FSU SOFTBALL NIPS STONEHILL TO STAY UNDEFEATED
A sixth-inning RBI double by newcomer Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) proved to be the winning margin as the nationally eighth-ranked Ferris State softball team held on for a 5-4 win over Stonehill (Mass) Sunday (March 9) at the Florida Rebel Spring Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
The two-base hit by Roney proved to be the difference maker in the game. The transfer from Loyola (Ill.) also played an integral role in the field as the senior pitcher limited Stonehill to five base hits in a complete-game decision while fanning eight batters in her season debut.
The outcome wasn't decided until the seventh inning as Stonehill would score three times in the top of the stanza to draw within 5-4 thanks to a two out, three-run roundtripper by Courtney Young. However, Roney enticed the opposition's final batter to hit an infield pop up for the game's final out.
Ferris State broke a scoreless deadlock with a pair of third-inning runs as a result of senior first baseman Amanda Jager's (Kalamazoo/Comstock) RBI groundout and a RBI double off the bat of junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson).
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Bulldogs scored twice to claim a 4-1 advantage following the first four innings of play. Sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton) singled through the Skyhawks' infield for one run and junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) would follow a batter later with a RBI single to left centerfield.
FSU, which would outhit Stonehill by an 11-5 margin, began the bottom of the sixth inning with a leadoff single by Harrington. She would then advance to second on a stolen base and tallied the eventual game-winning run on Roney's double to left field.
For Ferris, Harrington and Flores lead the way offensively with three hits each while Roney chipped in with two as the Bulldogs would strand 12 runners on the basepaths.