Sunday's Softball Results

Updated 2/22/2010
Sunday's Softball Results
No. 15 Louisville 1, Akron 0
Southern Illinois 1, Ball State 0
Bowling Green 3, Virginia Tech 2
Central Michigan 15, SIU-Edwardsville 0
Toledo 9, St. Francis 3
Nebraska 5, Ohio 1

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

No. 15 Louisville 1, Akron 0
Charleston, S.C. - The University of Akron softball team hung tough Sunday afternoon but fell 1-0 to No. 15 Louisville in the conclusion of the 2010 Cougar Classic.

Sophomore pitcher Andrea Arney worked herself out of jams limiting UL to one run on eight hits. Scattering hits throughout, the Cardinals grabbed a hit in six of seven innings and base runners in all seven but their only run came in the first inning off a walk and two base hits.

The Cardinals had chances to widen the gap but after drawing two walks in the third, Arney struck out two and drew a fly out to get out of the jam. In the fourth UL led off with a double, adding a single, but an unassisted double play from second baseman Krista Hansen got UA out of the inning.

UA's prime scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning when junior Monica Shorter led off with a line drive single to left field. Advancing to second off a sacrifice bunt from fellow junior Sarah Stromack, sophomore Crystal Hernandez would put runners at first and third with a base hit, however, a strikeout and ground out would get the Cardinals out of the inning.

On the weekend, Arney posted a .95 ERA in 22.0 innings pitched while striking out 21.

Akron will take next week off before resuming play at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic (March 5-7) where the Zips will face UNC Greensboro, Western Kentucky, Liberty, North Florida and Kennesaw State.

Southern Illinois 1, Ball State 0
Ball State's softball team suffered a 1-0 loss to Southern Illinois Sunday in its final game of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Woodstock, Ga.

Elizabeth Milian suffered the loss after tallying victories in her first two starts of the season. Milian pitched six innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out nine of the 22 batters she faced vs. Southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois, which finished undefeated in the tournament, scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, the Huskies managed a walk and a triple to score the eventual game winning run.

Ball State was led offensively by hits from Alicia Barkley, Alyssa Collins and Amanda Montalto.

With the loss, Ball State falls to 2-3 overall. The Cardinals will travel to the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., Friday through Sunday.

Bowling Green 3, Virginia Tech 2
ATHENS, Georgia-On the third and final day of the third annual Red and Black Classic in Athens, Ga., the Bowling Green State University softball squad overcame the Virginia Tech Hokies, 3-2, rallying back for the win in the seventh inning.

Both teams struggled at the plate for a majority of the game, but the Falcons stepped it up in the top of the seventh to take the win. The Orange and Brown squad improves their record to 3-5.

The Hokies (4-5) scored early on in the bottom of the first to take the lead for the better part of the morning matchup, but with the help of two Tech fielding errors in the seventh, the Falcons recorded a series of hits and stolen bases to propel them into the lead.

Senior Susan Sontag launched BGSU's offense into action in the seventh, reaching first on a fielding error by Virginia Tech's first baseman, but was able to advance to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Andrea Arney. A play later, fellow senior Karmen Coffey was walked, putting two of the Falcons quickest base runners on. And run they did. BGSU's offensive catalyst of game came on the next play with Sontag and Coffey recording a double steal and putting them in perfect scoring position. Pinch-hitting for Lindsey Arney, junior Zada Lines followed up with a clutch hit to center field, bringing home Sontag and Coffey, giving the Falcons its first lead of the game, 2-1. Rounding back to the top of the batting order, freshman Hannah Fulk reached on a dropped ball by Tech's first baseman, allowing Lindsey Arney--who re-entered the game to run for Lines--to reach third base. Keeping up the Falcon momentum, sophomore Rachel Proehl hurled a single to shortstop, bringing Arney home and furthering the Falcon lead, 3-1.

Unable to go out quietly, Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) team battled back in the bottom of the seventh, recording two more hits, including an early home run by Courtney Liddle. But BGSU's defense was too tight for the Hokies final attempts to overcome the Falcons.

"Today was a huge win for us," said head coach Shannon Salsburg. "It was the first time we put all three phases of the game together. It was a team win all the way."

Junior Melissa Bott pitched a great game for the Falcons, recording eight strikeouts and allowing only four hits the entire game. Bott's strikeout success in today's game is a new strikeout record for her so far in the 2010 campaign.

"Offensively, we had a tough game, but Melissa pitched an absolutely gem of a game and she had a great defense behind her today," said Salsburg.

At the Red and Black Classic, the Falcons went 2-2, recorded 26 hits, 19 runs, five homers and 72 putouts.

The Falcon softball squad will return to the diamond in two weeks (March 5-7) to compete in the 2010 Buzz Classic in Woodstock, Ga. Here, the Falcons will play five games in a three-day stretch, facing off against Dartmouth (March 5), Tennessee-Martin (March 5), North Carolina-Greensboro (March 6), Georgia State (March 6) and North Florida (March 7).

Central Michigan 15, SIU-Edwardsville 0
AUBURN, Ala. -- Central Michigan ended the Tiger Invitational at Auburn in emphatic fashion on Sunday with a 15-0, five-inning shutout of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Chippewas (1-3) pounded out 16 hits in the game with nine of them going for extra bases.

Central broke the game open in the top of the third when Molly Coldren and Amanda Patrick homered on back-to-back pitches. Coldren rocked a changeup over the 30-foot high scoreboard in left-center for a three-run shot. She finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBI, a homer and two doubles.

Kari Seddon (1-2) and Sarah Patterson combined for the shutout with Seddon going four innings for the win while allowing just two hits and fanning four. Patterson closed the final frame without allowing a hit.

SIU-Edwardsville (2-6) helped the Chippewa cause with two errors that led to four unearned runs.

"It was a good way to end the tournament," head coach Margo Jonker said. "We had good hitting, good pitching and a good end results.

"Coldren is hitting extremely well for power and average. As a team, we had a number of players get opportunities for at-bats today and they had success in the box. We were swinging with confidence and have the potential for some pop at the plate provided we continue to swing aggressively."

The Chippewas scored once in the second, six times in the third and three times in the fourth before tacking on another five runs in the fifth.
Six different players had a multi-hit game with Coldren leading the way with three, all going for extra bases. Ashley Gilson, Patrick, Kari Seddon and Macy Merchant all had two hits each with Seddon driving in a pair of runs. Gilson and Seddon each had a pair of doubles.
Coldren finished the tournament with a hit in all four games and a .583 (7-for-12) average with five RBI.

The Chippewas are now idle until March 5 when they head to Florida for an 11-game junket during spring break.

Toledo 9, St. Francis 3
CHARLOTTE, NC - In its second extra inning affair with Saint Francis (PA) in three days, the University of Toledo softball team notched a 9-3 victory to earn its first victory of the season as the team wrapped up play at the First Pitch Classic on Sunday.

The victory was also the first at Toledo for first-year head coach Tarrah Beyster, and it came with the benefit of a seven-run outburst in the top of the ninth as the offense took advantage of several Red Flash miscues.

The teams entered the frame knotted at two. With one out and the bases loaded, Jillian Spink singled to center to drive in Whitney Young and give the Rockets their first lead of the contest. Mica Sanchez followed with a single to left that wound up clearing the bases after an error by the left fielder. Sanchez, credited with two RBI, reached third on the play, and came in to score on a Brooke Gates fly ball that was mishandled by the right fielder.

That pushed Toledo's lead to 7-2, but the Rockets didn't stop there. Young was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to plate Audrey Harner, and Kate Ricchio reached on a fielder's choice to score Gates from third.

Toledo's heroics were set up by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in the late innings. With two outs in the fourth, Ricchio ripped a double through the left side that scored Lindsey Tobias.

Then, still trailing 2-1, Lacey LeVier drilled a home run to center in the sixth that squared the game at two. It's her first homer of the season, third of her career and first since April 16, 2008 against Dayton.

Gates earned the win on the mound, working 4.1 innings of relief and allowed just two hits and an unearned run in the ninth. The victory was the first of her career.

Nebraska 5, Ohio 1
AUBURN, Ala. - Sara Clark hit her first home run of the season, and Ohio softball outhit one of the Big 12's strongest squads, but Nebraska took advantage of a big sixth inning to top the `Cats, 5-1, as Ohio wrapped up the Tiger Invitational Sunday afternoon.

In a tight-fought contest, the Green and White (2-7) battled the Huskers hard through first five innings, but a big three-run Nebraska sixth bit the `Cats late. With the tally even at one through the first four innings, Nebraska managed to etch out a second run in the fifth before its big sixth did its damage on Ohio.

After being limited to just three hits the night before, Ohio's offense stepped up a notch Sunday against Nebraska. The `Cats recorded eight hits on the day against the Huskers' ace and 2008 Canadian Olympic Team member, Robin Mackin. Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) paced Ohio with two hits apiece while both finishing 2-for-3. Clark (Ontario, Calif.), Caitlin Colvin (Bonney Lake, Wash.), Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) and Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) all tallied a hit. Candace Saucedo (Ontario, Calif.) took the loss in the circle to fall to 0-1 on the season.

A home run from Ashley Guile in the bottom of the first gave Nebraska an early 1-0 lead, but Clark answered right back with her blast to left center to lead off the second and even the score. The `Cats looked poised for a big inning in the third after a Petrich walk and a Colvin single gave them runners on the corners with just one away. Mackin was bailed out, however, with a double-play ball that ended things.

Action remained quiet until the bottom of the fifth when the Huskers took advantage of a costly Ohio error that gave them an unearned run and a 2-1 lead. Nebraska then came back strong in the sixth, when they took advantage of another error and added a pair of clutch hits to plate three runs and take a 5-1 lead.

The `Cats would not go down without a fight though. Morgart opened the seventh with a single, and Ohio eventually put two runners on with just one out after a single from Petrich. The Green and White's hopes at a rally would not come to fruition as the Huskers managed to get a lineout and a hard hit grounder right to a fielder to end things.

Ohio will play its third tournament of the season next Friday through Sunday as it heads to the University of Virginia Tournament. The `Cats will open play Friday when they take on Notre Dame. First pitch with the Irish is set for 11:30 a.m.