Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/4/2010

Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Central Michigan 10, Toledo 2
Ball State 4, Miami 3
Buffalo 3, Northern Illinois 2
Eastern Michigan 5, Bowling Green 2
Kent State 2, Western Michigan 1
Kent State 1, Western Michigan 0

Ohio 6, Akron 2



Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Central Michigan 10, Toledo 2
TOLEDO, Ohio - Ashley Gilson's big day propelled the Central Michigan softball team to a 10-2 win and a series sweep over Toledo on Sunday.

Gilson became the fifth player in CMU history to hit two home runs in a game. The sophomore finished 2-for-3 with four RBI in the contest.

"Our batters did a great job today," head coach Margo Jonker said. "We had Ashley hit two home runs and a couple batters in Summer Knoop and Katie Greenman go 3-for-3. You can't ask for much more than that."

The victory gives the Chippewas to 15-10 this season and evens their Mid-American Conference record to 2-2.

After a scoreless first inning, CMU opened the scoring in the top of the second inning when Brogan Darwin drove in Amber Olejniczak with an RBI single to make it 1-0.

Toledo took its first lead of the series in the bottom of the second on a Central error and an RBI single to make it a 2-1 game through two full innings.

The score remained 2-1 until Gilson belted her third home run of the season in the top of the fourth to even the score at two apiece.

CMU regained the lead behind a three-run fifth inning. Summer Knoop led off the inning with a triple and came around on a UT error to give the Maroon and Gold a 3-2 lead. Gilson made it 4-2 when she got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. Macy Merchant capped the rally with an RBI single to put the Chippewas up by three.

The Chippewas broke the game open in the sixth with a four-run rally. Katie Greenman made it 7-2 with a two-run double and Gilson followed with a two-run shot to put Central up by seven runs.

Brittini Merchant concluded the scoring with an RBI double in the top of the seventh.

Kara Dornbos got the start for CMU and allowed two unearned runs in three and a third innings. She allowed four hits and struck out two batters before being replaced by Kari Seddon, who picked up her eighth win of the year by throwing three and two-thirds innings of no-hit ball. The junior fanned six batters and walked two.

"Kara pitched pretty well, but Toledo saw her a couple times already," Jonker said. "Kari had success this week and had some experience, so we decided to change things up and it worked."

Ball State 4, Miami 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - After losing to Mid-American Conference foe Miami, 5-0, in Saturday's home and conference opener, the Ball State softball team battled back to defeat the Redhawks, 4-3, at the BSU Softball Complex in Muncie, Ind., Sunday. Both teams are now 1-1 in the conference and Ball State improves to 21-7 this season, while Miami falls to 14-15.

The Redhawks beat the Cardinals to the scoreboard, however, and posted their first run of the game in the top of the second off a home run by Shannon Tillett. This was the second home run Tillett scored against Ball State's ace pitcher Elizabeth Milian (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) in the weekend series.

Ball State answered quickly in the bottom of the second and took the lead when Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) slugged a two run home run - her third of the season. Carpenter drove in Jackie Durment (Glenville, Ill./Glenbrook South) who was pinch running for Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde), walked by Miami's pitcher, Jessica Simpson.

The Cardinals didn't keep their lead for long. In the next inning, the Redhawks' matched Ball State's run tally when Kathryn Russette doubled to left center and drove home Alicia Hogl, who was on base from a single up the middle. Milian rallied from the circle for the Cardinals by striking out Miami's next two batters and stranding two runners. The ace tallied five strike outs in the game and has 146 this season.

Ball State's offense was unable to capitalize in the next three innings and left three runners on base while amassing three hits.

Miami, on the other hand, punched through a run in the bottom of the sixth to regain its' early lead on the Cardinals. The run was credited to Ashley Zappia who crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Mcelroy. Zappia was pinch running for Tillett who previously hit a double down the right field line. Milian held the Redhawks to this single run and ended the inning by snagging a ground ball by Daniela Torres.

Down by one in the bottom of the seventh inning, Simpson walked Alyssa Freiling (Bixby, Okla./Sequoyah) and then Meredith Nash (Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar) hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Freiling. With Freiling on second base, Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) reached on a fielding error by Miami's third baseman, Torres, and Freiling advanced to third. After Simpson walked her fourth batter of the day, Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City), the Cardinals found themselves with the bases loaded and Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), who was two-for-two on Simpson, at bat.

On a bunt to the circle, Collins retained her perfect hitting against Simpson and drove Freiling home to tie the game.

Then, with the bases stocked for the second batter in a row, Ball State's Jessie Ware (Phoenix, Ariz./Hamilton) stepped to the plate. Ware hit the ball almost directly to the first baseman, Tillett, who was unable to make the catch and was charged with an error on the play. The error also allowed Rozanski to cross home plate and gave the Cardinals the win.

Earning nine hits to Ball State's seven, Miami was charged with three errors while the Cardinals remained perfect in the field.

Buffalo 3, Northern Illinois 2
DEKALB, IL - The University at Buffalo softball team scored three early runs to defeat MAC rival Northern Illinois, 3-2, this afternoon at NIU's Mary M. Bell Field. The win over the Huskies is the fourth in school history and the first since 2005, as the Bulls finish their opening weekend of conference play 2-2 (MAC) and 10-20 overall.

The Bulls put together a three-run second inning to take an early lead over the Huskies. Jessica Griffin started the inning off for Buffalo, reaching base on an Huskie error. Pinch runner Kristen Gallipani came in and successfully stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Alyssa Ward. Jaime Sheffler earned the RBI, singling to give Gallipani the go ahead run. Andi Saucier was hit by the pitch to put two runners on base, perfectly setting up Ashley Bertot, who slammed a double to left field, earning two RBIs in the process as the Bulls went up 3-0. Northern Illinois scored a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings but it wasn't enough to get by the Bulls. Bertot led the team on the day, going two for three at the plate, batting .667 and went a perfect 2 for 2 in stolen bases. Bertot is a perfect 10 for 10 in stolen bases soo far this season.

Terese Diaz earned the start on the mound, striking out two batters in 1.2 innings of work. Sharon Barr finished the game, pitching the final 5.1 innings to earn the win, holding the Huskies to one earned run, while striking out four batters.

The Bulls will play a make-up game with cross-town rival Canisius on Thursday, April 8 at 3 pm at Canisius' Demske Sports Complex before resuming Mid-American Conference play at Kent State next weekend.

Eastern Michigan 5, Bowling Green 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio ( - Strong pitching behind the right arm of Jamie Melchert dazzled once again as the Eastern Michigan University softball team came away with a two-game sweep against the Bowling Green State University Falcons, taking game two, 5-2, at Meserve Softball Field Easter Sunday, April 4.

The Eagles improve their record to 11-15 overall and 3-1 in Mid-American Conference play while Bowling Green falls to 6-12 (2-2 MAC).

Melchert allowed just two runs (1 earned) on six hits while striking out six batters and walking only one in a complete game victory. It was her second win in as many days as she moved her record to 4-6 on the season. After allowing just two hits in a complete game win yesterday, the junior had a one-hitter going through five innings Sunday.

A Bowling Green fielding miscue led to an unearned run in the third inning, a frame in which the Eagles put three on the board to take a 3-0 lead. EMU added two more runs in the fifth inning when the first two batters each reached on errors leading to a five total blunders for the game.

A home run by Paige Berger in the seventh was a small consolation as the Eagles were well in control for the duration of the contest despite being out-hit 6-3. Katy Blaharski finished with a hit, a run, an RBI and a stolen base while Jenny Scherer added a double and Jessica Richards chipped in a single and two runs scored.

BGSU's Zada Lines took the loss with a seven-inning performance in which she allowed five runs (2 earned) on three hits.

The Eagles are in the midst of a 10-game road swing as they will step outside of MAC play and travel to Oakland University to take on the Golden Grizzlies in a mid-week doubleheader Tuesday, April 6. First pitch it slated for 3 p.m.

Kent State 2, Western Michigan 1
Kent State 1, Western Michigan 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -Western Michigan softball dropped a pair of one-run games to Kent State in a doubleheader at Fran Ebert Field on Sunday, falling the first, 2-1, and the second, 1-0. Sarah Thomas had three hits on the day (3-for-6), while Meredith Whitney had a pair of base knocks (2-for-6) offensively.

The Broncos dropped the opening game of today's doubleheader, 2-1, when Kent State rallied from a run down in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs.

Western Michigan tallied its lone score of the game in the bottom of the third when Jager scored on a wild pitch. She reached base with one out when she was hit by a pitch for the second-consecutive at bat. She advanced to second when Sarah Thomas blooped a single to right field. Gracie Barstad followed with a bloop single to left field to advance Jager to third.

The Broncos managed just four hits in the opener, two of which came in the bottom of the third. The other two came in the bottom of the fifth, WMU's best chance to add to its one-run lead. Jager beat out an infield single to shortstop on a bunt and Thomas followed with a single down the left field line. Barstad drew a walk, loading the bases, but all three base runners were stranded as the next two batters struck out and popped up, respectively.

Kent State's two runs in the sixth came with two outs in the inning. With runners on first and second, and facing a 3-2 count, Ashlee Hein earned a base on balls. Jessica Blanton drove a single through the right side of the infield to plate Leah Archual and Lauren Grimes.

Kent State capitalized in the sixth inning again in the second game, scoring on back-to-back doubles. First game pitcher Kylie Reynolds came into the game in the fourth when WMU had bases loaded and picked both wins on Sunday.

Western Michigan takes a break from Mid-American Conference play to take on Oakland University in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 7. First pitch of game one from Fran Ebert Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Ohio 6, Akron 2
AKRON, Ohio - Four big fourth-inning runs provided Ohio softball the firepower it needed as it repaid an Akron favor with a 6-2 victory to split the series Sunday at Lee Jackson Field.

After struggling to get the key hits needed to move runners yesterday, that was not the case for Ohio Sunday. The `Cats (6-21, 1-1 MAC) got four big hits with two outs as part of their big fourth inning that resulted in four runs. Ohio finished the day with 10 hits overall.

Three Green and White players tallied multiple hits on the afternoon, led by Shalene Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.), who finished 3-for-4 effort with an RBI and two runs scored. Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) came in 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored, while Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) also finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) (1-6) gave up just one earned run while striking out four in a complete-game effort to pick up the win.

Kemezis drove in the first run of the contest for Ohio with a fielder's choice that plated Zambrana. Petrich then came across on a sac fly off the bat of Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) for the `Cats' second run of the day as the Green and White staked claim to an early 2-0 lead.

A costly two-out Ohio error in the bottom of the second allowed Akron (11-13, 1-1 MAC) to plate its first run of the day and make it 2-1 after two innings. The `Cats had a promising opportunity to extend their lead in the top of the third when they put two on with no outs, but a Zip double play and a pop out ended Ohio's hopes.

The Green and White exploded in the top of the fourth with six big hits that resulted in four runs, all of which came with two outs. With two down, Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) put down a well-placed slap that put two runners on. Zambrana then roped a big two-run triple to left that plated Bonner and Van Wagnen. Petrich then lined a single to left to score Zambrana for the third run. Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) followed suit with a single of her own, before Kemezis drove in her second run of the afternoon with a single up the middle to plate Petrich from second.

Akron chipped away at the Ohio lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Alex Feltes that scored Cassie Gleisner, who had singled to start the frame. The `Cats kept the Zips quiet the next two innings, despite a small Akron charge that put two runners on with just one out.

Allison Dorr led the host Zips with a 2-for-3 effort, while Andrea Arney was handed the loss in the circle after giving up six runs in 3.2 innings.

Ohio will now return home as it continues conference play when it welcomes Western Michigan for a doubleheader Friday afternoon before hosting Northern Illinois Saturday and Sunday.