Saturday's MAC Softball Results
Kent State 3, Ball State 2
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
Akron 1, Eastern Michigan 0
Bowling Green 3, Northern Illinois 1
Western Michigan 4, Toledo 3
Miami at Buffalo, Postponed until tomorrow
Stories Courtesty of MAC Media Relations Offices
Kent State 3, Ball State 2
KENT, Ohio - Senior Alyssa Frobase blasted her second and third homers of the season as Kent State topped Ball State 3-2 Saturday at "The Diamond at Dix." Back-to-back shots in the fifth by Amy Hair and Frobase put the Flashes ahead for good, giving KSU (20-16, 7-2 MAC) sole possession of first place in the MAC.
The game's first hit belonged to Frobase, who smashed a no-doubter to right field in the bottom of the third. The left-handed designated player was in the starting lineup for just the third time in conference play and the 10th time this season.
"Knowing what we do about their pitcher (Elizabeth Milian), I felt like Alyssa had a great chance of hitting her," Head Coach Karen Linder said of putting Frobase in the lineup. "She's got really quick hands and she's got power."
Ball State responded with a run of their own in the fourth. A hit by pitch and a wild pitch put Alicia Barkley on second base. A two-out single up the middle by Alyssa Collins tied the game. It was the Cardinals' first hit of the contest. Reynolds kept the damage to a minimum, leaving the bases loaded.
After a 26 minute weather delay, the Flashes went down in order in the fourth and the Cardinals took their first lead in the fifth. A pair of one out singles and a walk loaded the base for Amanda Carpenter, who sent a sacrifice fly to deep center field. The Cardinals left runners on second and third, keeping the Flashes within a run (2-1).
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Hair sent a line drive just inside the right field foul pole to tie the game. Two pitches later, Frobase launched her second longball of the day to center field.
"I think Amy's (Hair) a lot more comfortable out there right now," Linder said. "The back of our order came through for us big time against one of the better pitchers in the league."
Saturday was business as usual for Kylie Reynolds, who improved to 7-1 in conference play. She ran her weekend strikeout total up to 25 and left nine runners on base including two in the seventh.
In their final chance at the plate, the Cardinals had runners on first and second with one out, before the KSU defense took over. Catcher Jess Blanton quickly tracked a foul ball over her head and made a sliding catch into the backstop. Reynolds then displayed quick reflexes on a one-hopper toward the third base side and fired to first where Hair made a tough scoop and held on.
"I'm real proud of the way we responded after they went up," Linder added.
The three home runs were the only hits allowed by Milian, who fell to 20-3 on the season. Ball State (28-10, 6-3 MAC) totaled four hits, all singles.
The Golden Flashes and Cardinals will face off again Sunday at 1 p.m.
Central Michigan 3, Ohio 1
MOUNT PLEASANT - Kari Seddon carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning to pace the Central Michigan softball team to a 3-1 win over Ohio at Margo Jonker Stadium on Saturday.
The junior retired the first 12 batters she faced and was two outs away from the first no-hit bid of her career as she delivered the Chippewas (20-13, 7-4 Mid-American) their third victory of the weekend.
"Kari was dominant today," head coach Margo Jonker said. "She had good movement and located her pitches well to both sides of the plate."
CMU took advantage of a pair of OU errors to tally all three of its runs in the third inning. The Bobcats began the frame with a miscue and with two down, Molly Coldren put the Chippewas on the board with a two-run double that plated Amanda Klosterman and Ashley Gilson. Jill Schulz followed the hit with an RBI single to put CMU up by three going into the fifth inning.
Seddon's perfect game bid ended in the fifth with a leadoff walk, but she managed three straight ground balls to keep OU off the scoreboard.
Ohio's Emily Wethington ended the no-hit bid with a hard hit single to the left side of the infield to bring the tying run to the plate. Sarah Clark's RBI single put the Bobcats on the board. Seddon recovered by inducing a pair of fly balls to secure the victory.
"Any time you have a chance at a no-hitter, there's a tendency to start rushing your pitches to get it over with," Jonker said. "After Ohio scored, I told her to settle down and make her pitches."
Seddon improved to 11-7 for the season after limiting Ohio to only those two hits and one run. She walked only two batters and struck out two more.
The Chippewas conclude their series against the Bobcats on Sunday. First pitch is at 1 p.m.
Akron 1, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - It was a pitcher's duel at Varsity Field Saturday, April 17, as Eastern Michigan University's Jamie Melchert and the University of Akron's Alex Reideman combined for 23 groundouts and 13 strikeouts while taking a shutout into the sixth inning before the Zips pushed a run across in the sixth to win a Mid-American Conference matchup, 1-0.
Reideman struck out a career high seven batters while Melchert narrowly missed her first career shutout. A bases loaded walk with two outs in the sixth inning proved the difference in a speedy contest that took just an hour and 35 minutes to complete.
The Eagles' (13-23, 3-8 MAC) best scoring opportunity of the day came back in the first inning when they put two runners on base thanks to a pair of singles by Stacie Skodinski and Jenny Scherer. Reideman settled down to get Sarah Gerber to end the inning with a groundout to first base.
The last hit the Akron hurler allowed came in the third inning with McKenna Russ's double off the right-field fence. From there, the right-hander retired 11 straight batters before the streak was snapped with a seventh inning error.
With two outs in the sixth, a miscommunication on a wheel play allowed Alex Helfrich to reach first safely, loading the bases for Monica Shorter. Melchert walked her on four straight pitches forcing a run in and breaking the scoreless tie to give Akron (14-23, 3-6 MAC) a 1-0 lead. She would get the next batter to ground out to second base to end the frame, leaving three Zips on base for the second straight inning.
In the Eagles half of the sixth, Reideman retired the side with one of her career high seven strikeouts sandwiched between a pair of groundouts. It led to a string of 11 consecutive batters retired for the junior.
In the seventh, Gerber reached on an error, giving the EMU faithful hope of a possible rally. But Reideman kept the Eagles from reaching a runner past first base and effectively ended the game in the process.
The Eagles and Zips will play once more in a 1 p.m. start tomorrow, April 18, at Varsity Field.
Bowling Green 3, Northern Illinois 1
Junior pitchers Melissa Bott and Zada Lines combined on a three-hitter, and Bott helped her own cause at the plate, as the Bowling Green State University softball team downed Northern Illinois University by a 3-1 count Saturday afternoon (April 17). The Mid-American Conference game was held at Meserve Field.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 10-15 overall and 6-3 in the MAC, while dropping the Huskies to 17-24 and 6-5, respectively.
Bott went five innings in the circle, allowing just one unearned run and two hits, to pick up the win. She walked two hitters and struck out two in improving to 5-7 on the season.
Lines pitched the final two innings, allowing just one baserunner on a sixth-inning single, to pick up the first save of her collegiate career. Lines struck out two hitters and did not issue a walk.
For her part, NIU pitcher Monica Segura allowed just three hits in a complete-game effort. She struck out seven batters, but walked six. Two of those walks turned into runs.
Segura held the Falcons hitless through three innings, but BG batted around in the fourth. The Falcons' three runs and three hits in the game all came in that fourth frame, with three BGSU batters drawing bases on balls in the inning.
Freshman Paige Berger led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field. The line drive hit the lower part of the wall on the fly, with Berger just beating the throw to second. One out later, senior Susan Sontag drew a walk, and freshman Adrienne Dick also walked to load the bases.
That brought Bott to the plate. She entered the at-bat with just one hit and no runs batted in on the year, but blooped a single over first baseman Jennifer Barnett's head. The ball landed just inside the right-field line as both Berger and Sontag came around to score. Falcon junior Lindsay Arney, the centerfielder and flex player in head coach Shannon Salsburg's lineup, advanced to second on the play.
Pinch-hitter Missy Bowman grounded out to the right side of the infield, but advanced the runners to second and third. Freshman Hannah Fulk walked to load the bases once again, and sophomore Rachel Proehl hit a slow roller toward first base. Barnett grabbed the ball and threw to second baseman Andrea Colosimo who was covering the bag, but the speedy Proehl beat the throw as Arney crossed the plate with the Falcons' third run. Segura avoided further damage by getting a grounder for a force play at second.
The Huskies had nearly gotten on the board in the top of the first, as Colosimo laced a two-out double to right-center. The next batter, Michelle Williams, hit a grounder back to pitcher Bott, who threw to first. The umpire ruled that Bott's throw had pulled first baseman Berger off the bag, allowing Colosimo to score from second on the play. But, after a conference between the umps, Williams was ruled out at first and the half-inning was over.
The Falcons got a runner as far as third base in the bottom of the second, as freshman Andrea Arney walked, stole second and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Dick. But, Segura got an infield popup to end the threat.
Northern broke through in the third inning, scoring a run without benefit of a hit. Kate Welsh drew a leadoff walk, and took second on a sac bunt by Zoe Sinner. Amanda Sheppard grounded out to shortstop, but Welsh took off for third on the throw to first and beat the return throw across the infield. With two outs, Welsh was able to score when a grounder by Colosimo was misplayed for a BGSU error.
The Huskies put a runner in scoring position in the top of the fourth on a single and a stolen base, but Bott struck out Alex Wulbecker for the third out, setting the stage for BG's three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
After BG took the lead by virtue of that fourth-inning uprising, the Huskies threatened again in the fifth. Welsh reached on an error, and promptly stole second base on the next pitch. Then, Sinner lined a pitch into the gap in right-center, but rightfielder Proehl robbed her of extra bases with a spectacular diving catch. One out later, another BGSU error put runners at the corners. But, catcher Dick combined with shortstop Fulk to cut down Welsh at home as NIU attempted a double steal.
In the bottom of the fifth, Berger, BGSU's home-run leader with nine, crushed a Segura pitch to left. But, the wind was blowing in at over 20 mph. What might have been a homer on another day was simply a fly ball to left on this afternoon, and leftfielder Sheppard made the catch. Segura then struck out the next two batters.
Lines replaced Bott in the circle to begin the sixth. She allowed a one-out single up the middle off the bat of Barnett, but struck out Segura and induced Whitney Owens to pop up to third base. Melissa West made the catch in foul ground in front of the BGSU dugout for the third out.
In the seventh, Lines worked a one-two-three inning, as Wulbecker grounded out to short, Welsh struck out swinging and Sinner grounded to third. West initially had difficulty handling Sinner's grounder, but picked up the ball and fired to first to get her by half a step.
Both teams, as mentioned, had three hits, and both the Falcons and the Huskies left six runners on base. The Falcons are now 6-3 in the MAC and 6-3 at home this season, as the current homestand (BG's only homestand of the season) began with the conference opener two weekends ago.
Through Saturday's action around the MAC, the Falcons sit in a tie for second place in the East Division. BGSU and Ohio are each 6-3 in conference play, a game behind division-leading Kent State (7-2).
The Falcons close the home portion of the 2010 schedule with Sunday afternoon's (April 18) game vs. NIU. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., and the team's two seniors, Sontag and Karmen Coffey, will be recognized in 'Senior Day' festivities prior to the game.
Western Michigan 4, Toledo 3
TOLEDO, Ohio - Western Michigan softball battled with the Toledo Rockets through seven innings, in the Broncos' 4-3 win on Saturday afternoon. The Broncos took the lead in the top of the second, reclaimed it in the sixth and added what turned out be a much needed insurance run in the top of the seventh.
The Rockets claimed a one-run lead on a passed ball in the bottom of the opening inning. Western Michigan answered with two runs in the top of the second. Starting pitcher Meredith Whitney, who pitched her second-straight complete game and had eight strikeouts, earned a one-out walk. She stole her fourth base of the season and scored on Michelle Bendewald's fourth double of the year.
Courtney Rousseau wrapped a base hit to left field and advanced to second base on a fielding error in left field. Bendewald scored on the play to give WMU its first lead of the game. It would be short lived as Toledo answered in the bottom of the third with a lead-off home run.
Western Michigan reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth as Whitney hit her team-leading seventh double of the season. Molly Lange led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Jenn Tschetter pinch ran for the senior. She advanced to second base on Gracie Barstad's ground out to second base and scored on Whitney's double to left center field.
The Broncos tacked on what proved to be the winning run in the top of seventh inning after allowing Toledo to move what would have been the tying run into scoring position in the bottom of the sixth when WMU led, 3-2. Diana Patterson led off the seventh with a single through the left side. A pair of Broncos reached on fielder's choices as the Rockets opted to take care of the lead base runner but after a Sarah Thomas reached on a walk, WMU finally a runner in scoring position. Tschetter took care of the rest, ripping the Broncos' third double of the game down the left field line to score Chelsea Westenburg and giving Western Michigan a 4-2 lead. Half of WMU's six hits were doubles with Barstad adding a single along with Rousseau and Patterson's base hits.
The drama was not over. In the bottom of the seventh Toledo led off with a triple and a double to pull to within a run. WMU used the Rockets' tactic and allowed a pair of fielder's choices to get the first two outs of the frame at second base, cutting down the lead runner. The final out of the game came on a harmless ground out.
The Broncos and Toledo conclude their two-game season series on Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Scott Park.