Friday's Softball Results

Updated 2/20/2010
Friday's Softball Results
Akron 4, James Madison 3
Akron 2, College of Charleston 0
Ball State 4, Tennessee Tech 0
Western Illinois 6, Ball State 2
Bowling Green 10, Western Carolina 5
Georgia 19, Bowling Green 4
Nebraska 4, Central Michigan 1
Nebraska 8, Central Michigan 0
Saint Francis 6, Toledo 5 (8 innings)
Stony Brook 14, Toledo 0
Drake 5, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 1, Missouri State 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Akron 4, James Madison 3
Akron 2, College of Charleston 0

Charleston, S.C. - After winning game one against James Madison, 4-3, in an eight inning affair, the Zips softball team completed the sweep Friday evening grabbing a 2-0 victory over Cougar Classic tournament host College of Charleston at Patriots Field.

Pitching was the key factor of the day as sophomore Andrea Arney and junior Heather Bauer threw a combined 15 innings giving up just three hits and one earned run.

Akron would score early in the first match up of the year against JMU loading the bases in the first inning with Bauer at the plate. Battling off multiple foul balls Bauer eventually ripped a line drive to center field to give UA its first run of the season (1-0). Junior Monica Shorter would follow with a single to left field to give Akron its final run in regulation.

JMU would tie the contest off an Akron error and solo home run and with both teams going down in order in the seventh, the first contest of the year went to extra innings.

With the international tie breaker rule in effect, JMU started a runner at second who scored off a infield hit. Up 3-2 with Akron at the plate, Feltes would be UA's runner for the contest and would tie it back up (3-3) after junior Olivia Hegedus would step in to lay down a bunt and a JMU fielding error put freshman Katie Gross on first. The Zips would claim the victory after Bauer walked pushing Gross to second and a fielder's choice allowed Gross to round third for the 4-3 win.

Akron had five hits in the win with Feltes and Shorter grabbing two apiece. Arney gave up just three hits striking out seven.

In the evening contest aganist CofC, Bauer pitched a near perfect game as she gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out eight through seven innings.

Junior Alex Feltes provided Bauer some run support in the fourth as she led off with a triple into the right field corner. Sophomore Allison Dorr would reach base after being hit by a pitch with freshman Mary Hyland coming in to pinch run. Hyland would go on to steal second and a over throw by the Cougar catcher allowed Feltes to score (1-0).

Akron would add a run the following inning when Shorter reached after being hit by a pitch. A wild pitch pushed her to second and two groundouts would give UA the 2-0 lead and the win as Bauer held the Cougars hitless the rest of the way. UA picked up the victory grabbing just two hits and two walks.

The Zips will look to continue perfect play Saturday facing James Madison at 4:00 p.m. and Wagner at 6:30 p.m.

Ball State 4, Tennessee Tech 0
Western Illinois 6, Ball State 2

Ball State's softball team, the defending Mid-American Conference Champions, won its 2010 season opener by a 4-0 margin over Tennessee Tech before suffering a 6-2 loss to Western Illinois in its second game at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Woodstock, Ga.

Game One vs. Tennessee Tech
The Cardinals opened its 2010 season with the win by scoring four runs in the first inning of play led by a three run homerun from Jen Reifschneider.

Lisa Rozanski led off the bottom of the first with a single to center field. Rozanski stole second base and advanced to third on an Alicia Barkley groundout. Jessie Ware's single scored Rozanski to put Ball State ahead 1-0. Amanda Montalto was hit by a pitch to reach base and then the three run shot by Reifschneider in her first at bat of the season put Ball State ahead 4-0.

Returning MAC Pitcher of the Year,Elizabeth Milian, got the win for Ball State. Milian pitched seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 13 of the 25 batters she faced in the season opener. Rozanski led the Cardinals with two hits and two stolen bases. Ware and Freiling each had one stolen base. Montalto was hit by a pitch in each of her three plate appearances.

Game Two vs. Western Illinois
The Ball State Softball team dropped its second game of the Phyllis Rafter Memorial in a disappointing 6-2 loss to Western Illinois.
In the top of the first inning, Collins singled and advanced on a single by Barkley. Collins then advanced on Ware's fielder's choice. Ware stole second base, and Collins scored on a catcher's error.

Western Illinois took a 6-1 lead before Ball State scored again in the top of the seventh inning when Sadie Robertson doubled to centerfield. Amanda Carpenter pinch ran for Robertson and scored on an error by the second baseman. Carpenter's run brought the score to 6-2, which would be the final score.

Rozanski and Montalto led the Cardinals' offense with two hits apiece. Ware and Hannah Zimmerman each collected a stolen base on the night.

The Cardinals will face Mercer and Kennesaw State at Twin Creeks Softball Complex in the second day of the tournament, which will conclude Sunday.

Bowling Green 10, Western Carolina 5
Georgia 19, Bowling Green 4

ATHENS, Georgia-The Bowling Green State University softball team split two games on the opening day of the Red and Black Classic in Athens, Ga. In its opening game against the Western Carolina Catamounts (0-2), BGSU overpowered WCU 10-5, battling back from a 5-0 first inning deficit. Freshmen Hannah Fulk and and Paige Berger recorded their first career home runs in 19-4 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.

With the first day of the Red and Black Classic under wraps, head coach Shannon Slasburg and the Falcons have posted a 2-4 record on the season.

Big Bats Late in the Game Drive Falcons Past Catamounts
The Orange and Brown squad had a slow start to the game, giving up five runs in the first inning. By the end of the first, the game looked bleak for the Falcons as they were unable to answer the five Catamount runs in the first two innings; but with a late push in game, the Falcons overcame the five-point deficit to end the game 10-5.

Seniors Karmen Coffey and Susan Sontag led the Falcons offensively, recording one homerun and two RBIs each. Junior Zada Lines fronted the Orange and Brown defense from the circle allowing only three Catamount hits and no runs from the second through the seventh innings. Lines had nine strikeouts and only one walk in the six innings she was on the mound.

BGSU's offense was cranked into action in the bottom of the third with a single up the middle from Coffey. Coffey was then able to advance to third on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Andrea Arney. Following Arney in the lineup was freshman Hannah Fulk who was walked, but stole second on the next play, giving Coffey the perfect opportunity to steal home and record the Falcons first run of the game.

From there, the Falcon offense was unstoppable.

In keeping up with and expanding on the Falcon momentum from the third inning, BGSU recorded two hits and four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Reaching home plate for the Falcons were freshman Paige Berger on a bunt down the third baseline by Andrea Arney; freshman Courtney Cox on a fielding error by WCU's shortstop; Andrea Arney on a walk; and Coffey on a fielder's choice to second.

The fifth and sixth innings were no different for BGSU as they recorded five more hits and ran home for just as many runs. Big sticks from BGSU's senior sluggers propelled the Falcons to ten unanswered points.

In the fifth inning, Sontag smashed a triple to centerfield, recording her first RBI, bringing home Cox from first. Sontag was then able to score on a wild pitch to Coffey who then crushed a home run over centerfield; her second of the season. Before the inning was over, Fulk nailed a double to left center. The Falcons ended the inning with an 8-5 lead.

Following Coffey's lead, Sontag hurled a homer down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth for her first home run of the season and her 15th as a Falcon. Sontag's home run brought home Berger who had been walked a play earlier.

With the Catamounts unable to reach home plate in the top of the sixth and seventh innings and the Falcons earning two additional runs in the sixth, increasing the lead to 10-5, the Falcons would not need their sticks in the bottom of the seventh to win the game.

"Overall it was a great team win," said Salsburg. "We did a lot of the little things right and that made a big difference. Zada came in and just shut them down and the team had clutch hitting, especially by seniors Karmen Coffey and Susan Sontag. Andrea Arney also had a big suicide hit for the team."

Falcons "Smashing" Game not Enough for Bulldogs
Two more Orange and Brown sluggers smashed out-of-the-park homers for the Falcons in a 19-4 loss to the No. 8 Georgia Bulldogs (5-1) in five innings.

The Falcons made a mid-game run in the top of the third when freshmen Hannah Fulk and Paige Berger each added a homerun and an RBI to their softball resumes; each a career first for the young Falcons. Fulk's homer brought home junior Lindsey Arney from second while Berger followed suit a play later, running in sophomore Melissa West. By the start of the bottom of the third, the Falcons had inched closer to the Bulldogs bringing the score to 4-6.

But, by the end of bottom of the third BGSU surrendered 13 runs, giving the Bulldogs a 19-4 lead. Neither the Falcons nor the Bulldogs were able to score throughout the rest of the game.

The Falcons had five hits and four runs in the game. Adding hits for the Falcons were Rachel Proehl with a single in the first and Missy Bowman with a double in the third.

The Falcons finished the day with 13 hits and nine runs. Defensively, the Orange and Brown had a total of 23 putouts.

The Falcons are back in action tomorrow (Feb. 20) at 12:15 p.m. against the Winthrop Eagles.

Nebraska 4, Central Michigan 1
Nebraska 8, Central Michigan 0

AUBURN, Ala. - Central Michigan University's bats started the season a little cold on Friday afternoon as the Chippewas were swept in a softball doubleheader by Nebraska in the Tiger Invitational at Auburn.

The Cornhuskers (5-3) won the opener by a 4-1 count and then blanked CMU in game two, 8-0. Central (0-2) managed just a combined five hits in the two games.

"We saw some good things, but also quite a few things we need to work on," coach Margo Jonker said. "We really need to take care of the ball defensively and in order to score some more runs we need to have more hits."

A promising sign was the return of junior Kari Seddon to the circle. Seddon, a former first team All-Mid-American Conference selection who missed last season because of injury, started the opener and struck out nine batters in five innings of work.

"It was great to see Kari come back strong after offseason surgery," Jonker said. "As a team, we have a lot of room to grow and we'll have plenty of chances to do that as the season progresses."

CMU continues play in the Tiger Invitational with a single game against host Auburn on Saturday at 3 p.m. CST.

Nebraska 4, Central Michigan 1

Central broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth but the Cornhuskers answered with a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Molly Coldren scored the Chippewas' lone run as her leadoff double in the fourth came just feet from going over the 12-foot outfield wall in center. She moved to third on a sacrifice by Brittini Merchant and then scored on an RBI groundout by Amanda Patrick.

Seddon gave up three hits in the fifth inning that led to a pair of runs and then in the sixth she started with a hit batter, walk and then two-run triple before being replaced by Courtney King.

CMU managed just three hits in the game. In addition to Coldren's double, Christina Novak had a first-inning single and Merchant a leadoff double in the seventh.

Three of the four runs against Seddon were earned and she struck out nine while walking four.

Nebraska's Robin Mackin (3-1) picked up the win while allowing just three hits and fanning six. Mackin was an All-American at Fresno State before transferring to Nebraska. She also set out last season with an injury after competing for Canada in the 2008 Olympics.

Nebraska 8, Central Michigan 0

It was another scoreless game in the early going before Nebraska broke it open with a four-run fifth inning. The Cornhuskers added a single run in the sixth and three more in the seventh while keeping the Chippewas off the board.

CMU had just two hits and a pair of errors while Nebraska belted out nine hits while committing one error.

Freshman Kara Dornbos started her first collegiate game and looked strong through the first four innings while giving up just two hits. But, Nebraska rallied against her in the fifth with three hits and a walk as the rookie was tagged with four runs.

Redshirt freshman Sarah Patterson came on in relief and she went two full innings before Courtney King closed the game.

Amanda Patrick had a one-out double in the fourth inning and Molly Coldren had a bunt single in the sixth for CMU's only hits of the game.

Nebraska's Ashley Hagemann (1-2) went the distance for the shutout while fanning 10 Chippewas. Dornbos (0-1) suffered the loss after giving up five hits, four runs (three earned) and walking five. Patterson notched three strikeouts in her collegiate debut.

Saint Francis 6, Toledo 5 (8 innings)
Stony Brook 14, Toledo 0

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Toledo softball dropped its first two games of the 2010 campaign, falling 6-5 to Saint Francis (PA) in extra innings and 14-0 to Stony Brook at the First Pitch Classic.

After two and a half scoreless frames against Saint Francis, the Rockets broke through in the bottom half of the third, with all their damage coming after the first two hitters were retired. Sam Toy reached on an error, and Erinn Wright followed with a single. After Jillian Spink walked to load the bases, Lindsey Tobias blasted a triple to right-center to clear the bags. Mica Sanchez followed with a single through the left side, and the Rockets took a 4-0 lead.

The Red Flash plated a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth, and an RBI double in the top of the sixth made it 4-3. Toledo could not tack on an insurance run in its half of the sixth, and Saint Francis tied it on an RBI single with one out in the seventh. The Rockets went down in order in the bottom of the frame to send the contest to extras.

Saint Francis wasted no time in the top of the eighth by loading the bases, and Toledo pitchers walked in two runs to give the Red Flash their first lead of the game, 6-4. The Rockets answered, though, as Wright doubled home Kate Ricchio with no one out to start the inning. However, Wright was stranded at second base and Sanchez at first base following a two out walk, as a line out to third base ended the game.

Wright and Sanchez both tallied two hits, and Tobias' three RBI led the Rockets offense. Hannah Rockhold started and worked 6.1 innings, allowing just one earned run.

In game two, Stony Brook jumped to a big lead right from the beginning, scoring 12 times in the first inning and tacking on two more runs in the fourth. Toledo was held without a hit and committed two errors in the setback.

The Rockets face off with tournament host Charlotte at 1 p.m. Saturday, then will face one of these three opponents in a game later in the day as part of the round robin format.

Drake 5, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 1, Missouri State 0

DENTON, TX - The University at Buffalo softball team opened its 2010 campaign at the Sleep Inn Classic hosted by North Texas this afternoon, falling to the Drake Bulldogs in game one, 5-0, but bounced back to defeat Missouri State, 1-0, in the nightcap.

Five Buffalo freshmen got the first start of their collegiate careers as Ashley Bertot, Taylor Franich, Jessica Griffin, Alyssa Ward and Andi Saucier all took the field in Blue and White for the first time.

Sophomore Terese Diaz got the start on the mound in game one, stranding five Bulldog runners on base in the first two innings, however Drake was still able to get the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. The Bulls got their first hit in the top of the fifth inning with senior Sharon Barr hitting a double to left field. The Bulls also had hits from Kristen Gallipani and Kristin Waldron in each of the final innings, but could not get on the board. The Bulldogs scored the remainder of their runs in the fourth inning to seal the win.
Taylor Franich

In game two, the Bulls rebounded to defeat Missouri State, 1-0, in dramatic fashion. The first six innings went uncontested for both teams, but Missouri State gave the Bulls a scare in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs and a pinch hitter up to bat, the Bears' Alaina Burkahrt tripled to right center, with the ball sneaking by Buffalo centerfielder, Franich. The Missouri State batter attempted to make the play an inside the park home run, but was stopped short by the freshman center fielder. In her first day of collegiate play, Franich lobbed the ball to home plate, where Waldron made the play at the plate to prevent the score. The Bulls held the Bears in the seventh to set up a dramatic final inning. Griffin started the inning off with a line drive to center field. Dominique Carcone came in to pinch run and was sent to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Alex Bejarano. With Carcone on second, Candice Sheehan grounded to the pitcher, who attempted to throw out Carcone at third, but overthrew the play, sending Carcone home for the winning run. Barr pitched the complete game for Buffalo, earning her first shutout of the season, striking out six batters.

The Bulls continue play at the Sleep Inn Classic tomorrow afternoon when they take on Arkansas at 1:30 pm, followed by a game against host North Texas at 6:30 pm.