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Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Sunday, 07 April 2013 15:57
Bowling Green’s softball team quickly redeemed itself.
The Falcons — just 24 hours after having only two hits and eight strikeouts — collected eight hits en route to a 3-2 win Sunday over Ohio in a Mid-American Conference game at Meserve Field.
Katie Yoho’s sacrifice fly scored Hannah Fulk to snap a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning for the Falcons, who earned a split of the two-game series after Ohio’s 5-1 win Saturday.
The Falcons were handcuffed by Ohio pitchers Lauren McClary and Savannah Jo Guthrie Saturday, but BG’s bats were effective in Game 2.
Fulk, Paige Berger and Yoho each had two hits in Game 2 for the Falcons, who struck out just three times.
“We really let their pitching dictate yesterday and we got behind in the count,” BG coach Shannon Salsburg said. “Today, we came out much more aggressive. We were much more selective. When we were swinging, we were swinging at strikes.”
“We were back on our heels yesterday and today we came out full throttle at them instead of them dictating the game,” Fulk said. “We were going to run this game.”
Even though the Falcons had the eight hits, they still had to come from behind after Ohio’s Adrienne Gebele lined a two-run home run to left field in the top of the first.
But the Falcons quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first on Marissa Shook’s two-run single with two out.
Singles by Fulk, Berger and Yoho loaded the bases with none out, but BG needed Shook’s two-out hit to score. Fulk and Berger ripped singles down the left-field fine and Yoho beat out an infield hit to shortstop. Shook drilled a single just inside third base.
“That was a big part of the game,” Fulk said. ”It showed them we were here to play and they were back on their heels after we scored the two runs.”
On Saturday, Ohio scored in four different innings, but BG only scored in the next half inning once.
“We didn’t answer back yesterday,” Salsburg said. “To see us get excited and push the runs across our way, which is back-to-back hits, was a really big deal.”
The Falcons went ahead in the fifth when Fulk doubled to the left-field corner, took third on Berger’s single to right and scored on Yoho’s fly to right to break a 2-2 tie.
BG pitchers Paris Imholz and Jamie Kertes held Ohio scoreless on three hits over the final 6 1/3 innings. They struck out four and walked none, finishing with a five-hitter.
Imholz went the first five innings to improve to 12-4 overall, while Kertes finished for her third save.
Imholz retired 10 of the final 12 hitters she faced, and Kertes retired six of the seven hitters she faced.
“It allowed Paris to relax and trust what she does,” Salsburg said BG tying the game in the first. “She got stronger as the game went on. (Imholz and Kertes) did an outstanding job. They complement each other really well.”
Shook delivered another clutch hit with her tie-breaking single. The freshman left fielder has 12 runs batted in, despite having only 14 hits and a .179 average in 30 games.
“(Shook) loves to have an RBI opportunity,” Salsburg said. “I was very excited when she came up. I have a lot of confidence in her with runners on and she came through. That’s something you can’t teach. That’s an intangible. That’s having confidence when you need it the most. She keeps coming up big.”
The win gave BG three victories in its four weekend MAC games. BG posted a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of Akron Friday.
The Falcons,  favored to win the MAC East Division, are 18-12 overall and 4-4 in the MAC. Ohio is 19-14, 4-4.
BG started MAC play last weekend with a 1-3 record against Ball State and Miami. Ball State is the favorite to win the West and the MAC title.
Kent State and Miami lead the East at 6-2. BG hosts Kent next weekend for two games.
“When you win the weekend, you’re going to go far in the MAC,” Salsburg said. “It was a big win. This was a big weekend for us.
“The big thing is just  to keeping building off these wins and keep rolling,” Fulk said.
SOFTBALL
SATURDAY
OHIO 5, BGSU 1
OHIO                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Walker cf    4    0    0    0    Fulk ss    3    0    0    0
Gllrman c    4    2    2    3    Berger 1b    3    1    1    0
Colvin 1b    3    0    1    0    Yoho cf    3    0    1    1
Cortez pr    0    1    0    0    Dick dp    3    0    0    0
Englmn dp    4    0    0    0    Shook lf    3    0    0    0
Gebele rf    3    0    2    0    Stratton c    2    0    0    0
Wolfe pr    0    0    0    0    Grdano 3b    2    0    0    0
Pyles pr    0    1    0    0    McCllnd 2b    1    0    0    0
Bsqz 3b    3    0    2    1    Dillow ph    1    0    0    0
Bailey 3b    3    0    1    1    Valone rf    2    0    0    0
Dalton ss    2    0    0    0        
Hrtmn ph    0    0    0    0        
Lashley lf    2    1    1    0        
Clarke ph    1    0    0    0        
Totals    29    5    9    5    Totals    23    1    2    1

Ohio    100    101    2—5    9    0
BGSU    000    100    0—1    2    0
DP—BGSU. LOB—Ohio 5, BGSU 2. 2B—Gebele (5), Bailey (1), Berger (5). HR—Gellerman 2 (14). SB—Cortez (9), Wolfe 10.
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Ohio
McClary W,8-6    5    2    1    1    1    4
Dorsey S,1    2    0    0    0    0    4
BGSU
Kertes L,6-7    4    5    2    2    1    5
Imholz    3    4    3    3    0    2
HBP—by Kertes (Hortman).

SUNDAY
BGSU 3, OHIO 2
OHIO                BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Wakjer cf    3    0    0    0    Fulk ss    3    2    2    0
Gllrmn c    3    0    1    0    Berger 1b    3    1    2    0
Colvin 1b    2    1    0    0    Yoho cf    2    0    2    1
Gebele rf    3    1    2    2    Dick dh    3    0    0    0
Wolfe pr    0    0    0    0    Stratton c    3    0    1    0
Englmn dp    3    0    1    0    Gregg pr    0    0    0    0
Bsqz 3b    2    0    0    0    Shook lf    2    0    1    2
Horton ph    1    0    1    0    Grdano 3b    3    0    0    0
Cortez pr    0    0    0    0    McCllnd 2b    2    0    0    0
Bailey 2b    2    0    0    0    Valone rf    1    0    0    0
King ph    1    0    0    0    Dillow ph    1    0    0    0
Lashley lf    2    0    0    0        
Clarke ph    1    0    0    0        
Dalton ss    2    0    0    0        
Totals    25    2    5    2    Totals    23    3    8    3

Ohio    200    000    0—2    5    0
BGSU    200    010    X—3    8    0
DP—Ohio. LOB—Ohio 3, BGSU 4. 2B—Fulk (3). HR—Gebele(8). CS—Gellerman (1). S—Shook (4), SF—Yoho (2).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Ohio
McClary L,8-7     4 1-3    7    3    3    0    1
Dorsey    1 2-3    1    0    0    0    2
BGSU
Imholz W,12-4    5    4    2    2    0    1
Kertes S,3    2    1    0    0    0    3
HBP—by Imholz (Colvin).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 16:36
 

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