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MIAMI, Fl. - The Eagles used a four-run third to propel themselves past the Panthers in the opener, as they scored five runs on seven hits in the opening game of the twinbill. Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) led the offensive charge with a three-RBI double, while Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) posted a pair of base knocks with an RBI and Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) had a pair of runs scored.
In the circle, Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) tossed her fourth complete game in as many starts. Ignowski (4-0) kept her record unblemished as she allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits. The senior struck out three and walked four. Mariah Dawson was charged with the loss for the Panthers after surrendering five runs, four earned, on six hits in three innings. Despite striking out five in three innings, Dawson (3-7) picked up her seventh loss of the 2013 campaign. Shelby Graves tossed the final four innings for FIU. She allowed just one hit the rest of the game.
Eastern opened up the scoring when Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-Saint Francis De Sales) knocked in Coquillard on a two-out single in the first inning. EMU did not score again until a four-run outburst in the third inning. Blaharski led off the inning with a single and later stole second. Coquillard reached on a fielder's choice moving the base runner to third. Stanton drove a ball through the left side, scoring Blaharski to make it 2-0. With two outs and the bases loaded, Lucas came to the plated and ripped a double to right field. The double cleared the bases and gave the Eagles a 5-0 lead with three innings to play.
The five run lead proved to be enough although FIU scored two runs in the bottom of the third, a run in the fourth and one in the seventh. Ignowski was able to get out of a no-out runner on third jam in the seventh, allowing just one run to keep the lead and bring home a win for Eastern.
MIAMI, Fl. - The Eagles did not have the same luck in the nightcap of the doubleheader, dropping the game, 4-1. Despite a stellar pitching performance from Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) who allowed four unearned runs, the Eagles were unable to muster up the offense to top the Panthers. Wells (0-5) pitched all six innings for the Eagles and was unable to pickup her first win of the season. Corinne Jenkins picked up the win for FIU after surrendering just one unearned run in the game. Jenkins (7-1) struck out eight batters in her third complete game of the season.
The Green and White managed just four hits in the loss, two of which came off the bat of Coquillard, who also had EMU's only RBI. Blaharski had a single, while Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Central Catholic) went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The Eagles struck first in the opening inning after Nicholson singled and advanced to third on a pair of errors, setting the stage for Coquillard. The Niles, Mich. native ripped a single to left-centerfield, scoring Nicholson and giving EMU an early 1-0 lead, although it did not last long.
The Panthers struck for four runs in the bottom of the second. Kennah Orr led the inning off with a single for the Panthers. Krystal Garcia later singled, putting runners at first and second with one out. After another Panther out, devastation struck in the form of a two out error which gave FIU a 2-1 lead after a pair scored. Later Kayla Burri hit an RBI infield single to give the Panthers a 3-1 edge. In the next at-bat, Aleima Lopez ripped a single through the left side, giving FIU the final 4-1 tally as neither team could muster any offense through the remainder of the game.
Eastern continues its trip through the Sunshine State when it returns to Boca Raton, Fla., March 7-9, for the Florida Atlantic University Invitational. The Eagles open the invite up with an in-state rivalry matchup as they take on Michigan State University Thursday at 1 p.m. at the FAU Softball Stadium.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green State University softball team (5-4) split with Western Kentucky Wednesday evening. The Falcons fell to the Hilltoppers, 3-1, in game one before defeating WKU by a score of 8-6 in game two.
Junior Erika Stratton collected one of only two hits for the Falcons in the first contest, going 1-for-1 with a single and a run scored. Sophomore Paris Imholz suffered her first loss of the 2013 season, giving up two earned runs and four hits in 4.1 innings. Freshman Braiden Dillow held the Hilltoppers scoreless in relief, allowing just two hits in the final 1.2 innings of play.
Western Kentucky scored the first three runs of the day, crossing the plate in the first, fourth and fifth inning, respectively. Bowling Green’s only run came in the sixth inning, starting with a walk to Stratton to begin the frame. Chloe Giordano was struck by a pitch in the following at bat, putting runners at first and second base. After two-straight strikeouts, senior Andrea Arney reached on a single, moving Stratton home to put the score at 3-1.
The Falcons were unable to cross the plate again in game one, giving the Hilltoppers the decision.
Bowling Green responded with a much better offensive performance in game two, scoring a season-best eight runs in the win. Stratton went 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and three RBI, while Giordano went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Sophomore Jamie Kertes started the contest, giving up three earned runs and striking out three in 4.0 innings of play. After a brief appearance by Dillow, Imholz (4-1) finished the final 2.2 innings with two strikeouts and zero hits allowed.
Western Kentucky started the contest with a surge of runs in the first inning, crossing home plate four times on two hits to take an early 4-0 lead.
The Falcons answered with their best offensive inning of the 2013 season, regaining the lead over the Hilltoppers with five runs on four hits in the top of the second. Singles from Paige Berger and Shelby Fink set the table for a three-run shot from Stratton, her first home run of the season. After a walk and a fielding error put two runners on, Fulk sent a single up the middle, bringing home the final two runs of the frame.
Bowling Green added a sixth run in the top of the third, crossing home plate once on one hit. After a hit batter and a sacrifice bunt, Giordano belted a single to left center for her second RBI of the young season.
Western Kentucky pulled even with the Falcons in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to a two-run home run from Katrina Metoyer.
With the scored tied at 6-6 in the top of the sixth, Bowling Green pulled ahead for the final time with two runs on one hit in the inning. The frame was highlighted by a solo shot from Giordano, marking the first home run of her career and second RBI in the two-game set.
Western Kentucky was unable to solve Imholz for the remainder of the contest, securing the 8-6 win for the Falcons.
“I am proud of the way the team fought today,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “We need to find a way to set a better tone in game one, but the team showed great tenacity coming back time and time again in the second game. I am proud of the effort and team-first mentality we showed, and we look forward to building off today as we finish spring break in Evansville.”
Bowling Green now heads to Evansville, Ind. for a doubleheader with the Purple Aces. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.
Tampa, Fla. - Central Michigan dropped a pair of games at South Florida, 2-1 and 4-1, on Tuesday night. Senior Summer Knoop continued her solid play at the plate, going 1-3 with an RBI in game one.
The Bulls (10-10) jumped on top of the Chippewas (7-6) early in game one, scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning. Kenshyra Jackson opened the inning with a solo homerun to go up 1-0.
Central Michigan responded in the third inning, scoring one run. Third baseman Trista Cox singled to centerfield to start the inning. Junior Lauren Bowman came in to pinch run, and was advance to third on a fielding error by the Bulls. Bowman was brought home by a Knoop single to right field, tying the game 1-1.
South Florida regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Courtney Goff singled to begin the inning, and advanced to third on a CMU error. Stephanie Medina laid down a sac-bunt to score Goff, putting the Bulls up 2-1.
In game one, Knoop led the Chippewas with one RBI and a hit. Senior Kara Dornbos pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run and striking out three batters.
Jackson finished the game 1-2 at the plate with a homerun for South Florida. Goff went 2-2 from the plate with a run. Lindsey Richardson started for the Bulls, pitching 4.2 innings and striking out eight batters. Sara Nevins came in as relief, pitching 2.1 innings and giving up no run.
In game two, Central Michigan scored first, putting up one run in the first inning. Junior Brittney Horan homered to centerfield, her first homerun of the season.
South Florida answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs, going up 3-1. D’Anna Devine singled to start, and was advanced to second on a sac-bunt by Ashli Goff. Medina singled to third base to advance Devine. With runners on the corners, Jackson hit her second homerun of the day to left center.
The Bulls scored once again in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-1 as Lee Ann Spivey hit a solo homerun to left field to start the inning.
Horan finished the game 2-3 with a homerun. Sophomore Chelsea DeLamielleure led the Chippewas, finishing the game with two hits. Junior Chelsea Sundberg started in the circle, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up four runs. Junior Kristen Kuhlman pitched 1.1 innings, striking out one batter and surrendering no runs.
Jackson led South Florida with three RBIs and a homerun in game two. Spivey finished 1-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run. Erica Nunn started for the Bulls and pitched 2.0 innings. Sam Greiner pitched 1.2 innings in relief, striking out one batter. Nevins pitched 3.1 innings to close the game, giving up two hits.
Central Michigan will play Wagner on Friday, March 8, at the USF Tournament.
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