BULLDOGS BEST HUSKIES TO KEEP PERFECT RECORD INTACT
|Rhea Flores posted a team-high tying two hits in Ferris' 5-1 triumph over St. Cloud State at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament.
The perfect season for the nationally-ranked Ferris State softball team remained intact Tuesday (March 10) afternoon as the Bulldogs came from behind to claim a 5-1 non-conference victory over St. Cloud State in action at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Bulldogs, who improved to 7-0 this spring with the decision, trailed 1-0 entering the top of the fourth inning. However, the Ferris State bats started clicking as the Bulldogs would score twice in the fourth frame on as many base hits. A failed Huskies' pickoff attempt at third base allowed senior catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers) to score FSU's initial run of the contest. The Bulldogs would proceed to gain the upper hand for good later in the fourth on a sacrifice RBI flyout by junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa).
In the sixth, Ferris State would pad its slim lead with scoring three times on two hits and a SCSU error. Junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) scored an unearned run on a Huskies' miscue for the first run. The final two runs were the results of senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens' (Gladstone) RBI sacrifice fly and a run-scoring bunt single by freshman outtfielder Stephanie Dusendang (Comstock Park/Rockford).
The Bulldogs concluded the game with seven base hits as Rhea Flores and Stephanie Dusendang totaled a team-best tying two hits apiece. Ferris State left five runners on the basepaths while St. Cloud State, which garnered six hits, stranded eight runners.
Kayle Stevenson received the starting assignment for FSU and threw the first three innings, allowing four hits while striking out one batter and walking two hitters. Holly Bruntjens picked up the win with four innings of two-hit relief. Bruntjens, who ran her season record to 3-0, fanned four batters.