Akron and Miami Sweep MAC Opponents Today

Updated 4/4/2011
Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Akron 1, Ball State 0
Miami 3, Ohio 0

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Akron 1, Ball State 0
AKRON, Ohio - On Senior Day at Lee Jackson Field, The University of Akron softball team grabbed a 1-0 victory over Ball State to wrap up the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play. The Zips improve to 14-11 on the season and 2-2 in the MAC, while the Cardinals drop to 22-14 and 3-1.

Before the game, Akron recognized its six seniors and their parents for all of their hard work and dedication to the program. The 2011 Zips seniors are Heather Bauer, Sarah Earley, Alex Feltes, Olivia Hegedus, Alex Riedeman, and Sarah Stromack.

Redshirt freshman Katie Gross provided the winning run with a solo home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning. On the mound, Riedeman pitched her second complete game shutout of the weekend, allowing only four hits and striking out three to move to 6-3 for the season. Akron recorded six hits off Ball State's Audra Sanders, who falls to 12-8 on the year. Gross finished 2-for-2 at the plate, while Earley also notched two hits in three chances.

Akron threatened in the first inning by putting two on base but failed to score. The Zips challenged again in the third, loading the bases with a double by Feltes, a single by Gross, and a walk by Bauer, but the Zips could not bring a run home. Finally in the fifth, Gross homered with two outs for the only scoring of the game. Ball State managed only two more hits the rest of the contest as the Cardinals suffered their first conference loss of the season.

The Zips return to the field on Tuesday, April 5 as they play host to St. Francis (Pa.). The doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. ET.

Miami 3, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio - The RedHawk softball team completed its opening weekend Mid-American Conference road trip on winning note defeating Ohio, 3-0, on Sunday. Miami improves to 16-12 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. The Bobcats fall to 12-16 overall and 1-3 in the MAC.

Junior pitcher Jessica Simpson earned her eighth shutout of the year, and is only three away from tying Kristy Burch's 1990 Miami record of 11 shutouts in a season. Simpson allowed eight hits on the day, but only twice allowed an Ohio runner to reach third base. Both times it happened there were two outs and Simpson would retire the next batter on a groundout. She is now 14-8 on the season.

Jenna McGivney got Miami on the board with one swing of the bat in the top of the fourth inning. After Taylor Rice got on base with a single to centerfield, McGivney sent a blast over the leftfield wall to make it 2-0. It was her team leading third home run of the year.

The RedHawks added some insurance with a run in the top of the sixth. With one out, Allie Larrabee doubled to leftfield and was replaced by pinch runner Brandi Hernandez. Rice then immediately followed with a double to right center that brought home Hernandez and made it 3-0.

Rice finished the day 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. McGivney was 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.

Miami returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts IPFW for a non-conference game at 1:30 p.m.