Saturday's Softball Results

Updated 2/21/2010
Saturday's Softball Results
Akron 6, Wagner 1
James Madison 3, Akron 1
Mercer 9, Ball State 1
Ball State 1, Kennesaw State 0
Winthrop 9, Bowling Green 7
Arkansas 6, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 5, North Texas 3
Auburn 6, Central Michigan 2
Ohio 1, SIU Edwardsville 0
Charlotte 7, Toledo 4
Charlotte 4, Toledo 1

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Akron 6, Wagner 1
James Madison 3, Akron 1

Charleston, S.C. - Powered by a strong performance from sophomore pitcher Andrea Arney, The University of Akron softball team (3-1) wrapped up day two of the Cougar Classic with a 6-1 win over Wagner (0-4) Saturday evening at Patriots Pointe in Charleston, S.C.

Arney (2-0) gave up just one earned run while striking out nine and walking no one in seven innings pitched. Wagner's only offensive action came in the first inning when the Seahawks pieced together a run off two singles, a wild pitch and stolen base. Arney would limit WU the rest of the way allowing just three hits.
Offensively Akron was led by freshman Alissa Birkhimer who in her first appearance as a Zip had two hits and drove in three runs. Junior Alex Feltes added two hits, two runs and two RBI.

Grabbing a lead off hit in each of the first four innings, Akron wouldn't score until the third when junior Sarah Earley led off with a base hit. Known for her speed, Earley advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Krista Hansen and would put Akron on the board (1-1) when Feltes doubled to right field. Birkhimer drove in her first run as a collegiate athlete when she battled to a 3-2 count eventually driving a hard hit single to center for a 2-1 lead the Zips never relinquished.

Akron would add another in the fourth off a fielder's choice that put junior Sarah Stromack on first and a two base Wagner error would allow her to score (3-1). The Zips secured their lead in the top of seventh adding three runs on three hits for the 6-1 final.

After beating James Madison 4-3 in extra innings Friday, the Zips fell 3-1 to the Dukes (2-2) in the first game of the day as JMU went up early scoring a run in the second inning adding two in the third.

A Akron pitching change would bring transfer Alex Riedeman into the game in the fourth inning for her first appearance as a Zip and she would pitch four shutout innings of relief giving up just three hits.

Akron would look for a comeback in the seventh as Earley would lead off the top of the inning with a hard infield hit. Senior Krista Hansen followed with a single up the middle, both advancing off a Feltes ground out. Earley put Akron on the board scoring off a ground out but it would be UA's final offensive action as another ground out got the Seahawks safely out of the inning for the 3-1 victory.

On the weekend, Feltes is 6-for-13 including two doubles and one triple while scoring five runs.

Akron will conclude tournament play Sunday facing No. 15 Louisville at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be the first time in fourth year head coach Julie Jones UA career that the Zips have met a ranked opponent.

Mercer 9, Ball State 1
Ball State 1, Kennesaw State 0

Ball State's softball team evened its record at 2-2 with a win over the host, Kennesaw State, at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Woodstock, Ga., Saturday. The Cardinals defeated Tennessee Tech and lost to Western Illinois in the first day of the tourney on Friday.

Ball State suffered a 9-1 loss to Mercer in Saturday's first game before tallying a 1-0 win over Kennesaw State in the second game.
In the first game, Ball State was led by Sadie Robertson, who went 1-for-3 with one run scored and one run-batted-in.

Mercer jumped ahead 4-0 after two innings, and Ball State's run in the top of the fifth cut the deficit to 5-1 before Mercer added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to win the game.

In the second game vs. Kennesaw State, Ball State handed the host only its second loss against four wins this season. Elizabeth Milian went the distance for the Cardinals, allowing only two hits and striking out 13 of the 26 batters she faced. Meredith Nash was 1-for-2 with the lone RBI for Ball State.

The Cardinals scored in the bottom of the second for the only run of the contest. With one out, Jen Reifschneider doubled down the left field line. Jackie Durment pinch ran for Reifschneider and advanced to third on a Robertson single to left. Durment later scored on a single by Nash.

Ball State will resume play Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when it takes on the Southern Illinois Salukis (7-2) for the Cardinals final game in the Rafter Memorial Tournament.

Winthrop 9, Bowling Green 7
ATHENS, Georgia-It was a close matchup between the Bowling Green State University Falcons and the Winthrop Eagles (2-2) on the second day of the Red and Black Classic, but the Eagles squeaked by the Falcons in the bottom of the sixth inning, winning 9-7. The Falcons record drops to 2-5.

The highlights of this afternoon's matchup were freshman Paige Berger's two homeruns in the top of the third and sixth innings. Each of Berger's homers brought home sophomore Melissa West, adding four more RBIs to her name. Berger has now crushed three homers in just two games.

Earning five runs in the first two innings, the Eagles kept the Falcons scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Falcons offense was revved into action when freshman Hannah Fulk nailed a double to right field. Fulk ran home for the Falcons first run of the game on a wild pitch to West by Eagles pitcher, Megan Evans. Following a single to left field by West, Berger hurled her first home run of the game to left field. BGSU earned inched closer to the Eagles, bringing the score to 5-3. The Orange and Brown squad had a total of three hits and three runs in the third.

Defensively, the Falcons were able to keep the Eagles scoreless for the next three innings, during which time junior Falcon pitcher Zada Lines recorded six strikeouts.

The Falcons biggest offensive inning came in the top of the top of the sixth, during which they recorded four hits and just as many runs. Freshman Courtney Cox started the Falcons offense with a single to the pitcher but advanced to third on a double to left center by Fulk. West then nailed a single to center field, brining home Cox and Fulk who each recorded runs for the Falcons as West advanced to second on the throw. With West on second, Berger smashed her second homer of the game to right field, recording two additional RBIs. By the end of the top of the sixth, the Falcons had taken the lead with a score of 5-7.

Winthrop was not ready to give up though as the team rallied back in the bottom of the sixth by matching the Falcons four points with four of their own. Three of the Eagles four points came from a home run by Winthrop's Chelsey Schoenfeldt.

With the Falcons unable to score in the seventh, the game ended with a score of 9-7.

"Offensively, we scored a lot and did a lot of things well," said head coach Shannon Salsburg. "It was really exciting to see Paige have such a great game. From the top to the bottom of the line up, everyone contributed; we just need to find a way

Lines ended the game with eight strikeouts and allowed only four hits and four runs.
With Berger's big sticks in the first two days of the Red and Black Classic, she has racked up an overall .765 slugging percentage on the season.

In today's loss, the Falcons outhit the Eagles ten to eight. Recording hits for the Falcons matchup with the Eagles were Hannah Fulk (3), Melissa West (2), Paige Berger (2), Andrea Arney (2) and Courtney Cox.

The Orange and Brown sluggers will wrap up their 2010 Red and Black Classic campaign tomorrow (Feb. 21) with a 9:00 a.m. matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Arkansas 6, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 5, North Texas 3

DENTON, TX - The University at Buffalo softball team completed day two of the Sleep Inn Classic today, taking on Arkansas in the early game and finishing the day against host North Texas. The Bulls fell to the Razorbacks, 6-0, but saw success against the Mean Green, winning 5-3, to even their weekend record at 2-2.

The Bulls were blanked in game one, but kept the game scoreless for the first three innings until the Razorbacks got on the board with a pair of hits in the top of the fourth. The Bulls struggled to get on base, with their closest chance at a score coming in the bottom of the third inning. Kristen Gallipani sent a line drive up the middle and made it to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ashley Bertot. The Bulls had another chance to score in the bottom of the seventh. With Sharon Barr walking to first, freshman Alyssa Ward was able to hit a single to left field to put two runners on base, however the Bulls were unable to produce a score out of the inning. Arkansas scored the remainder of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. Barr got the start on the mound, but was relieved by Katie Ivancich midway through the fifth inning. The Buffalo pitchers combined for six strikeouts in the game.

The Bulls saw success in game two of the day, defeating the host team, North Texas, 5-3. In the top of the third inning, Buffalo got on the board first, as Bertot singled to get the momentum moving in the Bulls' direction. Bertot's hit was followed by a double from Gallipani, which sent Bertot home for the first Buffalo run of the day. Kristin Waldron kept the hit steak alive with a single to right center.
allipani was able to score on the play to put Buffalo up by two. Waldron stole second to set up a double from Ward, which sailed down the rightfield line, giving Waldron the go-ahead and the Bulls a 3-0 lead. The Mean Green answered in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs of their own. Bertot scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth to extend the Buffalo lead. North Texas came back with another run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead, but the Bulls scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh to put the game away. Waldron advanced two bases off a walk and passed ball, allowing Barr to send home an RBI with a double to right center. The Bulls held off the Mean Green in the bottom of the seventh to seal their second win of the weekend.

Terese Diaz started game two on the mound for the Bulls, but was relieved partway through the third inning by Barr. The Buffalo pitchers finished game two with six strikeouts. After two days of play, Gallipani leads the team with a .600 batting average, earning six hits in 10 at bats, including two doubles and an RBI.

The Bulls will wrap up their first weekend of play tomorrow with one final game against Colorado State. First pitch is set for 10:00 am.

Auburn 6, Central Michigan 2
AUBURN, Ala. - The Central Michigan softball team started off well against a 2009 NCAA Tournament participant for the third consecutive game, but a six-run Auburn sixth inning sent the Chippewas to a 6-2 setback at the Tiger Invitational on Saturday.

The defeat drops the Maroon and Gold to 0-3 on the young season.

Kari Seddon got off to a nice start for the second straight outing as she held the Tigers scoreless through the first five innings.

CMU took advantage of a pair of UA errors to get on the board in the bottom of the third. Amanda Patrick put the Chippewas ahead with a two-out RBI single after Brogan Darwin and Summer Knoop each reached on Tiger miscues.

The Chippewas extended their lead in the fourth when Seddon helped her own cause with a two-out RBI single that drove home Ashley Gilson, who pinch ran for Katie Greenman after she doubled earlier in the frame.

Things unraveled for Central in the top of the sixth as Auburn's Kyndall White reached on an error to start the inning and came around to score on Amber Harrison's double. The Tigers took their first lead when Caitlin Stangl hit a two-run homer to right.

Kara Dornbos relieved Seddon following the home run and another CMU error allowed Lauren Guzman to reach first. Guzman scored on an RBI double by Lindsay Harrelson and Kelley Smiley capped the scoring with a two-run single to make it 6-2. Four of the Tigers' six runs in the frame were unearned.

"Minus the sixth inning, we played a great game defensively as well as offensively," head coach Margo Jonker said. "We fell apart in the sixth. We've got to play all seven innings, that's been our struggle so far this season."

Central began a rally in the seventh inning when Seddon singled and Darwin doubled to start the frame, but neither advanced any further and the tying run never came to the plate.

Seddon struck out two in her five innings of work while allowing three runs (two earned).

After managing only five hits in two games on Friday, the Chippewa bats woke up to the tune of eight knocks against the host Tigers. Three CMU batters had multi-hit outings as Greenman, Seddon and Molly Coldren each went 2-for-3.

"I feel good about where we are at," Jonker said. "We swung the bat a lot better today. And had different people step up with hits."

The Maroon and Gold conclude their slate at the Tiger Invitational on Sunday when they face SIU-Edwardsville at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Ohio 1, SIU Edwardsville 0
AUBURN, Ala. - Freshman Caitlin Colvin put the proverbial cherry on top of a great game with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to boost Ohio to a 1-0 extra-inning win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on the second day of the Tiger Invitational. Her single capped off a fantastic effort in the circle, where she fanned a career-best nine hitters while scattering just two SIUE hits in six innings of work.

It truly was a pitcher's duel, as the two sides combined for just four hits through the first seven innings. Despite her near-flawless effort in the circle, Colvin picked up the no-decision after coming out in the sixth inning. Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) (1-3) came on in relief and tossed the last three innings, giving up just one hit, to pick up her first win of the season. Colvin, Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) and Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) recorded Ohio's three hits on the day.

As strong as Colvin was through her six innings of work, SIUE's Erika Taylor was nearly equally as impressive as she held Ohio's high-octane offense to just three hits on the evening in a complete-game effort. In the end, however, the `Cats (2-6) were finally able to push through and get the timely hit they needed from Colvin to pick up the victory.

Zambrana opened the bottom of the first with a single, but the Cougars quickly regrouped and put down the next three hitters to end any Green and White hopes early on. Taylor continued her strong work as she silenced the `Cats until the seventh inning when Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) singled for Ohio's second hit of the game.

Clark's single came at a key time in the seventh as it put two Green and White runners on. Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) drew a pinch-hit walk with one out and was replaced by Jenna Giusti (Danville, Calif.). Clark then singled, and she and Giusti advanced on a flyout to put runners on second and third with two outs. SIUE managed to get the final out of the inning, however, to send the game into extra frames with the international tie-breaker coming into effect.

After Bonner was able to pitch Ohio out of a two-on, one-out situation, the `Cats had their chance to end it. Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) moved to third with one out after a sacrifice bunt from Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio), but Taylor managed to force a pair of groundouts to thwart Ohio's chances.

SIUE opened the ninth by moving its runner to third with just one away, but Bonner responded by getting a big strikeout and forcing a line out. Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) was placed on second the start the bottom of the ninth and moved over after a sac bunt from Bonner. Colvin then laced her game-winning single to right to plate Petrich and give the Green and White the win.

The `Cats will conclude the tournament tomorrow when they take on Nebraska of the Big 12. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m.

Charlotte 7, Toledo 4
Charlotte 4, Toledo 1

CHARLOTTE, NC - The University of Toledo softball team dropped a pair of close games to First Pitch Classic host Charlotte on Saturday, falling 7-4 in game one and 4-1 in game two.

The setbacks dropped the Rockets to 0-4 this season, while Charlotte improved to 5-0.

In game one, the Rockets nearly rallied from a 5-1 deficit. After the 49ers scored four times in the top of the fifth, Toledo answered with three tallies of its own in the bottom of the frame. The first three hitters all reached, and Jillian Spink plated Melissa Rons and Kattie Palmer with a basehit up the middle. Then, with two outs, Mica Sanchez laced a single to center to bring home Sam Toy and make it 5-4.

However, the next seven Rocket hitters were retired in order, and Charlotte scored twice in the top of the seventh to earn some breathing room and the 7-4 victory.

Sanchez had her second multi-hit effort in as many days, while Erinn Wright also added an RBI single that accounted for Toledo's first run of the game. Rons had a hit and two runs scored batting in the ninth spot of the lineup.

In game two, the Rockets could not get their offense untracked, recording just three hits. Toledo cracked the scoring column first, with Sanchez ripping an RBI triple that scored Ashley Herr in the top half of the fourth.

Charlotte responded, though, with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning and plated another run in the fifth to account for the final tally.

Senior Hannah Rockhold worked five innings and yielded just six hits and one earned run but was tagged with the loss.

Toledo plays one more time at the First Pitch Classic at 11 a.m. Sunday against the loser of tonight's Saint Francis (PA) and Stony Brook contest.