Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/24/2010
Friday's MAC Softball Results
Ball State 17, Bowling Green 4
Ball State 12, Bowling Green 3
Ohio 2, Kent State 1
Kent State 5, Ohio 1
Miami 10, Toledo 1
Toledo 11, Miami 6
Akron 1, Buffalo 0
Akron 8, Buffalo 7

Ball State 17, Bowling Green 4
Ball State 12, Bowling Green 3

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State softball team overcame its four game slump by sweeping Mid-American Conference opponent Bowling Green in a doubleheader Friday at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind. The Cardinals topped the Falcons 17-4 in the first game and 12-3 in the second, each lasting only five innings. The two wins improve Ball State's overall record to 30-13 and its conference record to 8-4, which ties the Cardinals with Central Michigan for the top spot in the MAC West Division. Bowling Green is now 10-18 overall and 6-6 in conference play, which ties Miami Ohio for third place in the MAC East.

Three single season school records were set by Ball State players in the doubleheader. First, Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) recorded her 211th strikeout this season to break her 2008 record of 204 strikeouts. Then, Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton) tallied her 98th total base and 43rd run to become the single season leader in both categories at Ball State. The previous owner of the run record was Taylor Yancey who tallied 42 runs in 2007 and the total base record was co-earned by Abby Gross and Amy Doyle who notched 93 apiece in 2007 and 1998, respectively.

GAME 1 - Ball State 17, Bowling Green 4

After being held to zero runs in Wednesday's nightcap against Purdue, Ball State wasted no time getting to the scoreboard against Bowling Green and led 5-0 in the first inning.

Reaching home first for the Cardinals was lead-off batter Ware who was driven in by Amanda Carpenter's (Santee, Calif./Santana) single. Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) was next to score, crossing home after Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) reached on a fielder's choice. This was Collins first of five hits on the day. Then, Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) stepped up to the plate and smacked her ninth double of the season down the right field line to drive in Collins and Carpenter. Meredith Nash (Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar) is credited with the final RBI of the inning as she drove in Wilczynski on a single to left field.

Bowling Green put a single run on the board in the top of the second inning on an Adrienne Dick home run, but Milian struck out two batters to keep it a single run inning for the Falcons.

Regardless of the Falcons' putting Zada Lines in the circle for Melissa Bott, the Cardinals' second inning at bat was a near repeat of their first inning performance as they again tallied five runs. This time, however, Ware, Rozanski and Carpenter would all reach on walks rather than singles. With the bases loaded, Collins singled to drive in Ware and then advanced to second on an error by the right fielder which also allowed Rozanski to score on the play. Carpenter scored with Wilczynski reaching on a fielder's choice and then Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) singled to drive in Collins for the fifth run of the inning and tenth run of the game.

The Falcons began a mid-game rally in the top of the third inning when Rachel Proehl notched her second single of the game and then stole second with Karmen Coffey at bat. Coffey followed Proehl's lead and singled to drive in Proehl. With Coffey on first, Paige Berger stepped up to bat and slugged the Falcons' second home run of the day to drive in two runs. Susan Sontag notched a fourth consecutive hit for the Falcons as she tripled to center field. Sontag's hit wouldn't go further than third base, however, as the next batter, Lines, struck out swinging.

Ball State would not score again until the fourth inning which began with a single by Collins who was five for seven at bat in the doubleheader. Wilczynski followed with a single of her own and then Montalto drove in Collins with her 12th double this season. Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw), Ware, Rozanski Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) and Carpenter would also be credited with RBIs in the inning.

Kim Mazzapica (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) took the mound for Milian in the top of the fifth and the Falcons would post no runs or hits in their last attempt at bat.

GAME 2: Ball State 12, Bowling Green 3

The second game of the doubleheader also ended in five innings and the Cardinals held the Falcons to zero runs until the top of the fourth inning when Berger posted her second home run of the day on Milian. The ace gave up eight hits and three runs while striking out six.

Ball State's offense took a 6-0 lead in the first inning which began with Barkley driving in the first two runs for the Cardinals on a single through the right side that scored Ware and Rozanski, both on base after singling to the infield. The bases would quickly be loaded for Wilczynski after Carpenter reached on an error by first base and Collins singled to the pitcher. Wilczynski was walked to advance all of the runners including Barkley who scored on the walk. Then, Montalto doubled for two RBI and Nash drove in Wilczynski after grounding out to the second baseman.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the second inning and the hitting began with Rozanski singling to the shortstop and getting to second on her seventh steal of the day. Then, Barkley notched her second triple of the day and fourth of the season to drive in Rozanski and give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead. Collins would be the next batter credited with an RBI as she singled to second to drive in Carpenter and Barkley. Carpenter's run was unearned as she advanced on a throwing error by the third baseman.

After Berger's home run in the fourth for the Falcons, Montalto would answer with a homer of her own and notched three RBI in the process. The sophomore tallied seven RBI, hit three extra-base hits and posted two multi-hit games.

Bowling Green answered with two runs and four hits in the top of the fifth, but the game would end 12-3 after Katelynn Boso lined out to Nash who was fielding second base for the Cardinals.

Ball State (30-13; 8-4 MAC) hosts Toledo (9-30; 3-8 MAC) in a two-game Mid-American Conference series Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the BSU Softball Complex. Toledo returns to play after splitting a doubleheader Friday with Miami Ohio.

Sunday's game has a Think Pink theme in which the Cardinals will wear pink jerseys. The jerseys were donated by US Bank and Tom Durment and are featured in an online auction that opened April 9 and will end after the last pitch of Sunday's game. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to the game and Ball State Athletics is assisting by selling pink leis for $1 at the BSU Softball Complex. All proceeds from the auction and the lei sale will be donated to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana, Inc.-Little Red Door. For more information on the Think Pink game and auction, click HERE.

Ohio 2, Kent State 1
Kent State 5, Ohio 1

ATHENS, Ohio - Emily Wethington moved into second place on Ohio's all-time home run list with her game-winning blast in game as the `Cats split a twinbill with league-leading Kent State, 2-1 and 1-5, Friday at Ohio Softball Field.

Ohio improves to 12-27 overall and 7-5 in Mid-American Conference action. The Golden Flashes now stand at 22-17 overall and 9-3 in conference.

Bonner was sizzling early on in game one, striking out the first five KSU hitters she faced. The Flashes' ace, Kylie Reynolds proved equally as tough, allowing the `Cats just two base runners the first three innings. KSU finally broke the silence with a run in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from Jessica Blanton that scored Beth Cinadr.

Things stayed the same until the bottom of the sixth. Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) drew a walk to open the frame and then stole second. Two batters later, Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) blasted her sixth homer of the season to move her into second place on the `Cats' all-time list, surpassing Jenny Tisevich (2002-05).

The Flashes threatened in the seventh as they managed to get a runner on third with two outs following a pair of Ohio errors. Bonner came right back, however, and ended the game with a bang as she put the final hitter down swinging to give the Green and White the 2-1 win.

Wethington helped lead Ohio in game one with her homer and two RBI while finishing 1-for-3. Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base, while Jordan Paden came in 1-for-2. Bonner tossed a great game for the Green and White, striking out eight while scattering two hits in a complete-game effort to pick up the win and improve to 6-8 on the year.

Kemezis got the `Cats on the board first in game two with a double to left center in the bottom of the third that scored Bonner, who had singled earlier. Ohio loaded the bases following a single from Petrich and a Wethington walk to chase KSU's Markie Pozzuto out of the game. Reynolds then came on in relief to get the final out of the inning and keep the Green and White to just the one run.

The Flashes responded in a big way with four big runs in the top of the fourth, capped off by a three-run homer from Mary Holt to put KSU on top 4-1. Ohio loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but was unable to get anything across as Reynolds left three stranded.

KSU put another run on the board in the top of the fifth on a single from Jessica Carmichael to go ahead 5-1. Ohio was unable to get the offense it needed the rest of the way as the Flashes took the win to split the doubleheader.

Petrich finished 2-for-3 with a stolen base to pace the `Cats, while five other players recorded hits in the game, including Bonner, Kemezis, Petrich, Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.), Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas). With her steal, Petrich tied Marci Raymondi (1990-93) for third on the program's all-time stolen base list. Kemezis also had an RBI to go with her hit. Wethington (5-11) took the loss in the circle, despite tallying nine strikeouts and just one walk in five innings of work. Candace Saucedo (Ontario, Calif.) tossed two scoreless innings in relief.

Ohio gets back on the field tomorrow as it welcomes Buffalo for the first game of a two-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Miami 10, Toledo 1
Toledo 11, Miami 6

OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami offense erupted for 26 hits in its doubleheader against Toledo on Friday, but had to settle for a split of the two games. The RedHawks took the opener 10-1 in five innings, but an eight run Rocket sixth inning proved to be the difference as Toledo took the nightcap 11-6. Miami is now 21-20 overall and 6-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are 9-30 overall and 3-9 in the MAC.

After Toledo got on the board first with a solo home run in the top of the second inning in the opener, Miami responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Jenna McGivney singled to centerfield. Briana Burke then doubled to deep right center to bring McGivney home. Daniela Torres followed with her fourth home run of the season to make it 3-1.

The RedHawks kept up the pressure with six more runs in the bottom of the third. Alicia Hogl got it started with a single that scored Meghan Mawn. A Rocket error on a Taylor Rice single brought home two more runs and made it 6-1. Burke followed with her second RBI of the game on a single that scored Rice. Coming to the plate for the second time in the inning, Mawn singled through the right side to score both Torres and Lindsay Randall.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hogl completed the Miami scoring with a solo home run to left field. The shot was her 19th career home run and puts her only two away from the Miami record of 21 held by Shawnda Moye (1996-99).

The 10 runs were more than enough for starter Meredith Linch, who gave up no other runs after the solo home run in the second. She allowed only five hits in five innings pitched and struck out two.

Mawn finished the first game 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Hogl was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Burke was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.

Game two started well for the RedHawks as Hogl got them on the board first with a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan McElroy in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the second, Miami made it 3-0 after Randall scored on a wild pitch and McElroy singled to score Torres.

Meanwhile starter Jessica Simpson was cruising as she did not allow a hit for the first 3.2 innings. After retiring the first two batters in the top of the fourth, she gave up her first hit followed by a walk. Mica Sanchez followed with a home run over the left field fence to tie the score at three.

The top of the sixth turned into a disaster for Miami. Toledo recorded six hits, while the RedHawks committed two errors to keep the inning alive. All told it resulted in eight runs coming home for the Rockets, a season-high inning for a Miami opponent this year.

Despite being down 11-3, the RedHawks did not give up. In the bottom of the sixth, Torres led off with a double to left center. McElroy singled to left, while an error by the leftfielder allowed Torres to score. Sarah Billstrom and Hogl each walked to load the bases with one out. After a Miami strikeout, McGivney singled down the left field line to score both McElroy and Billstrom. That would be all the RedHawks would be able to get however, and the Rockets were able to claim an 11-6 victory.

Torres finished the second game 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Mawn was 3-for-4 and for the doubleheader finished 7-for-8. McElroy was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.

The RedHawks return to action with a single game against Bowling Green on Saturday. Due to the threat of rain the starting time has been moved to 1 p.m.

Akron 1, Buffalo 0
Akron 8, Buffalo 7

AKRON, Ohio - Getting two very different wins, The University of Akron softball team swept the Buffalo Bulls by scores of 1-0 and 8-7 Friday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.

UA scored in the first inning of the first contest grabbing their only needed run in the 1-0 victory while a walk off triple by Sarah Earley in the tenth inning of the second contest gave UA the 8-7 victory.

The Zips, now moving to 17-25 and 5-7 in Mid-American Conference play, were spurred on the day by good pitching and solid defense. Junior Alex Riedeman picked up the first win getting her second shutout of the year while fellow junior Heather Bauer hung tough in the second game pitching over four innings of relief giving up no earned runs and only two hits in the extra innings. Defensively, freshman Alissa Birkhimer manned first base grabbing a combined 23 putouts.

In the first contest, Akron grabbed an early lead when Birkhimer and junior Alex Feltes reached on a base hit and fielder's choice to bring senior Krista Hansen to the plate. A hard hit double to right field would drive Birkhimer in to give UA the only run they needed for the win.

A different affair in the second contest, Akron loaded the bases in the second inning off of two hit batters and a single. With still no outs sophomore Allison Dorr came through in the clutch with a hard hit double just inside the center field fence to put UA up 2-0. Akron added another when Earley hit a low ball back to the mound allowing junior Monica Shorter at third to score safely (3-0).
Buffalo tied the contest in the fourth inning getting three runners on with nobody out. The Bulls would score their first runs of the day off a sacrifice bunt, ground out and single (3-3).

After playing stellar defense up to this point, two costly Akron errors in the sixth inning allowed Buffalo to grab three runs to go up 6-3 but UA would tie it up in the bottom of the seventh when, after two outs, four consecutive hits tied it back up at six. The big hit came from Shorter who, with two on, hit a triple to right field to get UA back in it.

In the tenth inning, with international tie breaker rule in effect, a UA error pushed Buffalo runners to corners and with no outs the go ahead run scored on a single to right field for the 7-6 lead. Heading to their last opportunity, a fielder's choice put runners at the corners and a triple inside the line from Earley gave UA it 11th straight win over the Bulls.

Akron will resume MAC action on Saturday, April 24, facing rival Kent State at 2:00 p.m. The game will also mark the celebration of the 1984 and 1985 National Runners-Up teams with the two squads being recognized during the game.