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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The University of Akron softball team picked up two victories Sunday at the Rebel Spring Games in atypical fashion, sneaking by Butler 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, and following that up with an 8-3 offensive rout of North Dakota. The Zips improve to 10-7 overall and have now won five of their last six games.
Cassie Gleisner's single to left and heads-up baserunning in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Akron to take down Butler, 2-1, in game one.
With the score locked at one, UA had one last chance to break the tie before moving to extra innings. Gleisner issued a one out single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Taryn Allmon.
Keelia Nester would reach on an error by Butler's second baseman, moving Gleisner over to third and bring Shawna Hochstetler to the plate. The Zips would not need any last-inning magic from Hochstetler this time around though, as Gleisner saw her window and scored on a passed ball to give Akron the victory.
Erin Seiler went the distance to pick up her fifth win of the year in the cicle, striking out six without walking a batter in seven innings. After giving up a solo home run in the top of the second, the freshman retired the Bulldogs in order for the next four straight innings.
Akron's offense took the North Dakota pitching staff for 11 hits, including two apiece from Rachael Ratcliffe, Gleisner and Nester, as the Zips cruised to an 8-3 victory in game two.
After picking up two quick runs over the first three innings, the Zips blew the game open with a four-run fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
It was Hochstetler again at the plate with the bases loaded and two down. The freshman singled to center field, clearing the bases and eventually scoring herself on the same play due to a throwing error by the UND center fielder. North Dakota made a pitching change to help end the inning but the damage was done.
UND earned two runs back in the bottom of the fourth and another one in the fifth, but the Zips gave themselves a little more insurance with a two-run two-hit seventh inning that featured another RBI single from Gleisner.
Akron concludes tournament play at the Rebel Spring Games on Monday with a doubleheader versus Lehigh (9 a.m. ET) and Fairleigh Dickinson (11 a.m. ET).
RIVERSIDE, CA – The University at Buffalo softball team concluded play at the Mizuno Invitational on Sunday afternoon by dropping a pair of games to the host UC-Riverside. The Bulls fell in the first contest 5-1 and then lost a late lead in the second, losing 4-3.
The Highlanders got out to the 5-0 lead in the opener as freshman Dani Cowan allowed all five runs and seven hits in just 2.1 innings pitched. Junior Tori Speckman came on in relief and pitched a one-hitter over the final 3.2 innings.
Buffalo avoided the shutout in the top of the seventh as sophomore Karly Nevez reached base on a one-out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. She came in to score on a single to right center by classmate Alexis Curtiss.
Senior Alyssa Ward has continued to come on offensively as of late and went 3-for-4 from the plate in the opener. She had three of UB's five hits on the afternoon and had all of the team's hits until the final inning.
The Bulls got off to a quick start in game two as junior Sammi Gallardo hit a one-out home run to left field in the first inning. UC-Riverside scored runs in the second and third to take a 2-1 lead, but Buffalo responded with two in the top of the fourth.
Senior Jessica Griffin hit a two-out double to left center field, which ended up scoring senior Andi Saucier after an error from the left fielder, moving Griffin to third. Griffin came in to score on the next play as freshman Ryleigh Fitzgerald singled to left field. The two runs gave Buffalo a 3-2 advantage, but they were unable to hold on to the lead.
The Highlanders tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth and then took the lead with a run in the bottom of the sixth. The loss was charged to Speckman, who allowed two runs in 2.2 innings of relief. Freshman Nicole Aviles got the start and allowed the first two runs of the game.
Offensively, Buffalo got hits from seven different players, but none had multi-hit games.
The Bulls will remain in California during this Spring Break week and will play a doubleheader at Long Beach State on Wednesday.
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Broncos came from behind not once but twice to close out the USF Under Armour Showcase with a 12-10 victory over Massachusetts, a team that represented the Atlantic-10 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The Broncos took a 2-0 lead when Sabrina Gamboa hit a two-run home run, scoring herself and Melissa Palmer, who led off the game with a single up the middle. UMass climbed out of the two-run hole to take a 4-2 lead into the top of the third. That was the first time WMU took back the lead.
Christina Pigozzi singled up the middle and Gamboa reached on an error. Lauren Nagy followed with a base-clearing double to right center field. Diana Patterson drew a one-out walk and Nagy advanced to third on a passed ball. Caity Pixley plated the third run of the inning on a sac fly to give Western Michigan a 5-4 lead.
Colleen Lynch scored on a passed ball in the top of the fourth to extend WMU's lead to 6-4 but Massachusetts wasn't done. UMass scored five runs on two singles and two triples, added one more in in the fifth to go up, 10-6.
WMU climbed two runs closer in the sixth inning. Palmer led off with a double, Pigozzi drew a walk and Gamboa followed with the inning's second double, advancing to third on a throwing error. Pigozzi and Palmer scored on the play.
For the second game in a row, WMU won a game in its last at bat, scoring four runs in the top of the fourth. Jenny Rohn led off the seventh with a base hit up the middle. Emma Bogart reached on an error. Megan Stamm advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt. Palmer reached on fielder's choice but Rohn scored on the play. Gamboa drew a walk and stole second, setting the stage for Nagy's two-RBI single to left center field, giving WMU the lead for good.
Palmaer went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Gamboa (2-for-3), Nagy (2-for-5) and Rohn (2-for-3) all at multi-hit days at the plate. All RBIs were registered by freshmen for the Broncos with Nagy leading the way with four. Gamboa had three, while Palmer and Pixley each had one.
Earning the win in the circel, another freshman, was Allyson Kus. Kus was the third pitcher in the circle for WMU on Sunday, working 3.1 innings and striking out three, allowing just two earned runs on five hits.
Western Michigan travels to Champaign, Ill., for the Fighting Illini Invitational next weekend (March 15-17), its final early-season tournament to start 2013.
Clearwater, Fla.- Central Michigan concluded the USF Tournament with a 9-1 win over Quinnipiac, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record. Sophomore Carol Ann Sexauer finished the tournament with a team-high four RBIs and six hits.
The Chippewas (10-8) took control over the Bobcats (2-11) in the third inning, scoring two runs to go up 4-0. Senior Macy Merchant started the inning with a single right field, and advance on a throwing error. She advanced to third when senior Summer Knoop grounded out to first base. Junior Brittney Horan hit a single to left field to score Merchant, and then stole second base. A double to left field by Sexauer scored Horan, extending the lead to 4-0.
Central Michigan added to the lead in the top of the fourth with a run by Raechel Zahrn. Karly Hansen reached based on a walk after freshman Katelyn Rentschler grounded out to short. Zahrn came in to pinch run, stole second base and was moved to third on a sac-bunt by freshman Taylor Waters. Merchant brought Waters home with a single to right field, making the score 5-0.
Quinnipiac answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with a homerun by Jordan Paolucci to center field.
The game ended after the fifth inning when the Chippewas put up four more runs to move the lead to 9-1. Sexauer started the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the shortstop. Junior Cory DeLamielleure advanced Sexauer with a single to center field. The bases were loaded by third baseman Trista Cox knocking a single to right. Renstchler brought home two baserunners with a single, and Cox scored on a fielder’s choice by Hansen. Hansen closed out the scoring when senior Summer Knoop brought her home with a single to left.
Central Michigan took an early lead, putting up two runs in the top of the first inning. Merchant reached on a bunt and advanced to second on a throwing error by the third baseman. Knoop brought Merchant in to score with single down the rightfield line. Horan represented the second run of the inning, reaching with a double to left-center. She scored on a sac-fly by Sexauer.
Knoop, Rentschler, and Sexauer finished with two RBIs each. Merchant finished the game 4-4 at the plate with two runs and an RBI. Morgan Yuncker pitched a complete game, giving up one hit and one earned run.
Paolucci led the Bobcats with one hit and a homerun. Hannah Lindsley pitched four innings, surrendering five earned runs and striking out zero batters. Sydney Robey finished the game for Quinnipiac, giving up five hits and two earned runs in 1.0 innings of work.
The Chippewas will be back in action on March 15 at Indiana against Illinois-Chicago and the Hoosiers. Central Michigan will play five games in three days of competition.
ROCK HILL, S.C.—Kent State shook off its struggles at the plate yesterday and earned a 5-3 victory over Delaware State in eight innings to conclude action at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational on Sunday.
The Golden Flashes (8-10) fell behind once again before rallying for a pair of runs in the sixth inning to tie the game, 3-3. Senior Lauren Balodis (North Royalton, Ohio) and sophomore Kim Kirkpatrick (Olmsted Falls, Ohio) added RBI singles in the eighth to finish the weekend with a 3-2 record.
"I'm happy we were able to get another win by coming from behind," said head coach Karen Linder. "Our players stayed confident and continued to battle throughout the game."
Delaware State's bats were hot early and the Hornets converted five hits in the second inning into a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Kent State was held to just two hits over the first three innings.
The Golden Flashes saw their bats come alive in the top of the fourth, however. Singles by Dani Ramos (South Euclid, Ohio), Shelbi Tilton (Massillon, Ohio), and Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) loaded the bases with just one out. A passed ball then allowed Ramos to score.
Freshman Erika Warren (North Canton, Ohio) tied the game in the top of the sixth with a single that scored two runs. Warren moved into scoring position on a single by Ariele Patterson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and tried to score the go-ahead run on a single by Ramos, but was thrown out at the plate.
"Erika Warren's two-RBI hit in the sixth that tied the game was just huge for us," Linder said.
Grimes was placed at second base to begin the eighth inning but did not remain there for long, as Balodis brought her around for the winning run with a single. A single by Kirkpatrick later in the inning scored Michele Duffy (Phillipsburg, N.J.), who was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning.
The Golden Flashes collected a season-best 12 hits in the win. Ramos went 3-for-4 while Tilton, Grimes, and Warren had two hits apiece. Warren collected the Flashes' only extra-base hit of the game with a triple in the third inning.
Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) entered the game in the second inning and earned the victory for the Golden Flashes. Johnson (6-6) held the Hornets scoreless and record six strikeouts in 6.2 innings of relief work. She did not allow a hit over the over the final four innings and retired 13 straight batters to end the game.
"Emma did a nice job of shutting them down late with four consecutive 1-2-3 innings," Linder said.
Kent State hosts Youngstown State in a doubleheader at the Diamond at Dix on Wednesday, March 19.
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - A late rally in the final two innings was not enough for the Northern Illinois University softball team as it dropped a 6-5 decision to host Cal Poly in the final game of the Mustang Classic Sunday at Bob Jenssen Field.
"Obviously, showing the resiliency to come back in the sixth and seventh inning and give us a chance to win showed a lot of fight," said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. "That's kind of been a theme all weekend.
"We've proven we're not going to give up and we're going to continue to fight til the last out. Unfortunately, we're not sharp enough on defense early on to give us enough of a chance to pull games out right now."
Trailing 5-0 heading into the top of the sixth, the Huskies (6-12) scored two runs on two hits and capitalized on a Mustang (8-16-1) error to pull within three. Bryanna Phelan (Coal City, Ill./Coal City) started the inning by reaching on an error and advanced to second on an Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) single up the middle. With runners on second and third with one out, Jennifer Barnett (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncali) singled up the middle to score Phelan and Kristyn Barrett (Monticello, Ill./Monticello), who pinch ran for Sheppard.
However, Cal Poly came back with an insurance run in the bottom of the frame to take a 6-2 lead into the final inning. Northern Illinois battled in the top of the seventh inning.
Pinch hitter Jessica Sturm (Goddard, Kan./Goddard) led off the inning with a single. Phelan kept the inning alive with a two-out single and Jillian Mattor (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Beach), who re-entered the game for Sturm, advance to third on the throw. Sheppard cleared the bases with her first homer of the year with a blast to right field and clearing the bases and pulling NIU to within a run of tying the game. Unfortunately for NIU, Nicole Gremillion (Missouri City, Texas/Elkins) grounded out to first base to end the rally and the game for NIU.
Cal Poly's big inning came in the bottom of the second when the Mustangs scored four runs. Cal Poly scored six runs on 10 hits and three Huskie errors.
The top of the order did much of the damage for NIU as Phelan led the way going 3-for-4 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Sheppard went 2-for-3 on the afternoon with three RBIs and a run scored from the two hole, while Barnett was 1-for-3 with two RBIs from the clean-up spot.
Northern Illinois returns to the diamond Tuesday when the Huskies travel to Northridge, Calif. for a doubleheader with Cal State Northridge. First pitch for Game One is set for 3 p.m. with the second game to follow.
LOUISVILLE - The Miami University softball team completed play at the Red and Black Tournament with a pair of defeats on Sunday. In the opener, the RedHawks fell to Austin Peay, 5-1. The nightcap saw the Illinois State Redbird offense explode in a 16-1 victory in six innings over Miami. The RedHawks are now 2-13 on the season.
Austin Peay (7-5) broke up the scoreless opener with two runs in the bottom of the second. It remained that way until Miami got on the board in the top of the sixth. Taylor Shuey led off with a single to right field. Kayla Ledbetter sacrifice bunted her over to second. Allie Larrabee would score Shuey with a single to left field that cut the deficit to 2-1.
The Governors were able to put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The RedHawks put together a threat in the top of the seventh after Remy Edwards led off with a double, but they were unable to get a run across.
Shanyn McIntyre was Miami's top hitter against Austin Peay, finishing 2-for-3. Larrabee was 1-for-3 with one RBI.
The Illinois State (13-11) offense was extremely potent on Sunday as it put up 16 runs off of three RedHawk pitchers. The Redbirds were helped by two Miami errors that caused nine of those runs to be unearned. In front 8-1 in the top of the sixth, Illinois State scored eight in the frame to force the run-rule victory.
Miami got its run in the bottom of the first inning. Tiyona Marshall led off with an infield single and then stole second. Ledbetter would follow with a single to score her.
Ledbetter finished the nightcap 2-for-3 with one RBI. Marshall, McIntyre, Jenna Modic and Kylie McChesney also picked up hits for the 'Hawks.
Miami heads to San Diego over spring break where it will play a total of seven games. It starts with a doubleheader on Wednesday when the RedHawks take on Southern Utah at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and host San Diego State at 10 p.m. (EDT). Miami then participates in the San Diego Classic. On Thursday it faces UT-Arlington at 4 p.m. (EDT). Friday features games against Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and Long Beach State at 10 p.m. (EDT). The tournament concludes on Saturday with contests against Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) and Harvard at 10 p.m. (EDT).
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Bowling Green State University softball team (8-7) lost two games in the final day of the Evansville Tournament, falling to Murray State, 6-4, and Southeast Missouri, 4-1.
Freshman Marisa Shook had the best game of her young career against Murray State in game one, going 2-for-2 with her first career home run and three RBI. Senior Hannah Fulk also had a solid game, hitting her first home run of the season in a 1-for-4 performance. Sophomore Paris Imholz started the contest, giving up three runs on five hits. Sophomore Jamie Kertes (3-3) was credited with the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in the final 2.0 innings of play.
The Falcons got on the board first, thanks to a solo home run from Fulk in the very first Bowling Green at bat of the day. Murray State responded with six-straight runs, including two in the top of the second and four in the top of the fifth.
Trailing, 6-1, heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Falcons started a rally, scoring three runs on just one hit in the frame. Sophomore Shelby Fink started the inning with a walk, eventually moving over to second on a ground out in the following at bat. After a walk to junior Erika Stratton, Shook belted a three-run homer to cut the Racer lead to two.
Despite the rally, Bowling Green was unable to score again in the seventh frame, giving Murray State the 6-4 victory.
The Falcons didn’t fare any better in the second contest of the day, losing to Southeast Missouri by a score of 4-1. Fulk collected one of Bowling Green’s five hits in the game, going 1-for-4 with an RBI. Kertes (3-4) started the game, giving up three earned runs and four hits in 1.0 inning of play. Imholz pitched 5.0 innings of relief, allowing one earned run and striking out two.
The RedHawks came out on fire in the bottom of the first, putting up three runs on four hits to jump out to the early 3-0 lead.
The Falcons answered with a run in the top of the fifth, coming on three hits in the frame. With Shook on first base, freshman Lexie Valone hit a sacrifice bunt, moving Shook to second on the play. Fulk singled to right field in the next at bat, bringing Shook home for the only Falcon run of the game.
SEMO added another run in the bottom of the fifth, securing the 4-1 win for the RedHawks and giving Bowling Green a 5-5 record on the week. The Falcons hit the field again on Saturday March, 16, facing off against the University of Dayton in a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
CLEARWATER, FL – Toledo could not salvage a win on the final day at the Under Armour Classic, as they lost another heartbreaker to Wagner, 7-6. On Saturday, UT battled back to an 8-8 tie with Penn State after trailing 6-1, but could not hold on. Today, the Rockets were one out away from a 6-4 victory, but the Eagles scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the game.
UT finishes the weekend 0-5 and falls to 5-12 overall. The team is back in action next weekend at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, IN.
Down two runs, the first hitter singled to lead off the final inning for Wagner, followed by an error in the infield to put two Eagles aboard. Toledo seemed to grab control of the inning after a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners and a fly out brought up the bottom of the lineup with two outs.
However, Wagner DH Jessica Albarran provided the big blow with her second two-out, two-run double of the game to right field, scoring both runners and tying the game at six. Abigail Beasley singled to left in the next at-bat, moving Albarran to third and Carley Nicoletti ended the game with a walk-off single to right.
UT senior 2B Courtney McCarthy stayed hot after Saturday’s 5 RBI performance with another 2-for-3 effort and RBI at the dish. She finished 5-for-9 over the final three games with 8 runs knocked in and her first home run of the season versus Penn State.
Junior DP Erinn Wright connected on her first long ball in her second consecutive multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. Wright’s homer came in the fifth after McCarthy led off the inning with a double.
Freshman Marla Gooding (1-3) took the loss after giving up zero earned runs in relief for starter Alli Beery (3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 K, 1 BB).
The Midnight Blue & Gold got on the board with a McCarthy RBI single in the third that scored senior C Morgan Smith for the 1-0 lead.
UT used small ball and tacked on two more runs in the fourth to extend the lead. With one away, freshman 3B Jen Behunin and junior SS Lani Ernst recorded back-to-back singles to the right side. Morgan Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to allow Behunin to score and sophomore LF Alyssa Smith brought Ernst in on sacrifice bunt later in the inning.
Wagner answered with four runs in the bottom half to claim its first lead of the game, 4-3. Albarron knocked in the first two runs with a double to left center. Beery hit the next batter and threw a wild pitch, before giving up another two-run double to left field.
Wright’s blast to left center reclaimed the lead for the Rockets and senior RF Lindsey Tobias came across on a Behunin grounder for the 6-4 advantage.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth before Wagner’s three-run seventh inning.
Wagner used three pitchers as Samantha Bedker (1-1) earned the win after allowing a hit in 1.2 innings of relief.
Senior CF Kristen Roznoski and sophomore 1B Leigh Nebendahl had the other two hits for Toledo.
Wagner racked up 12 hits and committed two errors. Toledo had nine base knocks with one costly error.