Friday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/16/2011
Friday's MAC Softball Results
Central Michigan 5, Miami 3
Central Michigan 8, Miami 5
Ohio 7, Northern Illinois 2
Western Michigan 9, Akron 0
Western Michigan 6, Akron 4
Eastern Michigan 5, Ball State 3
Ball State 2, Eastern Michigan 1

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Central Michigan 5, Miami 3
Central Michigan 8, Miami 5
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan remained perfect at Margo Jonker Stadium this season, earning a sweep of Miami, 5-3 and 8-5, on Friday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action.

The Chippewas (21-13, 7-3 MAC) are now 8-0 at home this season and have won eight of their last nine games, with their only loss coming at No. 2 Michigan on Wednesday.

The Maroon and Gold will face off against MAC West leader Ball State, who split with Eastern Michigan on Friday and now sit just a half a game in front of the Chippewas in the standings.

Merchant Sisters Give CMU Game One Win, 5-3
With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the fifth, Brittini Merchant drove in her sister Macy Merchant with a single to right field for the game-winning run.

Macy walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a SAC bunt by Summer Knoop, setting the table for Brittini. The senior lined a 1-2 pitch to right field, scoring Macy for a 4-3 CMU lead.

The RedHawks (17-17, 2-6 MAC) nearly tied the game back up in the bottom half of the inning, pushing runners to second and third with two outs, but sophomore Kara Dornbos got Jordan McElroy to ground out to third to end the inning.

Danielle Cabrera gave the Chippewas an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as she squeezed a single through the left side to start the inning and later scored on a wild pitch.

MU plated the first run of the game in the top of the first, as Jenna McGivney drew a bases loaded walk to score McElroy, but CMU responded with three runs in the bottom of the second.

Two RedHawk errors allowed the Chippewas to take the lead back and freshman Brittney Horan drove in pinch-runner Lauren Bowman and Amanda Klosterman and Molly Coldren scored on an error by MU's first baseman one batter later.

A Coldren error in the top of the third kept the inning alive for the RedHawks, which allowed them to tie the game back up, 3-3, on a two-RBI single by Kristy Arbour before Brittini Merchant's game-winning RBI.

Dornbos (9-5) pitched all seven innings to earn the win, striking out six while giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits and five walks.

Brittini Merchant and Horan each went 2-for-3 in the game with an RBI to lead the way at the dish.

Knoop, Horan Provide Offense in 8-5 Game-Two Win
CMU plated three runs a piece in the third and sixth innings of game two, propelling the Chippewas to the sweep.

Knoop singled up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning, driving in Macy Merchant and Horan, and Jamey Braxton came around to score on an errant throw by the MU centerfielder, pushing CMU's lead to 8-2.

The three runs deemed important as Miami pushed across three runs of its own in the top of the seventh in an effort to mount a comeback. After an error and a walk to start the inning, Daniela Torres hit a SAC fly to score Brandi Hernandez. McElroy then drove a deep liner to left center, driving in two more, but Kari Seddon induced a groundout and a flyout to end the threat and the game.

CMU jumped out front in the bottom of the second, 2-0, as Coldren came around to score on a MU error and Horan drove in Bowman one batter later, on a double to left center.

One inning later, with runners on first and second, Klosterman singled to left field, only to see the ball bounce over the fielders glove all the way to the fence. Raechel Zahrn and Coldren came all the way around to score with the senior right behind, just beating the throw for a single and a three base error.

Seddon (8-6) earned the win for CMU, tossing seven innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and walk, while striking out two.

Knoop finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBI while Brittini Merchant, Coldren and Horan each had two hits. Horan has recorded 12 hits in her last 17 at bats and is now riding a eight-game hitting streak.

Ohio 7, Northern Illinois 2
DEKALB, Ill. - Behind 13 team hits and five multi-hit performances, the Ohio softball team won its third straight game with a 7-2 triumph over Northern Illinois in a Mid-American Conference (MAC) contest. The Bobcats exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to break the game open.

Juniors Alexis Joseph (Alvin, Texas) and Jillian Van Wagnen (Lorain, Ohio), and seniors Melissa Bonner (Kings Mills, Ohio), Emily Wethington (New Palestine, Ind.) and Sara Clark (Ontario, Calif.) tallied two hits each and accounted for four of six team RBIs. Additionally, Wethington struck out seven and earned her 12th win of the season with a complete game victory.

Trailing 2-1, the Bobcats plated six runs in the sixth inning as all nine players batted in the frame. Back-to-back one-out base hits by Bonner and Wethington started things off. After a Clark walk loaded the bases, Raven King (Alpine, Utah) singled to left field to plate the first run. Van Wagnen hit a two-RBI double, while Joseph plated the final run of the inning with a two-base hit.

Ohio (15-16, 4-3 MAC) took a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first as the game started with three singles by Joseph, Kemezis and Bonner. Clark gave Ohio the lead with a base hit up the middle that scored Kemezis.

The Huskies took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. The first run scored on a Wethington wild pitch, and a Jennifer Barnett double plated Andrea Colosimo. But the Bobcats responded right away in their half of the sixth.

Morgan Bittner took suffered the loss for Northern Illinois (16-19, 6-3 MAC). She fell to 8-10 this year.

The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled due to rain in DeKalb. The game will not be made up.

The Bobcats begin a two-game set with Western Michigan on Saturday, April 16. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. Fans can follow along with a FREE live blog on

Western Michigan 9, Akron 0
Western Michigan 6, Akron 4
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan softball earned its first series sweep of the year, taking care of Akron, 9-0, in five innings in the first game and holding off the Zips, 6-4, in game two. Meredith Whitney moved past Angie Rosich (1994-97) into second place on the career strikeouts list and now has 414 career K's.

The Bronco bats were active on Friday afternoon as WMU out hit the Zips, 23-6, including a season high 14 hits in the second game of the doubleheader. Western got things rolling early in the opener, scoring six runs in the home half of the second inning starting but the onslaught began with Lexi Jager's 21st career home run on the first pitch she saw with one out in the first.

Jager's blast was one of two home runs for the Broncos on Friday as Whitney helped her own cause in the bottom of the first, leading off with a home run down the left field line on a 1-1 offering from Akron starter Andrea Arney. The home run was the first of the year for Whitney and now ties her with Samantha Vargocko for fifth on the career list with nine.

WMU used three hits and a pair of Akron errors to score its six runs in the second inning of game one. Courtney Rousseau, who went 3-for-7 at the plate with her first triple of the year, collected an infield base hit to lead things off. She later scored when Jennifer Tschetter reached on a fielding error at third base. Whitney drove in a run with a single up the middle, scoring pinch runner Christina Pigozzi. Jager racked up her second and third RBIs of the game on a base hit to right field and Gracie Barstad reached on a fielding error later in the inning to plate Whitney and Jager.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Barstad collected a base hit to right field and was followed by Rousseau's triple. Diana Patterson knocked a base hit up the middle to score Rousseau.

Whitney was dominant in the circle, allowing just two hits and walking just one batter, while striking out seven. She did not allow a base hit after the second inning. She took to the circle in game two as well and her third punch out of the game, getting swinging strikeout on a 1-2 pitch to Alissa Birkhimer, was the one that moved her past Rosich on the all-time list.

The Broncos scored a pair of runs in the first inning of game two, plated one in each of the second and third innings, and added what turned out to be the two deciding runs in the fourth inning. Patterson collected her second RBI of the day, scoring pinch runner Courtney Burnett, adding to Whitney's home run in the first. Tara Buchanan became the 36th Bronco to record two doubles in a game and collected her first in the second inning to score Jager, who finished 5-for-7 with four runs scored and three RBIs on Friday.

Michelle Bendewald plated WMU's fourth run of the game with a single to center and Jager led off the fourth with a double down the left field line. She later scored on Barstad's single to the same location. Barstad capped the scoring for the Broncos, crossing home plate from second base when Rousseau singled and advanced to second on an error in center field.

Akron scored all four of its runs on home runs as Olivia Hegedus hit her 10th of the year in the second and Heather Bauer tapped her third of the season over the left field wall to bring the Zips within two runs in the sixth. Whitney sat Akron down in order in the seventh to preserve the win and the series sweep.

Western Michigan will take on Ohio this weekend with games scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Ohio defeated Northern Illinois, 7-2, on Friday as the two teams were only able to play one game due to weather conditions.

Eastern Michigan 5, Ball State 3
Ball State 2, Eastern Michigan 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - The Eastern Michigan University softball team recorded a doubleheader split with visiting Mid-American Conference opponent Ball State this afternoon, April 15, at Varsity Field.

The Eagles took a 5-3 decision in game one but dropped the second in a closely contested 2-1 thriller to move their overall record to 21-9 (7-3 MAC).

The Cardinals now sit at 26-15 overall and 6-2 in conference play.

In game one, the Green and White battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the third inning and scored five unanswered to an eventual 5-3 final.

Jessica Richards (Canton, Mich.-Jackson) was responsible for three of the Eagles' 10 hits in game one, scoring once for EMU.

BSU struck first in the top of the third inning on a two-run RBI double off the bat of Taylor Rager.

The Eagles did not hesitate to respond, answering with a two runs in the bottom of the frame. Lauren Delapaz (Plymouth, Mich.-Canton) was hit by a pitch and stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Stacie Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.-Washington). The senior shortstop drilled a double to left center field, allowing Delapaz to come around and score the Eagles' first run of the ballgame, while junior Sarah Gerber (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) followed with a game tying RBI single to left field, setting the score to two apiece.

With two outs, EMU used three hits and a BSU error to tag on three more runs in the fourth.

The speedy Richards pushed a ground ball to second base, but managed to leg out an infield single.

Delapaz was next to approach the plate, taking the second pitch she saw and roped a shot that found its way over the left field fence to push the Eagles ahead, 4-2.

Skodinski connected on her second hit of the contest and stole her ninth base of the season to set up another scoring opportunity for Gerber. The junior catcher hit a routine ground ball to the shortstop, but a fielding error by BSU's Rager at first base kept the inning alive and allowed Skodinski to score from second base and push the Eagles' lead to three.

Ball State threatened with a another run in the sixth, but the Green and White managed to close out the game and secure the 5-3 win over the Cardinals.

Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) earned the win in the circle and improves to 12-3 on the season. Ignowski scattered eight hits in 7.0 innings of work, striking out 11 in her complete game effort.

The Eagles' bats were quieted to just two hits in their 2-1 loss in game two.

Jaclyn Caro (Chino, Calif.-St. Lucy's Priory) is charged with the loss in 1.1 innings in relief, but managed to strike out one to help the Eagles escape a jam in the sixth.

Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) went 5.1 innings in the circle and gave up one earned run on six hits.

BSU's Rager singled through the right side in the first inning to plate Alicia Barkley and give the Cardinals an 1-0 lead.

The Eagles took advantage of a hit by pitch and a passed ball to move Richards to second base. Delapaz scored Richards on an RBI single up the middle to tie the score at one.

Both teams failed to post runs until the seventh, but each squad had plenty of opportunities to score, as BSU stranded four baserunners during that timeframe, and the Eagles stranded six.

In the top of the fourth, the Cardinals gave the home team a scare on a close play at the plate. With a runner at first, BSU's Alison Mercado drove a single down the right field line. Lisa Rozanski was waved around on an attempt to score, but a textbook relay from the outfield allowed Gerber to punch her out on a play at the plate and end the threat.

The Eagles faced runners at first and second with one out in the sixth and called upon Caro to come in and take over for Wells. The senior hurler showed poise as she successfully retired the side on a strike out and a fly out.

Ball State would take the lead in the seventh with a bases loaded walk and two outs. Jillian Williamson (Sebewaing, Mich.-Unionville-Sebewaing Area) checked into the game to pitch the final out of the inning in hopes that the Eagles would claw back in the final frame.

Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) drew a two out walk in the seventh, but that would be as far as the EMU offense would push, as Ball State closed out the contest with a 2-1 victory.

The Eagles will return to action tomorrow afternoon with a single game against the Miami RedHawks at Varsity Field. First pitch is slated for a 2 p.m. start.