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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Head coach Kathy Leitke earned her 600th career coaching victory as Western Michigan softball picked up a pair of wins at the USF Under Armour Invitational on Saturday.
"We needed to get some wins today after a tough day yesterday, that is for sure. Of course the [win] number just says how long I've been doing this. Thank goodness for Jamie [Spitale] and other assistants, staffs and may great teams," Coach Leitke said.
The day began with a 3-1 win over Stephen F. Austin, a team that WMU had never faced but had defeated North Carolina, then ranked No. 23, on Feb. 16. The Broncos loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks and two batters hit by a pitch, the last being Elisha Handshoe who registered the RBI, plating Diana Patterson to give WMU a 1-0 lead.
SFA scored an unearned run in the third to even the score but that would be the only run allowed by Becca Shemberger in the circle. The sophomore matched a career high with nine strikeouts, earning her second win of the season.
WMU took the lead back for good in the top of the fifth when Jenny Rohn, who is hitting .636 (7-for-11) during the tournament, scored on a Diana Patterson ground out after leading off the inning with a base hit through the right side. The Broncos added an insurance run in the sixth. Melissa Palmer drew a lead off walk and later scored on a Lauren Nagy single to left field.
Stephen F. Austin put the tying run on base and brought the winning run to the plate on an infield single and getting hit by a pitch but Shemberger forced a ground out and got the final batter to strike out looking to end the threat and the game.
Leitke's milestone victory came against Saint Joseph's later in the day. The Broncos roughed up the Hawks to the tune of a 7-1 win. In two all-time meetings against SJU, Western Michigan is 2-0 and has outscored the Hawks, 21-1.
The effort was helped in part by the long ball as Sabrina Gamboa hit her second home run of the season in the third inning and Nagy belted her first career home run in the fifth.
The three-run third inning would be all the offense the Broncos would need as Christina Pigozzi scored when Patterson reached on a fielding error and then Gamboa did the rest.
Nagy pushed it back to a three-run advantage in the fifth. Marleen Rodriguez's second career double and score pushed the advantage to 5-1 in the top of the sixth. WMU scored two more in the seventh. Caity Pixley led off with a walk followed by a base hit to center field with Pixley scoring from first. Rohn mirrored Bogart's hit to center field and Bogart followed suit by also scoring from first to give Western Michigan its winning margin.
Bogart and Rohn both went 3-for-4 against Saint Joseph's, while Nagy and Pigozzi were 2-for-4 and Palmer went 2-for-5.
The Broncos look to close out the tournament with a winning record, currently sitting at 2-2, with a rematch against No. 17/19 Kentucky awaiting them Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan went 2-0 on day one of the USF Under Armour Tournament. The Chippewas opened the day with a 5-1 victory over Providence College, and won the nightcap, 8-3, over St. Joseph’s.
Central Michigan (4-3) got off to a quick start against the Friars (2-4), putting up three runs in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Macy Merchant started the inning with a bunt to get on base. Britteny Horan followed suit with a single to left field, advancing Merchant to second. Freshman first baseman Katelyn Rentschler advanced Merchant and Horan with a single to load the bases with one out. Junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure brought in Merchant and Horan with a two-run single to right field. The Chippewas scored their third run of the inning when Rentschler stole home from third, her third stolen base of the season.
CMU extended its lead to four in the second with a Horan single to right field that scored Merchant from second.
Providence cut into the Chippewas lead in the bottom of the third. Kiarra Baldassari singled to get on base, and advanced to second on a ground out by Shanelle Harrell. With one out and a runner on second, Kristie Dederick doubled to center field to score Baldassari, making the score 4-1.
After three scoreless innings, sophomore Chelsea DeLamielleure doubled to left at her first at-bat of the season. Junior Lauren Bowman came in to pinch run and scored Central Michigan’s fifth run on a wild pitch by Kiara Amos.
Cory DeLamielleure was 1-3 at the plate with her first two RBIs of the season. Horan and Merchant both had two hits. Horan hit her fourth RBI of the season, and Merchant earned her third stolen base of the season, tied for most on the team with Rentschler. Senior Kara Dornbos earned her second win of the season and 40th of her career. She pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and one earned run.
Dederick led the Friars with one RBI. Sarah Kitterman was 1-3 at the plate with one double. Emily O’Keefe started in the circle, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up four earned runs. Amos pitched 5.0 innings, surrendering one hit and one earned run.
The Chippewas fell behind 2-0 to St. Joe's (4-1-1) after two frames but scored at least one run in each of the last five innings to post a 8-3 victory.
The Hawks jumped out to the early lead in the second inning with back-to-back singles by Brandi Harkness and Deanna Stinner. Sarah Yoos singled to score one run, and then Dana Parks brought in Stinner with a an RBI single.
Central Michigan responded in the third inning with an RBI single by Knoop to score Merchant. The Chippewas would add another in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Third baseman Trista Cox and junior Raechel Zahrn singled to start the sixth inning. Horan reached on balls, and senior rightfielder Summer Knoop was then hit by a pitch, scoring Cox. The bases were still loaded for Renstchler when she hit a two-run single to score Zahrn and Horan, making it 6-2 CMU.
In the seventh, the Chippewas added two more runs to extend their lead to 8-2. Cory DeLamielleure walked to start the inning, and Zahrn followed with a single. After two wild pitches with Merchant at the plate, both DeLamielleure and Zahrn came into score.
St. Joseph’s closed the game with a homerun by Nicole Palase to make it an 8-3 ballgame.
Knoop and Rentschler finished the game with two RBIs each. Kristen Kuhlman earned her second victory on the season, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up one run. Junior Chelsea Sundberg pitched 3.1 innings to start, giving up two runs and striking out two.
Palase led the way for the Hawks, going 2-4 at the plate with a homerun. Liz Mendez pitched a complete game, giving up 11 hits and striking out nine.
The Chippewas will be back in action tomorrow against No. 19 Kentucky at 2:45 p.m., and then again at 5 p.m. against Loyola Chicago.
TAMPA, Fla.—The Kent State softball team split a pair of game Saturday at the USF Under Armour Invitational. The Golden Flashes (4-8) dropped a 9-3 contest to Georgia State and bounced back for a 3-1 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
"I was very happy with ho we responded in the second game to beat Florida Gulf Coast," head coach Karen Linder said. "It was a big win for us."
After allowing two runs in the top of the first against Georgia State, the Golden Flashes responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) walked and Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio) was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) then brought Kirkpatrick around to score with a single. After Shelbi Tilton (Massillon, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice, the Flashes had the bases loaded with no outs. Only one more run would score, as Ramos was able to come home on a passed ball.
Georgia State scored the next seven runs before Kent State was able to produce another run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jessacca Gironda (Akron, Ohio) got a leadoff single and advanced to third base on a single by Ledford. A successful double-steal attempt allowed Gironda to cross home plate.
Ledford went 4-for-4 from the plate, accounting for more than half of the Flashes' seven hits. Callie Alford, Jessica Clifton, and Paige Nowacki drove in a pair of runs each for Georgia State. Alford had the only home run of the game.
Katie Worley (5-3) got the win for the Panthers. She allowed two runs in five innings and had three strikeouts. Lauren McNeil (Akron, Ohio) received the loss for the Flashes.
Against Florida Gulf Coast, the Flashes received a brilliant performance on the mound from sophomore Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio). The MASCOT managed just two hits off Johnson and were shutout after striking first with a run in the third inning.
"Emma had one of the best performances of her career, throwing a two-hitter against a very good team in Florida Gulf Coast," Linder said. "And really, it should have been a one-hitter but there was a bad hop on a grounder in the seventh that would have been a routine play."
The Golden Flashes offense showed that it had its pitcher's back by getting that run right back in the bottom of the third. Kirkpatrick drew a leadoff walk and was moved to second on a groundout by Ramos. Ledford's bat remained hot, and her single put runners on the corners. Tilton then delivered a single to bring Kirkpatrick home and tie the game.
In the fourth inning the Flashes had just one hit, but capitalized on Eagles' miscues to score the final two runs of the game. Following a strikeout to open the inning, Lauren Balodis (North Royalton, Ohio) and Lauren Kesterson (Everett, Wash.) reached on back-to-back walks. Fielding errors on consecutive batters allowed Gironda, who had inch-run for Balodis, to score the go-ahead run. A single by Ledford brought Kesterson home to conclude the scoring.
Johnson (3-4) earned her second win in as many days at USF. She struck out 10 batters in the complete game victory. Shelby Morgan (4-3) took the loss for Florida Gulf Coast. She allowed all three runs in four innings of work, but just two of them were earned.
Ledford was superb at the plate in both games, reaching safely in all eight of her plate appearances. She finished the day with seven hits, two RBI, and a stolen base.
There is one game remaining at the weekend tournament, as Kent State will play Quinnipiac on Sunday at 9 a.m.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Toledo blanked Illinois, 6-0, and fell short against South Florida, 8-2, in back-to-back games on the second day of action at the Under Armour Invitational. UT moves to 3-6 on the season and will play Loyola Chicago on Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the finale at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
Sophomore pitcher Alli Beery threw a one-hitter against the Illini for her first win and third-career shutout. The lefty struck out four batters and allowed three walks in seven innings. Toledo only managed four hits, but came through with timely hits late in the game.
Senior center fielder Kristen Roznoski beat out an infield single in the top of the third, then stole second and third to put pressure on Illinois starter Pepper Gay. Junior Erinn Wright walked, and sophomore Allissa Turkovich came in to pinch run and was called on to steal. Turkovich took off for second, and the defense played it perfectly by cutting the throw off from the catcher, but Roznoski was too quick and came in to score on the double steal for the 1-0 lead.
UT kept the one-run lead until tacking on three more runs in the sixth. Wright doubled to lead off, and later reached third on a groundout. Sophomore first baseman Leigh Nebendahl hit a grounder to second, and again the Illinois defense made a strong play with a great throw to the plate, but pinch runner Allison Beard slid under the tag for the run. With two outs, junior Lani Ernst hit a double to shallow right and freshman Jessica Lemieux followed with a pinch-hit, two-run single, putting the Rockets ahead, 4-0.
Again with two outs, the Rockets started a rally when senior Courtney McCarthy reached first on an errant throw on a bunt. Gay then walked senior Lindsey Tobias, hit the next two batters and walked Ernst, causing two more runs to come across.
Gay was charged with the loss after allowing all six runs (two unearned) on four hits, six walks and seven strikeouts.
Tobias’ eight-game hit streak was snapped after going 0-for-3, but she reached base safely for the ninth-consecutive contest.
Roznoski was credited with three stolen bases.
UT left eight runners on base and committed two errors. Illinios committed the one costly error in the final inning, while stranding five runners.
Toledo’s bats were silenced in the second game by South Florida as the Bulls got on the board early and never relinquished the lead.
USF plated three runs on Beery in the first frame on two hits with two outs, then added another in the second on a single for the early 4-0 advantage.
The Rockets got on the board with two runs in the top of the third. Senior catcher Morgan Smith and sophomore left fielder Alyssa Smith led off with the only hits of the game for UT. Morgan moved to third on a throwing error on Alyssa’s hit, then scored on a wild pitch. Alyssa stole third and came in after an illegal pitch to cut the USF lead to 4-2.
Beery (4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 BB) was unable to get out of the fifth inning unscathed and was relieved by freshman Marla Gooding after allowing a two-out , RBI single up the middle. Then, still with two outs, Gooding plunked the first batter she faced with a runner on a third, allowing the Bulls to take a 6-2 lead.
The game was put out of reach in the final inning when USF’s Stephanie Medina launched a two-run homer to center off Gooding (1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R).
Sam Greiner earned the win for South Florida with four strikeouts in four innings of work. Sara Nevins recorded six strikeouts in three flawless innings of relief.
Each team committed two errors as the Rockets stranded two runners to the Bulls’ eight.
The two total hits are a season-low for Toledo as they are hitting .256 as a unit.
BOCA RATON, Fla. - - The Ball State softball team opened the second day of the FAU Classic with a 9-1 (6) victory over league foe Eastern Michigan, before falling to Michigan State 4-2 in its second game Saturday.
With the split, the Cardinals' record moves to 8-5 on the season and to 2-2 so far in the FAU Classic hosted by Florida Atlantic.
The Cardinals conclude play in the tournament Sunday, with a 9 p.m. scheduled first pitch versus Jacksonville.
Junior third baseman Audrey Bickel gave the Ball State softball team its first walk-off victory of the season with a three-run homer over the left field wall to complete a 9-1 (6 inning) run-rule of Mid-American Conference foe Eastern Michigan in non-conference action Saturday morning on the second day of the FAU Classic.
After falling behind 1-0, the Cardinals rallied to score the game's final nine runs behind to back up a solid effort in the circle from freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker. In improving to 4-0 in the circle this season, Schifferdecker limiting the Eagles (3-5) to just one run and four hits over 6.0 innings of work. She also struck out on batter.
Bickel's home run was her fourth of the season, and helped her finish the game 1-for-2 at the plate with four RBI, one run scored and a walk.
Sophomore Taylor Cox led the Ball State offense with two hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored. Sophomore right fielder Hanne Stuedemann added her first triple of the season in a 1-for-3 effort, while also driving in two runs, scoring once and logging a walk.
Eastern Michigan got on the scoreboard first, with a first-inning RBI single from Nellie Coquillard.
After being held scoreless in the first, the Cardinals tallied their first three runs of the game in the bottom of the second. Sophomore catcher Jessica Craft drove in the first two runs with a two-run double which plated senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter (fielder's choice) and freshman shortstop Selena Reyna (hit by pitch). Cox would follow with a RBI single to center, driving in Craft.
Ball State extended its lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fourth, with Stuedemann's triple driving in the first two runs. Cox led off the inning with a bunt, while freshman designated player Briana Evans reached on an error to set up Stuedemann. BSU's final run of the frame came on a sacrifice fly from Bickel.
Bickel would end the game with one out in the sixth after back-to-back one-out walks to Stuedemann and Gilbert preceded her first-pitch home run.
Lindsay Rich (1-1) picked up the pitching loss for Eastern Michigan, allowing three runs and three hits over 1.1 innings of work.
Despite scoring the game's first two runs, the Cardinals suffered a 4-2 setback to Michigan State (9-6) in its final game of the second day of the FAU Classic.
Senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter led the Cardinals at the plate versus MSU by going 2-for-3, while sophomore designated player Hanne Stuedemann and freshman shortstop Selena Reyna each tallied a double.
With one out in the second, Ball State would push across the game's first run on a walk to senior catcher Sadie Robertson which was followed by a RBI double from Reyna.
Stuedemann led off the third inning with a double of her own, and after advancing to third on a wild pitch would come around to score on a RBI single from junior third baseman Audrey Bickel.
Michigan State managed to tie the game in the bottom of the third on a two-run double from Sarah Bowling.
MSU would score what proved to be the game-winning runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out double down the line from Jayme O'Bryant.
Despite limiting the Spartans to six runs and four hits over 6.0 innings, freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach picked up the loss for the Cardinals, falling to 3-3 on the year. Steinbach would strike out four batters in the contest, while walking just two.
Kelly Smith earned the win for Michigan State by striking out 14 batters and limiting BSU's offense to just two runs and seven hits over 7.0 innings. MSU's ace improved to 7-2 with the win.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team topped Harvard University in its fourth game and final game of the 2013 FAU Classic. Despite the Crimson coming back to tie the game 1-1 in the fifth, the Eagles were able to tack on a pair of runs in the sixth to take the game, 3-1.
Eastern (4-5) was led by a solid pitching performance from senior Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) who tossed a complete game for EMU. Ignowski (3-0) allowed just one unearned run on seven hits. The Niles, Mich. native punched out a pair and walked one. Jamie Halula was on the hook for the loss for the Crimson (1-2). Halula (0-1) allowed three runs on five hits in the loss.
Offensively, Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill-Lockport Township) went 2-for-2, while Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double. Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Central Catholic) had a double and a run scored, while Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-Saint Francis De Sales) and Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford (West Liberty)) each drove in a run for Eastern.
Herron was got on base with a one-out walk and was later advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Stanton in the bottom of the second. With two out and Herron at second base, Loe roped a single to centerfield, giving Eastern a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
The Crimson was next to strike after Shelbi Olson singled in Andrea Del Conte in the top of the fifth to tie up the game, 1-1.
Eastern regained its lead in the sixth inning when it put up a pair of runs. Nicholson got on with a one-out double, allowing Coquillard to score her in the next at-bat with a double of her own, giving EMU a 2-1 lead. The Eagles extended the lead to the final tally of 3-1, when Herron singled to leftfield scoring Elaine Whitbeck (Holland, Mich.-West Ottawa) who pinch ran for Coquillard.
Eastern takes a day off until returning to the FAU Softball Stadium to take on Florida Atlantic University Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m. in Boca Raton.
Bowling Green and Buffalo games cancelled due to weather.