Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 5/7/2011
Friday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 1, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 4, Miami 1
Ohio 4, Bowling Green 2
Bowling Green 4, Ohio 1
Central Michigan 10, Kent State 2
Central Michigan 4, Kent State 3
Eastern Michigan 12, Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 2, Buffalo 0
Western Michigan 11, Ball State 10
Ball State 12, Western Michigan 4
Akron 13, Toledo 3
Akron 7, Toledo 5


Miami 1, Northern Illinois 0
Northern Illinois 4, Miami 1
OXFORD, Ohio - Junior pitcher Jessica Simpson threw the first no-hitter of her career in leading the Miami softball team to a 1-0 win over Northern Illinois in the first game of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. The Huskies captured the second game, 4-1, to end the RedHawks' eight-game winning streak. Miami is now 29-19 overall and 12-8 in the Mid-American Conference. NIU is 24-25 overall and 11-7 in the MAC.

Simpson allowed only two walks in throwing the first no-hitter for any Miami pitcher since Jackie Poggendorf threw one against Ohio on Apr. 3, 2005. No Huskie runner advanced past first base against Simpson. She struck out seven. Simpson is now 24-12 on the season and is one win away from tying Kristy Burch's single-season record of 25 set in 1990.

Miami scored the only run it needed in the bottom of the second inning. Kathryn Russette led off the frame with a single up the middle. She was replaced by pinch-runner Brandi Hernandez. Jordan McElroy put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez over to second base. Jenna McGivney brought her home with a double to left center.

Kirstie Fehrenbach was the leading hitter in the opener for the RedHawks, going 3-for-3.

The nightcap was a scoreless duel between Miami's Katie Osburn and NIU's Morgan Bittner through four innings. In the top of the fifth, the first two Huskie runners got on base off of a hit and an error. The RedHawks responded by bringing Simpson back into the game. She struck out the next batter to get the first out, but gave up a walk to load the bases. Northern Illinois finally got its first run off her with a single just over second base to bring in the game's first run. A wild pitch would bring in another run and a double would make it 4-0.

Simpson would settle down, shutting out the Huskies the rest of the way. Miami would begin a valiant comeback attempt with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, McElroy would single through the left side to score Fehrenbach and make it 4-1. In the bottom of the seventh, Kayla Ledbetter would lead off with a single to right field. Kristy Arbour would then reach on an error by the third baseman. A wild pitch would move both up a base. Bittner got the next two batters to groundout, leaving it up to Allie Larrabee. Larrabee smoke a lined shot towards centerfield, but the NIU shortstop dove to her left and was able to make a spectacular catch to end the game.

McElroy finished the nightcap, 2-for-3 with one RBI. Fehrenbach was 2-for-4 with one run scored. Osburn took the loss, giving up one earned run on two hits in four innings pitched.

Miami begins its final series of the regular season when it hosts Western Michigan Saturday at 6 p.m. The two teams will conclude the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Prior to that game will be the Senior Day festivities where McGivney, Russette and Meghan Mawn will be honored in a pregame ceremony.


Ohio 4, Bowling Green 2
Bowling Green 4, Ohio 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - The Ohio softball team split a Mid-American Conference (MAC) twinbill at Bowling Green on Friday at Meserve Field. The Bobcats prevailed in game one 4-2, before they dropped game two 4-1. Senior Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI at the plate in game two, while junior Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) recorded four hits in her first four at bats of the day.

Senior pitcher Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) picked up the win in game and improved to 4-5 on the season. She threw a complete game and struck out three batters on the day. Sophomore Chelsea Hortman (New Palestine, Ind.) finished game one with two RBIs, and turned in the game-winning single in a pinch-hit at bat in the seventh.

With the score knotted at two in the top of the seventh of game one, Hortman hit a two-RBI pinch hit single up the middle that drove in Joseph and Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio) to give the Bobcats a 4-2 edge. The single proved to be the game-winner.

In the bottom of the seventh, Bowling Green put two on with two outs, but a double off the wall by Paige Berger was thrown into the infield by left fielder Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.). She threw to Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) at third base, where Clark tagged out Rachel Proehl to end the first game.

The Bobcats got on the board in the top of the first of game one with an RBI single to centerfield by Wethington, which scored Bonner on the play. However, Bowling Green (10-32, 4-15 MAC) responded in the bottom of the first with a run of its own on a bases loaded walk. Proehl scored the Falcons' run. After an inning the score was tied at 1-1.

Ohio (21-21, 10-8 MAC) claimed a 2-1 lead in the third when Kemezis hit a single through the left side that scored junior Brooke Morgart (Wayne, Ohio). The Falcons tied the score at two in the fifth.

In game two, Ohio jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. The run was scored on an Wethington single that plated Van Wagnen.

The Bobcats held the Falcons scoreless until the seventh inning, when Bowling Green scored four runs. The game-tying run crossed the plate on an RBI single by Proehl up the middle that drove in Lindsay Arney. Berger followed it up with a three-run home run to win the game 4-1 in walk-off fashion.

Wethington suffered the loss in game two and fell to 16-10 this season. Zada Lines picked up the win for Bowling Green and moved to 6-8 on the year. She struck out nine Bobcats in the win.

Ohio begins a two-game series at Toledo on Saturday, May 7, to conclude the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.


Central Michigan 10, Kent State 2
Central Michigan 4, Kent State 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - A pair of come-from-behind walk-off wins gave Central Michigan a doubleheader sweep of Kent State to open a four-game weekend homestand.

Molly Coldren gave the Chippewas (28-18, 12-8 MAC) a 10-2 victory in game one with her second grand slam in as many games. Just as her blast five days ago gave CMU a five-inning win at Eastern Michigan, her team-leading 14th home run today was a walk-off shot with one out in the sixth inning.

The Golden Flashes (18-28, 8-9 MAC) had taken a 1-0 lead with a solo shot in the second inning but Central's Amanda Patrick answered with a home run of her own to lead off the Chippewas' half of the inning. CMU added single runs in the third and fourth before Ashley Gilson broke open the game with a two-run home run as part of a three-run fifth.

Kari Seddon (11-6) pitched a complete-game victory, allowing just four hits.

The Chippewas found themselves in a hole once again, down two after the top half of the first inning in the second game. An unearned run in the third brought them within one but the Golden Flashes took back their two-run lead with back-to-back doubles in the fourth. Marcy Merchant, however, sparked a two-out rally in the fifth inning, reaching on a single then stealing second and advancing to third on a wild throw. Brittney Horan drove her in with an infield single, then Brittini Merchant and Patrick continued the string of base hits to score Horan and tie the game at 3-3.

A run-down between first and second base ended the Golden Flashes' threat in the sixth and CMU starter Kara Dornbos retired the side in the seventh.

Marcy Merchant again provided a spark for the Chippewas, leading off the final frame with a single to short and advancing to second on a wild pitch. After Merchant moved to third on her sister's single to short, Patrick was intentionally walked to load the bases for Seddon who blooped a single just into the grass past second base for the game-winning run.

Dornbos hung on for her 12th victory of the season (12-10), allowing just one earned run and striking out three in 6.1 innings.

"In game one we hit extremely well," said head coach Margo Jonker . "To end it in less than seven innings is always exciting. Horan did a great job running the bases for us. It is great to sweep Kent State because they have historically been a problem team for us.

"I was very pleased that we did not give up and we were not satisfied with just one win today. We were able to take advantage of their mistakes."

The Chippewas had three players collect multiple hits in each game, led by Macy Merchant 's 3-for-4 performance in game two. The Golden Flashes suffered six errors in game one and another two in the second game. Periods of rain showers drifted in and out of the park during game one but never caused a delay.


Eastern Michigan 12, Buffalo 0
Eastern Michigan 2, Buffalo 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - With today's doubleheader sweep over the Buffalo Bulls, the Eastern Michigan University softball team secured a spot at the 2011 Mid-American Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season.

The Eagles took game one in a convincing 12-0 win and secured the second-game with a 2-1 victory. The wins push the Green and White's record to 25-15 (11-7 MAC), while Buffalo falls to 11-34 (6-12 MAC) on the season.

EMU hammered out 12 hits with eight for extra-bases against the Buffalo pitching staff in game one.

The Eagles' seven doubles in the contest set a new team record for doubles in a single game, while the eight extra-base knocks ties the top mark in program history and has not been achieved since the 2004 season.

Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) earned her sixth complete game shutout on the season after throwing five scoreless innings in the circle. The sophomore struck out four and held the Bulls to just three hits in the contest.

All but one EMU hitter in the lineup registered hits in the game, with four posting multi-hit days at the plate.

Stacie Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.-Washington) led with a balanced attack with two hits in four at bats while driving in four runs for the Eagles. Her four RBI ties a career high and marks just the second time she has posted that statistic in her career.

Junior McKenna Russ (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, while Jessica Richards (Canton, Ohio-Jackson), Sarah Gerber (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover), and Lauren Delapaz (Plymouth, Ohio-Canton) also posted multiple hits in game one.

The Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a five hit second inning. Impressively enough, each hit recorded in that frame were doubles with three consecutive to start the inning.

Gerber, Russ, and Kayla Kostich (Taylor, Mich.-Cabrini) drove back-to-back-to-back doubles to put the home team up one. One out later, Delapaz connected on the Eagles fourth double of the inning to plate two more for the Green and White. Skodinski's two-out, two-run double to left center field concluded
EMU's scoring in the second, giving the Eagles a 5-0 advantage.

The Eagles' offense continued to wreak havoc on the UB pitching staff, unleashing seven hits in the fourth to take a 12-0 lead over the Bulls.

Skodinski plated her third and fourth RBI of the game with a one-out single to right. After stealing her 14th base of the season, Skodinski was knocked in on a Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) double that found the left field gap to give the Eagles a nine run advantage.

With a runner standing at second, Gerber drilled her fifth long ball of the season beyond the right field fence to swell the Green and White's lead to 11.

An RBI single from Lindsay Smith (Seville, Ohio-Cloverleaf) brought in the final run of the ball game with the Eagles taking game one in dominating fashion.

Unlike the opening contest, game two showcased a true pitchers dual between Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) and UB's Holly Johnson (6-15).

Wells (8-4) came out on top, earning her eighth win of the season with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. The lefty did not give up an earned run and held the Bulls to five hits in the 2-1 victory.

Richards extended her hit streak to eight games with a flawless 3-for-3 day at the plate. The Canton, Ohio native continued to light up the base paths with three stolen bases in the contest to bring her season total to 22. Richards also scored both runs for the Eagles in her 16th multiple-hit game of the season.

Gerber also posted three hits and drove in both runs for EMU.

EMU tallied its first run in the bottom of the first on a Gerber RBI single up the middle, but Buffalo responded with a run in the top of the second to tie it up at one run apiece.

The Eagles would reclaim the lead in the third with clutch two-out hitting by the Green and White offense.

Richards led off the third with her second hit of the game and advanced to third on two consecutive stolen bases. Gerber's two out double to the left center field gap brought in EMU's second run of the game, pushing the score to 2-1.

Both teams' offenses would remain fairly quiet throughout the remaining three and half innings allowing the Eagles to steal game two, 2-1, and improve to 11-7 in MAC play.

EMU will return to Varsity Field tomorrow, May 7, when the host Kent State for a single game scheduled for 2 p.m. The contest will also feature the team's third annual Knock Cancer Out of the Park Event as well as Alumni Day. Admission is free and live stats will be available on EMUEagles.com.

Western Michigan 10, Ball State 11
Ball State 12, Western Michigan 4
MUNCIE, Ind. - Western Michigan and Ball State showed why they were the two best teams in the Mid-American Conference West Division heading into the final weekend of the season, splitting Friday's doubleheader. The Broncos took game one by a score of 11-10, while the Cardinals answered back with a 12-4 victory in game two.

The first game of the day was an offensive onslaught as the two teams combined for 24 hits, 21 runs and six home runs. Western Michigan tied a program record with four home runs, matching the mark originally set at Ohio on May 4, 2003 and matched a season ago against the Cardinals on May 2, 2010.

Each team had batters go yard in back-to-back at bats with BSU doing it in its five-run second inning and the Broncos doing so in their five-run fourth inning.

Kayla Houston put WMU on the board with her second home run of the season in the top of the second, cutting Ball State's two-run lead in half. The Cardinals plated five runs on four hits in the home half of the inning to take a 7-1 lead, partially on the strength of a three-run home run by Jennifer Gilbert and a solo shot by Amanda Carpenter.

The Broncos appeared to take control of the game, scoring 10 runs over the next three innings to take an 11-7 lead. Gracie Barstad started things off by reaching on an RBI-fielder's choice to score Michelle Bendewald after she led off with a walk. Courtney Rousseau registered an infield hit to score Meredith Whitney who also had earned a walk earlier in the inning. Whitney worked 5.1 innings in the circle to pick up her 10th MAC win and 11th over all in 2011.

The fourth inning was the break out frame for the Broncos. Allie Carlson plated Jennifer Tschetter with a single to center field after Tschetter led off by reaching on an error. Bendewald hit a home run to left field, her second of the year to bring WMU to within three runs. Back-to-back solo home runs from Lexi Jager and Tara Buchanan put the Broncos just one run back headed into the fifth.

Jager's blast, coupled with her first-inning home run in the first inning of game two, gives her 25 for her career, which is good enough for fifth on the MAC career list. Buchanan's shot was her eighth of the season, putting her alone in second on WMU's single-season list.

Whitney and Jager registered back-to-back doubles in the fifth with Whitney's scoring Carlson from second and Jager's scoring Whitney. Jager crosses home plate on one of Barstad's three hits of the game. A trio of Broncos recorded three hits in the series opener with Jager and Barstad going 3-for-5 and Carlson going 3-for-4 at the plate.

Ball State scored twice more in the bottom of the fifth and once again in the sixth to cut WMU's lead to one run. Houston came into the circle in relief of Whitney to record the final two outs of the sixth. In the home half of the seventh Ball State led off with a single to left center field followed by a walk. Both base runners advanced on a ground out but Houston struck out the final two Cardinal batters to preserve the win and her first career save.

The second game did not go as well as game one for the visiting Broncos, falling, 12-4, in six innings to Ball State. The sparks flew early for WMU as Whitney hit her second lead-off home run of the season, giving her 12 for her career and tying her with Erin Malloch (2000-03) for second on WMU's career list. Jager followed with her second shot of the day. The senior finished the doubleheader 5-for-8 at the plate with three RBIs, three runs scored and two home runs.

Down 9-2, the Broncos attempted to mount a comeback beginning with an RBI-double in the top of the fifth off the bat of Barstad, scoring pinch runner Bri Russell. She would later score on Rousseau sacrifice fly. WMU loaded the bases in the sixth when Myranda McDonald led off with a pinch hit and Bendewald and Jager drew walks, setting the table for Buchanan. A home run would have brought Western Michigan within a run but the junior was sat down on strikes. Ball State closed the door in the bottom of the inning with three runs, including Gilbert's second home run of the day.

Ball State quickly erased WMU's two-run lead with a pair of runs in the home half of the first, added three more in the third and four runs on four hits, including a Kate Wilczynski home run.

Western Michigan heads to Oxford, Ohio for a season-ending two-game series with Miami, needing a split and help from Northern Illinois at Ball State to secure its first regular season MAC title since 2006.


Akron 13, Toledo 3
Akron 7, Toledo 5