Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/30/2011
Friday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 5, Bowling Green 1
Miami 1, Bowling Green 0
Akron 11, Kent State 10
Kent State 9, Akron 1
Ball State 7, Toledo 1
Ball State 13, Toledo 3
Ohio 6, Buffalo 5
Ohio 8, Buffalo 4


Miami 5, Bowling Green 1
Miami 1, Bowling Green 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Jessica Simpson became Miami's all-time winningest pitcher as the RedHawk softball team swept a doubleheader against Bowling Green on Friday. Miami won game one, 5-1, and earned a 1-0 win in the nightcap. The RedHawks improve to 26-18 overall and 9-7 in the Mid-American Conference.

Simpson pitched a complete game in the opener to earn her record setting 64th career victory. It broke the record set by Jackie Poggendorf (2002-05), who had 63 wins during her career. Simpson was perfect through 5 and 2/3 innings, not allowing a single base runner until the Falcons recorded a single in the bottom of the sixth. Bowling Green recorded a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, the only other hit allowed by Simpson. She finished with one run on two hits while striking out four.

Miami was not able to break through until the top of the sixth inning. Jordan McElroy reached base on an error by the second baseman. Taylor Rice moved her over to second base on a sacrifice bunt. A single by Kristy Arbour moved her to third and a fielder's choice by Daniela Torres brought McElroy home.

The RedHawks broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. Kirstie Fehrenbach led off the frame with a single. Allie Larrabee moved her over with a sacrifice bunt and a fielding error by the Falcons brought her home. With Meghan Mawn and Kathryn Russette on base, Jenna McGivney hit her fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot to make it 5-0 and complete the Miami scoring.

McGivney finished the first game 1-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Mawn was 2-for-4 with one run scored, while Larrabee was 2-for-3.

The second game was a pitcher's duel between Miami's Katie Osburn and Bowling Green's Zada Lines. Neither team was able to break through until the top of the sixth inning. Fehrenbach led off the frame with a double to left center. Two batters later, Mawn tripled down the right field line to bring her home.

In the bottom of the sixth, Bowling Green's Hannah Fulk led off the inning with a double to left field. Miami answered by bringing Simpson back into the game in relief of Osburn. The Falcons would eventually load the bases with one out off a bunt single and a fielder's choice, but Simpson strikeout the next batter and McGivney would pickoff Fulk off of third base to end the threat. In the bottom of the seventh, Simpson would retire the Falcon batters in order to secure a 1-0 win.

Mawn finished the game 1-for-3 with one RBI. Fehrenbach was 1-for-3 with one run scored. Osburn pitched five innings to earn the victory, giving up no runs and four hits. Simpson earned her second save of the season, giving up two hits in two innings.

Miami will look for its 10th win in its last 11 games when it travels to Toledo Saturday for a 2 p.m. game.

Akron 11, Kent State 10
Kent State 9, Akron 1
KENT, Ohio - Kent State totaled 19 runs on 25 hits Friday, but settled for a doubleheader split with Akron at the Diamond at Dix. The Golden Flashes dropped a back-and-forth offensive battle 11-10 in the opener, before making quick work of the Zips 9-1 in game two.

With runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh, a diving, over-the-shoulder catch by Akron shortstop Sarah Early saved the opening game for the Zips.

"I give Akron credit for beating us in that first game," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "It was an up and down game and I was proud of the way we came back. It was good to see our offense get back into a rhythm."

The Golden Flashes ripped 15 hits in its opening game loss. Akron scored three runs in the second and two in the fourth, holding a 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth.

A pinch hit three run homer by Lauren Balodis capped off a seven-run fifth to give the Flashes an 8-5 lead. KSU had six hits in the inning and took advantage of two Akron errors.

Akron responded with five runs in the top of the sixth. Three different Zips drew walks, which all led to runs. In her 3-for-4 opener, Cassie Gleisner came through with a two out, two-run single in the sixth to put Akron up 10-8.

"I think the walks really hurt us in the first game," Linder said. "And too many leadoff runners got on base."

KSU loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not bring a run in. A solo homer in the seventh gave the Zips what turned out to be a very important insurance run.

Alex Marcantonio and Jess Carmichael hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the bottom of the seventh to trim the lead to one. Later in the frame, Mary Holt blooped a ball into center field that looked like more late-inning, two-out magic for the Flashes, but Early found a way to chase the ball down to end the game.

Game two had much different feel as an RBI double by Shannon Laughlin started a five-run first inning for the Flashes. Abbey Ledford laced a two-out single through the right side, setting up a two-run homer to right center by Jess Blanton.

Two innings later, Blanton struck again, this time a line shot to straight away center, putting two more runs up on the board. After game one, Blanton moved up a spot in the batting order.

"JB has been more consistent lately," Linder said. "I thought moving her up, might pay off."

A solo homer by Abbey Ledford and an RBI single from Lauren Grimes ended the game early. Ledford finished the day with four hits and four RBI.

Despite throwing two frames of relief in the opener, Danielle Abernathy went all five innings of game two, allowing just one run on six hits.

"Danielle did a really good job in that second game. We didn't plan on leaving her in that long, but she battled and did a good job of keeping the ball low."

Marcantonio and Carmichael each went 3-for-4 in the opener.

The Golden Flashes will host Ohio in a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. The KSU senior class will be recognized in-between games.

Ball State 7, Toledo 1
Ball State 13, Toledo 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State Softball improved to 32-17 overall and 12-3 in the Mid-American Conference after defeating Toledo (8-33, 3-11 MAC) in a twin bill Friday afternoon at the Scott Park Softball Complex.

The Cardinals won the first game, 7-1, then went on to defeat the Rockets, 13-3, in five innings in the second contest.

In the first game with two outs, freshman first baseman Taylor Rager (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) led Ball State in the top of the first as her single to right field scored senior right fielder Alyssa Collins (Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon), who got on base after singling up the middle.

The Cardinals put two runs on the board in the top of the second after junior second baseman Alison Mercado (Perris, Calif./Arizona Western) sent a base hit through the right side and stole second base.

Then, Collins homered to right field to drive in Mercado and give the Cardinals the early 3-0 lead. The home run marked Collins' first on the season and in her career.

Returning in the fourth, Mercado singled to center field and scored senior center fielder Lisa Rozanski (Tampa, Fla./Daytona Beach CC), who got on base after a base-hit and advanced to second on an error by Toledo's center fielder.

Then, junior catcher Amanda Montalto (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) singled to center field to bring home senior shortstop Alicia Barkley (Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City), who reached on a fielder's choice, and Mercado.

Then, in the top of the fifth with one out, sophomore left fielder Amanda Carpenter (Santee, Calif./Santana) hit a home run to left field, her second on the season, and Toledo returned the favor right away in the bottom of the inning after Alyssa Foy sent a home run sailing to center field to end the scoring for the game.

Sophomore pitcher Audra Sanders (Lynnville, Ind./Tecumseh) improved to 17-10 on the season with the win for the Cardinals. After seven innings of work, Sanders gave up one run off four hits, while striking out one batter.

In game two, Ball State outhit Toledo, 15-5, in five innings. The Cardinals were the first to the scoreboard in the first inning as Rager singled to left field and scored Collins, who got on base after doubling to right field.

Then, freshman Jennifer Gilbert (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) tripled to left field to drive in Rager and Carpenter's single to center field scored Gilbert. Carpenter was then the fourth Cardinal to cross the plate after Rozanski brought her home on a base-hit to left field.

The Rockets returned in the bottom of the first with a three-run homer from Fay, her second on the day, but Montalto came back in the second with a home run to right field, her 10th on the season to drive in Barkley.

Then, with two outs and the bases loaded, a Rozanski triple to right center field brought in senior third baseman Kate Wilczynski (Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro) and Gilbert, who were both hit by a pitch, and Carpenter, who reached on a fielder's choice, to put the Cardinals up 10-3.

The hot hitting continued in the top of the third as Rager slugged her sixth home run of the season to center field to drive in Barkley and bring reliever Jen Solanics into the circle.

Ball State added one more in the fourth, securing the run rule after the fifth inning to win the game, 13-3, as Montalto's base-hit though the left side scored Collins.

Credited with the win, junior hurler Kim Mazzapica (Palm Harbor, Fla./East Lake) improved to 7-1 on the mound with the win after five innings of work, allowing five hits and striking out one Rockets batter.

Ball State Softball continues on to Bowling Green for Saturday and Sunday matchups at Meserve Softball Field at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. The squad then returns to the BSU Softball Complex next weekend for its final contests of the regular season, as the squad hosts Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.

Ball State's seniors - Barkley, Collins, Rozanski, Kristy Stratton (Paw Paw, Mich./Paw Paw) and Wilczynski - will be recognized Sunday, which has been designated Senior Day at the park.

Ohio 6, Buffalo 5
Ohio 8, Buffalo 4
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Ohio University softball team swept a Mid-American Conference (MAC) doubleheader at Buffalo's Nan Harvey Field on Friday afternoon. The Bobcats took game 6-5 and erased a five-run deficit in the process, and took game two 8-4 from the Buffalo Bulls. With the wins Ohio improved to 19-19 overall and 8-6 in the MAC.

Senior Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) went 4-for-8 at the plate and hit two home runs in game two. She tallied three RBIs and two runs scored as well. Classmate Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) totaled three hits, three runs and two RBIs. She also earned the win in game, one and tallied her second save of the season in game two.

In game one, Ohio erased a 5-0 deficit over the final four innings of the game. Buffalo scored all of its runs in the first three innings and included a three-run home run by Jessica Griffin in the third.

The Bobcats got on the board in the top of the fourth with a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 5-2. After Bonner and Wethington led off the inning with back-to-back base hits, senior Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) drove in both runs with a double to center. The duo of base runners executed a double steal during Clark's at bat. Freshman Alyssa Wolfe (Junction City, Ohio) was pinch-running for Wethington.

In the fifth, Ohio brought the Buffalo lead to one, 5-4, when senior Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) doubled to left field. She scored junior Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) from second on the play. Kemezis scored from second during Bonner's at bat. Bonner reached on a fielding error by second baseman Andi Saucier.

Despite leaving the tying run at third in the top of the sixth after an 81-minute rain delay, the Bobcats won the game in their last at bat. Bonner drove in the game-tying run on a single through the right side, which scored Joseph. Bonner came around to score on a wild pitch during freshman Raven King's (Alpine, Utah) at bat. Bonner gave Ohio a 6-5 lead.

Bonner set down the Bulls in order in the seventh on three pitches. She improved to 3-5 on the season and pitched 4.2 innings of relief. She allowed just two hits and struck out three batters. Bonner did not allow a run.

Wethington accounted for the three of the first four runs for Ohio with a pair of home runs in the second and third innings of game two. She hit a solo shot to lead off the second and one-out, two-run shot in the third. After three innings, the Bobcats led 4-0.

After Buffalo (10-31, 5-9 MAC) cut the lead to 5-3 in the fifth, Ohio tacked on three insurance runs in the seventh. Two runs scored on wild pitches during the frame, while freshman Alexandria Basquez (Elk Grove, Calif.) used an RBI groundout to score sophomore Biz Eyrise (Brookfield, Wis.). The Bulls got a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh to arrive at the final tally, 8-4.

The Bobcats will continue their eight-game road trip on Saturday at Kent State. Due to looming inclement weather, the teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.