Freshman Amanda Durham's walk-off triple in the bottom of the seventh inning capped off the Bowling Green State University softball team's come-from-behind victory on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15), stunning East Tennessee State University, 5-4, in their second game of the Falcons' doubleheader.
Playing in day one at the Panther Invitational, the Orange and Brown bounced back from an 11-1 defeat in game one to host Georgia State to earn their first victory of the 2014 season against ESTU. Bowling Green had a season-high seven hits and five runs in the game, as seven different Falcons had one hit in the game in the winning effort.
Junior Jamie Kertes started in the circle for Bowling Green, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning in a courageous effort. Kertes finished the game allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. Sophomore Braiden Dillow (1-1) relieved Kertes late in the game, allowing just one hit in 1.1 innings of work to earn her first decision of the year.
Following Kertes' strong effort in the circle, senior Katie Yoho gave the Falcons an early 1-0 lead in the second inning with a solo home run to left field. It marked Yoho's first home run of the season, and first RBI in 2014.
However, the Buccaneers exploded for four runs in the fifth and sixth innings, handing them a 4-1 lead over the Orange and Brown. Down but not out, BGSU dealt with the adversity and showed resiliency over the last two frames of the game.
Trailing 4-1, Haley Schrock began the bottom of the sixth inning with a single through the right side of the infield to reach first base. After a sacrifice bunt to move Schrock into scoring position, freshman Chelsea Raker hit a two-run home run to left field, cutting the deficit to within 4-3.
Falcons' senior captain Erika Stratton followed Raker with a solo home run to left field, giving the Orange and Brown back-to-back homers in the inning to knot the game at 4-4 heading into the final frame.
It was the second time this season the Falcons have hit back-to-back home runs in the same inning, as Aspen Searle and Raker hit solo home runs against Cleveland State University last weekend.
After Dillow pitched out a jam in the top of the inning, Bowling Green continued their lethal pursuit at the plate. This time Madison Schrock reached base after drawing a walk, and Durham knocked home Schrock for the game-winning run.
In game one, the Falcons' freshman twin sisters, Madison and Haley Schrock, collected Bowling Green's two hits in the contest, as each went 1-for-2 against Georgia State. Kertes started in the circle for the Orange and Brown, allowing two earned runs on four hits in 3.1 innings pitched in the losing effort.
The Falcons scored their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Erika Stratton began the inning by getting hit by a pitch, as Emily McClelland came into pinch run for the Falcons' starting catcher. After McClelland stole second and Aspen Searle reached base on a fielder's choice, Madison Schrock doubled for her first RBI of the year.
The Falcons are back in action on Sunday afternoon, facing off against Georgia Tech and UT-Martin in a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m.