Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/10/2011
Saturday's MAC Results
Northern Illinois 19, Kent State 12
Central Michigan 7, Bowling Green 3
Central Michigan 10, Bowling Green 2
Eastern Michigan 7, Toledo 0
Eastern Michigan, 13, Toledo 1
Ball State 5, Miami 3
Western Michigan 2, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 5, Western Michigan 4

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Northern Illinois 19, Kent State 12
KENT, Ohio. - The Northern Illinois University softball team unleashed a 15-hit, 19-run barrage on Kent State to post a 19-12 victory over the Mid-American Conference East Division leaders at Kent Field Saturday afternoon.

"Clearly it was an offensive game and we battled today," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "We did a good job of putting up crooked numbers in multiple innings. It was definitely a team win and we did a good job of putting them away at the end."

The victory was the third straight and fifth and the last six games for NIU (16-16, 6-1) who scored 19 runs for the second time this season, one run shy of the school record. Five Huskies had multi-hit games, while three had multi-hit efforts.

Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) led the way for the top of the order, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) provided the boost from the middle of the order going 3-for-6 with three runs batted batting in the clean-up spot, while Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) was the catalyst for the offense in the bottom of the order with a 3-for-5 effort, three runs batted in and four runs scored.

Krista Matsui (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Freshman Stephanie Tofft continued her school-record hitting streak, extending it to 22 with a 2-for-6 day with an RBI and run scored.

"We're having really good at bats," Chouinard said of the team's success at the plate of late. "We're not getting frustrated if things don't work out the way we want early in the count. They're doing a good job of fouling off pitches until they get what they want. Once one person starts doing it, it gets contagious."

Kent State (15-19, 5-2) opened the scoring with a three spot in the bottom of the first, but NIU responded with three in the top of the second and eight in the top of the third to take an 11-3 lead. However, the Golden Flashes bounced back with seven in the bottom of the inning to pull to within one.

Northern Illinois broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth to lead 14-10, and tacked on five runs in the top of the seventh. Kent State scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings

Northern Illinois returns to action Sunday when the Huskies wrap up their series with Kent State. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. Central.

Central Michigan 7, Bowling Green 3
Central Michigan 10, Bowling Green 2
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan extended its winning streak to six, completing a homestand in which it scored 55 runs on 63 hits, with a sweep of Bowling Green, 7-3 and 10-2.

The Chippewas (20-12, 5-3 MAC) racked up a combined 25 hits in the two games versus the Falcons (4-21, 0-8 MAC) to continue their hot streak at the plate

Just as impressive, pitchers Kari Seddon and Kara Dornbos each earned their third wins of the week, as the two pitchers combined to go 6-0, giving up just three earned runs.

CMU is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to No. 4 Michigan to take on the Wolverines, who are currently 34-3 on the season.

Chippewas Erase 3-1 Deficit for Game One Win
Molly Coldren hit her eighth home run of the season and Summer Knoop drove in three runs to give the Maroon and Gold a 7-3 win in game one at Margo Jonker Stadium on Saturday.

After Dornbos gave up a solo home run to Hannah Fulk, BGSU's first hit of the game, and a two-run shot to Paige Berger in the top of the fourth, the Chippewas responded with three of their own in the bottom half to reclaim the lead.

Coldren led off the bottom the fourth with a solo shot over the left field wall to bring CMU back within one, 3-2 before Amanda Klosterman followed with a double to left field and Brittney Horan walked to put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt by Brittini Merchant moved pinch-runner Danielle Cabrera and Horan to second and third, Knoop drove a single through the right side, plating both runners and 4-3 CMU lead.

Rachel Hensel extended the lead to 5-3 on an RBI single to the shortstop, driving in Coldren in the bottom of the fifth and Horan singled to score Klosterman for a 6-3 advantage.

A RBI single by Kari Seddon that drove in Merchant in the bottom of the sixth gave the Chippewas their 14th hit and seventh run of the game, securing the victory.

Dornbos (8-4) started the first three innings perfect, using both her arm and glove to keep the Falcons at bay, as the sophomore recorded four assists and three strikeouts. The Hudsonville, Mich., native pitched her 11th complete game of the season, striking out five over seven innings while giving up five hits.

Knoop led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, while Macy Merchant, Amanda Patrick, Seddon and Hensel each had two hits.

Seven Run First Sparks 10-2 Win for Sweep of Falcons
The bats stayed hot in game two as CMU batted around in the bottom of the first, scoring seven runs to secure a sweep over BGSU with a 10-2, five-inning win.

After Macy Merchant grounded out to start the inning, Knoop walked and Brittini Merchant singled, advancing Knoop to third. A passed ball moved Merchant to second and two batters later, Seddon drove both runners in with a single up the middle.

Coldren and Klosterman hit back-to-back singles to score pinch-runner Danielle Cabrera and Cory DeLamielleure hit her first career homerun, a three run shot to deep center field, to score Klosterman and Coldren.

After a BGSU pitching change, Horan walked, advanced to second and third on wild pitches and came around to score after Macy Merchant walked and the two pulled off a double steal for a 7-0 CMU lead.

Seddon gave up a single to start the second, but got Erika Stratton to ground into a 4-3 double play in which Brittini Merchant tagged the runner between bases and threw to first for the second out.

Two more runs crossed for the Chippewas in the bottom of the second as Seddon grounded out, allowing Merchant to score and Horan later singled to left field, scoring Coldren.

Chelsea Sundberg gave up a solo home run in the top of the fifth to Katie Yoho, but Brittini Merchant doubled in the bottom half and scored on a wild pitch to put the mercy rule in effect and end the game, 10-2.

DeLamielleure and Seddon each tallied three RBI in the game and the elder Merchant went 3-for-4 with three runs to lead the offensive charge.

Eastern Michigan 7, Toledo 0
Eastern Michigan, 13, Toledo 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - The Eastern Michigan University softball team tallied 20 runs through two games in the Eagles' Mid-American Conference doubleheader sweep over the visiting Toledo Rockets this afternoon, April 9, shutting out the Rockets in game one, 7-0, and posting a dominant 13-1 victory in game two.

The Eagles now improve to 19-7 (6-2 MAC) on the year to tie last season's win total in just half the amount of games. The Rockets fall to 1-7 in MAC play and 5-28 overall.

In two games, the Green and White pounded out 24 hits for 20 runs, while not a single EMU hitter fell victim to strikeout on the day.

Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) picked up her second win of the weekend to improve to 11-3 on the season. The Niles, Mich. native went 7.0 scoreless innings and struck out seven in her second shutout this weekend to give her six on the year. Ignowski nearly repeated last weekend's no-hit performance, but the Rockets' lone hit in the first inning denied the sophomore of that feat.

Seven EMU hitters notched hits in game one, with Lindsay Smith (Seville, Ohio-Cloverleaf) boasting a perfect 3-for-3 effort at the plate. The sophomore outfielder stole one base and knocked in a run and scored once for the Green and White.

Jessica Richards (Canton, Ohio-Jackson) also connected for three hits, including three RBI and moved her stolen base total to nine on the season.

The Eagles came out of the gate swinging, scoring two in the opening frame. Richards singled through the left side to lead off the inning and advanced to second on her ninth stolen base of the season. A ground out moved her to third base, setting up the RBI single for Sarah Gerber (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) to put EMU ahead, 1-0.

McKenna Russ (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) increased the Eagles' lead to two after registering her seventh double of the season to plate Gerber all the way from first base.

In the bottom of the second, Smith found herself on second with an infield single and a stolen base. Richards' double down the left field line waved Smith around to score the Eagles' third run of the ballgame.

After a scoreless third inning, the Eagles offense set their advantage to five after stringing togehther a four-hit frame.

Kaylee Tolliver (Amanda, Ohio-Clearcreek) came through with an RBI single to plate Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Central Canton Catholic) who doubled in the previous at-bat.

With a runner at first, Smith drove a two-out triple to right center field, tagging on another run for the home team and putting the Eagles ahead, 5-0.

EMU cashed in its final two runs of the contest in the sixth inning as they took game one in a convincing 7-0 win.

The Eagles would not hold back in game two, scoring 13 runs in a 14-hit production to complete the doubleheader sweep over the Rockets.

Every player in the EMU lineup earned a hit in the contest, with five different players posting multiple-hit outings.

Sophomore Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) led the Green and White with two hits and a career-high five RBI in game two, including her second home run of the season.

All of EMU's 13 runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning after cranking out 11 hits and taking advantage of two Toledo errors. Each member in the lineup contributed at least one hit in the inning, with Richards and Coquillard chipping in two apiece in the same frame.

Richards started the offensive showcase with a single to left field and advanced to second base after her hit ricocheted off the left fielder's glove.

A ground out and a walk put runners first and second for the Eagles, but a double steal by Richards and Stacie Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.-Washington) moved both 60 feet closer to the go-ahead run.

Gerber reached on an error to the shortstop, scoring Richards and advancing Skodinski to third base.

For the second time on the day, Russ drove a double to right center field and put the Eagles ahead, 3-0.
Tolliver hit a one-out double of her own, knocking in Russ from second base and increasing the Green and White's lead to four.

With runners at second and third, Coquillard went after the first pitch she saw and pounded a three-run shot beyond the left center fence.

Already leading by seven, the Eagles' continued to manufacture runs in the first. Smith singled to first base, bringing up Richards for the second time that inning. The junior wheeled out an RBI triple down the left field line to swell EMU's dominant lead as Smith came across to score EMU's eighth run.

Singles off the bats of Lauren Delapaz (Plymouth, Mich.-Canton) and Skodinski followed by a Gerber double pushed two more runs across for an 11-0 advantage, and a two-run single from Coquillard would end the 13-run inning.

Toledo managed a run in the second inning, but the deficit was far too much to overcome, as the Eagles pulled away with the 13-1 win.

Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) went five innings in the circle, improving ther record to 6-1 on the year. The lefty hurler struck out seven and walked just one, while holding the Toledo offense to just three hits.

After taking a few days off, the Eagles will return to Varsity Field and host visiting Oakland University for a midweek doubleheader on Tuesday, April 12. The first game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

Ball State 5, Miami 3
OXFORD, Ohio - Ball State Softball improved to 23-15 on the season and 4-1 in Mid-American Conference play after defeating Miami (16-14, 2-3), 5-3, Saturday afternoon at the MU Softball Stadium.

The RedHawks put a run on the board early in the bottom of the first after Miami's Allie Larrabee singled and brought home Meghan Mawn to end the inning.

Then, in the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, a wild pitched advanced all the runners and scored Mawn, and Miami added its third run after Kayla Ledbetter scored off a sacrifice fly to right field from Jessica Simpson.

Ball State answered back in the top of the sixth as freshman first baseman Taylor Rager (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) drew a walk, followed by a double to left center field from sophomore left fielder Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana).

Freshman Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) then brought senior Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw) home, who was pinch running for Rager, off an RBI-ground out.

Ball State added four runs in the top of the seventh after Gilbert hit her first career grand-slam, bringing home senior shortstop Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) and senior right fielder Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), who both reached on fielding errors, and Rager, who drew a walk, to put the Cardinals up 5-3 against the RedHawks. The home run marked Gilbert's seventh of the season.

Gilbert led the Cardinals offensively after going 1-for-3 at the plate with five RBI. Junior pitcher Kim Mazzapica (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) improved to 4-1 on the season with the win after 4.2 innings of work, allowing one hit.

The Ball State softball team continues MAC action Sunday at 1 p.m. and will come back to the BSU Softball Complex for a home contest with Wright State Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Western Michigan 2, Buffalo 0
Buffalo 5, Western Michigan 4
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo softball team split its doubleheader with Western Michigan on Saturday falling in the opener 2-0 and then taking the second contest, 5-4 in nine innings. The two teams were to play single games today and tomorrow, but made it a doubleheader due to weather concerns on Sunday.

In both games the Bulls got stellar pitching out of the bullpen from freshman Tori Speckman, who went a combined 11.2 innings in relief and allowed just one run. Junior Haylee Land started the first game for the Bulls and went just 2.0 innings as she allowed a two-run home run in the top of the third. Those two runs would wind up being the only two in the game. UB scattered four hits over the seven innings.

In the second game, UB got on the board in the bottom of the first as freshman Holly Luciano led off the inning with a double to left center. She was bunted over to third and then came in to score on a bunt single from junior Kristin Waldron. The Bulls added another two runs in the bottom of the second as Kelli Gleiser reached on a one-out single and then stole second. She came in to score on an error by the Bronco catcher as she was unable to play Lucanio's sacrifice attempt. Luciano would go on to reach second on an illegal pitch and then stole third, coming in to score on a sacrifice fly from Alexandra Bejarano.

The Broncos would go on to tie the game up in the top half of the third inning off starter Holly Johnson, but Speckman came in and pitched the Bulls out of a jam to keep the game tied. The Bulls regained the lead in the bottom of the third on an infield single from Andi Saucier, which scored Alyssa Ward. The Bulls had the one-run lead until the top of the sixth when the Broncos would tie the game up, scoring on a wild pitch. The game remain tied into the ninth inning when the Bulls would pull through.

With the top of the order up, Luciano reached on a bunt single to get things started. She moved to second on sacrifice bunt from Bejarano, which set the stage for Waldron who was looking to cap off what was already a stellar weekend for the junior. On a 2-0 count, Waldron got a pitch right down the middle, which she singled up the right side, scoring Luciano from second.

Speckman got her team-leading fifth win of the season as she went 6.2 innings in relief, allowing just three hits and one run, striking out two. The Bulls had 12 hits, including two from Luciano, Waldron, Ward and Pettine.

UB will remain home on Wednesday afternoon as it hosts Cleveland State for a mid-week doubleheader. The first game begins at 3:00 pm.