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Toledo, OH - Senior Lindsey Tobias delivered a walk-off grand slam to lift Toledo past Akron in extra innings on Sunday, 6-2, capping off a thrilling comeback by the home team. UT trailed the entire game until fellow senior Morgan Smith tied it with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, just two days after her walk-off single against Ohio, as the Rockets evened the cross-divisonal series with the Zips 1-1.
Tobias' game-winning blast is her fourth long ball of the season and 21st of her career, moving her into sole possession of second place on the all-time UT home run list.
It was the first extra-inning victory of the season for the Midnight Blue & Gold, as they improve to 8-22 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference.
Starter Marla Gooding (4-10) rebounded nicely after getting roughed up by the Zips the day before, pitching all eight innings for the win, while surrendering no earned runs on six hits, three strikeouts and zero walks.
After a pair of unearned runs came across in the second inning, Gooding zeroed in and retired 18 of the next 21 batters she faced.
Toledo's bats were silenced most of the day by Akron starter Erin Seiler (7.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 K, 1 BB), who allowed only two hits through the first six innings.
Seniors Courtney McCarthy and Tobias each finished 2-for-4 at the dish, while Tobias notched four RBI for the second time in her career. The multi-hit effort is a team-high 10th of the season for McCarthy, who is batting a blistering .500 (23-for-46) over the previous 15 contests.
Junior Erinn Wright began the seventh-inning rally with an infield single, extending her team-best hitting streak to eight games, while sophomore Leigh Nebendahl reached on an error by the second baseman two batters later to place runners on the corners with Smith up next.
Pressure was added when UT botched a delayed steal attempt, leaving Wright at third base and Smith at the plate, and Akron one out away from a shutout. But the senior co-captain didn't give in and was able to lift the ball just past the left-field fence to force extras on her second deep fly this spring.
Akron put a runner aboard in the eighth, but momentum completely shifted when the UT infield turned an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
The Rockets finally got to Seiler with three consecutive hits in the last at-bat. Lead-off hitter Kristen Roznoski reached base for the first time on a bunt single, but was thrown out trying to advance an extra base on a McCarthy single to left.
Junior Lani Ernst followed with a single to left and moved to second when the ball was misplayed in the outfield, which also allowed McCarthy to reach third.
Wright drew a walk in the next at-bat to load the bases and Tobias crushed the first pitch she saw for her second career walk-off home run. She recorded a game-winning, inside-the-park home run against Western Michigan on April 27, 2012.
UT out-paced the Zips 8-6 in hits, while stranding three runners and committing two errors. Akron left four runners on and made three errors.
Toledo continues the homestand with a doubleheader against Oakland scheduled for Tuesday, April 9. First pitch of game one from Scott Park is slated for 2:00 p.m.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University softball team dropped its seventh-straight game Sunday, April 7, when the University at Buffalo downed the Eagles, 5-3, at Varsity Field for the second consecutive day. The Eagles had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but could fell short of the runs needed to take the game.
Offensively, the Eagles (10-19-1; 1-5 MAC) had five hits on the day. Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles) led the way with her sixth home run of the season, while Courtney Loe (Temperance, Mich.-Bedford) and Amanda Stanton (Homer Glen, Ill.-Lockport Township) each had an RBI. The Bulls (8-22; 3-5 MAC) scored five runs on 10 hits.
Jenna Ignowski (Niles, Mich.-Niles) earned the start for EMU tossing three. Ignowski was touched up for two runs on four hits, while walking two. Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.-Lowell) came on in relief for the Eagles, tossing the final four innings. Wells (0-10) was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out five. Tori Speckman (4-5) earned the win for the Bulls after throwing the final 4.1 innings in relief and allowing just one run on three hits.
The Bulls opened up the scoring in the top of the first when Sammi Gallardo led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Buffalo second baseman then moved to third on a single through the left side by the Bulls' catcher Alyssa Ward. In the next at-bat, Heather Ryder hit a shallow popup to left field caught by Katy Blaharski (Carleton, Mich.-Airport). After making the catch, Blaharski and the Eagles' centerfielder, Courtney Nicholson (Navarre, Ohio-Canton Central Catholic), collided allowing the runner at third to advance and score the first run of the game and give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.
The Bulls tacked on to their lead when Jessica Griffin launched her first homer of the 2013 campaign with a shot to center field, putting Buffalo up 2-0 in the second, with the one-run homer.
Coquillard led the bottom of the second off with a single to left and moved up to second when Stanton was hit by a pitch. The bases were loaded on an error by the Buffalo shortstop and then Loe drew a walk to score the Eagles' first run of the game and make the score 2-1.
Coquillard knotted up the game in the bottom of the third with her sixth long ball of the 2013 campaign. The solo shot made it 2-2.
The Bulls regained the lead in the fifth. Anissa Pinedo knocked a double down the right field line which prompted the Buffalo head coach, Jennifer Teague, to put Holly Luciano into pinch run for Pinedo. Luciano came around to score off of Griffin's single that tipped just off of the glove of the out stretched arm of Amanda Herron (Columbus, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales) at first base. The run gave Buffalo a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Buffalo again added to the lead in the sixth. Gallardo drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Curtiss. Ward then shot a pitch back up the middle with runners at first and second in the next at-bat, scoring Gallardo and putting the Bulls on top 4-2. With runners at second and third Wells tossed a wild pitch putting Buffalo up 5-2 after five and a half innings of play.
The Eagles attempted to make a comeback in the seventh, by loading the bases for Stanton with two outs. The junior came through with a single to left field, scoring Blaharski from third and bringing the Green and White to within two runs, 5-3. EMU could not convert in the ensuing at bat and fell by the final tally of 5-3.
The Eagles continue the 2013 campaign Tuesday, April 9, in Fort Wayne, Ind. when they take on the IPFW Mastodons. First pitch for the doubleheader at the IPFW Softball Field is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan Softball dropped a heartbreaker in 11 innings against Kent State, 5-4. Macy Merchant tied the program record with five hits, going 5-for-6 at the plate.
The Chippewas (18-12, 4-2 MAC) trailed the Golden Flashes (15-13, 5-2 MAC) 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Central Michigan opened the inning with back-to-back walks to bring Merchant to the plate. She hit her fourth single of the game to score junior Raechel Zahrn from second. Senior Summer Knoop laid down a sac-bunt to advance he runners, and then junior Cory DeLamielleure walked to load the bases with one out. Sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer hit a sac-fly to center field to score two runners, tying the game at 4-4.
The Chippewas had a chance to put the game away in the bottom of the eighth with bases loaded and one out. Merchant hit into a fielder’s choice as freshman Taylor Water’s was thrown out at home plate, and then was followed by a strikeout by Knoop.
Kent State broke the tie in the top of the 11th inning due to an error in left field. Michele Duffy opened the inning with a single to left, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice at second. Lauren Kesterson stole second to reach scoring position, and came home on a fly ball to left field that was misplayed, putting Kent State up 5-4.
Emma Johnson, who came in as relief in the seventh inning, held the Central Michigan scoreless in five innings of work. She forced two fly-outs and a groundout to close the game.
The Flashes jumped on the scoreboard early with a homerun by the leadoff hitter, Kim Kirkpatrick, in the top of the first inning.
The Chippewas came back though with a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game 1-1. With two outs and sophomore Trista Cox on first base after being hit by a pitch, junior Brittney Horan singled to bring sophomore Lauren Smith to the plate. Smith knocked a single up the middle to bring Cox home, but Horan was thrown out trying to stretch out to third base to end the inning.
Kent State broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the third though on an error in left field. With the bases loaded and two outs, Lauren Grimes hit a fly-ball into left field that was mishandled, bringing around two runs.
The Flashes built on their 3-1 lead in the fourth with another run. Erika Warren reached base on another error by the Central Michigan defense, and struck out at the next two at-bats. Kirkpatrick singled to left field to advance the runner, and bases were loaded when a pitch from junior Chelsea Sundberg hit Ramos. Sundberg walked the next batter to bring one run in to score, putting Kent State up 4-1.
Merchant led Central Michigan with five hits and an RBI. She hit .625 against Kent State in the series. Smith finished 1-3 at the plate with an RBI. Sundberg started the game in the circle, pitching 3.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out five batters. Senior Kara Dornbos pitched 7.1 innings, giving up four hits and one run.
Kirkpatrick finished with two hits and an RBI for Kent State. Ramos went 1-5 at the plate with an RBI. Lauren McNeil started for the Flashes, striking out four batters in six innings. Emma Johnson struck out five batters and gave up five hits.
The Chippewas finished the week 5-1, with three Mid-American Conference victories. Central Michigan will travel to Michigan State on Tuesday, April 9. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. The Chippewas defeated the Spartans on March 16, 3-0, in Bloomington, Ind.
OXFORD, Ohio – Junior shortstop Kylie McChesney blasted the first pitch she saw over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Miami University softball team a dramatic, 5-4, victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday. The walk-off win improves the RedHawks record to 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference and 12-20 overall. The Huskies fall to 1-5 in the MAC and 11-22 overall.
Miami struck first with a run in the bottom of the first. Taylor Shuey led off with a single to left field. Tiyona Marshall reached on a fielder’s choice bunt back to the pitcher. Shuey was safe at second when the pitcher threw it away. Hailey Reed followed with another bunt, and this time the third baseman threw it away, allowing Shuey to score.
Nicole Gremillion hit a three-run home run off starter Megan Mattera to give Northern Illinois a 3-1 lead in the top of the third. Paige Myers came into the game in relief and held the Huskies scoreless for the next three innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kayla Ledbetter reached on an error by the shortstop. After a strikeout, McChesney singled to center field, moving Ledbetter up to second base. With two outs, Bree Lipscomb hit an infield single to shortstop, loading the bases. Shanyn McIntyre came up in a pinch-hit role and promptly delivered, singling to left field to score McChesney and Ledbetter and tie the game at three. Shuey followed with a single up the middle to score Lipscomb and put the ‘Hawks in front, 4-3.
In the top of the seventh, Ashley Kopp hit a solo home run off of Myers to tie the score at four and send the game into extra innings. The Huskies led off the top of the eighth with a single followed by a double, putting runners at second and third with no one out. Myers refocused and recorded a lineout, a strikeout and a groundout to keep NIU off the board. That set the stage for the bottom of the inning, when McChesney sent the fans home happy with her first home run of the season.
McChesney finished the game 3-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Shuey was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Myers earned the victory, giving up one run on five hits in 5.1 innings. She struck out seven.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Morehead State for a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. Both games can be seen live on Miami All-Access.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University softball team defeated Ohio University Sunday afternoon, dropping the Bobcats by a score of 3-2 at Meserve Field to earn the series split. The win improves the Falcons’ overall record to 18-12, with a 4-4 record in conference play.
Senior Hannah Fulk recorded two of the Falcons’ eight hits in the contest, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Junior Katie Yoho also recorded two hits, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Freshman Maris Shook went 1-for-2 with a team-best two RBI in the victory.
Sophomore Paris Imholz (12-4) was credited with the win, allowing just four hits and striking out one in the first 5.0 innings. Fellow sophomore Jamie Kertes allowed just one hit and struck out three in relief, holding the Bobcats scoreless for her third save of the season.
Similar to Saturday’s contest, Ohio came out swinging in the first inning. The Bobcats put up two quick runs, thanks to a two-run home run from Adrienne Gabele to give Ohio the early 2-0 lead.
Bowling Green responded immediately in the bottom of the opening frame, scoring two runs on four hits to tie the contest at 2-2. Three-straight singles from Fulk, Paige Berger and Yoho loaded the bases for the Falcons, before two outs in the following at bats looked to limit the Bowling Green rally. Shook rose to the occasion in the fifth at bat of the frame, sending a single down the left field line to bring home the first two Falcon runs of the day.
After three scoreless frames, Bowling Green pulled ahead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, crossing home plate once on two hits. With one out Fulk belted a double to left field, eventually moving to second on a single from Berger in the following at bat. Yoho would then hit her second sacrifice fly of the season, sending a long shot to the right field side to bring Fulk home.
Kertes took care of the rest in the final two innings of play, shutting out the Bobcats to secure the come-from-behind victory for the Falcons.
Bowling Green is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 in an out-of-conference battle with Valparaiso on the road. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball team improved to 8-0 in Mid-American Conference action with a 10-4 win over Western Michigan Sunday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.
With a slim 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cardinals offense exploded for five runs in the frame to take control of the game. Ball State is now 23-11 (8-0 MAC) on the year, while the Broncos fall to 11-20 (2-4 MAC).
Junior first baseman Taylor Rager led BSU at the plate, going 3-for-4 on the day. Rager would cap the scoring with her sixth home run of the season, and the 22nd of her career, in the bottom of the sixth, while adding a single and a double earlier in the game.
Junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert went 2-for-4 on the day, including a two-run double and a RBI single to lead the Cardinals with three RBI.
Overall, the Cardinals blasted 12 hits in the victory with eight of BSU’s nine starters recorded at least one hit, while all nine players reached base.
In the circle, freshman hurler Kelsey Schifferdecker picked up her eighth win of the season, improving to 8-2, by limiting the WMU offense to just six hits and four runs (three earned) over 4.1 innings of work. She also tallied three strikeouts.
Redshirt junior pitcher Audra Sanders picked up her first save of the season, entering the game with the score 5-4 and the tying run at second with one out in the top of the fifth. She would strikeout the final two batters of the inning and hold WMU hitless the rest of the game. She finished the contest with three strikeouts.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out RBI single from senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter. Sophomore designated player Hanne Stuedemann scored on the play after reaching base on a WMU error, advancing to second on a wild pitch and moving to third when Rager legged-out an infield single.
Western Michigan took its first lead of the weekend series with a two-run fourth inning, only to see Ball State retaliate with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Bickel opened the inning with a single just out of the WMU shortstop’s reach and advanced to second on a groundout. Junior Julie Cortez would replace Bickel at second as a pinch runner, and come around to score the tying run when freshman shortstop Selena Reyna singled up the middle.
Reyna would advance to third when the WMU center fielder misplayed the ball, setting up a go-ahead RBI single from sophomore right fielder Loren Cihlar. A single from sophomore second baseman Taylor Cox would give BSU runners at first and second, and Gilbert would capitalize one out later with a two-run double off the left-center field wall.
Trailing 5-2, WMU tallied two quick runs in the top of the fifth after a single and an error set up a two-run double from Diana Patterson. However, with a runner at second and one out, Sanders came in and took control of the game by fanning the next two batters.
The score remained 5-4 until the bottom of the sixth when the Ball State offense exploded for five more runs to make the score 10-4. Reyna walked to open the inning and advanced to third on a WMU throwing error on a Cihlar fielder’s choice. Both Reyna and Cihlar, who advanced to second on the error, scored on the next play, an RBI single from junior pinch hitter Lauren Schroeder.
Reyna scored cleanly on the play, while Cihlar advanced to third and scored when the WMU left fielder misplayed the ball. Cox would reenter the game at second base and score one out later on a RBI single up the middle from Gilbert. Rager would then cap the scoring in the game with a two-run rocket shot over the left field wall which also scored freshman pinch runner Briana Evans.
Allyson Kus suffered the pitching loss for Western Michigan, falling to 3-6 on the year after allowing 12 hits and 10 runs (eight earned) over 6.0 innings of work. She would strikeout one BSU batter, while also issuing the game’s only walk.
The Ball State softball team returns to action Tuesday, when it hosts Butler in a rescheduled 4 p.m. first pitch at the BSU Softball Complex.