Bowling Green scored a season-high six runs, all coming after the third inning, as the BGSU Softball team rallied for a 6-6 tie with Tennessee Martin Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the Falcons lost to Georgia Tech 3-0.
After starting the year with five consecutive losses, Bowling Green went 1-1-1 over the final three games of the weekend, scoring 11 runs to begin to round into form. The game with UT-Martin was called after eight innings due to travel plans.
The Falcons trailed 2-0 after three innings and had just one hit, but began to get the offense going in the top of the fourth. Chelsea Raker, Erica Stratton and Katie Yoho opened the inning with consecutive singles that plated a run. After UT-Martin wriggled out of the jam with no more damage, the Skyhawks tacked on three more in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
But the Bowling Green bats stayed hot and Stratton slammed a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to one. Still trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, the Falcons got a one-out walk from Stratton. She scored to tie the game on Yoho's RBI double to send the game to extra innings.
The two teams began international tiebreak rules in the top of the eight, putting a runner on second base to begin the frame. A Tennessee Martin error allowed the Falcons to score in the top of the eighth, but the Skyhawks forced the tie in the bottom half of the inning with two sacrifices that scored the runner from second.
Stratton reached base on all four of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and three RBI. Yoho went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Raker was 2-for-4 with two runs. Jamie Kertes threw two scoreless innings to start the game and Braiden Dillow came on to throw the final six innings.
In the opening game of the day, Bowling Green was held to four hits in a 3-0 loss to Georgia Tech. Dillow and Kertes combined to allow just six Yellow Jackets' hits and only one earned run, but the Falcons were unable to take advantage of opportunities with runners in scoring position in four different innings.
The Falcons trailed 1-0 in the top of the third when they loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Trailing 2-0 in the top of the sixth, BGSU got hits from Yoho and Aspen Searle but could not plate a run. Yoho had two hits for the Falcons and finished the day going 6-for-7 at the plate. Raker and Amanda Durham each had a hit.
Bowling Green falls to 1-6-1 on the season and will be back in action Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ole Miss Tournament. The Falcons are slated to play five games at the event, facing the host school along with Northern Colorado, Buffalo, St. Louis and Tennessee Martin again.