The Bowling Green State University softball team lost to the University of Central Florida on Sunday afternoon (March 9), 2-0, on the final day at the UCF Spring Fling. The Falcons (5-12-1) were led by a strong pitching performance by junior Jamie Kertes on the day in the losing effort.
Kertes (3-8) got the call to start in the circle at the UCF Softball Complex, allowing two earned runs and six hits in 4.2 innings of work against the Knights. The Carnegie, Pa., native struck out four batters and had only one walk as she was credited with a tough loss. Offensively, the Orange and Brown's lone hit came from senior co-captain Katie Yoho, going 1-for-2 on the day.
"Today was frustrating for us. We played solid defense behind an outstanding pitching performance from Jamie," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. "We had a poor approach at the plate and it cost us."
Yoho, who entered the weekend with a .317 batting average (13-for-41), went an impressive 5-for-14 (.357) with one double and one home run for three RBI in five games in Orlando, Fla. The senior had at least one hit in her final four games at the Spring Fling. Yoho will carry her four-game hitting streak into Tuesday's doubleheader against North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.
After neither team scored in the first inning, UCF threatened to score the game's first run in the bottom of the second inning. After back-to-back singles to begin the inning, Kertes struck out the following batter, and then forced a 2-5 ground out. After Kertes forced another fielder's choice, the junior got out of the jam by forcing a ground out to third base to keep the game scoreless.
After the Falcons were unable to get anything going offensively in the top of the third, Kertes again got out of another scoring threat by the Knights in the bottom half of the frame. The Knights got a runner on second after a single and stolen base. But with one out, Kertes retired the next two batters with a strikeout and forcing a ground out to keep the game at 0-0.
UCF scored a run in consecutive innings in the fourth and fifth frames to give them a 2-0 cushion over the Orange and Brown. The lead proved to be enough as the Knights' starting pitcher Shelby Turnier pitched a complete game for her ninth win of the season.
"As a team, we have a solid offense but we allowed outside variables to change our approach this weekend," Salsburg said. "We will do work tomorrow to refocus our offense approach and will come back stronger Tuesday."
The Falcons will be back in action on Tuesday evening (March 11), taking on the University of North Florida in a doubleheader affair at the UNF Softball Complex. The Falcons are 1-1 all-time against the Ospreys. The first pitch is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m.