SOFTBALL SPLITS A PAIR OF ONE-RUN DECISIONS WITH NORTHWOOD
|Ferris State's Lynsay Weaver gets ready for a throw at second base in Wednesday's (April 8) conference doubleheader split versus Northwood.
The Ferris State University softball team gained a split in a pair of one-run outings against the Northwood Timberwolves Wednesday (April 8) afternoon in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) competition at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich. The Bulldogs had their four-game winning streak snapped in game one, but salvaged a split as freshman Makenzi Peterson's triple in the top of the 11th inning accounted for the winning margin in the second game. Ferris State, which is 22-4 overall and 8-2 in the GLIAC, is presently ranked eighth nationally and holds the top place in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings to date.
Game One - Northwood 2, Ferris State 1
Nationally-ranked Ferris State suffered just its fourth loss of the 2009 season as the Bulldogs suffered a 2-1 setback to Northwood Wednesday (April 8) afternoon in the opener of a two-game conference doubleheader at Big Rapids.
The visiting Timberwolves go on the board first in the top of the first inning and then added another run in the third to lead 2-0 going into the bottom of the third frame. Ferris State, which produced five hits in the contest, tallied its lone run of the game when junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) doubled to left centerfield to score freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids). Peterson had started the inning with a walk and moved to second base on sophomore catcher Rachel Mueller's sacrifice bunt.
The Bulldogs had opportunities to score more runs in the ensuing innings but were hampered by ineffective hitting. FSU would conclude the game with eight runners left on base while the Timberwolves stranded seven on the basepaths.
Senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone), started for FSU and went the distance as she scattered six hits and and posted four strikeouts while her record fell to 7-3 this season. Her counterpart, Alicia Brandenburg (2-8) also tossed a complete game as she gave up five hits and totaled six strikeouts.
Rhea Flores was the lone Bulldog hitter to register at least two hits as she went two-of-three at the plate with a RBI.
The loss snapped Ferris State's four-game winning streak.
Game Two - Ferris State 2, Northwood 1 (11 innings)
Makenzi Peterson's run-scoring triple in the top of the 11th inning provided to be the difference maker as Ferris State took a 2-1 victory Wednesday (April 8) afternoon in the second game of a GLIAC doubleheader in Big Rapids.
The nightcap was a defensive struggle for the first nine innings as neither team was able to get a runner across home plate. In the top of the 10th inning, Ferris State scored the game's initial run as outfielder Holly Bruntjens was placed at second base due to the international tiebreaker rule. She proceeded to score on sophomore shortstop Lynsay Weaver's (Bay City/All Saints) one-out RBI sacrifice fly to center field. However, Northwood would get the run back in the bottom half of the frame on Ashley Slusser's RBI double to knot the contest at 1-1 and send the game to the 11th.
|Junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson went the first nine innings in game one and allowed only three hits.
The Bulldogs capitalized in the top of the 11th inning as Makenzi Peterson tripled down the right field line to score sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton), who started off at second base due to the tiebreaker rule. Wade would advance to third on a NU relief pitcher Jessica Wojcik's wild patch and then scored what proved to be the game winner on Peterson's clutch hit. In the bottom of the 11th, senior reliever Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) struck out the first two Northwood hitters and then enticed a groundout to short stop for the game's final out.
Roney pitched two innings of hitless relief and struck out two to improve her record this spring to 5-0. Junior Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) started for the Bulldogs and threw the first nine innings in which she gave up three hits and fanned two NU hitters.
Catcher Rachel Mueller accounted for two of the seven hits for Ferris State, which is now 22-4 overall and 8-2 in conference action.