Article Image
Courtesy: BSU Photo Services

Softball Ends Regular Season With Loss To Kent State

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: May 05, 2013
Send this article to a friend Print RSS
Share |

   MUNCIE, Ind. - - The Ball State softball team ended the 2013 regular season with a 5-3 Senior Day setback to Kent State Sunday afternoon at the BSU Softball Complex.

   The 2013 Mid-American Conference Regular Season Champion Cardinals return to action at 5 p.m. Thursday as the No. 1 seed in the 2013 MAC Softball Tournament at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.

   As the No. 1 seed, the Cardinals (35-15 /18-3 MAC) receive a double-bye in the double-elimination tournament.

  Kent State, which improved to 27-19-1 (16-6 MAC) with the victory, locked up the No. 2 seed in the league tournament and will also take a double-bye into Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. contest.

   In celebration of senior day, the Cardinals turned to senior pitcher Lauren Williamson for the starting nod in Sunday’s showdown. In her first career start in the circle, Williamson did not disappoint by limiting the Golden Flashes to three hits and one run in 2.1 innings of work.

   Also starting in their final home games were senior center fielder Amanda Carpenter, senior catcher Sadie Robertson and senior designated player Julie Cortez. Senior pitcher Audra Sanders also saw action in relief of Williamson in the circle.

   Robertson finished the game 1-for-3 at the plate, while Carpenter drew a walk and added a sacrifice fly.

   Kent State broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the second inning, thanks to a two-out RBI blooper from Caitie Kilbane which was just out of reach of three Ball State infielders.

   The Golden Flashes added a second run on a leadoff homer from Michele Duffy in the top of the fourth to pull ahead 2-0.

   With steady rain falling in the top of the fifth, the Golden Flashes were able to capitalize on a hit batter to open the inning. Following a brief one-minute and 37 second rain delay, a BSU error put runners at second and third. The wet conditions then contributed to three straight walks to push the guests ahead 4-0.

   With bases loaded and still no outs in the bottom of the inning, freshman pitcher Nicole Steinbach would enter the game and strikeout the next two batters and force an inning-ending groundout to limit the damage to just two runs. In three innings of work, Steinbach allowed just two hits and one earned run, while striking out four batters.

   Ball State answered with all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth, in a rally started by an infield bunt single from sophomore second baseman Taylor Cox. After a groundout, back-to-back walks to sophomore right fielder Hanne Stuedemann and junior left fielder Jennifer Gilbert loaded the bases for the Cardinals.

   Junior first baseman Taylor Rager then sliced a two-run single through the right side to cut the Kent State advantage to 4-2. Carpenter would follow with a sacrifice fly to left field in the next at bat, driving in Gilbert from third. Unfortunately, KSU was able to double-up the BSU pinch runner at second after the run crossed to end the inning.

   Kent State would get one of the runs back in the top of the sixth as Dani Remos led off the inning with a single, stole second and came around to score on a Kim Kirkpatrick single.

   Ball State put runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but unfortunately could not push the tying runs across.

   Gilbert would tally a one-out triple in the seventh in an attempt to spark another BSU rally, but a pop up and groundout ended the game.

   Lauren McNeil picked up the win in the circle for Kent State, improving to 6-6 on the year by limiting the Ball State offense to six hits and three earned runs over 4.1 innings of work.

   Alyssa Frankenfield picked up her second save of the year by throwing the final 2.2 innings and surrendering just two hits. Both Kent State pitchers struck out three BSU batters.

Ball State football head coach Pete Lembo previews...
Take a look at the Cardinals football players...
Ball State football coach Pete Lembo and Joel...
Ball State was ravaged by injury at the safety...
Relive the action of Ball State's MAC opener at...
Join Joel Godett and Defensive Coordinator Kevin...
Relive the action from the Cardinals and Indiana...
Check in with head coach Pete Lembo on the...
The Emmy-award winning 3rd Down Chirp, presented...
Ball State's football family has several ties to...
Catch up with special teams coordinator Justin...
Relive the Cardinals' near upset of Big Ten foe...
The Emmy-award winning 3rd Down Chirp, an...
Meet Cardinals OL Nick Plavchak, a former walk-on...
Joel Godett visits with FB's Kevin Kelly to...
Ball State football head coach Pete Lembo recaps...
Ball State opened the 2014 football season with a...
Ball State opened its 2014 season with a 30-7...
The Emmy-award winning 3rd Down Chirp, an...
Ball State football head coach Pete Lembo previews...
Ball State Sports Link, the nation's first fully...
In the 2014 finale of Off the Court with Brady...
In the penultimate edition of 'Off The Court,"...
On this week's edition of WIPB's 'Off the Court,'...
On this edition of 'Off the Court,' Joel and Brady...
Women's basketball coach Brady Sallee joins Joel...
Join Brady Sallee and Joel Godett for the third...
Brady Sallee joins Joel Godett for a packed 'Off...
Off the Court with Brady Sallee is the new offical...
Ball State football fell to Arkansas State 23-20...
Ball State All Access
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
Uploaded Ad
A-1 Graphics
American Chevrolet
Burger King
Cousin Vinnys
Dillman's Furniture
Discount Tire
Holiday Inn Express
Jimmy John's
Johnny Carino's
Muncie Auto Group
Mutual Bank
Peak Property Group
Sam Pierce Chevrolet
Shane Co.
Tom Raper RV
Victory Honda
Village Promenade
MacAllister Rentals
A-1 For Fun
Baskin Robins
Prime Trust
Sport Clips
T.I.S. Bookstore
Advanced Signs
Cambria Hotels and Suites
Central Indiana Orthopedic
Coldwell Banker
Cooper Tires
Downtown Muncie Red
Intrust Bank
McCoy Ford-Lincoln
Papa John's
Reynold's Farm Equipment
Terrance Smith Distributing
Texas Roadhouse
University Avenue Dental
Windermere Place