Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/4/2010

Saturday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 5, Ball State 0
Central Michigan 9, Toledo 1
Eastern Michigan 9, Bowling Green 2
Northern Illinois 8, Buffalo 5
Akron 6, Ohio 2
Kent State at Western Michigan - Postponed till Sunday


Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Miami 5, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind. - After a two hour rain delay, the Ball State softball team was defeated 5-0 by Mid-American Conference rival Miami in its first home and conference game of the season. The Cardinals are now 20-7 this season, while the Redhawks improve to 14-14.

This loss marks just the third time in twenty games that the Cardinals have come up shorthanded and the only other team to shutout Ball State has been Southern Illinois who posted a 1-0 win over the Cardinals in the Phyliss Rafter Memorial in Kennesaw, Ga. Feb. 21.

The Miami offense has now kept its opponents scoreless for three consecutive games and its' defense has collected 25 runs. Even Ball State's ace Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), who is now 14-2 this season and struck out eight Redhawks in the game, couldn't stop the power of the Miami batters. Milian gave up her third and fourth homerun of the season to the Redhawks' eager bats, the second of which was slugged in the bottom of the seventh inning and brought in four runners for Miami.

The ace's earned run average remains under one this season at 0.98.

Showing promise for Ball State in the first inning, Milian caught Miami's Meghan Mawn looking and the Cardinals' infield took care of the other two outs to hold the Redhawks at zero in the first. Then at bat for Ball State, the lead batter, Lisa Rozanski, was hit by a pitch and sent to first base. The next three Cardinals, Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City), Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton), all reached first on a fielder's choice, but their predecessors were consecutively thrown out at second.

With Miami at bat in the second inning and two outs posted, Shannon Tillett notched Miami's first home run of the game. Milian stuck out the next batter, Jenna McGivney, to end the inning.

Throughout Ball State's next six innings at bat, the Cardinals collected six hits off Miami's ace Jessica Simpson, who is now 7-7 this season, but were unable to capitalize on any of their offensive drives. Three of these hits were doubles by Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde), Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) and Alyssa Freiling (Bixby, Okla./Sequoyah), and one was a triple compliments of Barkley. Eight Cardinals were left stranded in the game, however, and five were struck out by Simpson.
Miami punctuated their 5-0 win with a four run home run in the seventh inning by Mawn.

Ball State will seek redemption against Miami in game two of the weekend series, Easter Sunday at 1 p.m. at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind.

Central Michigan 9, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, OH - With winds gusting over 40 mph, Toledo's softball team couldn't get a handle on Central Michigan, losing 9-1 in five innings Saturday at Scott Park.

The Rockets were limited to just three hits, while the Chippewas scored five unearned runs in the game-changing fourth inning.

Central Michigan jumped to a 3-0 lead after putting up single runs in each of the first three innings. Toledo clawed back with a run in the third. With none on and two outs, Brooke Gates reached and advanced to second on a throwing error. Sam Toy followed with a basehit back through the middle that scored Gates, and Toy went to second herself on the throw to the plate. But Kate Ricchio lined out to end the inning and the scoring threat.

The Chippewas then sent 10 hitters to the plate in their half of the fourth, scoring six times on six hits. Toledo had a chance to extend the game, with two runners in scoring position with two outs in the fifth, but could not come through.

Toy, Ricchio and Mica Sanchez tallied Toledo's three hits. Ricchio has now hit in 10-consecutive games.

Toledo fell to 7-23 (1-2 MAC), while Central Michigan improved to 14-10 (1-2).

The two teams will meet up tomorrow to complete the series, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at Scott Park. The forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the upper 60s.

Eastern Michigan 9, Bowling Green 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-The Bowling Green State University softball squad had to battle the weather today (April 3) against Eastern Michigan, but struggled to stop the Eagles offensive efforts late in the game, and fell 9-2, in the first of a two-game bout.

Winds reaching 35 miles per hour and gusts of rain put a damper on Meserve Softball Field and caused both teams to fight the elements in today's match.

After sweeping Central Michigan on the opening day of Mid-American Conference competition, the Falcons could not put runs on the board. The Falcons record falls to 6-11 overall, 2-1 MAC, while EMU advances to 10-15 overall, 2-1 MAC.

The Falcons started out strong, putting the first run on the board early in the first inning. Freshman Hannah Fulk was put in prime scoring position after stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. Fulk beat the throw to home plate, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead, when sophomore Melissa West reached first on a fielder's choice.

The Falcons maintained a 1-0 lead through the second, as neither team was able to score. The Eagles battled back in the top of the third, adding two runs to their efforts, giving them a 1-2 lead over BGSU.

In the bottom of the third, senior Karmen Coffey tied the game at 2-2, after being walked by EMU pitcher, Jamie Melchert, in the first play of the inning. Coffey-the leading base stealer for the Falcons-put herself in a perfect position to score after she added two more stolen bases to her name, stealing both second and third. Sophomore Rachel Proehl brought Coffey home with a ground ball to second.

From that point on, the Eagles put an end BGSU's offensive efforts.

The Eagles added two more runs on three hits to the scoreboard in the top of the fifth; but, the Eagles big offensive inning came in the top of the seventh when they posted 3 hits and recorded five runs.

Defensively, the Falcons struggled to put a stop to Eastern Michigan's offense. Falcon junior Melissa Bott started from the mound and pitched six point one innings until being relived by junior Zada Lines in the top of the seventh.

In the loss, the Eagles out-hit the Falcons, 9-2. Koffey and Adrienne Dick recorded the Falcons two hits in today's game.

BGSU will look to redeem itself tomorrow (April 4), for the second of two contests against Eastern Michigan. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Meserve Softball Field.


Northern Illinois 8, Buffalo 5
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team overcame a 5-0 deficit to defeat Buffalo, 8-5, in Mid-American Conference at Mary M. Bell Field action Saturday afternoon.

"It's nice to see the team come back," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "For the pitchers, it's nice to know that sometimes when you don't come with your best stuff that the team is still going to find a way to rally around you and win the game."

Buffalo (9-20, 1-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Alyssa Ward to right-center field. The Bulls added two more on a two-out single by Kristin Waldron. The Bulls scored their final run on the game when Sharon Barr reached on a Huskie error allowing Waldron to score from second to give Buffalo a 5-0 advantage.

The Huskies (12-19, 2-1) responded in the bottom of the frame with a one-out bloop single to left field by Carly Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) to drive in Michelle Williams (Fresno, Calif./Fresno City College). With the bases loaded and two down, Krista Matsui (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) singled to left, scoring Adrianna Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) from third and cutting the deficit to 5-2. Unfortunately for NIU, Norton, who was trying score from second on the play, was thrown out at home to end the inning for NIU.

NIU tied the game with a three-run third. Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) belted a lead-off homer to left field to cut the deficit to 5-3. Williams tied the game with a two-run blast that hit off the scoreboard in left field. The Huskies took the lead in the bottom of the fourth scoring two runs on one hit and a Buffalo error.

Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) pitched out of a bases loaded two-out jam in the top of the fifth, by getting pinch hitter Taylor Franich to ground out the third baseman for the force out and end the threat.

Bittner (8-7) picked up her second win in as many games, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits in seven innings of work.

"Morgan did a good job of consolidating all the runs to one inning," Chouinard said. "Obviously, she wasn't as sharp as she wanted to be today."

Colosimo led the way for the Huskie offense, going 2-for-3, including a home run, with an RBI and two runs scored. Williams went 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and a run scored, while Norton was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Northern Illinois University wraps up its series with Buffalo Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CST. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.

Akron 6, Ohio 2
AKRON, Ohio - Powered by timely hits, The University of Akron softball team (11-12, 1-0 MAC) grabbed a 6-2 victory over the Ohio Bobcats (5-21, 0-1 MAC) Saturday afternoon in the 2010 Mid-American Conference opener.

Entering the contest with just two home runs on the score sheet, junior Heather Bauer and senior Krista Hansen, her first of the season, each belted one over the fence to push past the Bobcats.

The match-up started out as a difficult one for both pitchers as each walked two runners in the first inning. With both teams loading the bases neither were able to capitalize. The first run would score in the second when Akron struggled on defense posting two errors to give OU the initial lead (0-1).

Akron would put three on the board in the fourth inning starting when Bauer tied it up (1-1) with a first pitch bullet over the left field fence. Junior Sarah Stromack reached first on a single to right center advancing to second on a passed ball and freshman Cassie Gleisner reached when she drew a walk. With sophomore Alex Helfrich in to pinch run for Stromack, both would score off a OU error and hit by junior Sarah Earley.

In the fifth, two singles and a sacrifice bunt would push Ohio's second run across the board to come within one (3-2) but Akron would add three more in the bottom of the inning to secure the win.

Like Bauer, Hansen led off the inning with a solo home run (4-2). A pitching change would make no difference as junior Alex Feltes grabbed a first pitch double just inside the left center fence coming home when freshman Alissa Birkhimer singled to center field for the 5-2 lead. A sacrifice bunt pushed pinch runner freshman Mary Hyland to second and a single and sacrifice fly scored the sixth and final run.

Sophomore Andrea Arney got the win (6-7) for UA pitching a complete contest giving up just one earned run while striking out six.
Akron will resume play with Ohio Sunday, April 4, facing the Bobcats at 1:00 p.m.