Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/19/2010

Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Buffalo 4, Miami 1
Miami 2, Buffalo 1
Northern Illinois 5, Bowling Green 1
Western Michigan 4, Toledo 1
Eastern Michigan 7, Akron 6
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
Kent State 6, Ball State 5

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices


Buffalo 4, Miami 1
Miami 2, Buffalo 1

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo softball team hosted a doubleheader against Miami this afternoon, defeating the RedHawks, 4-1, in game one, but dropping game two, 2-1, to split the series. Andi Saucier and Sharon Barr each hit home runs for Buffalo. Saucier's home run was the first of her career as she led the team offensively with two RBIs.

In the early game, the Bulls got on the board first, with Barr walking to first and advancing on a single from Alyssa Ward. With two runners on, Saucier perfectly placed the ball to center field to send in the run. Miami came back with a quick run of their own as Taylor Rice homered to start off the third inning, but the rest of the game would be all Buffalo. The Bulls scored another run in the bottom of the third, as Kristin Waldron singled to get on base and was sent home when Jessica Griffin hit her fourth double of the season to drive Waldron in. The Bulls increased their lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring an unearned run off a Miami error as Ashley Bertot and Kristen Gallipani each successfully stole a base, with Gallipani earning the score on a fielding error by the Miami shortstop. The Bulls capped off the game with a late home run from Saucier, who hit her first collegiate home run over the center field fence, securing the 4-1 win.

Barr pitched the complete game, picking up her 12th win of the season, holding the RedHawks to three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters in seven innings.

Game two started with a scoreless first inning, but Barr got the Bulls on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the second. Miami scored two runs in the top of the third after a series of wild pitches to take their first lead of the series, and eventually win the game. The Bulls had a chance in the bottom of the fifth with Saucier hitting a single to third base to start of the inning. Gallipani was hit by the pitch to put two runners on, but the Miami defense put a halt on the rally, catching pinch runner Lindsay Hampton at home plate to keep the lead and seal the win. The Bulls edged out the RedHawks in hits, 7-6, in a relatively even match up.

Barr pitched the complete second game, striking out five batters.

The Bulls will host Niagara in a mid-week non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 21 at 3 pm at Nan Harvey Field, before heading out on their final road trip of the season. The Bulls will travel to conference rivals Akron and Ohio next weekend.

Northern Illinois 5, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University softball team salvaged its four-game weekend trip with a 5-1 victory over Bowling Green at Meserve Field Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies (18-24, 7-5), who split their doubleheader with Toledo on Friday, went 1-1 versus Bowling Green (10-16, 6-4) falling to the Falcons on Saturday before taking the series finale. The Huskie offense pounded out 13 hits with Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) and Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) leading the way. Barnett went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Colosimo also finished with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBI and a run scored.

"The offense did a good job of scoring in multiple innings," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "JB [Jennifer Barnett] has done a great job this week. She's been playing first base and doing a nice job there. It's nice to see the freshmen step up."

Once again, the Northern Illinois offense got off to a fast start against the Falcons. A lead-off double by Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) gave NIU the first scoring opportunity of the game. Colosimo delivered with a one-out single up the middle to score Sheppard from second. Colosimo, who advanced to second on the throw, was driven in when Barnett deposited a two-out single into center field to give NIU a 2-0 lead.

NIU added a run to its lead in the third inning when Barnett drove in her second run of the game singling to left center field allowing Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) to score from second base. In the top of the fourth, Colosimo singled to left center field to drive in Sheppard from second base and extend the Huskie advantage to 4-0.

After a BG run in the fourth made the score 4-1, the Huskies got that run back in the top of the sixth when pinch-hitter Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) doubled to left to score Ashley Cann (Glenwood, Ill./Marian Catholic) from second. Cann, who came into pinch hit, led off the inning with an infield single and stole second to move into scoring position.

Sophomore Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) was sharp in her third appearance of the weekend allowing one run on three hits to pick up the win, improving to 13-10 on the season.

"Morgan did a good job a setting the tone for the whole game," Chouinard said. "They really didn't have opportunities to score. Three hits on the day, that's a beautiful performance from her."

Northern Illinois University concludes its six-game road trip when the Huskies travel to Madison, Wis. to face Wisconsin in doubleheader action. First pitch for Game One is set for 3 p.m. with the second game to follow. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at

Western Michigan 4, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, Ohio - After hitting only one home run since March 18, Western Michigan broke out with three home run blasts in the Broncos' 4-1 win at Toledo. Meghan Thomas, Michelle Bendewald and Courtney Rousseau all went yard in a win that gave WMU its first Mid-American Conference series sweep this season.

Thomas, who also homered in the Broncos' win at Akron last weekend, got the long ball onslaught started early with a two-run blast to left field, scoring Gracie Barstad who had registered a two-out walk. Toledo cut the Broncos' lead in half in the bottom of the fourth after a wild pitch advanced a runner to third base and a single brought that run home.

All four of Western Michigan's runs crossed home plate thanks to a home run. The next one came in the top of the sixth. Again facing two outs, Bendewald stepped to the plate and poked her second home run of the season over the left field wall to give WMU a 3-1 lead.
Rousseau, also hitting her second home run of the year, was not able to hit a two-out home run like her teammates. She led off the top of the seventh with a home run, but like her teammates her home run was sent over the left field wall.

Three of WMU's six hits were home runs with Sarah Thomas, Meredith Whitney and Diana Patterson each adding base hits to the team total.

Whitney did her damage in the circle, earning her seventh win of the season and evening her pitching record at 7-7. She struck out five batters on Sunday to bring her weekend total to 22 Ks. Whitney allowed just three hits in the series finale but more importantly she picked up her third win in three starts this weekend, accounting for all of WMU's wins against Bowling Green and Toledo.

The Broncos play MAC travel partner Northern Illinois this weekend in DeKalb, Ill. Saturday's game gets under way at 3 p.m. ET and Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

Eastern Michigan 7, Akron 6
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - It wasn't easy, but the Eastern Michigan University softball team earned a split against the University of Akron Zips, winning game two in walk-off fashion, 7-6, thanks to McKenna Russ's bases loaded RBI single to left-field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Eagles improve their record to 14-23 overall, 4-8 in the Mid-American Conference while Akron falls to 14-24 overall, 3-7 in the MAC.

Jenny Scherer tied the game in the bottom of the third inning by lacing her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot, over the left-center-field wall. She finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored. The score remained 1-1 an inning later when Nellie Coquillard gave the home team the advantage by ripping her fourth long ball of the year, a towering shot over the left-field wall.

That forced Akron to make a pitching change as Arney came in relief of starting pitcher Reideman, but that wouldn't be the last the Eagles would see of her. The Green and White tacked on another run in the fourth when Kaylee Tolliver reached on Katy Blaharski's fielder's choice, making the score 3-1, Eagles.

The Zips finally got to EMU starting pitcher Jamie Melchert in the sixth inning, but not without the help of a fielding miscue, leading to four of the five runs scored in the frame. Melchert allowed six runs (1 earned) on just five hits over five and two-thirds innings, but was forced to leave with the Eagles behind, 6-3.

In the bottom half of the sixth, EMU answered by closing the gap on Russ's RBI double down the left-field line to score Allison Scherer from second base. After holding the Zips scoreless in the seventh, the Eagles put together a decisive rally of their own.

EMU put its first two batters on base off of Akron's reliever, Birkhimer, before Reideman came back in to try and close it out. The right-hander struggled, however, as she walked Coquillard on four straight pitches to load the bases. Reideman battled back, striking out the next two hitters and setting up a dramatic win to close out game two, but it was just the opposite.

Blaharski coaxed a walk to pull EMU to within a run before Russ singled to deep left-center to bring in the winning run for the Eagles. Ignowski, who retired four of the five batters she faced while striking out two got the win to move to 5-6 on the year. Meanwhile, Reideman, who left with a deficit and returned to the circle with a lead, suffers the loss to fall to 3-7.

The Eagles will host Central Michigan University next Saturday and Sunday, April 24-25, at Varsity Field. Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. and will be recognized as "Knock Cancer Out of the Park". The Eagles and Chippewas will team up to raise money to help the fight against cancer. The Eagles raised over $5,200 last year.

Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
MOUNT PLEASANT - Kara Dornbos was the second pitcher in as many days to carry a shutout into the seventh inning as the Central Michigan softball team swept Ohio with a 3-1 victory at Margo Jonker Stadium on Sunday.

Dornbos was one out away from completing the shutout and finished the contest allowing only five Bobcat hits. She struck out four batters while walking only two to improve to 9-3.

The win moves the Chippewas (21-13, 8-4 Mid-American) into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division, percentage points ahead of Ball State, after finishing the weekend a perfect 4-0.

The Maroon and Gold plated all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Katie Greenman put CMU on the board with an RBI single that plated Christina Novak, who walked and stole second to begin the frame. Ashley Gilson moved to third on the single and Amber Olejniczak stole second while pinch running for Greenman to put two more runners in scoring position.
Molly Coldren followed by dropping down a perfect squeeze bunt that scored Gilson. The play continued with Coldren getting herself into a rundown that allowed Olejniczak to touch home and put Central up by three.

Ohio put the tying runs aboard in the top of the sixth when it loaded the bases with two down, but Dornbos induced a pop out to end the threat.

OU began the seventh with a leadoff double and got on the board behind a Paige Kemezis RBI single with two outs, which brought the tying run to the plate. Dornbos bounced right back to induce a game-ending groundout.

Central concludes its home stand when it hosts Michigan State on Thursday. First pitch is at 4 p.m.

Kent State 6, Ball State 5
KENT, Ohio - For the third straight day, Kent State came away with a one-run victory, this time a 6-5 win over Ball State Sunday at "The Diamond at Dix." A five-run fifth helped the Golden Flashes (21-16, 8-2) complete a perfect 4-0 weekend.

Ball State wasted no time putting up three runs in the first inning on three hits. Alyssa Collins placed a two-out single through the left side to put the Cardinals on the board. Kate Wilczynski followed with a two-run double to right center field. Kylie Reynolds then replaced starter Danielle Abernathy.

Despite throwing 22 innings in the previous two days, Reynolds put up zeroes in the second through sixth frames.

"No matter how many innings she threw or what the situation was, Kylie kept her composure throughout the whole weekend," Head Coach Karen Linder said.

Aggressive base running by Heather Duhon put KSU on the board in the third. Duhon walked and moved to second on a bunt by Leah Archual. A deep fly to right center by Lauren Grimes was caught, but the right and center fielders got their feet tied up and fell to the ground. Duhon tagged, never hesitated rounding third and scored all the way from second on a close play at the plate.

The Cardinals threatened in the fifth, putting runners in scoring position with no outs. An errant bunt caught in the air and two strikeouts by Reynolds ended the threat.

Amy Hair was hit by a pitch to start the Flashes' rally in the fifth. Alyssa Frobase then drew a walk and Duhon bunted the runners over. Archual and Grimes followed with back-to-back RBI singles to center. With two outs and the score knotted 3-3, Jess Carmichael sent a three-run laser over the left field fence. It was Carmichael's seventh homer of the season, all of which have come since March 27.

Reynolds put the first two batters of the sixth on with walks. However, two more strikeouts and a groundball to Carmichael held the 6-3 lead.

Entering her 29th inning pitched on the weekend, Reynolds battled through fatigue, but allowed hits to the first three batters of the seventh inning. With runners on the corners and the Cardinals within two (6-4), Reynolds recorded her 10th punchout of the game. A two-out single by Collins brought Ball State within a run and put the tying run on second. Indicative of her entire weekend, Reynolds stranded two more runners with a strikeout to end the game.

The senior ace struck out 36 batters on her 4-0 weekend. Fittingly, she headed straight from the softball field to the Kent State awards banquet, where she was given the Janet Bachna Award as the school's most outstanding female student-athlete.

Archual went 2-for-2 on the day with a sacrifice. Grimes finished with two RBIs.

The Cardinals (28-11, 6-4 MAC) out-hit the Flashes 11-5, but left 10 runners on base compared to Kent State's two.

The Golden Flashes return to action Friday, April 23 with a doubleheader at Ohio.