The Bowling Green State
University softball team exploded for nine runs on eight hits to defeat St.
Peters on Saturday (March 22) afternoon, taking the second game of the twinbill
by a score of 9-1. Earlier in the day, the Falcons (9-14-1) lost to Sacred
Heart by a score of 3-1.
With the split on the day, the Orange and Brown finished the 11th Annual UMBC Spring Classic with a 3-1 mark. The Falcons outscored its opponents by a 20-9 margin, including going 3-0 when scoring the first run of the game. Bowling Green totaled a team batting average of .278 in four games, accumulating 30 hits, seven doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in the two-day span.
The Falcons rebounded after a game one loss to Sacred Heart by powering their way past St. Peters in game two of its doubleheader.
The Orange and Brown went deep three times in the first two innings to help the Falcons take a commanding 8-0 lead after the first two frames. Bowling Green scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead. BGSU's Katie Yoho, who went 2-for-3 with four RBI in the game, starting the scoring with a one-out RBI double to left field.
The scoring continued in the inning when senior Erika Stratton, who went 2-for-3 and two RBI in the game, hit a two-run homer to center field to take a 3-0 lead. The hard-hitting Falcons continued to extend their lead in the first inning when freshman Trista Mokienko hit a solo homer to hand BGSU a 4-0 lead.
"I was pleased with the way the team finished out the weekend," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. "We played aggressive and took it to St. Peter's early and often."
The home run marked Mokienko's first collegiate home run of her career.
After sophomore Braiden Dillow retired the order, the Falcons went back on the offensive attack in the bottom of the second inning. After the first two Falcons reached base, Yoho followed with a three-run homer run to extend the Orange and Brown's lead to 7-0.
Yoho batted .308 (4-for-13) with one double, one homer and five RBI over the weekend at the UMBC Spring Classic.
"We continue to work to find a consistent approach at the plate," Salsburg said. "Our team is capable of scoring multiple runs each game if we have a strong, aggressive approach throughout the entire line up."
Meanwhile, Dillow and freshman Katie Turski combined to toss a one-run game, allowing only five hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Dillow (4-4) was credited with the win, as the Lucasville, Ohio, native pitched four complete innings and allowed only one unearned run.
The Falcons scored once more in the bottom of the sixth inning to run-rule St. Peters to win their third game of the weekend.
GAME ONE –Bowling Green 1, Sacred Heart 3
The Orange and Brown could not overcome a 3-0 deficit and fell victim in game one of the twinbill scheduled on the day. Bowling Green's seventh-inning comeback attempt fell short, as the Falcons dropped a 3-1 decision in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Bowling Green had five different players record one hit in the contest, as freshman Trista Mokienko (1-for-3) accumulated the lone Falcon RBI in the game. Stratton (1-for-3), Aspen Searle (1-for-2), Madison Schrock (1-for-2) and Marisa Shook (1-for-3) all accumulated a hit in the game.
Junior pitcher Jamie Kertes (5-10) started in the circle for the Orange and Brown, allowing three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work, but was credited with a tough loss in the losing effort. Dillow relieved Kertes, throwing a perfect 2/3 inning in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"Game one Jamie pitched well,we simply didn't back her up," Salsburg said.
Trailing 3-0 entering the seventh inning, the Falcons refused to give up and fought back at the plate. After a quick out, Searle got the final frame started with a single through the right side of the field. Mokienko, who entered the game with six hits on the season, followed with a one-out RBI double to right center field to cut the deficit to within 3-1. M. Schrock then singled to the right side to keep the inning going, but the Pioneers stopped the comeback attempt by forcing a ground out.
"At the end of the day we leave 3-1. Every game had a different thing we had to overcome and I am proud of the teams fight to do so," Salsburg said. "We look forward to getting home and continuing to fine tune as we head into the MAC."
Bowling Green will be back in action Tuesday (March 25) afternoon, taking on the University of Michigan in a single mid-week contest. The first pitch is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Softball Complex in Ann Arbor, Mich.