SOFTBALL GARNERS EIGHTH WIN BY HOLDING OFF FAYETTEVILLE STATE
|Sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade collected two hits in the Bulldogs' decision over Fayetteville State.
Seven different Ferris State batters tallied at least a base hit as the nationally eighth-ranked Bulldogs held on for a 5-3 non-league triumph over Fayetteville (N.C.) State in Tuesday's (March 10) final tilt at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
Sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton) paved the way with a two-hit effort for Ferris State, which collected eight team hits to Fayetteville State's five total.
Ferris State led throughout the contest as the Bulldogs took a 2-0 advantage after the first three innings with single runs in the second and third frames. Rachel Wade accounted for the first run of the game in the second inning as she scored on a throwing error after stealing third base. Senior first baseman Amanda Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) made it a 2-0 contest in the bottom half of the third inning as she belted a run-scoring triple into left field.
The Bulldogs would continue their scoring streak in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run output on three hits coupled with an error by the opposition. The trio of runs would prove to be the difference as Fayetteville State would turn in a three-run seventh-inning effort to get within a deuce.
Senior outfielder Sarah Mueller's (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) two-out RBI double scored freshman third baseman Makenzie Peterson (Big Rapids), who singled prior to Mueller's plate appearance. The final two Ferris runs in the stanza were unearned thanks to a Lady Broncos' error. Freshman third baseman Allison Webber (Frankfort) and Sarah Mueller both crossed home plate on the decisive play.
Senior transfer Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) improved her record to 2-0 as the winning pitcher for the 8-0 Bulldogs as she allowed three hits and struck out two in her five innings as the starter. Junior Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) took over in relief for the final two frames and gave up two hits and three runs (all unearned). She walked one and fanned three.