Courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - - Thanks to home runs from sophomore catcher Jessica Craft and junior pinch hitter Lauren Schroeder, the Ball State softball team picked up a 5-2 win at Indiana Tuesday evening in its final non-conference midweek game of the 2013 season.
With the win, the Cardinals improve to 30-13 on the year and become the first team in the Mid-American Conference to reach the 30-win plateau.
Ball State, which spoiled dedication day of Indiana’s Andy Mohr Field, also handed the Hoosiers their eighth consecutive loss with IU falling to 19-28 on the year.
In just her sixth career start at catcher, Craft finished the game 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored and a walk.
Schroeder would tally her second pinch hit home run of the season, with a three-run blast that proved to be the deciding factor in the game.
In the circle, freshman pitcher Kelsey Schifferdecker picked up her second complete game victory in as many outings, limiting the Hoosiers to just five hits and a pair of unearned runs. She also tallied strikeout in the contest.
Indiana scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on a pair of BSU errors to load the bases and bring home a run. However, with bases loaded and one out, junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert was able to tally a big inning-ending double play by catching a fly ball and throwing a runner out at home.
Ball State would capitalize on a pair of Indiana errors in the top of the third to tie the score at 1-1. After both sophomore right fielder Loren Cihlar and sophomore designated player Hanne Stuedemann reached base on Indiana errors, junior first baseman Taylor Rager laced a RBI single to right field to even the score.
Craft would give Ball State a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth with a leadoff home run over the left field wall.
After a scoreless fifth frame, Craft drew a walk to open the sixth, while another Indiana error allowed freshman shortstop Selena Reyna to reach base with one out. Schroeder would then step up to the plate and deposit a 1-0 pitch over the left center field wall.
Indiana tallied its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth as a double, pass ball and groundout allowed Samantha Heyman to cross the plate.
Schifferedecker would retire the IU side in order in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Lora Olsen suffered the pitching loss for the Hoosiers, falling to 6-12 on the season by along five hits and five runs (three earned) in a complete-game effort.
The Ball State softball team returns to action Friday, when it travels to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for a pivotal league showdown with Central Michigan. The Chippewas (11-3 MAC) trail the Cardinals (13-1 MAC) by two games in the MAC West Division entering the weekend.
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan fell in Ann Arbor to No. 9 Michigan, 11-0, on Tuesday, April 23. The Chippewas dropped their second-straight game for the first time since March 15 at the Hoosier Classic. Senior Brogan Darwin finished the game 1-2 at the plate for Central Michigan.
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead after holding the Chippewas to a 1-2-3 first inning. The bottom of the first started with a walk and then a single from Nicole Sappingfield to right field. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After a pop up to short, a second walk loaded the bases with one out. On a 2-2 count, Ashley Lane hit a homerun to left field to put Michigan up 4-0.
The Wolverines retired the Chippewa batters in order once again in the second inning, bringing Lauren Sweet to the plate. Back-to-back singles put two base runners on with no outs for Michigan before Lyndsay Doyle reached on a fielder’s choice, throwing Sweet out at third. Sappingfield popped out for out number two, setting the scene for Sierra Romero to clear the bases with the Wolverines’ second homerun of the game.
Before the third inning could begin, play was suspended due to rain. After an hour delay, junior Brittney Horan led off the third inning for the Chippewas. She grounded out to short, bringing Darwin to the plate. Darwin hit a single to left field on a 2-1 count. Junior Raechel Zahrn advanced her on a bunt, and beat the throw safely to first. With runners on first and second and one out, seniors Macy Merchant and Summer Knoop were unable to get on base.
In the bottom of the third, Dornbos held Michigan to one hit and stranded two base runners.
Trailing 7-0 and the middle of the lineup due to bat for Central Michigan, Haylie Wagner held the Chippewas hitless for her third 1-2-3 inning of the game.
The Wolverines extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth with four more runs. After giving up a one-out single, Dornbos was relieved by junior Kristen Kuhlman. Romero hit her second homerun of the game on the second pitch thrown by Kuhlman. After Caitlin Blanchard walked, Lane hit her second homerun to center field to put Michigan up 11-0.
Darwin and Zahrn led Central Michigan with one hit each. Dornbos started in the circle, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out one batter. Junior Chelsea Sundberg came in as relief to close the bottom of the fourth inning, pitching 0.2 innings and giving up no hits.
Lane finished the game 3-3 with two homeruns and six RBIs. Romero went 2-3 with two homeruns and five RBIs. Wagner pitched a complete game, holding the Chippewas to two hits and striking out six batters.
The Chippewas will come back home to continue Mid-American Conference play against Ball State and Miami over the weekend at Margo Jonker Stadium.
BUFFALO, NY - Junior pitcher Tori Speckman threw a complete game three-hit shutout and freshman Anissa Pinedo hit her first career home run as the University at Buffalo softball team shutout Canisius, 3-0. The victory improved Buffalo to 13-26 on the season, while Canisius fell to 21-17.
Speckman was outstanding for much of the afternoon allowing just one hit over the first six innings and that came on an infield single to third. The Bulls picked up their first two runs in the bottom of the second as the inning was kept going following an error by the Canisius short stop. With two outs in the inning, senior Jessica Griffin doubled to left field and came in to score as freshman Ryleigh Fitzgerald hit a ground ball to short, which was bobbled by the fielder, scoring a run. While the inning should have ended with out a run, UB now had a runner at first and she came in to score on a triple to right field from junior Holly Luciano.
After retiring the first six batters, Canisius got its first hit in the top of the third, but Speckman than retired 13 of the next 14 Canisius batters, leading into the seventh innings where she had a 3-0 lead thanks to Pinedo, who led off the bottom of the sixth with a long home run to center field.
Speckman than ran into some trouble in the seventh after getting the first out as back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases for Canisius. She pitched out of the jam thought as a fly out to center field and a pop up to second base retired the side and preserved the victory.
"We got some timely hitting when we need to this afternoon," said head coach Jen Teague. "We got some solid defense and a three-hitter from Tori Speckman and when we can put hitting, pitching and defense together we win games."
The victory for Speckman is her eighth of the season as she allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out seven. UB had seven hits, including two-hit games from Pinedo and Griffin.
The Bulls and Griffs will face off one more time tomorrow at Canisius with first pitch set for 4:00 pm.
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Toledo split a pair of non-conference games with Oakland on Tuesday, dropping the opener 5-4 in eight innings and claiming the second contest 3-2 at OU Softball Field. The Rockets shift to 14-28 overall and kept the all-time series against the Golden Grizzlies (6-18-1) tied at 10 games apiece.
The Midnight Blue & Gold trailed by two entering the seventh inning, but as the case has been all season, UT didn't go down without a fight and moved to extra innings for the seventh time by scoring two runs.
Then UT advanced a runner to third with one out in the eighth, but nothing showed for it as Oakland capitalized with an RBI double in the bottom half.
The Rockets took advantage in the seventh again in the later game with a sacrifice fly by Leigh Nebendahl, breaking a 2-2 tie and held on for their ninth consecutive series split.
Senior Courtney McCarthy (5-for-8; HR, 2 2B, RBI) and junior Lani Ernst (4-for-7; 3 2B, 2 R, RBI) each recorded three hits in the first game, while freshman Jess Lemieux (3-for-8; RBI) completed a five-game, multi-hit streak with two singles. Lemieux kept her streak with at least one hit alive at six games after a single in the second contest.
The Rockets combined for 21 hits on the day, but were outslugged by OU by six.
Senior Lindsey Tobias (3-for-6; 3B, RBI) and sophomore Leigh Nebendahl (3-for-7; 2B, SAC, 2 RBI) had two hits each in the nightcap.
Freshman Marla Gooding (9-16) went the distance in both games for a combined 14.1 innings pitched.
The UT right-hander was touched up a bit for 17 hits in the opener and 10 hits in the second game, but allowed just seven earned runs on the day with four punchouts. Gooding's ERA has dropped to 4.75 - the lowest since her second outing of the season, while leading the team with 177.0 innings pitched.
Making her first appearance in seven games, junior Erinn Wright extended her streak of consecutive games with a hit to 11. However, the streak ended after getting out in her single at-bat in the later game.
McCarthy's solo blast to lead off the third inning of game one was a team-high seventh of the year, tying her for third place on the UT single-season record list. The RBI was also her team-best 28th this spring.
Toledo returns to action on Thursday, April 25 when it travels to Dayton, Ohio for a non-conference doubleheader versus Wright State. The first pitch times at WSU Softball Stadium are slated for 4:00 & 6:00 p.m.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Bowling Green State University softball team split its doubleheader with IPFW Tuesday afternoon, falling to the Mastodons by a score of 6-4 in game one before rebounding with a 7-1 win in game two. The split pushes the Falcons' overall record to 24-18, with a standing record of 7-9 in Mid-American Conference play. IPFW moves to 24-12 overall, with a standing record of 7-3 in the Summit League.
In game one, freshman Marisa Shook led the Falcons with a career-best four RBI thanks to a 2-for-3 performance. One of Shook’s hits included a two-run home run, her third of the season. Senior Paige Berger also went 2-for-3 in the contest, collecting two singles with two runs scored. Sophomore Jamie Kertes (9-11) was credited with the loss after giving up six runs (one earned), while striking out five in 6.1 innings of play.
The Falcons got on the board early, taking a 2-0 lead on IPFW thanks to two hits in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs and runners on second and third, Shook sent a single through the middle to center field, bringing home the first two Falcon runs of the day.
IPFW responded with its biggest inning of the doubleheader, crossing home plate six times on five hits with three Falcon errors in the top of the fifth frame to jump ahead of the Orange and Brown by a score of 6-2.
Bowling Green started to battle back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on two hits to cut the Mastodons lead to 4-2. After a single from Berger in the first at bat of the inning, two quick outs brought Shook to the plate with a runner on. Shook would belt a two-run homer to left field, putting the score at 6-4 in favor of IPFW.
Despite the Falcon comeback, Bowling Green was unable to cross home plate again in game one, giving the victory to the Mastodons.
The Orange and Brown came back with a vengeance in game two, dominating the Mastodons by a 7-1 margin. Berger led the Falcons with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Sophomore Paris Imholz (15-6) picked up the complete-game victory after allowing just one run and four hits, while also earning four strikeouts.
The Falcons got on the board first, scoring three runs on one hit in the bottom of the third inning. With two runners on a two outs, Berger came to the plate and hit her fifth home run of the season, sending a shot over the left field wall to give Bowling Green the 3-0 lead.
The Falcons struck again in the following inning, scoring one run on two hits to take the 4-0 lead. Junior Erika Stratton started with a single down the left field line, eventually being relieved by freshman Jessica Gregg as a pinch runner. Gregg stole second base in the following at bat, and was able to move to third on an errant throw by the IPFW catcher. With Gregg on third, senior Adrienne Dick sent a shot towards the third base side, allowing Gregg to score on the play.
Already leading, 4-0, in the bottom of the fifth, Bowling Green recorded two more runs to increase its lead to 6-0. Three wild pitched from IPFW aided in the scoring frame, giving the Falcons some much needed insurance runs.
Both teams traded a final run in the last two innings of play, giving the Falcons a 7-1 victory in game two and the non-conference series split.
The Falcons are back in action on Saturday, April 27 when they face off against the Toledo Rockets in a single game at Meserve Field. The first pitch is schedule for 2 p.m.