Story Courtesy of Kent State Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio - Kylie Reynolds extended her scoreless inning streak to 17 as Kent State made quick work of Bowling Green, 8-0 in five innings Wednesday in the opening round of the MAC Tournament at Firestone Stadium. Seven different Golden Flashes recorded hits including Leah Archual, who went 3-for-3.
After tossing a one-hit shutout against the Flashes on Sunday, Bowling Green pitcher Zada Lines felt like she was facing a whole different team on Wednesday. Lines was tagged for four runs on six hits in the first two innings and a third-inning solo blast to right field by Amy Hair knocked her out of the game.
"Bowling Green was a good first matchup for us because we came in hungry from Sunday," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "Our hitters were more patient with their pitch selection and made some some adjustments from last time. We did a good job of staying back and driving through the ball."
Reynolds (24-14) picked up where she left off over the weekend, striking out the side in the first. She allowed just three hits on the day, two of which stayed in the infield. Reynolds fanned eight in her five frames of work and did not allow a walk. She has permitted just one run in her last 25 innings pitched.
"Our seniors set the tone," Linder said of Reynolds and her five classmates. "They were calm, confident and ready."
The Flashes wasted no time getting the offense going in the first. Archual dropped a single into the left center field gap. Two batters later, Beth Cinadr ripped a single up the middle. Jess Carmichael followed with an RBI single to left.
KSU put up three runs in the second to take a 4-0 lead. Heather Duhon drew a one out walk and moved over on single through the right side by Archual. Lauren Grimes scorched a ball up the middle between the legs of Lines that scored Duhon. Grimes moved to second on the throw to the plate and a single through the right side by Cinadr scored two more. Jess Blanton nearly extended the lead with deep fly to left, but Rachel Proehl robbed her of a home run.
The Falcons loaded the bases with one out in the third, but Reynolds retired the next two batters with a strikeout and line out. Hair's seventh home run of the year made it a 5-0 lead after three.
Facing reliever Melissa Bott, Kent State added three runs on three hits in the fifth. Mary Holt drove a double to right center and Alyssa Frobase ripped a double into the left center to make it 7-0. Archual then ended the game with an RBI single to right.
"This team is confident and focused right now," Linder said. "We took it one pitch at a time."
Kent State will take on Central Michigan Thursday at the MAC Tournament. The first pitch is currently scheduled for 1:30 p.m.