Saturday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/2/2011
Saturday's MAC Softball Results
Ball State 7, Akron 1
Ohio 2, Miami 1
Buffalo 3, Bowling Green 0
Buffalo 9, Bowling Green 1
Northern Illinois 2, Central Michigan 1
Northern Illinois 8, Central Michigan 0
Kent State 11, Toledo 1
Kent State 20, Toledo 9
Eastern Michigan 16, Western Michigan 0
Western Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 3


Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Ball State 7, Akron 1
AKRON, Ohio - On a blustery day at Lee Jackson Field, The University of Akron softball team dropped a 7-1 contest to Mid-American Conference foe Ball State on Saturday afternoon. The Zips fall to 13-11 on the season and 1-2 in the MAC, while the Cardinals improve to 22-13 and 3-0.

Ball State's Audrey Workman held Akron to just two hits on the day, earning the complete game with four strikeouts and moving to 7-5 for the season. Heather Bauer (5-6) picked up the loss for the Zips, as she went just 2.2 innings and allowed four runs, three of them earned, while striking out two and walking three. Alex Riedeman pitched 0.2 innings in relief and gave up one run and one hit, and Andrea Arney finished the game, pitching the final 3.2 innings and gave up four hits and two runs.

At the plate, Sarah Stromack drove in the Zips' lone run with an RBI double down the left field line that scored Cassie Gleisner in the seventh to avoid the shutout. Gleisner had Akron's only other hit of the game, a single to left field in the second.

The Cardinals pulled ahead with a big third inning, scoring four runs on three hits, including a leadoff double from Alyssa Collins and a two-run shot to right center by Jennifer Gilbert. BSU added one run in the next three frames to add to their lead, totaling 10 hits on the day.

Akron will get a rematch with Ball State on Sunday, April 3 to wrap up the opening weekend of MAC play. The Zips will be celebrating Senior Day, with the first pitch slated for 1 p.m. ET.

Ohio 2, Miami 1
ATHENS, OHIO - With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, senior Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) laced the game-winning single down the left field line and scored junior Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) from third base in the bottom of the eighth. The Ohio softball team defeated Mid-American Conference (MAC) rival Miami 2-1 on Saturday at the Ohio Softball Field.

Joseph started the eighth with a double down the left field line on the first pitch of the inning. After a Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) sacrifice bunt advanced Joseph to third, both Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) and Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) walked to load the bases. Clark took the 2-1 offering from Miami pitcher Jessica Simpson down the left field line to earn Ohio's first conference win of the season. The Bobcats stand at 12-15 overall and 1-2 in MAC play.

Ohio got on the board in the third inning on an RBI single by Kemezis. Junior Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) led off the inning with a slap hit to third base. After Van Wagnen stole second she advanced to third on a ground out by Joseph. Kemezis' second hit of the game plated Van Wagnen.

The Bobcats held their 1-0 advantage into the sixth inning. Allie Larrabee drove in Meghan Mawn for Miami (15-12, 1-2 MAC). The tally knotted the score at 1-1.

Wethington earned her ninth win of the season and threw a complete game. She gave up one earned run and struck out five batters. At one point, she retired eight straight batters from the first through fourth innings. Wethington is 9-5 on the season.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Ohio. It was the second time in as many days the Bobcats played extra innings.

The Bobcats continue a six-game homestand and wrap up a set against Miami on Sunday at the Ohio Softball Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

Buffalo 3, Bowling Green 0
Buffalo 9, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, OH - The University at Buffalo softball team used great pitching and timely hitting as they took a pair of games from Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-1 in the MAC. The contest was scheduled to be just a single game today, but was changed to a doubleheader due to impending weather in the Bowling Green area for Sunday.

In the opener, the Bulls and Falcons engaged in a defensive battle as neither team was able to cross the plate over the first four innings of the game. In fact, the Bulls were still looking for their first hit in the game when they erupted to put up a three-spot in the top of the fifth.

Alexandra Bejarano led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a one-out single from Alyssa Ward. Both runners would come home to score on a double to left center by Andi Saucier, who would advance to third on the play. She came home to score on a sacrifice fly from Sammi Gallardo.

That is all the offense UB would need as freshman Tori Speckman pitched a fantastic game, going the distance for her third win of the season. Speckman struck out seven batters and walked just one in the shutout.

Speckman again took the mound for the second game and put forth another stellar performance. The Bulls got on the scoreboard first, putting up five runs in the top of the second. Jessica Griffin reached on an error to lead off the inning and was replaced on the bases by Lindsay Hampton. Back-to-back singles by Ward and Saucier loaded the bases for UB, and another error by Bowling Green would score two runs for the Bulls. Freshman Tori Pettine was the next batter and she doubled to score Saucier and Gallardo. Pettine would come around to score on a ground out by Kelli Gleiser.

The Bulls added another four runs in the top of the fourth inning, again using a poor Falcon defensive effort to its advantage. With one out, Pettine and fellow freshman Holly Luciano had back-to-back singles. Gleiser would reach on an error by the pitcher, which scored Pettine and moved Luciano to third as Gleiser advanced to second on the error. Both came in to score on a single to left field by Bejarano.

The Falcons got on the board for the first time all day with a run in the bottom of the fourth to pull within 8-1, but UB answered in the top of the fifth as Ward singled down the right field line, using an error by the right fielder to come all the way home, putting the Bulls up 9-1.

Speckman improved her record to 4-7 on the season as she struck out three and allowed just three hits in the complete game. Ward went a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate, while Pettine added two hits, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

The Bulls will head to Niagara on Wednesday before its home opener this Friday. The game against the Purple Eagles is scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Northern Illinois 2, Central Michigan 1
Northern Illinois 8, Central Michigan 0
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team wrapped up its first weekend of Mid-American Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Central Michigan Saturday afternoon at Mary M. Bell Field.

"It comes down to three things and you only have to do two of them," NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. "Good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. Today we had all three in both games."

The Huskies (13-15, 3-1) posted a 2-1 victory in a pitcher's duel in the first game and followed that up with an 8-0 shutout in five innings in Game Two, highlighted by the walk-off home run by freshman Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa).

Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) pitched her best game of the six-game homestand, allowing one run, scattering seven hits, while striking out five in the series opener. After being staked to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single from Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) in the bottom of the third, Bitter struck out the side in the top of the fourth.

An RBI double to left center by Carly Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) in the bottom of the fourth gave NIU a 2-0 lead. Central Michigan (14-12, 1-3) closed the gap to one with a run in the top of the fifth. The damage could have been far worse, as the Chippewas had the bases loaded with two outs. However, Bittner and the Huskie defense were able to get the force out at second and get out of the inning.

CMU had the tying run on third in the top of the sixth, but Bittner induced a pair of ground outs to end the threat.

Northern Illinois' offense showed its power in Game Two, scoring all eight runs via the long ball. Sophomore Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) opened the barrage with a three-run blast to center field to give NIU a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Norton had a three-run homer that bounced off the scoreboard in left field in the third inning to extend the lead to 6-0.

Miller capped the scoring and the sweep with two-run homer to center field to give the Huskies the 8-0 victory. Gremillion earned the victory, allowing five hits, while striking out two, in five innings of work.

"The pitchers did a great job today," Chouinard said. "Morgan did a good job setting the tone and getting ahead and getting out of jams early on. Nicole did a great job as well, posting her first collegiate shutout."

Freshman Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) extended her school-record hitting streak to 18 games with a 1-for-3 showing in both games. Norton went 3-for-5 on the day with four RBIs and a run scored.

NIU is back on the field Wednesday when the Huskies travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. Central Time. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at


Kent State 11, Toledo 1
Kent State 20, Toledo 9
TOLEDO, Ohio - The run rule took effect twice in Kent State's doubleheader sweep of Toledo Saturday at Scott Park. In a pair of five-inning games, the Golden Flashes (13-16, 4-0 MAC) claimed convincing victories of 11-1 and 20-9, totaling 26 hits in 10 innings.

"We got hits up and down the lineup and that's what we need to continue to do to be successful," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "We had a lot of good at bats and hit a lot of line drives. Although Toledo had a lot of errors, they were on hard hit balls."

Jess Carmichael led the way in the opener with a pair of doubles and her ninth home run of the season. Carmichael scored three times in the game, including the Flashes' second run of the first, following an RBI double by Shannon Laughlin.

KSU put up two more runs in the second when Carmichael sent a two-out double to right field. An RBI single to right by Jess Blanton, extended the KSU lead to 5-0 in the third.

The Flashes big inning came in the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits. Carmichael, Beth Cinadr and Lauren Balodis all doubled, while Blanton drove in two more runs with a single to left. Carmichael's homer in the fifth made it an 11-run lead for starter Danielle Abernathy.

"Jess is really comfortable in the box right now," Linder said. "She has a line drive swing and when she gets her timing down it just jumps off the bat."

The only run Abernathy allowed came in the fifth as she earned her second complete game victory of the season. She allowed just two hits in the first four innings.

"Danielle had a great weekend," Linder said. "And I also think JB (Jess Blanton) does an outstanding job calling the game. She's really played a part in our young pitchers growing and becoming successful."

The KSU offense turned it up another notch in game two, scoring six runs in the first inning and 12 in the second. By game's end, Linder used 20 players from the dugout.

A leadoff bunt by Lauren Grimes was the first of five singles in the first. The Flashes also took advantage of four Toledo errors in the opening frame.

A three-run homer to right field by Cinadr was the second of eight hits in the Flashes' 12-run second. Two batters later, Mary Holt sent a two-run homer over the center field fence. Later in the same inning, Holt drove in two more runs with a double. Everything seemed to go KSU's way in the second as they capitalized on three errors, two walks, a catcher's interference, a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The Rockets scored twice in each of the first two innings and put together a five-run fourth, but were never able to cut the deficit to single digits. Abby Rhodes became the fourth KSU player to homer on the day with a two-run shot in the third.

Abernathy came on in relief in game two and did not allow a run in two innings. She finished the weekend 3-0 with a save. Carmichael, Blanton and Abbey Ledford all had four hits on the day.

"It was a great way to start conference play," Linder said. "I'll take 44 runs in 22 innings any weekend, but it's still a long season and we still have to take it one game at a time."

The Golden Flashes will play a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday at Robert Morris.

Eastern Michigan 16, Western Michigan 0
Western Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 3
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -Western Michigan softball showed why one game is no more important than the last in its series split with Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon. After losing, 16-0, in five innings to the Eagles, WMU silenced EMU's offense and puled out a 4-3 victory on the strength of another Tara Buchanan home run and sound pitching from Meredith Whitney.

Eastern Michigan, has it had in game one, jumped out to an early lead, scoring once in the top of the first. This time the Broncos answered with a run of their own when Gracie Barstad singled up the middle for an RBI, plating Courtney Rousseau who led off with a base hit to left field. Barstad was one of two Broncos to have two hits in the second game, going 2-for-3.

The Eagles tacked on a second run in the top of th second and sat down the Broncos in order in the home half of the inning. After a lead-off walk to Lauren Delapaz, Whitney sat down the EMU batters in order to open the third inning, setting the table for the Broncos.

Whitney led off with a single to left field and advanced to second on a fielding error as the ball got away from the defender. EMU replaced starting pitcher Lauren Wells with Jenna Ignowski, the star of game one for the Eagles. She did not fair as well in game two. After a ground out, Lexi Jager, who was 2-for-2 with her first triple of the season, singled over the pitcher's head, advancing Whitney to third base. Buchanan stepped up to the plate and promptly launched a 1-0 offering over the right field wall to put WMU up, 4-2. It was Buchanan's second home run in as many days and third of the week. All three home runs have been multi-run shots and all three either gave WMU a lead or tied the game.

EMU pulled to within a run in the top of the fifth on a Sarah Gerber double to score Delapaz but the Eagles would get no closer. Whitney sat down six of the next seven batters, allowing just a two-out walk in the sixth. She finished with five strikeouts in her fourth complete game of the season.

In the opening game of the twinbill, Eastern Michigan used seven extra-base hits, including back-to-back home runs during a nine-run fourth inning. Lauren Delapaz hit a grand slam followed by Stacie Skodinski's ninth home run of the season. Ignowski pitched a no-hitter in the first game and was two outs from a perfect game when Myranda McDonald earned a base on balls. The freshman from LeRoy, Mich., worked the count full on eight pitches before watching the ninth come to the plate high and outside.

WMU has seven straight away games before returning to Fran Ebert Field for a doubleheader against Akron on April 15 and a two-game series with Ohio on April 16-17.