The Bowling Green State University softball team (15-11, 1-3 MAC) welcomes the University of Akron and Ohio University to Meserve Field this weekend, starting with a doubleheader against the Zips on Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m. The Falcons are 47-22-1 in the all-time series against Akron, most recently sweeping the season series on the road in 2012. The Falcons own a record of 9-2 against Akron under head coach Shannon Salsburg.
Bowling Green defeated Akron in their first meeting last season, shutting out the Zips 4-0. Hannah Fulk went 2-for-3 in the contest, recording an RBI and a home run. Freshman Shelby Fink also had a big afternoon, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Freshman Jamie Kertes picked up the win, allowing just four hits and recording seven strikeouts in the complete-game shutout.
The Falcons defeated Akron in game two, dropping the Zips by a score of 7-6. Andrea Arney was the offensive star for Bowling Green, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI. Paris Imholz picked up the win, allowing five earned runs and nine hits in 5.1 innings of work.
The Falcons are currently on a five-game winning streak against Akron, with their last loss coming on April 30, 2010. Bowling Green is also on a two-game winning streak against the Zips at Meserve Field, with the Falcons last loss coming on April 17, 2009. Bowling Green has a record of 9-2 under head coach Shannon Salsburg.
After Friday's doubleheader with Akron, the Falcons will play Ohio University in a two-game set over Saturday and Sunday. Bowling Green holds a 53-42 mark against the Bobcats in the all-time series, including a record of 6-10 under coach Salsburg. The Falcons split with Ohio last season, winning game one, 4-2, before dropping game two by a score of 3-1.
The Falcons opened MAC play with an impressive victory over Ohio in their first meeting last season, defeating the Bobcats 4-2 in the first game of their doubleheader. Andrea Arney carried the load offensively for the Falcons, going 1-for-2 in the contest with a home run and an RBI. Jamie Kertes picked up the win for Bowling Green, allowing eight hits and recording four strikeouts in six innings of work. Fellow freshman Paris Imholz got the save, shutting out the Bobcats in the final frame to secure the win.
Bowling Green dropped the second game of their 2012 doubleheader, falling to the Bobcats, 3-1. The Falcons collected five hits in the game, with Paige Berger recording the lone RBI in the contest. Imholz was credited with the loss, giving up six hits and two earned runs in six innings of work.
The Bowling Green State University softball team swept a doubleheader with Detroit- Mercy Tuesday evening, defeating the Titans by a score of 12-3 in game one and 9-1 in game two. The non-conference sweep improved the Falcons' overall record to 15-11, and increased Bowling Green's winning streak to three games.
Senior Paige Berger stole the show for the Falcons in game one, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI. Fellow senior Adrienne Dick also belted two home runs, going 2-for-5 with a team-best four RBI. Senior Hannah Fulk hit a home run in game one, while junior Katie Yoho led Bowling Green with three hits. Sophomore Jamie Kertes (5-6) picked up the win after allowing just one earned run and striking out five in the first 5.0 innings of play. Freshman Braiden Dillow also saw action, striking out two while allowing two earned runs in the final 2.0 frames.
Berger once again had a strong performance in game two, hitting her third home run of the day in a 2-for-3 performance. Sophomore Emily McClelland went 2-for-3 in the contest, hitting her first career home run in the victory. In total the Falcons collected seven extra-base hits, including doubles from Fulk, Dick and freshman Marisa Shook. Junior Erika Stratton recorded a double and a triple, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Paris Imholz (10-4) earned the complete game victory, giving up just one earned run and striking out four.
Berger's three home runs in the doubleheader against Detroit pushed her career total to 34, breaking the Bowling Green all-time home run record, originally held by Hayley Wiemer (2006-09). Senior Hannah Fulk''s home run in game one marked the 26th of her career, tying her for third all time with Gina Rango (2003-06).
Bowling Green's five home runs in game one against Detroit marked the most in a game since April 27, 2012, when the Falcons hit six against Northern Illinois in a 15-2 victory. Senior Adrienne Dick's two home runs set a career high, while her four RBI tied a career high, set back on March 8, 2011 against Middle Tennessee.
Sophomore Emily McClelland went 2-for-3 in game two against Detroit, hitting her first career home run in the victory. McClelland has had a career year for the Falcons, setting career highs in nearly offensive category. McClelland is the third Falcon to hit their first career home run this season, following Chloe Giordano and Marisa Shook.