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Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan swept Buffalo on Friday, April 5, at Margo Jonker Stadium, 7-1 and 6-1. Senior Kara Dornbos and junior Chelsea Sundberg combined to give up two runs on the day in a strong pitching effort.
In game one, the Chippewas took advantage of the Bull’s pitching staff in the second inning, scoring six runs. Sophomore Trista Cox and junior Brittney Horan were hit by a pitch back-to-back to place two on with one out for Central Michigan. The runners advanced on a single by freshman Evelyn Lorimer. Macy Merchant hit her second single of the day to score Cox and Horan, putting the Chippewas up 2-0. Senior Summer Knoop added to the lead with a single up the middle to bring in Lorimer from second base. A third batter hit by a pitch and a walk loaded the bases with one out for Central Michigan, and scored Merchant. The pitching woes weren’t over yet though, with two more runs scoring on another walk and a wild pitch.
Heather Ryder cut into Central Michigan’s lead in the third inning with a lead off, first-pitch homerun over the left field wall.
With a 6-1 lead, Merchant singled to right field to open the fourth inning. After advancing to second on a wild pitch, Merchant stole third for her second stolen base of the game. Knoop collected her second RBI of the afternoon to score Merchant, putting the Chippewas up 7-1.
Merchant led Central Michigan with three hits and two RBIs. Knoop finished 2-4 at the plate and with two RBIs. Dornbos pitched her ninth complete game of the season, giving up one run and five hits.
Ryder led Buffalo with one RBI and finished 1-3 at the plate. She started the game in the circle for the Bulls, but was pulled after giving up five runs in 1.2 innings. Tori Speckman pitched 4.1 innings, giving up three hits and one run.
The Chippewas wasted no time in game two, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. Merchant opened the game with a single to the short stop, her fourth hit of the day. After a Buffalo error and advancing on a Knoop groundout, she stole home for her third stolen base of the series, eleventh of the season.
Sophomore Lauren Smith kept the momentum in Central Michigan’s favor with a two-out triple to right-center field. Lorimer brought her home with a single to put the Chippewas up 2-0.
The bats continued to produce for Central Michigan in the third, putting up three more runs. Sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer singled to center field and moved to second on a passed ball. An error by the right fielder allowed for freshman Katelyn Rentschler to reach first and bring Sexauer in to score. Cox doubled to score another run for the Chippewas, and was brought home by a single from Horan, making the score 5-0.
Central Michigan concluded its scoring in the fifth inning after Cox doubled to right field, and was brought in by a triple from Horan.
Anissa Pinedo opened the seventh inning for Buffalo with a double to right field. After a groundout and strikeout, Ryleigh Fitzgerald singled to left-center to score the runner, cutting into the Chippewas lead, 7-1.
Horan finished 2-3 with two RBIs and a triple for Central Michigan. Cox went 2-3 with an RBI. Merchant stole four bases on the day, brining her career total to 62, moving her into a tie for fourth place all-time in Chippewa history. Sundberg picked up her sixth win of the year and gave up one run on four hits.
Fitzgerald led Buffalo with an RBI and went 1-3 at the plate. Nicole Aviles started in the circle for the Buffalo, giving up four earned runs in 2.1 innings. Speckman pitched 2.0 innings in relief, allowing one hit and no runs.
Central Michigan will take the field again on Saturday, April 6, against Kent State. First-pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Margo Jonker Stadium.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University softball team won both contests against the Akron Zips Friday afternoon, taking game one by a score of 3-0, before completing the sweep with a 2-0 shutout victory.
Junior outfielder Katie Yoho collected one of the Falcons' five hits in game one, going 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI. Junior catcher Erika Stratton also collected an extra-base hit, earning a double while going 1-for-2 at the plate. Sophomore Jamie Kertes (6-6) picked up the complete-game shutout victory, allowing just one hit and striking out six in the contest.
Both pitchers were sensational throughout the early part of the game, taking scoreless performances into the sixth inning. The Falcons finally broke the scoring drought in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs on three hits to jump ahead of the Zips.
Senior Hannah Fulk started the scoring rally with a one-out double, eventually moving to third on a single from Paige Berger in the following at bat. An Akron wild pitch brought Fulk home for the first run of the game, followed by an RBI triple from Yoho for run number two. A groundout from senior Adrienne Dick brought home the final Falcon run of the contest, securing the 3-0 game one win for Bowling Green.
Yoho continued her offensive surge into game two, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run. Sophomore Paris Imholz (11-4) also continued Bowling Green's excellent pitching, allowing just five hits and striking out six in the complete-game shutout win.
The only runs of the game came early, as Bowling Green took the 2-0 lead on two hits in the bottom of the first inning. Berger recorded her fourth double of the season to get on base, before Yoho blasted her fourth home run of the season to left field.
Imholz took control for the remainder of the game, shutting down the Akron bats to give Bowling Green the sweep and improve the Falcons' current winning streak to five games.
Bowling Green is right back on the field Saturday, April 6 in a single game against the Ohio Bobcats. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped a pair of Mid-American Conference tilts Friday, April 5, at Varsity Field as Kent State University topped the Eagles, 4-3 and 11-2.
The Eagles (10-7-1, 1-3 MAC) were leading the Golden Flashes (14-12, 5-1 MAC) 3-0 but Kent put up four runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, which is where the score stayed. Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) led the Green and White, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Beford (West Liberty)) had an RBI, while Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) ripped her seventh double of the 2013 campaign.
Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) got the start for EMU. Ignowski (6-5) allowed four runs on seven hits, while striking out four in 4.2 innings of work. Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) tossed the final 2.1 innings and surrendered just one hit. Emma Johnson (10-6) surrendered three runs, two earned, on eight hits in her 10th win of the season.
Eastern drew first blood out of the gate against the reigning MAC Pitcher of the Week, Johnson, by plating a run in the first. Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport) led off the inning with a hard-hit grounder down the left field line. Jenn Lucas (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney) moved Blaharski up with a sacrifice bunt Herron ripped a liner up the middle to score Blaharski and give the Eagles a quick 1-0 lead after an inning of play.
The Golden Flashes made an attempt to respond quickly in the second, but fell short. Lauren Grimes led the inning off with a single and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from Lauren Balodis. Grimes moved to third on a single by Erika Warren. With runners on the corners and one out, Ignowski perked up, serving up a pair of groundouts to keep the Flashes off the board.
Eastern added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Central Catholic) led off with a single through the left side and Coquillard blasted a double over the head of the centerfielder to put runners at second and third with no outs. Loe pushed a grounder through the left side to score Nicholson and a fielding error by the Kent State catcher allowed Coquillard to come around and score, putting EMU up 3-0.
Kent finally got on the board in the fifth, plating four runs. Jessacca Girona pinch hit and led the inning off with a walk and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. With one out and a runner at second, the Golden Flashes scored their first run when Kim
Kirkpatrick singled to left field scoring Girona from second to make it 3-1. Dani Ramos followed up with an infield single putting runners at first and second before Abbey Ledford ripped an RBI single to left field. After getting Shelby Tilton to groundout, Ignowski walked Grimes to load the bases for Balodis. Balodis hit a soft grounder up the middle, scoring a pair and giving Kent a 4-3 lead, where the score remained through the rest of the game.
Eastern managed just four hits in the 11-2 loss in the nightcap of the twinbill at Varsity Field. Herron drove in both of the Eagles' runs, while Blaharski, Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) and Mady Hostetler (New Haven, Ind.-Woodlan) each had a base knock. Stanton's was a double and Hostetler scored a run in the game.
Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) made the start for the Eagles, going five innings and allowing four runs, three earned on four hits. Wells (0-8) walked five and struck out three. Rich tossed 0.1 innings and Ignowski threw 1.2 for the Eagles. Lauren McNeil (4-5) tossed a complete game, surrendering four hits and two unearned runs, while walking two and striking out three.
The Golden Flashes took advantage of a dropped fly ball by Lucas in centerfield to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Kirkpatrick reached second on the miscue and later scored on a Tilton RBI single.
EMU threatened in the bottom of the fourth as Coquillard landed on first base thanks to a dropped infield popup. Next up was Stanton, who belted a line drive over the KSU centerfielder and against the fence. Coquillard tried to make it home all the way from first, but the relay to the plate was in time to nab her before she could score. Stanton would end up stranded on second and Kent State kept its 1-0 edge.
Wells rolled through the second, third and fourth innings, but hit a rough patch to begin the fifth. Duffy led off with her second walk of the day and nine-hole hitter Kesterson tapped a weak single to short to put two on with nobody out.
That spelled the end of the day for Wells as Head Coach Karen Baird brought Rich into the contest. After giving up a single to Kirkpatrick, Rich got the first out of the inning on a force play at home. The EMU reliever was not so lucky after that as Kent State got two runs across before Grimes delivered a bases-clearing, three-run double to the gap in left center. Ignowski came on to convert the last two outs of the frame, but the Golden Flashes had already increased their lead to 6-0.
The Eagles got on the board with a pair of runs the bottom of the fifth to make it 6-2. Hostetler started things off with a single down the right field line. With one out, Blaharski reached on an infield error and Hostetler scooted over to third. After Blaharski stole second, Herron came through with a two-out single off the left field fence. That knock scored both baserunners, but Herron was thrown out trying to take second base.
KSU sealed the doubleheader sweep with five more runs in the top of the seventh. Wells re-entered the game and inherited a bases-loaded, no-out jam. The junior right-hander made the first two outs while giving up just one run, but Duffy blasted a drive over the left-center field wall for a grand slam. That put the Golden Flashes ahead, 11-2, and sealed the doubleheader sweep for the visitors.
The Eagles continue the MAC schedule Saturday, April 6, with a single game contest with the University at Buffalo. Eastern will welcome the Bulls for a mid-afternoon contest at 2 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball team celebrated its first homestand of the 2013 season with a Mid-American Conference sweep of Northern Illinois Friday afternoon by scores of 5-3 and 9-2 at the BSU Softball Complex.
With the pair of wins, the Cardinals remain the only undefeated team in league play at 6-0. BSU’s overall record also improves to 21-11. The Huskies fall to 11-21 (1-3 MAC) with the losses.
Junior first baseman Taylor Rager provided a pair of highlight hits for the Ball State offense in the second game, tagging leadoff home runs in both the second and sixth innings. Rager, who finished the day 3-for-6 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored, ranks third in program history with 21 career four-baggers.
Junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert added her 13th home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning in the second game, raising her career total to 46. She also collected four RBI on the day to raise her career RBI total to 153 which ties the program record set by Amanda Montalto (2009-12).
Senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter also tallied a home run in the second game, as her 18th career blast followed Rager’s first home run in the second inning.
Sophomore designated player/right fielder Loren Cihlar led BSU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a triple, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. She also drew a walk.
In the circle, BSU’s freshman duo of Nicole Steinbach and Kelsey Schifferdecker combined to limit the Huskies to just 12 hits and four earned runs over the two games. Steinbach improved to 8-7 with the opening game win, while Schifferdecker climbed to 7-2 by taking the nightcap.
The Ball State softball team continues its opening homestand of the 2013 season tomorrow, when MAC West Division rival Western Michigan visits the BSU Softball Complex for a 2 p.m. first pitch.
GAME ONE RECAP: Ball State 5 – Northern Illinois 3
After holding the Huskies off the board in the top of the first, the Cardinals wasted little time taking the lead, as sophomore second baseman Taylor Cox blasted a leadoff double and came around to score on a two-out RBI single down the left field line from Carpenter.
NIU would get the run back in the top of the second thanks to a one-out solo shot from Erika Oswald. However, Ball State retaliated with three runs in the bottom of the frame to pull ahead 4-1.
With one out, freshman shortstop Selena Reyna doubled to left field while both Cihlar and Cox walked to load the bases. Following the Cardinals’ second out, Gilbert singled to center field to drive in the first two runs of the inning. Following a walk to Rager to load the bases again, a pass ball brought home BSU’s third run of the frame.
An RBI single from Amanda Sheppard would cut the BSU lead to 4-2 in the top of the third, but Steinbach would take control of the game from there, holding NIU scoreless over the next three innings.
Ball State posted its fifth and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth thanks to Cihlar’s RBI triple which followed a Reyna single.
The Huskies’ final run came on a Bryanna Phelan RBI single with one out in the top of the seventh. However, the Cardinals would counter with their 21st double play of the season on a pop fly to second base by the next batter to end the game.
In picking up her eighth win of the season, Steinbach limited Northern Illinois to nine hits and three runs over 7.0 innings of work. She would also strikeout one batter while not issuing a walk.
Emily Norton suffered the loss for NIU, falling to 4-13 on the year after allowing six hits and five runs (four earned) over 6.0 innings. She struck out just one BSU batter while walking four.
GAME TWO RECAP: Ball State 9 – Northern Illinois 2
After a scoreless first inning to start the second game, back-to-back home runs from Rager and Carpenter gave BSU a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the second inning.
Ball State doubled its lead to 4-0 after Gilbert’s two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the third which also drove in Cihlar who singled up the middle to open the inning.
A two-run homer run from Jennifer Barnett cut the Ball State advantage to 4-2 in the top of the fourth, but the Cardinals retaliated with five no-out runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Rager opened the bottom of the sixth with her second leadoff home run of the inning, while Carpenter followed with a single up the middle. Following a walk to junior third baseman Audrey Bickel, freshman pinch hitter Emily Dabkowski just missed her first career home run by smacking a RBI double off the top of the wall in left field.
With Ball State leading 6-2 and runners at second and third, Reyna singled up the middle to plate freshman pinch runner Briana Evans. Cihlar would follow by dropping a two-run single into right field to give the game its final score of 9-2.
In picking up her second complete game win of the season, Schifferdecker limited the Huskies to just three hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings. She would also tally five strikeouts in the game while walking just two batters.
Jessica Sturm suffered the loss in the circle for NIU, falling to 7-8 by allowing four hits and four runs over 2.2 innings of work.
Toledo, OH - Toledo grabbed its first conference win of the season while splitting a pair of games with cross-divisional foe Ohio on Friday at Scott Park. The Rockets came-from-behind in the opener for a 4-3 triumph on a walk-off single by senior catcher Morgan Smith. The visitors responded with a 6-0 victory in the second game.
UT (7-21, 1-5 MAC) continues league play when it hosts Akron (13-16, 2-4 MAC) tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Zips were blanked by Bowling Green on Friday, 3-0 and 2-0.
In a crazy, back-and-forth contest, the Rockets entered their final at-bat in the first game on Friday trailing by a run, 3-2. Senior second baseman Courtney McCarthy quickly changed that with a lead-off home run to left field, tying the game and causing the UT dugout to erupt.
A few batters later, Alissa Turkovich advanced Erinn Wright to third and Lindsey Tobias to second on a groundout, setting up Smith's game-winner that found the hole between the third baseman and shortstop.
The Bobcats crossed the plate first on a deep fly by catcher Lauren Gellerman in the third for a 1-0 lead.
UT then took over the lead with two scores in the fourth. First baseman Leigh Nebendahl singled up the middle to score third baseman Lani Ernst and Smith produced a run by wearing a pitch with the bases loaded.
After tying the game with an unearned run in the fifth frame, Ohio gained the late 3-2 advantage when Gellerman took UT starter Marla Gooding deep for the second time in the top of the seventh.
Gooding (3-9) earned her second-consecutive, complete-game victory in the circle after striking out a career-high five Bobcats and scattering five hits.
Tobias led the offensive attack with her sixth three-hit performance (3-for-4) of her career and first of the season. Ernst and Wright each went 2-for-4 at the dish.
McCarthy's fourth long ball of the season marked the third-consecutive time with a round-tripper on the date of a doubleheader. She recorded a home run on Wednesday, April 3 at Dayton and last Saturday, March 30 against Ball State.
OU's Gellerman finished 3-for-4 with two runs knocked in.
Costly miscues on defense and lack of hitting doomed the Midnight Blue & Gold in the later contest. The Rockets finished with more errors (four) than hits (three) for the second time this spring, while it was also the second occasion the UT offense was kept from scoring.
Tobias (2-for-3) doubled and singled for two of the hits, while Wright (1-for-3) collected a single.
Ohio starter Savannah Dorsey (9-5) was strong from the circle with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Sophomore left-hander Alli Beery (4-12) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in three innings of work. Gooding closed out the game with four innings of relief.
This time it was OU first baseman Caitlin Colvin who did damage with two home runs to right field, while breaking OU's single-season home run record in the process.
The Rockets out-hit the visitors 15-13 on the day, with 12 hits in the opener.
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team rebounded to earn a split in its doubleheader with Western Michigan on Friday. After dropping the opener, 15-2, the RedHawks came back to take a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. Miami is now 10-20 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos are 11-18 overall and 2-2 in the MAC.
The RedHawks exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first of the second game. Taylor Shuey led things off with a walk. Tiyona Marshall followed with a perfect bunt in front of the catcher for a base hit. Kayla Ledbetter singled up to middle to load the bases. A groundout by Allie Larrabee allowed Shuey to come home and score to make it 1-0. Hailey Reed walked to reload the bases, while a groundout from Shanyn McIntyre brought home Marshall and made it 2-0. Kylie McChesney completed the exciting inning with a single to left center to score Ledbetter and Reed, which gave the ‘Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Miami received a great combined pitching effort from Jenna Modic and Paige Myers. Modic went the first 3.1 innings and allowed only a single earned run in the top of the second. Myers took over in the middle of the fourth, and gave up only one hit in 3.2 innings to earn the victory. She struck out five.
Reed gave the ‘Hawks an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when she lined a shot over the left field wall for her second home run of the season.
Reed finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with one RBI and two runs scored. McChesney was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Marshall was 2-for-4 with one run scored.
The first game appeared that it was going to be a pitchers’ duel between Myers and Western Michigan’s Becca Shemberger, as it was scoreless through three innings. The Broncos scored two runs in the top of the fourth and four in the top of the fifth to break it open. Miami cut the deficit to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Ledbetter and Marshall scored on an error, but WMU scored nine runs in the top of the seventh to finish off the 15-2 win.
Ledbetter finished the opener 1-for-1 with two walks and one run scored. McIntyre recorded the other hit for the RedHawks.
Miami returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.