Saturday's Softball Results

Updated 2/10/2013


Saturday's Softball Results
Western Michigan  1, San Diego State  5
Western Michigan  0, Arizona St.  7
Ohio  8, East Carolina  1
Eastern Michigan  7, Butler  0
Kent State  5, Furman  8
Akron  4, Georgia Southern  6
Northern Illinois  1, Baylor  4
Auburn  5, Kent State  3
Ohio  3, Cleveland St.  1
Eastern Michigan  0, Kennesaw St.  7
Akron  9, Tennessee Tech  2
Northern Illinois 0, Baylor 1
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan  1, San Diego State  5
Western Michigan  0, Arizona St.  7
TEMPE, Ariz. -Western Michigan fell to a pair of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, including the fourth ranked team in the nation to close out day two of the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday.
Western Michigan opened the day against San Diego State, a team that finished one game shy of a berth in a super regional a season ago.  The Broncos jumped out early, scoring a run in their first at bat Saturday morning, but came up short, 5-1.
Melissa Palmer led off the game with an infield single to the shortstop.  Sabrina Gamboa, one of yesterday's heroes in WMU's win over Cal Poly, followed with a base hit up the middle two batters later, advancing Palmer to third. With Mackenzie Shepeck at the plate, Gamboa was caught in a run down, getting picked off at first base, which allowed Palmer to score.
Shepeck eventually drew a walk and Elisha Handshoe collected an infield single to put runners on first and second with two outs.  The scoring stopped at the one run when Shepeck was out advancing to third on a ground ball to the third baseman.
The Aztecs answered in the bottom of the first on a one-out triple.  San Diego State tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to take control of the game.
After three hits in the first, WMU managed just three more the rest of the game with two of those leading off the fourth inning off the bats of Lynch and Megan Stamm, respectively.  Both were stranded in scoring position with the game tied at one run apiece. 
Jenny Rohn's single up the middle with one out in the sixth wound out being the Broncos' final base hit and Rohn was WMU's last base runner of the game as it went down in order in the seventh.
In the night cap, Western Michigan faced the No. 4 team in the country, and tournament host, Arizona State.  The Sun Devils were a game away from playing for the national title in 2012 and came away with a 7-0 win on the strength of a four-run first inning.
ASU scored runs in chunks in the opening frame, registering a pair of two-run home runs off freshman Allyson Kus.  After the first inning, Kus settled in and pitched well throughout, striking out three batters and registering her first career complete game.
The Broncos weren't without chances in the game after the first, stranding seven runners on the base paths on Saturday night.  WMU loaded the bases in the second and had two runners in scoring position in the third but could not scratch a run across the plate.
All four hits came off the bats of four of the top five batters in the line up.  Palmer, Caity Pixley, Shepeck and Marleen Rodriguez each collected base hits for the Broncos in the loss.
WMU closes out its stay in Tempe with an early morning tilt against Cal State-Northridge with first pitch scheduled for 8:30 a.m. MT.
Ohio  8, East Carolina  1
The Bobcats got off to a very fast start in the second game of the afternoon, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning and never once looking back. Cortez struck out in the first at-bat of the game but was able to make it to first on a dropped ball by the catcher. She then stole second and scored when Walker singled and advanced to second on the throw. Gellerman singled, driving in one more run, Colvin walked, and then King reached first on a nice sacrifice bunt to load the bases. A double to deep right field by Engelman drove in two runs and chased the first pitcher out of the circle early.
Timmie Rappe (Wheaton, Ill.) drove in the final run of the inning, grounding out to second base to bring King around to score.
ECU scored its lone run of the game when Kristi Oshiro tripled down the right field line and was brought around to score courtesy of an Alex Fieldhouse single. Lauren McClary (Pasadena, Texas) was able to shut the Pirates down from this point onward, notching five strikeouts over the course of the final four innings.
Ohio added two runs in the fifth courtesy of a single by Colvin and good heads-up base running by Eyrise to score unearned due to a throwing error by the shortstop. The ‘Cats then tallied their final run of the day when Colvin blasted her second home run of the season—a solo shot to center—to make it 8-1.
The Bobcats will next be in action on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Rider. This game will serve as Ohio’s last action at the 2013 ECU Pirate Classic.
Ohio  3, Cleveland St.  1
Ohio picked up win No. 2 of the weekend in the early afternoon on Saturday, beating Cleveland State by a final score of 3-1. The Bobcats trailed early, yielding one run in the bottom of the first inning before shutting out the Vikings the rest of the way to earn the victory.
In the bottom of the first, Susan Knight tripled to left field and ultimately came around to score when Erica McNew lined out, giving Cleveland State an early 1-0 advantage. Kaylin Clarke (North Royalton, Ohio) settled in from this point, going the distance and only allowing four more hits and zero additional runs throughout the rest of the game.
The Bobcats only scored in the fifth inning of the first game, but that was all it took to claim the victory. King began the inning by singling through the left side. Biz Eyrise (Brookfield, Wis.) pinch ran for the junior and eventually worked her way around to score when Adrienne Gebele (Annapolis, Md.) reached on a fielder’s choice. A double by Cortez then brought in two more runs, setting the ‘Cats up for a 3-1 victory.
Eastern Michigan  7, Butler  0
KENNESAW, Ga. ( – In her first start of the 2013 campaign, Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg), tossed a complete game shutout victory for the Eastern Michigan University softball team. Eastern was able to top Butler University for the second time this season, 8-0.
The Eagles (2-2) scored eight runs on five hits, with Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) leading the way going 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) and Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Catholic Central) each drove in a pair of runs, while Cassidy Jenkins (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) drove in one as well.
Rich (1-0) went five complete innings, walking just two and striking out one. The Perrysburg, Ohio native allowed just three hits in her first win of the season.
Eastern opened the game scoring two runs on a hit and two errors in the first innings. Blaharski poked the first hit of the game and stole second and third to get into scoring position. She later crossed the plate to score the first run of the game. Later in the inning Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) touched home on an error by the Butler catcher.
The Eagles struck again in the third. Blaharski walked to lead off and then followed it up with another steal of second base. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) drove in Blaharski with a single to centerfield, making it 3-0 in favor of EMU.
After not scoring for a pair of innings, the Eagles erupted for five runs in the fifth. Davidson led off the inning with a walk and Blaharski moved her up to second with a single. Stanton took a walk, loading the bases. Coquillard grounded into a double play, which left the bases loaded with one out. Herron came up and drove a ball to leftfield bringing home a pair. Nicholson followed her with a triple to right, scoring another two, making it 7-0. The final run of the game was scored to mercy-rule the Bulldogs when Jenkins hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Nicholson.
EMU continues the 2013 campaign Sunday, Feb. 10, when they complete their portion of the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational. The Eagles square off with KSU at noon at the Bailey Softball Complex.
Eastern Michigan  0, Kennesaw St.  7
KENNESAW, Ga. ( – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped its second-straight contest in the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational Saturday, Feb. 9. The Eagles (1-2) fell to the Kennesaw State University Owls (3-0) by a score of 7-0 at the Bailey Softball Complex.
Abby Davidson (Westerville, Ohio-Olentangy Orange) led the offensive charge going 3-for-4 with a double, while Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Catholic Central) put in a 2-for-2 effort at the plate.
In the circle, Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) got the start for Eastern going 5.1 innings for the Eagles. Wells (0-2) was touched for six runs, on seven hits, while striking out four in the loss. Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) went the final two-thirds for EMU, and allowed one run on three hits. Abbey Mixon took the win for Kennesaw State, going a complete game, striking out 10 for the Owls.
Kennesaw State put up three runs over the first five innings and then caught-fire in the sixth, notching four more runs. The Owls used five hits in the sixth to plate the four runs.
The Eagles continue their 2013 campaign late this afternoon. EMU is scheduled to take on Butler University at 4 p.m. as part of the Georgia Tech/Kennesaw State Invitational. Eastern defeated the Bulldogs earlier in the tournament, 6-1.
Kent State  5, Furman  8
Auburn  5, Kent State  3
AUBURN, Ala. – Despite terrific run production in the first inning of both of its game, the Kent State softball team dropped a pair of games on the second day of the Plainsman Invitational Saturday at Auburn's Jane B. Moore Field.  After winning both games Friday evening, the Golden Flashes fell to host Auburn, 5-3, to start the day and then were defeated by Furman, 8-5, in the nightcap to finish the weekend with an even 2-2 record.
It was déjà vu for the Flashes, who built early leads in both games only to see victory slip away in the later innings.
"The first game was a great game," said head coach Karen Linder. " We battled and hit the ball well and had a chance to tie in the seventh inning with runners n second and third. We just need to find a way to close the door late in games."
Just as they did on the opening day, the Flashes capitalized on opponent miscues to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Auburn. Sophomore Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) drew a walk at the leadoff spot and a Tiger error allowed sophomore Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio) to reach base. A single by junior Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) loaded the bases with zero outs. Two batters later, freshman Shelbi Tilton (Massillon, Ohio) plated Kirkpatrick and Ramos with a single up the middle.
Sophomore Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) cruised through the first four innings for the Flashes, allowing just one hit. Johnson surrendered two runs in the top of the fifth, but was able to get out of a jam, and Auburn left a pair of runners on base.
Kent State responded in the bottom portion of the inning. Consecutive singles by Kirkpatrick and Ramos put runners on second and third with just one out. Kirkpatrick then scored on a sac fly by Ledford to regain the lead.
Auburn tied the game on a home run by Austyn West in the sixth inning. The Tigers were able to take advantage of a throwing error in the seventh to score two runs and take their first lead of the game, 5-3.
Following a leadoff groundout, Kirkpatrick and Ramos delivered back-to-back singles again to force a pitching change. The fifth pitch thrown by Hilary Mavromat was wild, allowing both runners to advance into scoring position. Mavromat was able to get Ledford to line out to first base and then fielded a grounder by junior Kim Morgason (Grove City, Ohio) and threw to first to record the game's final out and her first save of the season.
Johnson (1-1) recorded eight strikeouts for Kent State in the complete game effort. She allowed just three earned runs in the loss. Marcy Harper (2-0) got the win, striking out five batters and allowing two earned runs in 6.1 innings of work.
Kent State also had a big first inning against Furman, this time scoring four runs. Kirkpatrick drew a walk to open the game, and then stole second base. Ramos followed with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error. A wild pitch allowed Kirkpatrick to score and Ramos to advance to third before scoring on a sac fly by Ledford. Two batters later, freshman Erika Warren (North Canton, Ohio) doubled to center. Junior Caitie Kilbane (Westerville, Ohio) capped the scoring with the first home run of the season for the Flashes and forced a pitching change by Furman.
Furman scored twice in the bottom of the first and added another run to make it a one-run game with no outs in the third. Junior Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio) remained composed and retired the next three batters to keep the Flashes ahead.
The Flashes got the run back in the top of the next inning. Kilbane reached on a walk to open the inning and advanced to third on a single by senior Lauren Balodis (North Royalton, Ohio). Freshman Chloe Kesterson (Everett, Wash.) came in to pinch run for Balodis and was thrown out attempting to steal second, but it allowed Kilbane to scamper down the third base line and cross home plate.
In the bottom of the fourth, Furman was able to score four runs to take a 7-5 lead. The Paladins added on an insurance run in the fifth. Kent State's bats went silent the rest of the way and were held hitless over the final three innings.
"We had a great offensive first inning but did not make adjustments after Furman made the pitching change," Linder said.
Furman collected 14 hits in the game. Lauren Collier and Hannah Pace had three hits apiece and combined to drive in five runs.
McNeil (1-1) allowed four earned runs and 11 hits in 5.2 innings. She also struck out five batters. Senior Danielle Abernathy (Adairsville, Ga.) recorded the final out in the sixth inning for the Flashes, a strikeout. Meaghan Houston (1-0) got the win and allowed just on hit and recorded eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings of relief duty. Shelby Parker allowed four hits and four earned runs in 0.2 innings.
"The top of our order is getting on base and allowing us to make things happen," Linder said.
Kirkpatrick and Ramos combined to go 6-for-11 from the plate, drew three walks, and scored five times.
Overall, Linder was pleased with the outcome of her team's opening weekend. "The weekend allowed us to identify some areas we can improve on and we have all next week to focus on strengthening tem since we don't play for two weeks."
Kent State will be back in action in two weeks with four games at the Louisville Invitational from Feb. 22-24.
Akron  4, Georgia Southern  6
Akron  9, Tennessee Tech  2
STATESBORO, Ga. – The University of Akron softball team topped Tennessee Tech 9-2 and lost 6-4 to Georgia Southern in its first competition date of the season on Saturday at the Georgia Southern Tournament.
The Zips (1-1) were down 2-0 to Tennessee Tech (0-1) after the first inning, but posted nine runs off of nine hits over the next four frames en route to a victory in the season opener.
UA put up one run in the bottom of second, and took a lead with a four-run bottom of the third that featured a two-run homer by Cassie Gleisner. Akron extended the advantage with a pair of runs in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth inning.
Erin Seiler went the distance, earning eight strikeouts and allowing nine hits in the winning effort.
Against Georgia Southern (2-0), UA rallied from a 5-0 deficit to pull within 5-4 through six innings.
Rachael Ratcliffe cut the lead to 5-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, and the Zips found the plate once in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth. The Eagles scored their final run of the day off of a two-out triple in the top of the seventh and the Zips went down in order during their final at-bat.
Alissa Birkhimer picked up the loss for UA, tallying six strikeouts and giving up nine hits.
The Zips are back in action on Sunday, facing Tennessee Tech (live statistics) at 9:30 a.m. ET and St. John's (N.Y.) (live statistics) at 11:30 a.m.
Northern Illinois  1, Baylor  4
Baylor 1, Northern Illinois 0
WACO, Texas - The Northern Illinois University softball team dropped a doubleheader with the host No. 22 Baylor Bears at the 12th annual Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas Saturday afternoon.
Originally set as a single game, the Huskies (2-2) and Bears (3-2) moved their Sunday game to Saturday in anticipation of severe weather header for the Waco area Sunday.
The NIU offense was held to one hit on the day, an RBI single by Shelby Miller (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa) scoring Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins), who reached base via an error and stole second to move into scoring position, in the first inning of Game One.
Given an early lead, pitcher Emily Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) held the Bears to five hits through the first five innings before the Bears broke through in the sixth inning with four runs on five hits and one error.
Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) who closed out the first game, started the nightcap and was strong in the circle. The sophomore southpaw held Baylor to one run on two hits. The Bears capitalized on lead-off double, scoring the lone run of the game two batters later.
"She's definitely having a really good start," said Sutcliffe of Sturm. "She's getting confidence every inning she gets under her. She's doing a good job of moving the ball in and out and keeping the batters off balance."
The Huskies conclude play in the Getterman Classic tomorrow morning when Northern Illinois takes on Sam Houston State. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. CT. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at