BULLDOGS SPLIT GLIAC TWINBILL AT ASHLAND
|Senior Holly Bruntjens pitched a shutout in the opening game of a doubleheader at Ashland (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University softball team split a GLIAC doubleheader for the second-straight day on Sunday (April 19) at Ashland. FSU won game one 4-0 before a two-out home run in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Eagles to a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.
Game One - Ferris State 4, Ashland 0
The Ferris State University softball team, which is ranked sixth in the nation, opened a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader with a 4-0 shutout of Ashland on Sunday (April 19) afternoon at Brookside Park in Ashland, Ohio.
FSU senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens hurled a gem by allowing only a single hit with no walks and eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings of work to pick up the victory.
The Bulldogs had six hits in the first game win, including two doubles from junior Amanda Harrington. Sophomore Rachel Wade added a triple and senior Shannon Roney notched her second home run of the season in the triumph.
After four scoreless innings, the Bullogs finally got on the board in the top of the fifth inning as Wade drove in a pair of runs with her third triple of the year.
Ferris added two more insurance runs in the seventh as Roney homered to left field, which also scored freshman Mackenzi Peterson.
Bruntjens improved her record to 12-4 on the season with the pitching win as FSU won its 30th (30-5) game.
The win was Ferris State's ninth in its last 10 outings and represented the Bulldogs' 13th victory in their last 15 appearances this campaign.
Game Two - Ashland 2, Ferris State 0
A two-out home run by Logan Hursey in the top half of the ninth inning lifted host Ashland to a 2-0 upset of nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State in game two of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) twinbill Sunday (April 19) at Brookside Park in Ashland, Ohio.
Hursey drove in the game's only runs and picked up the pitching victory by giving up only six hits in the extra inning contest. She struck out seven FSU batters and did not have a single walk in the outing while hurling all nine frames.
Hursey's home run to center field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning also scored Erica Miller, who had led off the inning with a single.
The Bulldogs managed a single hit in the bottom of the ninth inning but left the only runner on base in dropping to 30-6 overall this season and 16-4 in the GLIAC standings.
Ashland totaled 11 hits compared to FSU's six hits in the game. However, the Eagles also stranded 14 runners on base before finally putting two runs on the board in the ninth. Ferris left seven base runners.
Hursey's home run represented the only extra base hit in the contest. Hursey, Miller and Alyssa Kelley all had two hits apiece for the Eagles.
Senior Shannon Roney led FSU at the plate as she went three-for-three in the outing. Seniors Krystle Bailey and Amanda Jager along with junior Rhea Flores all added hits as well for the Bulldogs.
With the win, Ashland improved to 28-10 overall and is also 16-4 in GLIAC action. The loss ended a six-game league road swing for FSU.
Senior Holly Bruntjens, who hurled a 4-0 victory for the Bulldogs in game one of the doubleheader, took the loss in the nightcap. She gave up the game's only two runs in four innings of work and allowed four hits with both two walks and two strikeouts in dropping to 12-5 overall this campaign.
Junior Kayle Stevenson pitched the initial five innings for Ferris and gave up seven hits. She struck out three and walked two while facing 23 Eagle batters.
Ferris State will now return home to play its final six regular-season contests at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich. FSU hosts Lake Superior State on Wednesday (April 22) with the first pitch in game one set for 3:30 p.m. (EDT).