Ball State 3, Buffalo 2
Ball State 8, Buffalo 4
The Ball State softball team swept Buffalo in 3-2 and 8-4 wins Friday in Buffalo, N.Y. The Cardinals are now 28-9 this season and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Bulls fall to 13-23 and 3-5 in the MAC.
Game 1 - Ball State 3, Buffalo 2
With two of the Cardinals fastest base runners, Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) and Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton), on second and third in the first inning, Buffalo's second baseman Andi Saucier committed an error that sent Ware and Rozanski home and saw Alyssa Collins (Lynnville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) safely to first base.
Led by Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) in the circle, Ball State held this early 2-0 lead until Buffalo's Alyssa Ward tripled in the fourth inning and drove in Sharon Barr who represented Milian's first walk of the game.
Buffalo evened the score in the next inning when Kristin Waldron doubled to left field and drove in Alex Bejarno who was on base after singling to left center.
Making the momentum changing play for the Cardinals was Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) who drilled a home run over the left field wall to regain Ball State's lead. The Cardinals would load the bases before the end of the inning, but to no avail as Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) lined out to the third baseman who turned the out into a double play by tagging out Hannah Zimmerman (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina) for leaving third base.
Milian was able to hold Buffalo in the bottom of the seventh inning and put down all three batters. This was the second inning in the game that the ace was credited with three consecutive strike outs. Milian, now 20-2 this season tallied 10 strikeouts against the Bulls.
Game 2 - Ball State 5, Buffalo 3
Ball State repeated its early presence from game one, but this time took a 5-0 lead on Buffalo before the sky opened up and brought a rain delay that lasted slightly more than two hours.
With Barr on the mound for the Bulls in the first inning, both Ware and Rozanski were walked. Then, Barkley hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. With one out and two on base, Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) launched a three RBI home run over the centerfield fence. Wilczynski followed Carpenter's lead and tallied her second home run of the day with Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) on base from a single to left field.
When the Bulls stepped up to bat against Ball State's Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh), they were looking to even the gap made by the Cardinals offense. While Sanders struck out two batters, Buffalo scored three runs in the inning on consecutive doubles hit by Waldron and Jessica Griffin.
Immediately following the first inning, the teams headed to their dugouts to wait out what would be a two hour rain delay.
After the delay, neither team was able to produce a run until the sixth inning when Buffalo's Diaz tripled to right center with zero outs in the inning. This play caused a Ball State pitching change and Milian entered the circle for Sanders. With Diaz waiting to run on third base, Ward singled to left field and drove Diaz home to close the gap to 5-4.
Ball State's defense would hold the Bulls at four runs for the remainder of the game.
The Ball State batters found their stride in the top of the seventh when Rozanski, Barkley and Carpenter strung together single hits to load the bases for the Cardinals. Then, Collins singled to the first baseman to draw an out while Rozanski crossed home. Next up, Montalto struck out for the second out of the inning and Wilczynski stepped up to bat.
Wilczynski, already credited with two home runs today, again pulled through for the Cardinals and hit a double that drove in Barkley and Carpenter. The inning ended with Freiling flying out to left field and the Cardinals up 8-4.
Central Michigan 3, Akron 0
Central Michigan 4, Akron 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - Christina Novak's leadoff blast and strong pitching set the tone for the Central Michigan softball team in its doubleheader sweep of Akron at Margo Jonker Stadium on Friday.
Novak tied the school-record with her 16th career home run to leadoff game one while Kari Seddon and Kara Dornbos each notched complete game victories and held the Zips to only nine hits in the two games to pace the Chippewas (19-13, 6-4 Mid-American) to victories by scores of 3-0 and 4-3.
"Kari and Kara both pitched extremely well today," head coach Margo Jonker said. "Christina is a versatile player who can make things happen offensively, she put a good swing on the ball to start the game. Our defense was outstanding today. We got back to playing Chippewa softball."
Novak's Record Blast Ignites Chippewas in Opener
Christina Novak launched herself to the top of the CMU record books in the first inning, providing Central with all the offense it needed in a 3-0 victory in game one.
Novak led off the bottom of the first with her 16th career home run. The blast ties her with Cathy Wylie, Elizabeth Barnes and Christin Sobeck for the school record.
Central wasn't finished with the scoring in the first as Molly Coldren began what turned out to be a 3-for-3 day at the plate with a one-out single and moved up to second on a throw home. With runners at second and third and one out, Jill Schulz hit a ground ball and the Zips got the lead runner into a rundown to get an out. Akron attempted to double off Schulz at first and Coldren alertly rounded third and beat the throw home to make it a 2-0 contest.
The Zips put together a scoring threat in the top of the third when it loaded the bases with only one out, Seddon forced a ground ball that allowed the Chippewa defense to force out the lead runner at home and induced another grounder to third that ended the inning.
Seddon ripped through the UA lineup in the next three innings, allowing only one hit in three scoreless innings.
CMU tallied an insurance run in the sixth as Coldren drilled a triple to the right field wall and came around on Schulz' RBI double to make it 3-0.
Seddon stranded a one-out double to secure her third shutout of the season in the seventh. She finished the contest allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out four batters.
Dornbos Dominates in Finale
Kara Dornbos rebounded from an abbreviated outing in her last start to shut down the Zips and complete Friday's sweep.
The freshman was dominant early as she retired the first 10 batters she faced to allow the Chippewas to get off the field quickly in the early innings.
Central's offense got things going in the middle innings with a run in the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth. Katie Greenman's RBI single put the Chippewas on the board in the third, Ashley Gilson's squeeze bunt plated another run and was followed by Amanda Klosterman's RBI groundout in the fourth. Macy Merchant capped the scoring on a two-out error by the Zips in the fifth.
Akron clawed back with three runs in the top of the sixth, two of which came on a wild pitch and an error. Dornbos was able to prevent the tying run from coming around when she induced a weak fly out to end the inning. She retired the side in order in the seventh to clinch the victory
Dornbos finished the game allowing only four hits and three walks in her seven innings while striking out five to improve to 7-3 on the season.
The Chippewas are back in action on Saturday when they face Ohio. First pitch is at 2 p.m.
Bowling Green 3, Western Michigan 1
Western Michigan 5, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-The Bowling Green State softball squad split a twin bill with the Western Michigan Broncos today (April 16) falling 3-1 in the first but dominating 5-1 in the second. Freshman Paige Berger was the sole Falcon to put a run on the scoreboard in the first game when she recorded her ninth long ball of the season in the bottom of the sixth inning. Berger's nine long balls tie the school record for number of homers by a freshman AND she threatens to trump Hayley Wiemer's record of home runs in a season (11) as Berger only needs to nail two more in the 14 remaining games of the season.
Adding another win and a loss to the season, the Falcons record holds strong at 9-15 overall and 5-3 in the Mid-American Conference play
In game one of the Falcon's final doubleheader of the 2010 campaign at Meserve Softball Field, both teams struggled to get started at the plate, failing to record any hits until the bottom of the third inning when BGSU put up two.
Melissa West initiated the Falcons offense with a single down the third baseline. Hannah Fulk followed West at the dish and put her teammate in prime scoring position with a double down the left field line. The two Falcon hits were followed by a popped ball and a strike out, ending the inning with two Falcons left on base.
In the top of the fourth and fifth innings, the Broncos finally got their offense going, posting 2 hits and three runs between the two innings, allowing WMU to take a 3-0 lead.
The Falcons made an attempt to narrow that lead in the bottom of the sixth, recording 2 hits that resulted in one run. Berger nailed her one-run homer over the right field fence to taper the score to 3-1. Still in the top half of the Falcon lineup, Andrea Arney was served four balls for a walk followed by a double by Susan Sontag, advancing Arney to third; again, though, the Falcons ended the inning with two left on base, unable to convert those base-runners into runs.
Both juniors took turns in the circle with Zada Lines throwing the first four point two frames and Melissa Bott pitching the last two point one innings. Lines fanned six batters while Bott threw three strikeouts.
Game one of the doubleheader against the Broncos ended as a 3-1 BGSU loss.
After losing one, BGSU was determined to fight back to take one win away from the day. After outhitting the Broncos nine hits to two, including three by Hannah Fulk and two each by senior Karmen Coffey and Susan Sontag, the Falcons were victorious in game two, winning 5-1.
In the win, the Falcons kept the Broncos hitless in five innings and scoreless in six. Again, both Melissa Bott and Zada Lines could be found at the mound for the Falcon defense. Bott started the game, pitching four point one innings, while Lines wrapped-up the game, pitching the final two point two innings, and striking out four.
The Falcons got their bats swinging early in the first frame when Coffey recorded the first hit of the game with a double to the left field fence, and continued rounding the bases recording stolen base number 13 of the season.
The Falcons continued their offensive attack in the bottom of the second frame, jump started by a hit by Andrea Arney in the second. Arney was then able to advance to second on a single by Sontag, who nailed a single right past WMU's second baseman and up through the middle. With no other Falcons could convert hits into bases, BGSU ended the inning with two runners left on base.
With both teams seeming to stall a bit, as neither team recorded a hit or a run in the third or fourth, the Falcons made yet another attack in the bottom of the fifth, this time converting hits into runs.
The Broncos put the first run on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth when WMU's left fielder, Courtney Rousseau, was brought home on a single by Bronco pitcher, Diana Patterson. Entering the bottom of the frame, the Broncos led 1-0.
The Falcons were not ready to give up just yet and rallied back in the bottom of the inning when they were able to record three hits that resulted in three runs, giving BGSU its first lead of day. With the inning starting out with Melissa West being served four balls, Fulk was able to advance West to second on a single WMU's shortstop. At the dish next was Rachel Proehl who reached first on a fielder's choice to third, where West was tagged out. Still, with only two outs and two runners still on base, Coffey smashed a triple to the right field corner, allowing Fulk and Proehl to score. Following Coffey's triple, the Falcons leading hitter, Paige Berger, nailed a single up the middle to bring Coffey home and further widen the Falcons lead to 3-1.
BGSU cushioned its lead to 5-1 in the sixth inning as they posted two more runs on two hits. Susan Sontag got the Falcons going with a single to right field, but advanced to second when Adrienne Dick tapped down a sacrifice bunt. After Zada Lines was walked, putting Falcon runners on second and first bases, Fulk nailed a double for her third hit of the game, to bring home Sontag and Lines, putting the Falcons up 5-1.
With the Bronco's unable to record anymore hits or runs, the Falcons reigned victorious in game two, taking a 5-1 victory.
Head coach Shannon Salsburg and the Falcons will be right back in action tomorrow (April 17) and Sunday (April 18) against the Northern Illinois Huskies at 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. On Sunday, the Falcons will say thank you to seniors Karmen Coffey and Susan Sontag on ‘Senior Day' with the senior-class celebration commencing at 12:50 p.m.
Kent State 5, Miami 1
Kent State 2, Miami 1
KENT, Ohio - Kylie Reynolds allowed just one run in 15 total innings pitched as Kent State swept a doubleheader from Miami Friday at "The Diamond at Dix." The Golden Flashes (19-16, 6-2 MAC) took game one 5-1, before needing 12 innings to put away the RedHawks 2-1 in game two.
Despite having runners placed on second beginning in the 10th inning, both teams were unable to score in extra frames until Beth Cinadr's game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th.
"There wasn't any panic," Head Coach Karen Linder said of the five extra innings played in game two. "We did a very good job of playing the game one pitch at a time. Some hitters got frustrated at times but they never took that out on the field with them."
Freshman Danielle Abernathy started game two and allowed only an unearned and one hit in four innings. Abernathy walked the first two batters in the fifth, before Reynolds made her second appearance of the day. With two outs and bases loaded, Leah Archual held on to a running catch in deep center field as she crashed into the fence.
Despite throwing seven innings earlier in the day, Reynolds held the RedHawks hitless in the fifth through seventh frames and stranded two runners in both the eighth and ninth.
"Kylie was phenomenal today," Linder said. "The way she got out of jams shows how far she's come with her mental toughness. She willed herself to be successful and I'm really proud of her. And Danielle gave us four strong innings. I'm happy to see her make that kind of progress."
Reynolds left two more runners on in the 10th thanks to her own defensive efforts. Miami attempted a suicide squeeze with runners on first and third, but Reynolds recognized it immediately and got the runner at home by a step.
"She kept her composure fielded the ball cleanly and made a nice toss," Linder said.
The RedHawks stranded three more runners in the 11th and two in the 12th after shortstop Mary Holt made an over-the-shoulder catch on the outfield grass.
In the bottom of the 12th, Archual moved the placed runner Heather Duhon over to third with a bunt single down the third base line. Two batters later, Cinadr knocked a hard single up the middle to end a long Friday for both teams.
In the first nine innings, the Flashes' only hit was a solo homer to right by Jess Carmichael in the fourth. Reynolds threw eight innings of relief in game two, allowed just two hits and fanned seven.
Miami left 20 runners on in game two and 12 runners on in game one. The first three came in the opening frame of the day as Reynolds fanned two of her 11 game one strikeout victims.
The hits came early and often for the KSU bats in the opener. Lauren Grimes flicked a first-inning single up the middle and scored on a bloop single to right by Carmichael.
Sophomore catcher Jess Blanton's leadoff double to left center started a two-run second for the Flashes. Holt moved her over with a single through the right side and a double steal attempt led to a Miami throwing error and KSU's second run of the game. Archual then laced a single to center field scoring Holt.
A rain and lightning delay then halted play for just over an hour, before Reynolds picked up where she left off and got some help defensively. With two outs and two on in the top of the fifth, Grimes made a fully-extended diving catch in left to save a run.
"For the most part, our defense was great today," Linder said. "And we made plays when we had to."
KSU added two more runs in the sixth. Ashlee Hein led off the inning with a walk. Holt singled up the middle and Clare Sullivan delivered a two-out pinch single to right. Archual also drove a runner in with a single to left. Archual, Grimes and Carmichael each had three hits on the day.
The Golden Flashes return to action Saturday, hosting Ball State at 2 p.m. Both teams sit atop the MAC standings at 6-2.
Ohio 11, Eastern Michigan 2
Ohio 6, Eastern Michigan 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Emily Wethington drove in seven runs on the day and Ohio's offense pounded out 21 hits over two games as the `Cats swept a doubleheader with Eastern Michigan, 11-2 and 6-1, Friday at Varsity field.
Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) totaled five hits on the day, including a three-run double in game one and a three-run homer in the second game. She also went the distance in game two, giving up only one run to pick up the win and improve to 5-9 on the year. The Green and White offense, meanwhile, tallied double-digit hits in both games to help power the `Cats, who improved to 6-2 in Mid-American Conference play and 11-24 overall. The Eagles fell to 13-22 overall and 3-7 in league play.
After dropping a tough second game late in a doubleheader earlier this week, Ohio erupted for a season-high 11 runs on 11 hits to pound the Eagles in game one. The top four hitters in the Green and White's lineup each scored two runs on the day, including Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio), Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.), Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) and Wethington. With her two runs, Petrich moved into second place on the program's all-time list for runs scored.
Wethington finished 3-for-4 with four RBI to go with her two runs to help pace Ohio. Bonner tallied a pair of hits while coming in 2-for-4 with an RBI. The junior was also strong off the rubber, where she struck out a career-best 11 hitters while allowing just one earned run in a complete-game effort. With the win, she improves to 5-7 on the season. Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) enjoyed a nice game as she doubled and drove in two runs. Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) and Petrich each drove in a run.
Action was relatively quiet through the first three and one half innings as the `Cats' Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) and EMU's Jamie Melchert engaged in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel. The Eagles finally broke the silence with a Nellie Coquillard homer to right to take a 1-0 lead.
Things stayed that way until the Green and White exploded with seven huge runs in the top of the sixth. Bonner drove in Elizabeth Eyrise (Brookfield, Wisc.), who came in to pinch run after Deanna Hartsough (Santa Ana, Calif.) singled to start the inning. Petrich drew a bases-loaded walk to score Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) for the second run, before Wethington cleared the bases with a double to right. Clark followed suit immediately after with a double of her own to bring in Wethington for the sixth run. Clark then scored the final run of the inning two batters later when she hustled across on a wild pitch.
EMU took advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball to score its second run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth. Ohio kept rolling in the top of the seventh with four more runs. Wethington started things with a single to third to score Bonner, who had singled earlier. Clark then reached on an error that plated both Petrich and Kemezis, who had also reached on a single. Paden then singled to score Wethington for the fourth run.
The Eagles got on the board first in game two with a run in the bottom of the first. Sarah Gerber doubled to right center to score Katy Blaharski and put EMU out in front 1-0.
After a quiet second inning, the `Cats' offense came alive again with four runs in the top of the third. Petrich singled up the middle to score Bonner, who had opened the frame with a single, for the first run. Wethington then capped off the stanza with a three-run blast to left for her fifth homer of the season, which tied her for second with Jenny Tisevich (2002-05) on the school's all-time list.
Ohio extended its lead even more with two more runs in the top of the fifth. A Clark sacrifice fly brought in Petrich. Paden then singled down the right field line to plate Eyrise, who had come in to pinch run for Wethington after she had singled, for the second run of the frame. Wethington kept the Eagles off the board the rest of the way as the Green and White wrapped up the sweep.
Wethington and Bonner each went 2-for-4 in the second game, while Wethington picked up three RBI. Petrich enjoyed a solid game as well as she singled, drove in a run, scored twice and also swiped a base. She is now just one run from tying for first on the school's all-time list for runs scored. Clark and Paden each drove in a run in the contest as well.
Ohio will now head to Central Michigan where it will battle the Chippewas tomorrow and Sunday afternoons. First pitch Saturday is set for 2 p.m. with live stats available at OhioBobcats.com.