BAILEY'S SEVENTH-INNING DOUBLE KEYS DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
|Krystle Bailey's seventh-inning run scoring double gave Ferris State a doubleheader sweep over Minnesota Duluth.
A one-out RBI double by senior catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers) in the seventh inning was the difference as the seventh-ranked Ferris State softball team claimed a 2-1 decision against Minnesota Duluth this Friday (March 13) in game two of a non-conference twinbill at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
Ferris State, which is now 11-1 overall this season with the triumph, went up 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice RBI fly by senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone). Sophomore pitch runner Kim Curtis (Morley/Morley-Stanwood) scored on the play for the game's initial run.
However, Minnesota Duluth would tie the contest at 1-1 in the sixth inning as Whitney Olson drove a Bruntjens' offering over the center field fence with two outs in the frame.
The stage was then set for FSU's Krystle Bailey in the top of the seventh. Senior outfielder Sarah Mueller (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) led off with a single and then advanced to second base on junior second baseman Amanda Harrington's (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Bailey, stepped up and doubled down the left field line to score Mueller with the game winner. Bailey tried to stretch the two-base hit to a triple but was called out at third base on a thow from UMD's catcher Ashley Johnson.
Senior transfer Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) came in relief of the starter Bruntjens in the fifth inning as held UMD to no hits while fanning two in 1.1 innings. Roney (3-0) recorded the final two outs of the tilt on strikeouts after Minnesota Duluth was able to get a runner all of the way to third base on a FSU error.
Holly Bruntjens earned the starting nod and gave up four hits and one run in 5.2 innings. She totaled a pair of strikeouts and walked one UMD batter.
Sarah Mueller's two hits led Ferris State, which generated four hits as did Minnesota Duluth. Junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) and Krystle Bailey supplied the other two Bulldog base hits.