating five runs to go up 11-3. Greenman plated Coldren with an infield single, Klosterman's RBI single brought Schulz home and Brogan Darwin launched a three-run bomb to cap the scoring.

Kara Dornbos picked up her seventh victory of the season after holding the potent Ball State offense to three runs on nine hits in six innings. She also struck out three and walked two.

Central heads to Oxford, Ohio, for a two-game set at Miami. First pitch on Saturday is at 2 p.m.

Miami 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Miami 10, Eastern Michigan 1

OXFORD, Ohio - A convincing doubleheader sweep over Eastern Michigan Friday gave head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly her 100th win in four seasons in charge of the Miami softball team. The RedHawks won the opener 3-1, and took the nightcap 10-1 in five innings. Miami improves to 18-15 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles fall to 11-17 overall and 3-3 in the MAC.

It took the RedHawk offense awhile to get going in the opener as they didn't score until the sixth inning. Starter Jessica Simpson kept them in the game by allowing only one run in the top of the fourth. She gave up only three hits in seven innings pitched, while striking out four.

In the bottom of the sixth, Daniela Torres led off with a double down the leftfield line. A groundout from Meghan Mawn moved her over to third. Alicia Hogl doubled to left field to score Torres and put Miami on the board. Sarah Billstrom singled to left field to score Hogl, while Shannon Tillett completed the scoring by singling to centerfield to score Billstrom.

Torres and Billstrom were the top hitters for the RedHawks in the opening game, each going 2-for-3 with one run scored.

Eastern Michigan starting pitcher Jenna Ignowski walked the bases loaded to begin game two. Billstrom followed with a double to deep centerfield that scored both Torres and Mawn. A fielding error by the first baseman made it 3-0, which was followed by a Kathryn Russette RBI groundout that cored Billstrom. Two batters later, Jenna McGivney made it 5-0 when her single scored Tillett.


Miami kept up the scoring in each of the next two innings. In the bottom of the second Russette singled to left field to score both Mawn and Torres. In the bottom of the third, Alicia Hogl hit her second home run of the season, a three-run blast over the leftfield wall that made it 10-0. The Eagles would eventually score a run in the top of the fourth, but down nine after five innings the game was called due to the run-rule.

Meredith Linch continued her string of strong performances with her third consecutive victory. She threw five innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eight. Russette finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Hogl was 1-for-2 with one walk, two runs scored and three RBI.

Miami completes the weekend with two single games against Central Michigan. The RedHawks will host the Chippewas on Saturday at 2 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Ohio 5, Western Michigan 2
Ohio 4, Western Michigan 0

ATHENS, Ohio - Sara Clark tallied four total hits and drove in three runs on the day, and freshman Caitlin Colvin tossed a complete-game shutout in game two to lead Ohio softball to a sweep of Western Michigan, 5-2 and 4-0, Friday at the Ohio softball field.

After getting swept by the Broncos in three games last year, the `Cats picked up some revenge and repaid the favor Friday afternoon. Clutch hitting mixed with strong defensive play from the Green and White paved the way as Ohio (8-21, 3-1 MAC) extended its conference winning streak to three games.

WMU (6-16, 1-5 MAC) came out strong and put the first run of the day on the board with a two-out single from Gracie Barstad that plated Lexi Jager. Clark (Ontario, Calif.) landed the go-ahead blow in the bottom of the frame with a big single off the left field wall that scored Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) and Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.), who had both reached via walks.

Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) came back strong and kept the Broncos silent through the next few innings, scattering just two more hits through the sixth inning. A big bottome of the sixth for Ohio helped put the game out of reach as the `Cats scored three runs in the frame. Bonner brought in Jordan Paden (Wallla Walla, Wash.) for the first run with a double to left. Zambrana capped off the frame with a big two-run single that scored Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) and Bonner. The Broncos came back with their second run of the game in the seventh, but the `Cats would not allow anything more to take the win.

Clark finished 2-for-3 with her double and two RBI to pace Ohio, while Van Wagnen came in 2-for-4 with her team-leading 11th stolen base of the season. Zambrana recorded two RBI, while Bonner added an RBI and picked up the win after striking out three in a complete-game effort.

The `Cats carried their strong play from game one over into the second game, plating three first-inning runs with two outs. Petrich reached on an infield single, and Emily Wethington followed with a double to right to score Petrich. Clark then struck again with a huge triple to right herself. Paden finished off the scoring with a double of her own to right that plated Clark.

Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.) was near dominating as stymied WMU with eight strikeouts while scattering five hits. She got a little help from her defense along the way. Petrich provided perhaps the play of the day in the fourth. Following a pair of Bronco singles and a stolen base that put runners on second and third with two outs, WMU's Meghan Thomas lined a ball to left center that looked sure to drop. Petrich came over and made a diving grab to snag it right before it hit the grass. She then quickly got up and doubled up the runner at second. Colvin struck out the next hitter to take the wind out of WMU's sales.

Freshman Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) landed Ohio's fourth run of the day in the sixth with a huge blast to right center for the first homer of her career. Colvin then put the Broncos down in the seventh, including a big strikeout to end things, to complete the sweep for the `Cats.

Petrich and Clark each finished 2-for-3 for the game, with Clark picking up her first triple of the season to go with her RBI. Wethington and Paden each drove in a run. The win gave Colvin both the first win and first shutout of her career.

Ohio will continue its weekend home slate as it welcomes Northern Illinois for a two-game series, beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m.