Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/25/2011
Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 4, Kent State 0
Western Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4

Miami 4, Kent State 0
OXFORD, Ohio - Jessica Simpson continued her historic season with the RedHawks by leading the softball team to a 4-0 shutout of Kent State on Sunday. The win was the 63rd of her career, which ties her with Jackie Poggendorf for most all-time in a Miami uniform. The win, the RedHawks seventh in their past eight games, improves Miami to 24-18 overall and 7-7 in the Mid-American Conference. The Golden Flashes fall to 16-24 overall and 6-5 in the MAC.

Simpson kept one of the conference's top hitting squads without a run for the second straight game. She allowed seven hits, but did not allow a single runner to reach third base. She struck out four, while improving her 2011 record to 20-11. It was her 13th shutout of the season.

Miami pounded out 13 hits during the game, but scored all of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Kirstie Fehrenbach singled to shortstop. Allie Larrabee moved her over to second base with a single to left field, while Meghan Mawn brought her home with a double to right center. Kathryn Russette singled to center field to bring home Larrabee and force a Kent State pitching change.

That did not stop the RedHawk attack as Jenna McGivney hit a deep shot to right center that bounced off the wall and allowed Mawn to score. An infield single by Jordan McElroy loaded the bases. Two batters later, another infield single by Kristy Arbour brought home Russette and made it 4-0.

Russette finished the game 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Fehrenbach, Mawn and McElroy each went 2-for-3 during the contest.

Miami gets right back into action on Monday when it makes the short trip to Dayton for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.


Western Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - WMU came from two runs down in the fifth to defeat Bowling Green, 5-4, sweeping the Falcons over the weekend and extending its home win streak to seven games. Meredith Whitney came through again, going 4-for-4 with her third home run of the season to lead off the first. She also pitched 3.1 innings to earn her fifth-straight victory and eighth of the season.

Tara Buchanan drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth after Michelle Bendewald had led off the inning with a double to center field. Buchanan, Whitney, Bendewald and Gracie Barstad all had multi-hit games in the win.

After Bowling Green scored a run in the top of the first, Whitney needed just one pitch before sending her third home run of the year over the left field wall. It was her 11th career shot, moving her past Becky Bartosz into a tie with Amanda Heckaman for third on the career home run list.

Bendewald drove in WMU's second run of the game, scoring Christina Pigozzi to give the Broncos their first lead of the day. The Falcons grabbed a 3-2 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third and extended that lead to 4-2 with another tally in the top of the fourth.

Whitney came in from left field to relieve starting pitcher Kayla Houston with the bases loaded and promptly struck out Paige Berger to end the threat. Whitney allowed just one base runner the rest of the way en route to her eighth win of the season.

WMU mounted its comeback in the fifth inning, beginning with Barstad's lead-off single through the left side. After Courtney Rousseau sacrificed her to second, Jennifer Tschetter singled to left to load the bases. Barstad scored on a wild pitch to bring the Broncos within a run.

Bendewald led off the sixth with a double and scored to tie game on Tara Buchanan's base hit through the left side. Whitney collected her eighth hit of the weekend with a single up the middle and scored the winning run on Rousseau's sacrifice fly.

The Broncos host their final home series of the season next weekend when Northern Illinois comes to town on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1.