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Toledo, OH - Toledo was overwhelmed by Akron's offense in 15-5 loss in league action at Scott Park on Saturday afternoon. The Zips combined for 19 hits in the six-inning affair, which tied for the most given up by the UT pitching staff this season. The Rockets drop to 7-21 overall and 1-6 in the Mid-American Conference.
First pitch of game two in the cross-divisional series will be thrown at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Scott Park.
Second baseman Courtney McCarthy homered in her first at-bat and finished 2-for-3 at the dish with two runs batted in. Since beginning the season 5-for-25 (.200) through the first 12 games, McCarthy has hit a blazing .477 (21-for-44) with a team-high eight multi-hit efforts over the previous 14 games. The senior currently leads the team in home runs (five), RBI (19), batting average (.377) and slugging (.652 %).
Right-hander Marla Gooding (4.2 IP, 14 H, 9 ER, 1 K) was roughed up in her seventh start since taking over the top-pitching role.
The Zips jumped ahead early with two runs in the opening frame, while McCarthy's long ball in the home half of the first cut the deficit to one at the time, 2-1.
Akron kept it rolling with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings for a 6-1 lead, and put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth.
UT avoided the eight-run mercy rule with two scores in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-3, but the visitors added five more in the next frame.
Jen Behunin stepped in as pinch-hitter in the last at-bat and came through with a two-out, RBI single up the middle to plate the final UT runs.
Akron starter Erin Seiler (9-10) went the distance while striking out nine Rockets.
Designated player Erinn Wright, catcher Morgan Smith, first baseman Leigh Nebendahl and left field each recorded a hit. Freshman Jessica Lemieux had an RBI single off the bench.
UT committed two errors in the field against UA's lone defensive miscue.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University softball team (10-18-1, 1-4 MAC) came up a little short in what turned into a nail biter at Varsity Field. The University at Buffalo Bulls (7-22, 2-5 MAC) beat the Eagles by a score of 8-7 in the series opener Saturday, April 6.
The Eagles' bats were not quiet throughout the game as they tallied 11 hits in the contest. Abby Davidson (Westerville, Ohio-Olentangy Orange) led the Green and White going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored while Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) added a 2-for-4 performance with her fifth round-tripper of 2013 and a pair of runs scored. Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) added a triple, three runs scored and an RBI in a 2-for-3 day.
Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) got the start for the Green and White, but managed just 1.1 innings of work after being touched up for three unearned runs on five hits. Lindsay Rich (Perrysburg, Ohio-Perrysburg) tossed the next 3.2 innings and allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) tossed the final two innings and was charged with the loss. Wells (0-9) surrendered four unearned runs on four hits.
Buffalo started the first inning by getting a pair of base hits, but Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford (West Liberty)) was able to make two heads up plays and catch both base runners attempting to steal, clearing the bases. A walk and a single later, Anissa Pinedo hit a line shot into shallow left field to bring Alyassa Ward home the first score of the game, to put Buffalo up 1-0 early.
UB's Ryleigh Fitzgerald laid down the sacrifice bunt to move to Bulls into scoring position in the top of the second. A passed ball gave pinch runner Kenzie Koch an opening to come home to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. A catcher interference call allowed the Bulls to score another run and get on-top of the Eagles 3-0.
In the bottom of the second, Loe smashed a groundball through the right side and a miscue by the Bulls' right fielder allowed Stanton to score after singling earlier in the inning. After two innings, EMU trailed 3-1.
Rich started to get it going in the forth, dealing a strike out and luring two Buffalo batters into easy ground outs to quickly end the first half of the inning. Then the offense provided her with a run when Davidson knocked one down the right field line to bring in Stanton. Davidison's RBI cut the Bull's lead to 3-2.
With a 3-1 count in the top of the sixth, Sammi Gallardo homered over the left field fence to push Buffalo's lead to 4-2 and end Rich's day in the circle. Wells came in got two quick outs but a defensive miscue allowed Buffalo to add another run making the score 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth the Eastern bats came to life. With a full count and one on, Stanton hit a triple off the right field fence, scoring Coquillard. Loe then sent Stanton home launching a 1-2 pitch over the left fielder's head to earn a double and bring the Eagles to within one, 5-4. Davidson then tied it up hitting a base hit line that the UB third baseman tried to make a diving stop on but was just out of reach. Davidson's single brought home Elaine Whitbeck (Holland, Mich.-West Ottawa), who was pinch running for Loe. Davidson advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches by the Bulls before an error by Buffalo allowed a Blaharski grounder to turn into another Eagle tally, putting them up 6-5
In the top of the seventh with one on, Gallardo hit a triple that had to potential to bring in the tying run, but a throw from freshman leftfielder Mady Hostetler (New Haven, Ind.-Woodlan) turned that possible run into an out at home plate. After a base hit and then an intentional walk of Ward the bases were loaded to set the Green and White up for a choice of double plays to end the game. However, a dropped throw at home plate tied up the game and a two RBI double by Tori Pettine put the visitors back out in front, 8-6.
Coquillard refused to let her team to go out without a fight, sending a 1-2 pitch yard to position the Eagles back in striking distance, 8-7. The Eagles however were unable to score another run and send the game into extra innings.
Eastern will attempt to avenge the Saturday loss tomorrow, April 7, at 1 p.m. when Buffalo returns to Varsity Field for the final game of the series.
Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan Softball won its sixth-straight game to remain undefeated at Margo Jonker Stadium with a 3-0 win over Kent State on Saturday, April 6. Senior Kara Dornbos gave up no runs in her tenth complete game of the season.
The Chippewas broke the 0-0 tie in the third inning with back-to-back homeruns. Senior Summer Knoop walked with two outs to bring junior Cory Delamielleure to the plate. She hit her second homerun of the week to put Central Michigan up 2-0. Sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer extended the lead hitting a deep homerun over the left field wall.
Dornbos pitched her 58th career complete game, moving her into sixth all-time in program history. She struck out six batters and gave up three hits.
DeLamielleure continued her hot streak at the plate, going 2-2 with two RBIs. She is hitting .571 over the past five games and has seven RBIs. Sexauer went 1-2 for the game.
Lauren Balodis, Lauren Grimes and Dani Ramos accounted for the Flashes’ three hits. Emma Johnson pitched a complete game, striking out six batters and giving up three hits.
Central Michigan and Kent State will play game two of the series on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. in Margo Jonker Stadium.
OXFORD, Ohio – Some timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by freshman Jenna Modic led the Miami University softball team to a 5-2 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. The RedHawks improve to 11-20 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies fall to 11-22 overall and 1-4 in the MAC.
The game remained scoreless until Miami broke through in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Taylor Shuey hit her team-leading third triple of the season to deep right center. Two batters later, Hailey Reed singled up the middle to bring her home and give the Red and White a 1-0 advantage.
The ‘Hawks broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Reed led off the fame with a single down the left field line. Kayla Ledbetter followed with her sixth home run of the season, giving Miami a 3-0 lead. After the Huskies recorded an out, Allie Larrabee doubled to left center and was replaced by pinch runner Brandi Hernandez. A single from Kylie McChesney moved Hernandez up to third base. Remy Edwards scored her on a sacrifice fly. A double by Shuey completed the RedHawks’ scoring as it brought home McChesney and made it 5-0.
Meanwhile Modic was completely shutting down the Northern Illinois lineup. She allowed only two hits through the first five innings. The shutout bid was broken up in the top of the sixth when Nicole Gremillion hit a home run. A pair of hits in the top of the seventh brought home another run and made it 5-2. Paige Myers came in to relieve Modic and recorded a pair of strikeouts to earn her first save of the season.
Modic finished the game having thrown 6.1 innings for her first career win. She allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three.
Shuey was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Ledbetter finished 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Miami and Northern Illinois will complete their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Miami All-Access for those who have a subscription.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University softball team lost a tough game to Ohio Saturday afternoon, falling to the Bobcats by a score of 5-1 at Meserve Field. The loss drops the Falcons’ overall record to 17-12, with a record of 3-4 in MAC play.
Senior Paige Berger collected one of Bowling Green’s two hits in the game, earning a double and a run scored in a 1-for-3 performance. Junior Katie Yoho recorded the lone Falcon RBI, going 1-for-3 on the day. Sophomore Jamie Kertes (6-7) picked up the loss after allowing five hits and two earned runs in 4.0 innings, while also recording five strikeouts. Fellow sophomore Paris Imholz pitched the final 3.0 frames, allowing four hits and three earned runs with two strikeouts.
Ohio got on the board first, thanks to a solo home run from Lauren Gellerman in the top of the first inning. The Bobcats added a second run in the top of the fourth, giving Ohio the 2-0 lead before the Falcons responded with a run of their own.
Berger started the bottom of the fourth with a shot to center field, nearly clearing the fence for an easy double. Yoho followed up with a line drive single through the middle of the infield, allowing Berger to score from second base.
Ohio would answer right back in the top of the sixth, crossing home plate one time on two hits to stretch the Bobcat lead to 3-1. In the top of the seventh, Gellerman hit a two-run shot for her second home run of the day, stretching Ohio’s lead to 5-1 in the final inning. Bowling Green was unable to score again in the contest, giving the Bobcats the conference win.
"Ohio is a good team and I’m not taking anything away from them, but I don’t think we gave them our best shot either,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “Tomorrow we are going to make sure we are aggressive in all facets, and we’ll do everything in our power to get a W and split the series.”
The Falcons are back in action on Sunday, April 7 in an encore match against the Ohio University Bobcats. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - Ball State softball’s first five batters crossed the plate before the first out as the Cardinals rolled to a 13-0 (5 inn.) win over Western Michigan in Mid-American Conference action Saturday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.
With the victory, the Cardinals remain the lone undefeated team in league play at 7-0 and improve to 22-11 on the year. The Broncos fall to 11-19 (2-3 MAC) with the loss.
In the win, junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert became the program’s all-time leader in career RBI, collecting the 154th of her career with a two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth. Gilbert finished the day 2-for-3 with one RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter would drive in a team-high four RBI, with a 2-for-3 day of her own. She blasted a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, while adding her MAC-leading 14th double of the season in the third to plate another run. Carpenter’s 47 career doubles rank second in program history, while her 138 career RBI are third.
Freshman shortstop Selena Reyna added a homer and double of her own in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, while senior catcher Sadie Robertson also went yard in the Ball State victory.
Overall, the Cardinals pounded out 10 hits in the game, including three home runs and three doubles.
Not lost among Ball State’s offensive barrage was the pitching performance turned in by freshman hurler Nicole Steinbach who collected her MAC-leading fourth complete game shutout win of the season. Over five innings of work, Steinbach limited the Broncos to just two hits and one walk while striking out four batters.
After holding the Broncos off the board in the top of the first, BSU sophomore second baseman Taylor Cox reached on an error to open the bottom of the frame. Walks to sophomore right fielder Hanne Stuedemann and Gilbert followed to load the bases for junior first baseman Taylor Rager.
Rager, who went 1-for-2 on the day with a pair of walks, answered the call with a laser shot up the middle to drive in the game’s first two runs. Carpenter would follow with her three-run blast to make the score 5-0. Following BSU’s first out of the inning, Robertson would tally her third home run of the season to make the score 6-0.
Ball State extended its lead to 10-0 by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the second. Gilbert led off the inning with a single, while a Rager and Carpenter reached base on a walk and fielder’s choice respectively. A WMU error on the Carpenter grounder allowed Gilbert to advance to third to load the bases.
Junior third baseman Audrey Bickel would capitalize on the WMU miscue with a sacrifice fly that just missed being a home run to left field to bring home Gilbert. Reyna followed with a two-run double to left field to make the score 9-0. Sophomore designated player Loren Cihlar drove in the final run of the inning on a RBI fielder’s choice.
Following a leadoff walk to Rager in the bottom of the third, Carpenter’s RBI double made the score 11-0.
Reyna would lead off the bottom of the fourth with her second career home run, while Gilbert’s RBI single to right drove in the game’s final run. Sophomore pinch hitter Jessica Craft scored on the play after recording a one-out double.
Becca Shemberger suffered the pitching loss for Western Michigan, falling to 6-9 on the year, as she failed to retire a batter in a starting appearance. She faced five batters and allowed two hits, five runs (four earned) and two walks.
The Ball State softball team closes its two-game series versus Western Michigan Sunday afternoon with a scheduled 1 p.m. first pitch at the BSU Softball Complex.