Sunday's MAC Softball Results

Updated 4/18/2011
Sunday's MAC Softball Results
Northern Illinois 4, Akron 3
Northern Illinois 3, Akron 2
Miami 5, Eastern Michigan 3
Western Michigan 6, Ohio 3
Western Michigan 8, Ohio 3
Toledo 6, Bowling Green 4
Bowling Green 10, Toledo 2
Central Michigan 9, Ball State 5
Ball State 5, Central Michigan 2

 


 

Stories Courtesy of MAC Media Relations Offices

Northern Illinois 4, Akron 3
Northern Illinois 3, Akron 2
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois University softball team swept its doubleheader with Mid-American Conference foe Akron Sunday afternoon at Mary M. Bell Field.

The Huskies (17-19, 7-3) came back to win the first game, 4-3, and edged out the Zips (18-19, 2-8) 3-2 in Game Two.

Northern Illinois pitcher's Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) and Morgan Bittner (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) turned in solid performances with Gremillion picking up the victories and Bittner recording the saves. The two combined to allow six runs, four earned, on 14 hits, with Bittner allowing one unearned run in seven innings of work.

"Anytime you're giving up no earned runs in a day you're doing a great job," said NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard of Bittner's performance. "Morgan came in and closed both games today, which is wonderful. She kept them off balance and that's what she needs to do.

Bittner started the first game, going the first five innings and keeping NIU in the game until the Huskie offense could break the 1-1 tie. However, it was the Akron bats that struck first as Olivia Hegedus broke the deadlock with a two-run homer to left field off Gremillion, who came in in relief for Bittner in the top of the sixth.

NIU responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two on and no outs, Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan,/Ottawa) singled through the left side, driving in pinch runner Erika Oswald (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South). Adriana Sanchez (San Fernando, Calif./Alemany) tied the game 3-3 on a one-out single. Dani Parrish (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) scored from third on a double steal to give NIU the 4-3 lead.

Bittner returned to pitch the seventh inning, shutting down the Zips, to record the save.

The second game was much like the first. Akron took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on Hegedus' second homer of the day, this time to right-center field. Again, NIU answered with a run in the bottom of the frame. With the game tied 1-1 and two outs, Andrea Colosimo (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) delivered a two-run double to right field to give NIU a 3-1 lead.

After a lead-off single by Allison Dorr, Bittner came in to record the final three outs. Dorr came around to score on an RBI single to by Katie Gross, but that would be as close as the Zips would get and NIU went on to win the game 3-2.

Stephanie Tofft (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) extended her school-record hitting streak to 27 games. She went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in Game One and a 1-for-3 performance in the second contest. Colosimo and Sanchez led the way for the Huskie offense with Sanchez going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Colosimo going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the second game.


Northern Illinois is back in action Tuesday when the Huskies travel to Western Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.


Miami 5, Eastern Michigan 3
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The RedHawk softball team completed a sweep of the two-game series against Eastern Michigan with a 5-3 victory on Sunday. Miami is now 19-17 overall and 4-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles fall to 21-11 overall and 7-5 in the MAC.

Junior pitcher Jessica Simpson was once again solid under cold and extremely windy conditions. Facing a steady wind of nearly 30 mph, along with gusts of 45 mph, she held EMU to three runs (two earned) on six hits. She struck out five to earn her 17th victory of the season and 60th of her career. She is now only three away from tying Jackie Poggendorf for the all-time lead at Miami.

Just like Saturday, the RedHawks broke the game open with a big second inning. With one out, Kayla Ledbetter drew a walk. Kathryn Russette moved her over to second with a single to left center. Kristy Arbour got Miami on the board with a single down the left field line that scored Ledbetter. A double by Daniela Torres brought home Russette and resulted in a pitching change. After recording an out, a wild pitch scored Arbour. On the same play the catcher threw the ball away and allowed Torres to score and make it 4-0.

After a solo home run by EMU in the bottom of the third made it 4-1, the RedHawks completed their scoring with a run in the top of the fourth. Russette led off the frame with an infield single. Arbour moved her over a base with a sacrifice bunt. Torres then brought her home with a single up the middle. The Eagles would make it 5-3 off a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, but would be unable to get any closer.

Torres finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored. Russette was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Butler for a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.


Western Michigan 6, Ohio 3
Western Michigan 8, Ohio 3
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - After not sweeping a season series prior to this weekend, Western Michigan softball made it two in a row on Sunday, taking two from visiting Ohio, 6-3 and 8-3. Diana Patterson was 4-for-7 on the day at the plate with her first collegiate home run and a complete game victory in the circle.

In game one, the Broncos staked the Bobcats to a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning. WMU scored twice in the fourth, three more times in the fifth and once more in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead into the seventh before securing the win.

Meredith Whitney struck out eight batters en route to her third win over the past two days. Whitney also hit her second home run of the season, and in as many days, to tie former Bronco catcher Becky Bartosz for fourth on the WMU career list with 10.

Whitney went 3-1 this past week with her only loss coming at No. 2 Michigan. She struck out 23 batters in 25.0 innings of work and held the opposition to a .247 batting average. She walked only eight batters in four complete games, including one shutout victory.

Offensively Gracie Barstad and Patterson each recorded multi-hit games as Barstad was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and Patterson went 2-for-3 with the home run, driving in a pair of runs as a part of the three-run fifth.

The Broncos scored their first run when Courtney Rousseau scored on a wild pitch after Patterson's double sent her to third base. Allie Carlson recorded an RBI with a single to left center, plating Christina Pigozzi who was pinch running for Patterson.

WMU's fifth inning started with a Lexi Jager walk. She was sacrificed to second and Barstad put her at third base with a double down the left field line. Rousseau platd Jager on a sacrifice bunt. Patterson's two-run shot over the left field wall capped the scoring in the fifth.

Jager was 3-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBIs against Ohio during a week where she hit .529, scoring six runs and recording five RBIs. She also hit for extra bases three times, a double, a triple and her program record 21st career home, en route to slugging .882.

WMU added a sixth and final run in the sixth on a Jager single up the middle to score pinch runner Courtney Burnett. Ohio brought a pair of runs home in the top of the seventh and had a runner on base when Whitney ended it by striking out Emily Wethington on a 1-2 count.

Ohio opened scoring again in game two with a run in the top of the first on Paige Kemezis' home run, but a Rousseau single through the right side and an error gave WMU a 2-1 lead after one. Rousseau ended the day 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs.

Jordan Paden hit the Bobcats' second home run of the game in the second inning to put Ohio back on top, 3-2, but it was the last time a Bobcat would cross home plate. Patterson settled in, allowing just four more hits the rest of the way.

Jager tied the game with a triple to score Whitney in the bottom of the fourth and then WMU broke the game open in the fifth with five runs. With three runners aboard, Kayla Houston came off the bench for her only at bat of the weekend and dripped a double to the center field wall, clearing the bases. Whitney's home run brought the final two runs of the game to the plate, scoring pinch runner Bri Russell.

Western Michigan plays a non-conference doubleheader against IPFW on Wednesday, April 20, beginning at 2 p.m. The Broncos return to Mid-American Conference play next weekend with a twinbill against Toledo on Friday (April 22) and a two-game series against Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday (April 23-24).


Toledo 6, Bowling Green 4
Bowling Green 10, Toledo 2
TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo softball team split a doubleheader with rival Bowling Green on Sunday at Scott Park. Junior 1B Jillian Spink delivered the Rockets to victory in Game One, blasting a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off with a 6-4 win. The Falcons claimed the day's second game, winning 10-2 in a run-shortened affair.

The Rockets (7-30; 2-8 MAC) headed into their last at-bat trailing 4-3 after BG captured the lead on a three-run home run of their own in the top of the sixth inning. After sophomore DP Erinn Wright reached on an error and sophomore RF Lindsey Tobias roped a single up the middle, Spink stroked her second home run of the season to put a damper on the Falcons' late-inning resurgence and give the Rockets a 6-4 walk-off win.

"The walk-off felt great because I was able to help out my team," said Spink. "It was a great team effort, because if Erinn and Lindsey hadn't gotten on, I wouldn't have gotten the chance to hit. It was awesome to come through for the team."

Neither team had much success offensively to begin the game. The Rockets and Falcons tallied only one hit apiece through the first three and a half innings. But Toledo was finally able to produce in their half of the fourth, striking for three runs to jump ahead. After Spink and junior 3B Keri Gallagher reached via walk, freshman SS Lani Ernst knocked a double over the right fielder's head to bring the first run across. Sophomore C Morgan Smith followed with a bloop single to right to score Gallagher and junior CF Brooke Gates brought Ernst home with an RBI single of her own.

But the Falcons would fight back to reclaim the lead. After plating one run in the fifth, BG's designated player conked a three-run home run in the top of the sixth to put the Falcons ahead. But Spink would make the lead short-lived with the game-ending blast.

Freshman RHP Jen Solanics earned her fourth win of the season following Spink's timely round-tripper. She tossed 7.0 innings, scattering four hits and three earned runs while striking out a pair.

"The first game was a battle, and I was happy to see the fight in the team," said Head Coach Tarrah Beyster. "Erinn and LT set the table in the seventh, and Jillian stepped up big for the team."

In Game Two, the momentum swung firmly towards the Falcons, who claimed the lead early and would not relinquish it.

The Falcons took advantage of three Rocket errors in the opening frame, plating five runs to mount an early lead. An RBI single and a fourth Rocket error piled on two more runs in the second inning, stretching the Falcon lead to 7-0.

The Rockets narrowed the lead in their half of the third inning. Smith, Gates and sophomore 2B Becki Heimbigner opened the inning with three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs. After back-to-back fielder's choices resulted in no runs, Tobias smacked a single to right center to bring home Smith and Gates and cut the lead to 7-2.

Bowling Green put the nail in the coffin, however, in the top of the fourth inning. After plating one on an RBI single, the Falcons gained a wind-aided two-run blast to push their advantage to 10-2. That would prove to be the final score as the Rockets were unable to score in their final two at-bats and fell in five innings.

"Unfortunately we couldn't carry the first game's momentum into Game Two," said Beyster. "We dug ourselves a hole right away and just couldn't get out. Consistency is the key."

The Rockets will have a quick turnaround as they prepare for a makeup doubleheader at Oakland on Tuesday, April 19. Following the mid-week matchup, Toledo will remain on the road for a pair of weekend contests with Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.


Central Michigan 9, Ball State 5
Ball State 5, Central Michigan 2