Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/25/2010
Saturday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 6, Bowling Green 3
Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
Central Michigan 5, Eastern Michigan 3
Central Michigan 2, Eastern Michigan 0
Kent State 4, Akron 0
Western Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 8, Western Michigan 4
Ball State 10, Toledo 1


Miami 6, Bowling Green 3
OXFORD, Ohio - A three-run sixth inning broke open a close game and gave Miami a 6-3 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 22-20 overall and 7-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons fall to 10-19 overall and 6-7 in the MAC.

Miami opened the scoring the bottom of the second. Alicia Hogl led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jenna McGivney sacrifice bunted her over to third base. Briana Burke then brought Hogl home with a single to left field.

The RedHawks added single runs in each of the next two innings. In the bottom of the third, Meghan Mawn doubled to left field to score Daniela Torres. In the fourth, Jordan McElroy walked with the bases loaded, which forced home Ashley Zappia.

Starting pitcher Meredith Linch was cruising along until the top of the fifth when Bowling Green tagged her for two runs to pull the score to 3-2. However, with the bases loaded and two outs, she forced Susan Sontag to fly out to right field to end any further damage.

Miami put the game away in the bottom of the sixth. With runners on first and second, a throwing error on McElroy's at bat brought home a run to make it 4-2. Two batters later, Sarah Billstrom singled to left center to score both Torres and McElroy and make it 6-2. The Falcons added a solo home run in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring.

Billstrom finished the game 2-for4 with two RBI. Burke was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Linch pitched seven innings, giving up three earned runs and seven hits. She struck out four.

Miami completes its weekend series with Bowling Green on Sunday. Game time has been moved to 11:30 a.m. due to the threat of inclement weather.


Ohio 3, Buffalo 0
ATHENS, Ohio - Melissa Bonner fired a one-hit shutout and Ohio tallied seven hits on the day as the Bobcats upended Buffalo 3-0 Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Ohio improved to 13-27 overall and 8-5 in Mid-American Conference play. Buffalo fell to 15-28 and 4-9 in conference.

Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) was highly efficient all day, allowing just one base runner through the first five innings and no-hitting the Bulls through 5.2 innings. Buffalo's Ashley Bertot broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out bunt single in the sixth. Only three Bulls reached base on the day and none made it past second as Bonner gave up just one walk while striking out four. With the win, she improves to 7-8 on the year.

Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) paced the ‘Cats offensively, finishing 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Bonner scored Ohio's other run of the day and also stole a base while going 1-for-3 with a double at the plate. Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) singled and drove in a run, while Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.), Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) and Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio) accounted for the remainder of the Green and White's hits on the afternoon.

The ‘Cats got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Kemezis doubled with one out and then managed to around on a throwing error from the Bulls' pitcher on the next play. The next two hitters both hit the ball hard, but right to Buffalo fielders and the Green and White was held to just the one run.

After a quiet second, Ohio came back with two more runs in the third. Bonner opened the frame with a double to left center. She then stole third base and came in on an errant throw from the on the play. Kemezis scored the second run of the frame on an RBI single from Wethington.

Sunday's contest, originally scheduled for 12 p.m. has been moved up to a 12 p.m. start due to inclement rain in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon.


Central Michigan 5, Eastern Michigan 3
Central Michigan 2, Eastern Michigan 0

YPSILANTI, Mich. ‹ A dramatic, extra-inning grand slam propelled the Central Michigan softball team to a doubleheader sweep over Mid-American Conference rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

The Chippewas improved to 24-13 and 10-4 in conference play to maintain their lead in the MAC West division.

Patrick Slam Hands Chippewas Game One Victory

Amanda Patrick deposited her first career grand slam in the eighth inning to snap a 1-1 tie as Central pulled out a 5-3, extra-inning victory over Eastern in the opener.

Eastern opened the scoring in the bottom of the third when Stacie Skodinski hit a solo home run with two outs to take a 1-0 lead.

The Maroon and Gold manufactured a run in the top of the fourth as Molly Coldren walked, moved to second on a sacrifice, took third on a single and scored on an error to tie the contest at one apiece.

Kari Seddon and Eastern¹s Jamie Melchert traded zeroes for the next three innings as the game went to extras to determine the winner.

The Chippewa offense got to work immediately in the top of the eighth as Katie Greenman started with a walk, Molly Coldren doubled and Jill Schulz reached on an infield hit to load the bases for Patrick, who cleared the fences with her fifth home run of the season and her first since March 24, to give CMU its first lead of the contest at 5-1.

"It was awesome for Patrick to come through with the key hit," Jonker said.
"We struggled adjusting to the pitcher for most of the game because we haven¹t seen one that pitches like Melchert for awhile."

The Eagles would not go quietly as Nellie Coquillard cut their deficit in half with a two-run homer with two down, bringing the tying run to the on-deck circle. Seddon recovered to strike out pinch hitter Allison Scherer to secure the victory.

The Chippewas outhit the Eagles, 8-6, and drew eight walks while only issuing two free passes.

Seddon tossed her 13th complete game of the season to improve to 13-7. She allowed three runs on six hits while walking only two batters and striking out a season-high 12.

Chippewas Overpower Eagles in Series Finale

The Maroon and Gold offense belted two more home runs to jump out to an early lead in the series finale.

Molly Coldren got Central on the board in the top of the third with a two-run homer, her 10th of the season, to make it 2-0.

Eastern answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame when Jenny Scherer drilled a double down the left field line to make it a one-run contest. The Eagles put the tying run at third with one out, but Kara Dornbos induced a ground out and struck out the final batter to end the scoring threat.

The Maroon and Gold plated three more runs in the top of the fourth as Christina Novak cracked an RBI single to score Brogan Darwin and Ashley Gilson followed with a two-run homer (her fifth of the season) to make it 5-1.

Central made it 7-1 in the sixth as Gilson drove in Darwin with a ground ball and Greenman plated Novak with a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring.

Dornbos improved to 10-3 after allowing only the one run on eight hits, including only one in the final three innings. She did not walk a single batter and struck out three.

"I thought both pitchers did a nice job finding the plate today,² Jonker said. ³It was important for them to pound the strike zone, especially in the first game when we didn't take advantage of the walks until extra innings."

The Chippewas return to play on April 30 for a doubleheader at Buffalo.


Kent State 4, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio - Kylie Reynolds broke Kent State's career record for shutouts as the Golden Flashes (23-17, 10-3 MAC) blanked Akron 4-0 Saturday at Lee Jackson Field. The KSU offense pounded nine hits to help Reynolds earn shutout number 27.

"We came ready to play today," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "I was really happy with the way we put all phases of the game together and the way we responded from yesterday. The energy and focus was there today."

Junior Jess Carmichael broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth with a solo homer to center field. It was Carmichael's eighth of the season, all of which have come since March 27.

"Jess is seeing the ball well," Linder said. "Her home run was a laser that hit a tree in center. It was a no doubter."

Sophomore shortstop Mary Holt doubled for the second time in as many days with one out in the sixth. Pinch runner Lauren Brocklehurst then scored on a triple by Alyssa Frobase.

"Mary's doing a nice job of going with the ball and hitting to all fields," Linder said. "And Alyssa had a really nice hit into the gap."

The Flashes added two insurance runs in the seventh, getting singles from Leah Archual, Lauren Grimes and Holt.
Reynolds improved her career record to 7-0 against the Zips, allowing just three hits and fanning seven. She walked only one batter and moved to 10-2 in conference play.

"Kylie got ahead in the count and had some good defense behind her. Our outfielders had a number of nice catches and we kept their speed off the bases. Their game is to bunt and steal and we didn't give them many opportunities for that."

The Golden Flashes and Zips will play the rematch Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


Western Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 8, Western Michigan 4

DEKALB, Ill. - After dropping a 1-0 decision in the first game of a doubleheader with Western Michigan, the Northern Illinois University softball team used a 14-hit explosion to post an 8-4 victory over the Broncos in the nightcap at Mary M. Bell Field Saturday afternoon.

Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) and Zoe Sinner (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) keyed the Huskies' (20-26, 8-6) offensive explosion with each going 3-for-4 with Sanchez driving in three runs and Sinner driving in two runs. Sinner drove in one of her two runs on a solo home run, her eighth of the season, to center field in the third inning.

"Adriana came up really big for us," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "She had three big hits, two of them late in the inning when we needed them. She also seems to be settling in behind the plate, and that's great to see."

After exchanging leads with the Broncos (11-19, 6-8), NIU broke toke the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, NIU retook the lead on a Sanchez double to right field to drive in Ashley Cann (Glenwood, Ill./Marian Catholic), who came into pinch run for Sinner who hit a one-out single to left. A pinch-hit triple by Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) to right center field extended the lead to 6-4.

Sanchez drove in two more runs in the sixth when she hit a two-out single to center field to score Michelle Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard) and Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg).

Sophomore Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly), who came in to pitch in the fifth inning, was solid in relief of starter Monica Segura (Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom Fundamental). She pitched three solid innings of shutout ball, allowing four hits while striking out three. Bittner was impressive in the first game, allowing one run on three hits and striking out nine. Her only mistake was a solo home run by her counterpart Meredith Whitney.

"Morgan always does a great job of changing speeds," Chouinard said. "She came out confident and hit her spots."

Northern Illinois University returns to the diamond Tuesday for a doubleheader at Loyola. 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 NIUHuskies.com.


Ball State 10, Toledo 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State softball team clinched its third consecutive win in five innings by defeating Toledo 10-1 Saturday at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind. This also marks the third game in a row that the Cardinals offense has posted double digit runs. The Cardinals are now 31-13 overall this season and 9-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while Toledo slides to 9-31 and 3-10 in conference play.

Four Ball State batters tallied multi-hit games including Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton), Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso), Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) and Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon). Collins leads the Cardinals with 17 multi-hit games this season.

Ball State took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Cardinals first run was scored by Ware who was driven in by Rozanski's first triple of the day, hit just out of reach of the left fielder's glove. Rozanski was the next to score, driven in by Alicia Barkley's (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City) double down the right field line. Next up, Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly to right field that advanced Barkley to third. Collins grounded out to the second baseman on the next play to drive in Rozanski and tally her first RBI of the game.

The Cardinals would score seven more runs in the second inning beginning with Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) reaching on an error by Toledo's left fielder which also advanced her to second. Then, Meredith Nash (Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar) drew the only walk of the game and Hannah Zimmerman (Indianapolis, Ind./Scecina Memorial) entered to pinch run for Montalto. With two runners on base, Ware doubled to left field tallying two RBI on the hit. Then, Rozanski slugged her second triple of the game and fourth this season to score Ware. Barkley followed and reached first on an error by the second baseman which scored Rozanski.

With Ball State leading 7-0, Toledo went to their bullpen and brought in Whitney Young to replace Hannah Rockhold in the circle. The Cardinals would score three more runs this inning on Young.

Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) was on the mound for the Cardinals and recorded three strikeouts while giving up just one run and four hits. Milian's 23-5 overall record leads the MAC and today's win marks the 76th of her career. The ace needs just one win to tie Bernie Coffman as the Ball State's career leader in the category.

The Cardinals take on Toledo in game two of the conference series at 1 p.m. Sunday at the BSU Softball Complex. Sunday's game has been dubbed a Think Pink contest and fans are encouraged to join the Cardinals in wearing pink to raise awareness of breast cancer. Pink leis will be sold for $1 by BSU Athletics and all proceeds will be donated to Cancer Services of East Central Indiana, Inc.-Little Red Door. Live stats and audio (91.3 WCRD) will be available on www.ballstatesports.com as well as inning-by-inning Twitter updates via @BallStSoftball.

As a reminder, the Cardinals Think Pink online auction, featuring pink jerseys worn by the Cardinals in Sunday's game and other pink items, will come to a close following the game, so be sure to place your bid soon. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to Little Red Door.