Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/12/2010
Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Akron 4, Western Michigan 2
Ball State 4, Eastern Michigan 3
Bowling Green 9, Toledo 1
Buffalo 2, Kent State 1
Ohio 6, Northern Illinois 5
Miami 4, Central Michigan 2

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Akron 4, Western Michigan 2

AKRON, Ohio - Led by junior Alex Riedeman on the mound, the Zips softball team (13-19, 2-4 MAC) picked up their second Mid-American Conference win over Western Michigan (7-17, 2-6) Sunday afternoon by a score of 4-2.

Pitching a one hit contest through the fifth inning, Riedeman gave up just four in the complete game moving to 2-3 on the season.
Akron scored first on the day beginning when sophomore Allison Dorr hit a hard line drive through center field. Junior Sarah Stromack pushed her to second on a sacrifice bunt and Dorr would score off a double down the left field line by junior Monica Shorter (1-0).

In the third inning, the Zips added two more off a two run double from junior Heather Bauer. After senior Krista Hansen reached on a double, junior Alex Feltes was hit by a pitch and both crossed the plate off Bauer's hit barley inside the right center field fence.

Akron scored its final run in the the fifth inning when fast running sophomore Alex Helfrich led off with a bunt single after the WMU third baseman waited for it to go foul to no avail. She pushed herself into scoring position stealing her 12th base of the season and a throwing error by WMU scored Helfrich for the 4-0 UA advantage.

Western Michigan scored its first run in the sixth inning when a walked batter came home off a center field hit (1-4). The Broncos final run came in the seventh off two hits (4-2).

Akron will conclude its homestand Tuesday, April 13, with a 4:00 p.m. doubleheader against Dayton.

Ball State 4, Eastern Michigan 3
MUNCIE, Ind. -Going into the sixth inning, the Ball State softball team trailed Eastern Michigan, 3-1, Sunday at the BSU Softball Complex. The Cardinals would go on to win the game 4-3, however, after pinch hitter Jen Moore notched a critical double hit with two runners on base to even the score and keep Ball State in the game. This is the Cardinals third Mid-American Conference win of the weekend and their season record improves to 24-9.

Eastern Michigan (11-19; 3-5 MAC) mirrored its performance from game one of the two-game series, played Saturday in Muncie, by beating Ball State to the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. With Katy Blaharski on base, representing the only walk given up by Elizabeth Milian in the game, Sarah Gerber singled to left field and drove in Blaharski for the Eagles' first run.

The Cardinals answered quickly in the bottom of the first when Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) was driven in by a double compliments of Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana). The first inning would end with two Cardinals striking out and two left on base. Eastern Michigan's pitcher, Jamie Melchert, struck out seven batters throughout the game.

Eastern Michigan scored its next two and last runs of the game in the top of the second inning. The first run was a home run slugged by Jenny Scherer and the second by Jessica Richards who was batted in when Blaharski doubled to left field. The Eagles would tally four more hits throughout the game and leave six runners on base.

Ball State made its comeback in the sixth inning and it all began when Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) was walked by Melchert. Then, Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) smacked a double hit to left center field. Following Wilczynski's hit, Moore stepped into the line-up for Alyssa Freiling (Bixby, Okla./Sequoyah) and doubled to drive in two runners and even the score at 3-3. Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw), who made the game-winning play in game one against the Eagles, again pulled through for Ball State with an RBI single that gave the Cardinals their fourth and final run of the day.

Striking out six batters in the game, Milian now has 166 strikeouts this season and 622 in her career. She needs just six more to become Ball State's career leader in this category. The current leader, Bernie Coffman, played at Ball State in the 1986-89 seasons.

Ball State will face in-state foe Indiana University in a doubleheader at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Cardinals then return to MAC play in a doubleheader on the road against Buffalo beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.

Bowling Green 9, Toledo 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-The Bowling Green State University softball squad nailed three home runs today (April 11) in the two-game sweep of the Toledo Rockets. The Falcons defeated the Mid-American Conference rivals 9-1 in just five innings, advancing their record to 8-12 overall and 4-2 MAC. UT falls to 7-26 overall and 1-4 MAC.

Senior Susan Sontag, junior Zada Lines and freshman Paige Berger each added a homer to their resumes in today's contest. The Falcons scored a minimum of one run in each of the four innings they batted, including three runs in the first and four runs in the fourth.

BGSU attacked early, posting five hits that resulted in three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leading off for the Falcons was Hannah Fulk, who crushed a double to centerfield to jump-start the team's offense. Rachel Proehl advanced Fulk to third on a single, but was tagged out trying to reach second. At the dish next for the Falcons was Andrea Arney who allowed Fulk to score BGSU's first run of the game, with a single to third. Today's first homer of the day was brought to you by BGSU's leading home run hitter, Paige Berger, who smashed her eighth long ball of the season over the left field fence, bringing home Andrea Arney in the process. Karmen Coffey was the last Falcon to record a hit in the first inning with a single down the left field line. A play later she stole second, slinging her 12-of-13 stolen base on the season. BGSU ended the first inning with a 3-0 lead.

UT sought to fight back in the top of the fifth, recording a series of three hits that resulted in one run in the top of the second. Undiscouraged, BGSU continued their big-stick streak in the bottom of the inning, recording one more hit and one more run.

Lines was at the dish first for the Falcons, but was served four balls to put her on first. Note: Courtney Cox entered the game to pinch-run for Lines. At-bat next was Melissa West who tapped down a sacrifice bunt, allowing Cox to take second, and a play later, reach third on a single to right field by Rachel Proehl. Rocket pitcher, Hannah Rockhold continued to struggle from the circle, walking Andrea Arney, and allow the Falcons to load the bases. With the bases full and Paige Berger at the plate, the Rockets had to risk a grand slam by Berger or give up a run by intentionally walking her. The Rockets opted for the latter, putting Berger on first, Proehl on second, Arney on third and allowing Cox to put the Falcons fourth run on the scoreboard. With the bases loaded for the second time of the inning, the Falcon offense came to an end on a pop-up to the Rocket's third basemen, leaving three on base. By the end of the inning, the
Falcons had extended their lead to 4-1.

Lines halted any of the Rockets offensive attempts to narrow the Falcon lead in the top of the third by throwing a perfect inning, fanning three-of-three batters.

Lines prolonged her perfect inning in the bottom half as she sent a long ball soaring over the left field fence, posting her first homer of the season and the second of her career as a Falcon. Lines' home run put the Falcons up 5-1 at the bottom of the third.

The Falcon defense kept the Rockets hitless and scoreless in the top of the fourth and went on to end the game in the bottom of the inning with three hits that resulted in four runs.

Andrea Arney launched BGSU's offense into action with a single to shortstop, just beating the throw by a step. Berger recorded her second hit of the game with a single to left field, advancing Arney to second. The Rockets continued to struggle from the circle and walked Adrienne Dick, allowing the Falcons to load the bases for the third time of the game. Note: Lindsey Arney entered the game to pinch-run for Dick. At-bat next was Coffey who nailed a sacrifice fly to first, but allowed Andrea Arney to score after she tagged up at third, and Berger and Lindsey Arney to each advance a base. Sontag was at the dish next for the Falcons, who still had two teammates on-base, when she crushed a long ball over the center field fence, bringing home her teammates, recording three RBIs, the third homer of the game and deepening the Falcon lead to 9-1.

With the Falcons leading the Rockets by eight runs, UT had one last-ditch effort to score in order to be able to keep the game going. But, the Falcon defense was too tight for the UT offense as BGSU kept their foes to just one hit and no runs.

Lines was the winning pitcher in both games of the UT sweep, advancing her win-loss record to 4-6. In the five innings of today's contest, she fanned nine batters, walked only two and improved her ERA to 4.47 overall and 1.59 in the MAC.

The Falcons are scheduled to take on Big East opponents, the Ohio State Buckeyes, with a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Games are set to commence at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.

Buffalo 2, Kent State 1

KENT, OH - The University at Buffalo softball team scored two early runs to earn the series split with Kent State this afternoon, defeating the Golden Flashes 2-1. The Bulls tallied seven hits throughout the game as they even their Mid-American Conference record at 3-3.

The Bulls had a strong opening inning that would carry them throughout the game as Ashley Bertot led off the batting order with a single and successfully stole second to advance. Kristin Waldron followed in her footsteps with a single of her own, which advanced Bertot to third. Jessica Griffin singled to earn the RBI as Bertot scored the first run of the game. Waldron earned the second run on a wild pitch to give the Bulls the early 2-0 lead.

The Buffalo defense stranded five Kent State runners on base including three in the bottom of the first inning to keep the lead. The Golden Flashes' Mary Holt hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to bring them within one, but the Bulls held on to earn the win. The Bulls had a chance to extend their lead towards the end of the game, but the Golden Flashes stranded two Buffalo runners on base in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Waldron and Griffin had two hits each, while Bertot, Terese Diaz and Taylor Franich each added a hit to the Buffalo tally.

Sharon Barr earned the win, pitching the complete game for Buffalo. Barr held the Golden Flashes to six hits and one run in seven innings of work, while striking out 11 batters.

The Bulls host St. Bonaventure in their long awaited home opener on Wednesday, April 14. First pitch is set for 3 pm at Nan Harvey Field.

Ohio 6, Northern Illinois 5
ATHENS, Ohio - Six second-inning runs, capped off by Paige Kemezis' first-career home run, provided Ohio just what it needed as it scratched past Northern Illinois 6-5 to split the series with the Huskies Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning and with two outs already in the frame, Ohio (9-22, 4-2 MAC) erupted with all six of its runs to return the favor from yesterday's loss to the Huskies (15-22, 5-3 MAC). The `Cats have now won four of their last five games overall.

Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) drove in three runs to go with her blast, while Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) finished the day a perfect 3-for-3 and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) came in 2-for-3). Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) had a solid afternoon both in the circle at the plate, driving in two runs and picking up the win while striking out a career-best seven hitters in a complete game effort. With the win, she ups her record to 4-6 on the year.

The Huskies where paced by third baseman Adriana Sanchez, who finished 2-for-3, and left fielder Amanda Sheppard's two RBI. Second baseman Andrea Colosima homered and drove in a run, and designated player Michelle Williams and right fielder Zoe Sinner also drove in runs. Monica Segura was tagged with the loss in relief after giving up the homer to Kemezis.

NIU got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the first on a single from Williams that scored Sheppard, who had reached on an error. Things looked menacing for the Green and White in the top of the second as the Huskies put two more runs up via a single from Sheppard. NIU led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the frame.

Wethington led off the bottom of the second with a single, but was picked off shortly after. Following a fly out for the second out, Ohio's offense came alive. Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) and Jordan Paden (Walla Walla, Wash.) both reached with singles to put runners on first and second. Freshman Jenna Giusti (Danville, Calif.) picked up an RBI on the next play when she reached on a fielder's choice that resulted in a run, as Zambrana caught the Huskies napping and managed to hustle around just in time for the `Cats' first run.

Morgart followed on the next play with a single through the left side to load up the bases. Bonner then laced a single up the middle that scored Paden and Giusti and chased NIU starter Morgan Bittner out of the game. Two pitches in from Segura, Kemezis blasted her three-run shot well beyond the wall in left center to cap off the inning as Ohio took a 6-3 lead.

The Huskies would not go away without a fight though. Following three quiet innings, NIU responded with its fourth run of the contest on an RBI single from Sinner that scored pinch runner Kate Welsh. The Huskies made things really interesting in the seventh as Colosimo led off the frame with a home run to center field. The `Cats got the next two outs, before Sanchez drew a hit by pitch to put the potential winning run at the plate. Bonner responded by forcing a line out to bring the game to a close.

Ohio will take a brief break from conference play as it heads to Marshall for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Miami 4, Central Michigan 2
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami RedHawks earned a series split with Central Michigan after an 8-4 victory on Sunday. Miami improves to 19-16 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Chippewas fall to 17-12 overall and 4-4 in the MAC.

Central Michigan struck first with two runs in the top of the second inning off starter Meredith Linch. Miami answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame. With runners on second and third, Jordan McElroy smoked a shot to right field that scored both Taylor Rice and Kathryn Russette.

The bottom of the third saw the RedHawks load the bases with only one out. Shannon Tillett then drew a walk to force in a run. Russette followed with a deep flyout to centerfield that allowed Daniela Torres to score on a sacrifice.

Miami kept up the pressure with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out Torres doubled through the right side of the infield to score both McElroy and Rice. Two batters later, Alicia Hogl singled to score Torres. The RedHawks would make it 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Meghan Mawn singled to right center to score Ashley Zappia.

Meanwhile Jessica Simpson came into the game in relief beginning with the third inning and helped shutdown the Chippewa attack. She allowed only a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning which gave the game its final score at 8-4. Simpson finished with five innings pitched, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out four.

Torres finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. McElroy was 2-for-2 with two RBI and one run scored. Rice was 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

The RedHawks hit the road for their MAC games next weekend. Miami will take on Kent State in a doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 16 starting at 1 p.m. The team will then travel to Buffalo for single games on Apr. 17 at 2 p.m. and Apr. 18 at 1 p.m.