Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 5/2/2011
Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Miami 8, Toledo 2
Western Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 6
Central Michigan 11, Eastern Michigan 3
Akron 6, Buffalo 0

Miami 8, Toledo 2
TOLEDO - Miami continued its winnings ways, rolling to an 8-2 win over Toledo on Sunday. It was the seventh consecutive win for the RedHawks, who improve to 28-18 overall and 11-7 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets fall to 8-35 overall and 3-13 in the MAC.

The RedHawks will head into the final week of the regular season in front in the MAC East Division. With their 11-7 conference record they are slightly in front of Ohio (9-7) and Kent State (8-7).

Junior Jessica Simpson improved her record to 23-12 with the complete game victory. She allowed only two third-inning runs on nine hits, while giving up zero walks. She struck out nine.

Meghan Mawn's first home run of the season in the top of the second put Miami in front 1-0 early. After the Rockets took the 2-1 in the third, the RedHawks tied the game up with a run in the fourth. With two outs Jordan McElroy drew a walk. Taylor Rice followed with a double to left center that brought her home.

Miami took the lead for good with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Daniela Torres led off the frame with a triple to right center. Kirstie Fehrenbach made it 3-2 with a single that scored Torres. Two batters later with Fehrenbach on third, a fielder's choice by Kathryn Russette would score her.

The game was broke open with four runs in the top of the sixth. McElroy and Rice led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kristy Arbour moved each of them up a base with a sacrifice bunt. Torres walked to load the bases with one out. An error by the Rocket's pitcher would allow Rice and McElroy to score and make it 6-2. After a pitching change, a groundout by Allie Larrabee would bring in Torres. Mawn would complete Miami's scoring with a single to left field to score Fehrenbach.

Rice finished the day 4-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Mawn was 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Fehrenbach was 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

The RedHawks will be busy hosting four games over graduation weekend. On Friday, Miami welcomes Northern Illinois to town for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. On Saturday, the RedHawks host Western Michigan at a special start time of 6 p.m. due to the graduation ceremony. The regular season concludes with senior day against the Broncos on Sunday at 1 p.m. Seniors Mawn, Russette and Jenna McGivney will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

Western Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 6
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the second-straight day Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois in its final at bat as Courtney Rousseau launched the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the ninth over the left field wall for the Broncos' 7-6 win at Fran Ebert Field on Sunday afternoon.

Both teams utilized the long ball on Sunday as WMU and NIU each had multiple home run games. Tara Buchanan struck first in the bottom the sixth inning to give the Broncos a 4-1 lead. Allie Carlson reached on a fielding error by Dani Parrish in center field and advanced to second on the play. Meredith Whitney tied the game with an RBI base hit to right field, advancing to second on the throw. NIU attempted to throw out pinch runner Courtney Burnett at the plate but she slid outside of the tag for the score.

Lexi Jager, who was 2-for-4 on the day, recorded her third triple of the season to score Whitney and give WMU a 2-1 lead. Buchanan homered for the second game in a row, giving her a team-best seven on the season and giving the Broncos a 4-1 lead.

WMU extended that lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth when pinch hitter Kayla Turner registered her first hit of the season to scored pinch runner Bri Russell from third base. The Huskies plated a run in the top of the sixth to cut WMU's lead to 5-2 and then placed two more runners on base, setting the table for Parrish's fourth home run of the season, tying the game at five runs apiece on a monstrous shot to right field.

The Broncos grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back doubles. Carlson led off with a double to left field and Michelle Bendewald followed with a double to approximately the same location to plate Carlson. Zoe Sinner answered back with her fourth home run of the year in the top of the seventh, the only hit given up by Whitney in her relief appearance.

Western Michigan had an opportunity to end the game in regulation but pinch runner Christina Pigozzi was tagged out at home. Both teams went quietly in the eighth inning with Jager's base hit to left field serving as the only hit. WMU did have a pair of base runners in the eighth but Gracie Barstad, who was the only other Bronco to record a pair of hits on Sunday with a 2-for-3 performance, flied out to end the threat when Sinner dove for the catch in right field.

Whitney, now 10-11 on the season and 9-3 in Mid-American Conference games, sat down NIU in order in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for Rousseau in the home half of the inning.

WMU closes out its non-conference slate with a make up game at Michigan State at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, before heading to Ball State (May 6) and Miami (May 7-8) to close out the regular season.

Central Michigan 11, Eastern Michigan 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - A nine-run fourth inning and three RBI from junior Ashley Gilson earned Central Michigan a series split versus Eastern Michigan on Sunday, 11-3.

Gilson, who led the team in hitting as a sophomore, entered the game with just one RBI on the season, but blasted her first home run of the season in the top of the third to give the Chippewas (26-18, 10-8 MAC) a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles (23-13, 9-7 MAC) tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom half of the inning on an unearned run by Kristen Kostich before the Chippewas opened the game with the nine-run fourth.

Pinch-runner Lauren Bowman scored on a Gilson single and Brittini Merchant singled to left field with the bases loaded to get things started, chasing two EMU pitchers.

EMU made its second pitching change of the inning before Amanda Patrick hit a two-RBI single, scoring Macy Merchant and Danielle Cabrera. A Kari Seddon walk loaded the bases setting up a Molly Coldren line-drive grand slam over the centerfield wall to put the mercy rule in effect, 10-2.

Gilson added her second RBI of the inning later in the inning, scoring Amanda Klosterman to cap the Chippewas' biggest inning of the season.

The Eagles threatened to erase the eight-run mercy rule in the bottom of the half, hitting back-to-back doubles to score a run, but Kara Dornbos recorded her seventh strikeout of the game and Gilson made a diving catch in foul territory to protect the lead.

Gilson finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Coldren went 2-for-3 with four RBI and Patrick 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Dornbos (11-10) earned the win, tossing all five innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks.

Akron 6, Buffalo 0
BUFFALO, N.Y. - On Sunday afternoon, The University of Akron softball team earned a split with Buffalo by blanking the Bulls 6-0 in game two of the weekend series. The Zips improve to 22-22 overall and 6-11 in the Mid-American Conference.

Senior Alex Riedeman threw a complete game shutout, her fifth shutout of the season, while allowing the Bulls (11-32, 6-10 MAC) just four hits on the day.

Alex Feltes led off the game with a triple to left, her second of the season. After Olivia Hegedus reached on an error, both runners scored when Alissa Birkhimer put a sharply hit ball into left center to give the Zips an early 2-0 lead.

The Zips added two runs in the fourth when Alex Helfrich reached on a bunt single and Cassie Gleisner scored on the play. Then Sarah Stromack came home when Katie Gross hit an infield single just past the shortstop, allowing UA to take a 4-0 advantage after the first four innings.

After a scoreless fifth, Akron again added a run after Stromack led off with a base hit and Helfrich notched a bunt single that helped pinch runner Felicia Houtz score on an error. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Zips led 5-0.

In the seventh, UA loaded the bases with no outs after recording three straight base hits. With two outs, pinch runner Amanda Ricker scored from third on a throw down to first, and Akron would take a 6-0 lead into the final frame. The Zips would then preserve the shutout in the bottom of the seventh.

Akron will have the week off before its last weekend of regular season games at Toledo and Bowling Green May 6-8.