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Falcons Downed By Northern Illinois, 10-3

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The Bowling Green State University softball team lost to Northern Illinois University on Saturday (March 29) afternoon, by a score of 10-3 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons (10-15-1, 1-1) could not overcome an early 4-0 deficit as the Huskies (11-14, 1-1) earned a weekend series split with the victory.

The Orange and Brown were led offensively by freshman Aspen Searle, going 2-for-4 with two RBI on the day to extend her hitting streak to four games. Freshman Sami Parave also recorded two hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored against the Huskies on the day. BGSU also got contributions at the plate from Chelsea Raker (1-for-3, RBI) and Madison Schrock (1-for-2) in the game.

After two scoreless innings to begin the game, it was the Huskies that scored the game's first runs with a four-run third inning. NIU worked the bases loaded and then struck with an RBI single to left field to break a 0-0 tie. The Huskies continued the inning with a three more runs to push their lead to 4-0.

"Today we put too much pressure on ourselves early in the game," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. "You have to make routine plays against an aggressive team like Northern Illinois."

However, the Falcons showed some resiliency and cut the lead in half with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Playing as the home team because of a site switch due to unplayable conditions, the Orange and Brown started the inning as M. Schrock reached on a fielder's choice. Parave followed with a single and advanced to second base on an error by the Huskies' second baseman. Searle, who entered the game hitting .333 over her last three games, then followed with a double to left center field to score both Parave and Emily McClelland to cut the lead within two.

After the Huskies extended their lead to 8-2 with three runs in the top of the fourth and a run in the top of the sixth, Bowling Green got one back in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 8-3. Erika Stratton, who entered the game on a five-game hitting streak, reached base on a walk to begin the inning. Raker then followed with an RBI double to center field to score Stratton from first base for the Falcons' third run of the game.

"Offensively, we had quality at bats we simply hit a lot of balls right at people," Salsburg said.  

Sophomore Braiden Dillow and junior Jamie Kertes combined to throw seven innings in the circle, allowing 14 hits and six earned runs in the losing effort. Dillow (4-5) was credited with the tough loss on the day.