I-75 Sweep: Falcons Close Season With 7-5 Win Over Toledo On Senior Day
13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
With postseason berths at stake, the Bowling Green State University softball team did all they could on the field to finish off the 2014 campaign by defeating the University of Toledo 7-5 at Meserve Field on Sunday (May 4) afternoon. The Falcons ended the year playing their best, winning three straight games.
Despite being outhit 13-10 in the game, the Falcons (23-28-1, 9-11) took advantage of four Rocket (19-34, 9-13) errors and a four-run fourth inning to earn a two-game sweep over the arch-rival Rockets in the battle of I-75. With the win, the Falcons jumped to a .450 winning percentage but wins by Miami and Northern Illinois knocked BGSU out of a postseason berth for the first time since the 2011 season. K
Jamie Kertes (14-20), who started in the circle for the second time in as many days, surrendered three unearned runs on eight hits in 5.1 total innings of work. Kertes earned her second victory of the weekend, combining for nine total strikeouts in two days over the Rockets. Sophomore Braiden Dillow worked 1.2 innings in the circle, allowing two earned runs on five hits in relief work.
After Kertes held Toledo scoreless in the first two innings of play, Bowling Green's offense followed suit and plated four runs for their largest lead of the game. On a windy day in Bowling Green, the Falcons totaled three consecutive hits to jumpstart their inning, including an RBI single from Giordano to hand the Orange and Brown an early 1-0 lead.
The Falcons extended their lead with an RBI single by Mokienko and a base-clearing double from Searle to give the Orange and Brown their largest lead of the game.
The four-run offensive explosion became an offensive explosion from both teams, as both the Falcons and Rockets combined for 11 runs on 15 hits through the first four innings of play. Toledo scored a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to cut the Falcons' lead to 5-4.
However, playing in her final game as a member of the Orange and Brown, the Falcons got their much-needed insurance runs from Yoho in the home half of the fourth inning. After seeing a four-run lead quickly become a one-run lead, the Orange and Brown got one last home run from Yoho to seemingly make the game out of reach.
Durham led off the inning with a double to set the scene for the senior from Grove City, Ohio. Yoho, who followed Durham in the lineup, ripped a fastball over the left field fence to extend Bowling Green's lead to 7-4.
The home run marked her 12th of the season, which is a single season career-best for the Grove City, Ohio native. The homer also marked her 32nd homer, which placed her tied for second for the all-time career home runs leader with Hayley Wiemer. Hannah Fulk is the all-time leader with 36.
The Bowling Green softball team finished the season with a 23-28-1 overall record, and 9-11 in MAC play. Both Stratton and Yoho closed out their Falcon careers, combining for 42 doubles, 10 triples, and 46 home runs all while helping the Orange and Brown earn 98 victories in four seasons.