13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
The Bowling Green State University softball team lost to Kent State University on Saturday (April 19) afternoon, dropping the first game of the Mid-American Conference weekend series by a score of 8-0. Playing at the Diamond At Dix field—home of the Golden Flashes—the Falcons (20-22-1, 6-7 MAC) were held to just two hits as the Golden Flashes (20-15, 6-3 MAC) improved to 4-3 on their home grass.
Bowling Green were led offensively by freshman Madison Schrock and junior Chloe Giordano, as the two each recorded one hit in the tilt. Meanwhile, sophomore Braiden Dillow (8-6) earned the start in the circle for the Orange and Brown, working 3.2 innings while surrendering four earned runs on five hits in the losing effort. Junior Jamie Kertes came into the game to pitch the final 1/3 innings in relief work, allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Kent State struck Dillow for three runs in the second, which started a streak of four straight innings in which the Golden Flashes plated at least one run. The Golden Flashes scored the first run of the game with an RBI single to right center. Kent State then added to its lead with a two-out RBI triple to right center to hand Kent State a 3-0 lead.
Bowling Green threatened in the third when freshman Haley Schrock leadoff the inning by getting hit with a pitch and reached second when Giordano grounded out. Freshman Aspen Searle added to the inning by reaching base by getting hit with a pitch as well, but a ground out by Chelsea Raker ended the inning.
After Kent State tacked on two more runs, Bowling Green threatened once more in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Trista Mokienko leadoff the inning by drawing a walk and eventually advanced to third base when Giordano singled to left field. However, Kent State forced a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning, keeping the Falcons from scoring a run.
Golden State then ended the game with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth, extending their lead to 8-0 after five innings to result in a run-ruled shortened game.
"Today was a tough day," Falcons head coach Shannon Salsburg said. "We struggled to get going and kent state took advantage of it."