Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/24/2011
Saturday's MAC Softball Results
Akron 11, Central Michigan 8
Akron 8, Central Michigan 7
Toledo 7, Northern Illinois 6
Ohio 3, Eastern Michigan 1
Western Michigan 7, Bowling Green 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices


Akron 11, Central Michigan 8
Akron 8, Central Michigan 7
AKRON, Ohio - In what seemed like a home run derby at times, The University of Akron softball team outlasted Central Michigan to sweep both games of the doubleheader on Strike Out Cancer Day at Lee Jackson Field. The Zips (20-20, 4-9 MAC) came back from an 8-4 deficit in game one to win 11-8 and survived a late rally in game two to hang on for an 8-7 victory to complete the sweep. The Chippewas fall to 24-17 overall and 9-7 in the league.

In the circle, senior Heather Bauer picked up both wins for Akron, improving to 7-8 for the season. She also led the Zips at the plate, going 5-for-5 on the day with 5 RBIs and a home run, her fourth of the year. Classmate Alex Riedeman also played a big role in both wins, pitching a total of 8.0 innings and allowing four hits and four runs in each game. Senior Olivia Hegedus, one of five different Zips to record homers on the day, notched her 13th home run of the season. She now stands tied for fourth on Akron's all-time season list.

Game one saw six homers, four by CMU and two from Akron, and a total of 22 hits, 11 for each team, in a back-and-forth contest. After three innings, the Zips led 4-2, but the Chippewas came back to score six runs and take an 8-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.

Katie Gross started the rally with a two-run bomb to right center to make it 8-6 after five. After shutting down CMU in the top of the frame, the Zips went off to score five runs on five hits in the sixth to reclaim the lead. Sarah Stromack and Alex Helfrich led off the inning with back-to-back base hits. Both runners would later score to tie it up on a triple by Gross, giving her 4 RBIs for the game.

Two more would come to the plate when Alissa Birkhimer knocked a double into left that brought home Gross and Hegedus. Akron was not finished until Bauer hit a double that scored Birkhimer, making it 11-8 after six. Central Michigan was then unable to mount a charge in the seventh, ending game one.

The second game featured five more long balls, this time three by the Zips, and 17 hits in another offensive battle. Akron was able to jump out to a 4-0 lead through five innings, and then CMU roared back, scoring four in the sixth and three in the seventh, but came up one run short.

With the game knotted at 4 in the bottom of the sixth, Bauer hit an RBI-double to right center to regain the lead. Stromack later brought home Bauer with a base hit to left. With 2 outs, Allison Dorr pinch hit with a single to right that drove in two more runs, giving Akron an 8-4 advantage.

In the top of the seventh, CMU managed two sacrifice flies and scored a total of three runs on two hits, but the Zips were able to get the final out on a ground out to the pitcher that completed the sweep.

Akron will return to the field on Tuesday, April 26 on the road at Dayton in the final midweek action of the season. The doubleheader is set to begin at 3 p.m. ET.

Toledo 7, Northern Illinois 6
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 7-6 setback to Toledo Saturday afternoon at Mary M. Bell Field in Mid-American Conference action.

With the score tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh and with two on and one out, Toledo's (8-30, 3-8) Lindsey Tobias homered to left center to give the Rockets a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Huskies (19-20, 9-4) would not go away, scoring two runs to pull within a run with the bases loaded and two outs. However, Jen Solanics induced a groundout to end the inning and the game.

It was the second time in as many innings Northern Illinois left the bases loaded. The Huskies were unable to get that timely hit much of the contest, leaving 11 runners on base for the game.

"We didn't have people that wanted to step up and be the hero today," said NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard. "We had chances every inning to score runs.

"This is what happens when you let people hang around. They get confident and that confidence builds and they take the momentum and run with it."

Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln), who extended her school record hitting streak to 29 games with a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and run scored, came in to pitch in relief of starter Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) in the fifth inning. She took the loss allowing five runs on three hits and walking five in three innings of work.

It was a see-saw battle early in the contest. After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the fourth, NIU came back with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 advantage. When Toledo added two more runs in the top of the fifth, NIU tied the game with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Northern Illinois is back in action Sunday when the Huskies conclude its series with Toledo. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.

 

Ohio 3, Eastern Michigan 1
ATHENS, Ohio - In a rain-shortened game at the Ohio Softball Field on Saturday afternoon, sophomore Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) drove an RBI single off the right field wall to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Ohio defeated Eastern Michigan 3-1 in five innings in a Mid-American Conference (MAC) game.

Gellerman's hit came after an intentional walk to senior Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) to load the bases with one out in the fifth inning. She drove in Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) and Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) to lift the Bobcats to victory. Gellerman went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs on the day, while Kemezis reached base in all three plate appearances. She finished the day with two hits and a run scored.

The Eagles opened the scoring in the top of second. McKenna Russ led the inning off with a triple to right field on the first pitch from Wethington. She scored on a one-out single by Allison Scherer to give Eastern Michigan a 1-0 lead.

Ohio leveled the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Junior Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) led off the inning with an infield hit back to the pitcher. After she stole second, she scored as a result of a fielding error by Stacie Skodinski. Van Wagnen hustled around third and scored on the Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) line drive to shortstop.

The Bobcats scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Gellerman singled off the right field wall and plated Kemezis and Joseph. The game marked Gellerman's first action in a month as she has not played since Ohio took on Long Beach State on March 23.

Wethington earned the win and improved to 14-8 on the year. She struck out four batters. With the win, Ohio improved to 17-19 overall and 6-6 in MAC play. Conversely, Eastern Michigan dropped to 22-12 overall and 8-6 in conference tilts.

The Bobcats will conclude a two-game set with the Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Ohio Softball Field. Prior to first pitch, there will be a Senior Day ceremony as a means to honor the program's six graduating seniors.

Western Michigan 7, Bowling Green 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Meredith Whitney produced at the plate and in the circle as Western Michigan shut out Bowling Green, 7-0, earning the junior her fourth-straight win and third shutout of the season. Whitney also went 4-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored in the victory Saturday afternoon at Fran Ebert Field.

After holding a 1-0 lead, thanks to a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the first, for four and a half innings, the Bronco bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth. Courtney Rousseau led off by reaching on a fielding error and then stole second. Diana Patterson moved her to third with one of her two hits on the day (2-for-3). After Christina Pigozzi came in to run for Patterson, WMU pulled the double steal as Pigozzi kept the infield busy between first and second base, allowing Rousseau to score.

WMU's third run came when Allie Carlson, who was 2-for-4 on Saturday, grounded out to the shortstop as Bowling Green opted for the out instead of stopping the run from scoring. Michelle Bendewald, also going 2-for-4 at th plate, drove the Broncos' third run of the inning and scored the fourth later on a wild pitch.

Whitney's fourth hit of the day, a career high for the Scottsdale, Ariz., native, drove in WMU's final run of the game. Carlson scored from second base after driving in pinch runner Pigozzi with a base hit to center field. She is now 7-11, picking up her fourth-straight win and had double digit strikeouts for the second time this season, fanning 11 Falcons.

The Broncos out hit the Falcons, 12-5, and had opportunities to post additional runs on the board but stranded 13 base runners, including stranding the bases loaded in three different innings.

Bowling Green was held to just five hits on Saturday afternoon with Rachel Proehl collecting two of them in three plate appearances. BGSU worked three pitchers during the game with starter Erin Greenwalt suffering her eighth loss of the year.

These two teams to close out its season series at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon as the Broncos look for their seventh-straight win at home. On Demand coverage of Sunday's game will not be available through Bronco Insider.