Miami 3, Bowling Green 2
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami softball team completed a series sweep of Bowling Green Sunday with a 3-2 victory. The RedHawks improve to 23-20 overall and 8-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons fall to 10-20 overall and 6-8 in the MAC.
Bowling Green was able to score one unearned run in the top of the first off starter Jessica Simpson. Simpson settled down from there and kept the Falcons off the board for the remainder of the game, except for one solo home run in the top of the seventh inning. She finished with a complete game, giving up one earned run on seven hits while striking out seven.
Miami got its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jordan McElroy led off the frame with a double to left center. Meghan Mawn followed with a walk. Bowling Green was able to retire the next two batters, leaving it up to Jenna McGivney. McGivney answered with a three-run home run down the left field line that was able to stay just to the right of the pole. It was her first homer of the season and proved to be enough to give the RedHawks the victory.
McGivney finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. McElroy was 2-for-3 with one run scored.
Miami returns to action next Friday when it travels to Western Michigan for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
Ohio 5, Buffalo 3
ATHENS, Ohio - Shalene Petrich became Ohio's all-time leader in runs scored and Deanna Hartsough drove in the winning runs with a two-run single all in a decisive three-run fifth inning that helped Ohio complete the sweep with a 5-3 win over Buffalo Sunday afternoon.
With the sweep, Ohio finished the weekend 3-1 while improving to 14-27 overall and 9-5 in Mid-American Conference play. Buffalo fell to 15-29 and 4-10 inside the MAC.
Hartsough's (Santa Ana, Calif.) single and two RBI helped pace Ohio, while Petrich (Chehalis, Wash.) finished 2-for-2 with an RBI. Lauren Gellerman (San Diego, Calif.) homered, and Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) doubled. Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio) turned in another great effort in the circle, giving up just three hits while striking out eight with just one walk. The junior improved her record to 8-8 on the season and finished the weekend 3-0.
Buffalo got on the board first by taking advantage of a costly Bobcat error to score an unearned run and take a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the third. The ‘Cats came back to even the tally in the bottom of the frame. Alexis Zambrana (Alvin, Texas) drew a leadoff walk to start and promptly stole second before eventually coming in on Petrich's RBI single through the left side.
Alexandra Bejarano put the Bulls on top 3-1 with a two-run shot to left that also scored Alyssa Ward. Gellerman answered with a blast of her own to right to cut the lead to 3-2 after four. After Bonner put Buffalo down in the fifth, the ‘Cats struck back to take the lead for good.
Bonner drew a walk to start the action, followed by a Paige Kemezis (Hackensack, N.J.) double and a Petrich infield single that loaded the bases with no outs. Wethington kept the bags loaded as she hit into a fielder's choice that saw Buffalo get the lead runner at home. Clark was then hit by a pitch to drive in Kemezis for the tying run.
After the Bulls got the second out of the frame, Hartsough drove a 2-2 offering up the middle to score Petrich and Wethington and give the ‘Cats the 5-3 lead. Petrich's run gave her 105 runs for her career and put her on top of the program's all-time list for runs. Bonner set the Bulls down in order each of the final two innings to seal the win for Ohio.
Ohio returns to action next weekend as it plays host to MAC West foes Toledo and Bowling Green.
Kent State 9, Akron 1
AKRON, Ohio - Senior pitcher Kylie Reynolds broke the Mid-American Conference record for career victories as Kent State (24-17, 11-3 MAC) unleashed 13 hits in a 9-1 win over Akron Sunday at Lee Jackson Field. KSU led 2-0 after five frames and unloaded seven runs on seven hits in the sixth.
Both sides were held scoreless until the top of the fourth. A scorching double down the left field line by Amy Hair scored pinch runner Lauren Brocklehurst all the way from first. Brocklehurst ran for Jess Blanton, who looped a single into left center.
"Lauren's role is to go in and make something happen offensively and she was stealing on the pitch," Head Coach Karen Linder said. "Amy did a nice job of turning on the pitch and once we did that, other runs started to fall."
The Flashes made it a 2-0 game in the fifth. Leah Archual hit a slow grounder to shortstop and beat out the throw to first for an infield single. Lauren Grimes moved her over to second on a bunt. With two outs, Beth Cinadr then laced a single through the right side to bring home Archual.
"We knew she was going to be a challenge for us to hit because she's slower," Linder said of Akron's starting pitcher Alex Riedeman. "You talk about making adjustments in the scouting report, but until they actually see it, it's tough to do, so it took going through the lineup to make solid contact and the third time through the lineup they produced runs."
Sophomore shortstop Mary Holt doubled for the third time in as many days with one out in the sixth to start the rally. Hair followed with a single through the left side. Alyssa Frobase lined a two-run double to straight away center, knocking Riedeman out of the game.
Relief pitcher Heather Bauer was welcomed by Heather Duhon, who drilled a double into the left field corner. Archual then looped an RBI hit into left and Cinadr dropped an RBI single into shallow center. With a runner on, Jess Carmichael tattooed a monster shot that cleared the campus sidewalk well beyond the left center field fence. It was Carmichael's team-leading ninth home run of the year and second in as many days. KSU used three pinch runners in the sixth that also caused problems for the Zips
"We tell our players: To win games, everybody has to do their job to the best of their ability and we had a lot of people contribute," Linder said of the sixth inning.
Cinadr put the icing on the cake with a diving catch in right for the game's final out. The only run allowed by Reynolds was a solo homer in the sixth. Prior to that, she had tossed 17.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Zips loaded the bases in the third, before Reynolds got Alex Feltes to pop out and end the inning. A throwing error and a wild pitch in the fourth gave Akron a runner on second with no outs, before Reynolds retired three straight, including her fifth strikeout of the game.
Reynolds tossed 24.1 innings on the weekend and allowed just three runs. With her 78th career victory, she passed Central Michigan's Tina Kinney (1997-2000) as the MAC's all-time win leader.
"Our infield made some nice plays and they (Akron) weren't able to use their speed the way they like to," Linder added.
The victory marked Kent State's 12th straight against Akron and held the Flashes' one-game lead on Central Michigan for the top record in the conference.
Eight players in the KSU lineup recorded hits, including three from Cinadr. Carmichael, Archual and Hair all tallied two hits.
The Golden Flashes will take on another area rival Tuesday with a doubleheader at Cleveland State beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Ball State 13, Toledo 12
MUNCIE, IN - Toledo's softball team pushed Ball State to the edge, but could not come through as the Cardinals hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh to nip the Rockets 13-12 on Sunday.
The Rockets wiped out a 7-2 deficit with two runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth, but the Cardinals answered with four runs of their own in the sixth and the two-run homer to end it.
Erinn Wright went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, while Mica Sanchez and Lindsey Tobias also homered for UT. Wright and Tobias both drove in three as well.
Sanchez's homer in the second tied the score at one and was her third in the past four games. Wright then homered in the third - her second of the season - and brought the Rockets to within a run, 3-2, after the Cardinals scored twice in the second.
Ball State (32-13, 10-4 MAC), the MAC West Division co-leader, seized early control of the contest, though, answering Wright's homer with four more runs in its half of the third to make it a 7-2 ballgame.
The Rockets climbed back into the game with two tallies in the fifth. Ashley Herr walked and stole second, and Wright's single put two runners on for Jillian Spink. The team's top run producer (30 RBI) delivered with a two-run double down the right field line to make it 7-4.
UT's offense then exploded in the sixth, scoring eight runs in an inning for the second time over the weekend. Lacey LeVier doubled, and Tobias' second home run in as many days made it 7-6. But UT wasn't done there. A single, a walk and a fielder's choice loaded the bases, and Wright singled to score two and give the Rockets their first lead of the series.
Sanchez and Brooke Gates followed with RBI hits to extend the lead, Spink scored on an error, and Tobias hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it 12-7 in favor of the visitors.
The Cardinals struck right back, though, sending 10 hitters to the plate in their half of the sixth and taking advantage of two Rocket errors and three walks to score four times and make it 12-11. After the Rockets went scoreless in the seventh, Ball State's Amanda Carpenter hit the two-run shot to end it.
The 12 runs matched a season-high for UT, as did the three home runs. Wright's four hits were a career high and the most by a Rocket since McKenna Smith had four hits against Fairfield (March 13).
With the setback, Toledo dropped to 9-32 on the season, 3-11 in the MAC. The Rockets will step out of conference play with a doubleheader Wednesday at Cleveland State.