The Bowling Green State University softball team dropped both games of their doubleheader on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 9). Playing in the final day at the CSU Dome Invitational, the Falcons (0-4) fell to Bucknell University 2-0 in game one, before dropping a close second contest to Canisius College 4-2.
In game one, senior Erika Stratton (1-for-3) recorded one of the Falcons' two hits in the ballgame, collecting a single to right field in the sixth inning. Freshman Aspen Searle, who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Falcons' 5-3 loss to Cleveland State yesterday, had the other hit for Bowling Green in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader. Searle (1-for-2) singled in the top of the third inning for her second hit of the weekend.
In a strong pitchers' duel throughout the game, Falcons' starting pitcher Jamie Kertes (0-3) was credited with a tough loss, giving up four hits and two earned runs with a season-high seven strikeouts in five innings in the circle. Fellow teammate Braiden Dillow came in relief of Kertes, tossing a scoreless sixth and allowing one hit.
"We are obviously disappointed with the outcomes from this weekend but we can see how close we are," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. " We had opportunities to win each game we played, and we simply couldn't finish."
Kertes recorded four strikeouts in the first three innings of play, and got out of a key jam in the bottom half of the third frame. After striking out the leadoff hitter, the Bisons threatened for the first run of the game. Kertes allowed a walk and double to the next two batters, allowing runners on second and third. Kertes, though, fought through the adversity and forced a fielder's choice from third to home, and then got out of the jam with a grounder to first base, keeping the game deadlocked at 0-0.
Playing in their final game at the CSU Dome Invitational, the Falcons could not overcome a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning and dropped a close 4-2 decision to the Golden Griffins.
Searle recorded both of Bowling Green's hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with singles in the second and fourth innings. For the entire weekend, Searle went 4-for-11 (.363) with one RBI. The freshman from Brantford, Ontario, also hit one of the three solo home runs in the Falcons' 5-3 loss to Cleveland State University yesterday (Feb. 8).
Dillow (0-1), who started in the circle for the Falcons for the second time over the weekend, picked up the loss, giving up six hits for one earned one in four complete innings of work. Kertes relieved Dillow from the bullpen, allowing just two hits in three shutout innings.
After two scoreless frames, the Golden Griffins got on the board first with a run in the top half of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead.
However, the Orange and Brown took the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Chloe Giordano reached on an error by the third baseman to jumpstart the inning. Emily McClelland pinch ran for Giordano and eventually scored off a wild pitch later in the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Bowling Green continued their inning with another run, as freshman Chelsea Raker hit a sacrifice fly ball to score fellow teammate Laramie Abbruzzese for a 2-1 lead.
The Golden Griffins responded with a three-run home run in the top half of the fourth inning to pull ahead 4-2, and eventually was enough for the victory.
"We will continue to work on both our physical and mental skills and come back stronger next weekend in Atlanta," Salsburg Said
The Falcons will continue their opening 24-game schedule away from Meserve Field next weekend, as the Orange and Brown will travel down to Atlanta, Ga., to play in the Panther Invitational. Bowling Green will take on East Tennessee State and Georgia State on Feb. 15, before finishing the tournament with Indiana and Tennessee Martin on Feb. 16.