FERRIS' TOURNEY HOPES DASHED WITH SHUTOUT LOSS TO WAYNE STATE
|Holly Bruntjens turned in a complete-game pitching performance and had one of the Bulldogs' three hits in the setback to Wayne State. (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
The sixth-ranked Ferris State softball team finished its run in the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Softball Tournament with a 4-0 loss to nationally-ranked Wayne State this Saturday (May 2) morning at Northwood University's Fisher Stadium in Midland, Mich.
Wayne State received an outstanding pitching performance from Casey Hanes, the 2009 GLIAC Pitcher of the Year. The southpaw limited Ferris State to only three hits in a complete-game shutout performance.
The Warriors, who are ranked 21st nationally to date, snapped a scoreless deadlock in the top of the fourth on Sarah Teller's RBI single. WSU proceeded to increase its lead in the sixth with two more runs on four hits and a Bulldog error. A wild pitch by FSU senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) accounted for the first run and a single by Jaci Blanton scored the other as Wayne State took a 3-0 lead.
WSU added a run in the seventh frame on a pair of hits, which featured a run-scoring single off the bat of Stephanie LeClair.
The Bulldogs were thwarted in their opportunity to get on the scoreboard during the third inning as sophomore shortstop Lynsay Weaver (Bay City/All Saints) led off with a single. She would eventually end up at third base as FSU put runners on the corners with one out after junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) drew a base on balls. But, a groundout by senior catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers) and a foul pop up to the catcher by junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) ended the potential scoring threat.
Starting pitcher Holly Bruntjens took the loss for Ferris State, allowing all four runs (two earned) and giving up 10 hits in seven innings of work. She walked one and struck out four WSU batters as her record dropped to 13-7 this season.
Ferris State, which ended up with a 1-2 GLIAC Tourney mark and is presently 33-8 overall this season, left five runners on base while Wayne State stranded eight.
Sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton), Holly Bruntjens, and Lynsay Weaver each notched a single for the Bulldogs' three hits in the contest.