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Updated 8:35 p.m., BGSU softball salvages split with Buffalo (4-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 12 April 2013 18:13
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BG's Jamie Kertes (21) makes a pitch on Buffalo. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Katie Yoho’s bat and Jamie Kertes’ right arm prevented Friday from being a total disaster for Bowling Green’s softball team.
Yoho hit a two-run home run and Kertes pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to lead the Falcons to a 2-1 victory over Buffalo.
The victory gave the Falcons a split of the cold, wet and windy Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Meserve Field. Buffalo posted a 2-0 win in Game 1, despite Kertes’ one-hit pitching.
The Falcons are 21-13 overall and 5-5 in the MAC East Division after being picked to win the East in the preseason poll of conference coaches. Buffalo is 11-23, 4-6.
Yoho’s homer opened the scoring in the third inning of Game 2. She drove an outside pitch over the right-center field fence, scoring Paige Berger, who doubled to the right-center field gap on the previous pitch to start the inning.
“That was huge,” BG coach Shannon Salsburg said.
Yoho was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader. The junior is 13-for-31 with 14 runs batted in and eight runs scored in the last 10 games to raise her average from .256 to .287.
She batted .312 with 10 homers and 35 RBI last season.
“I was looking for a pitch I could handle and take it the way it was pitched,” said Yoho, who leads BG with six homers and 23 RBI.
The pitching of Paris Imholz and Kertes protected the lead.
Kertes allowed just two hits and struck out two to earn the victory. Imholz pitched the first 3 2/3 innings and was relieved after Buffalo scored on three doubles.
Imholz, who leads the MAC with a 1.82 earned-run average, took a two-hitter into the fourth before Buffalo adjusted to her curveball.
Kertes struck out the final hitter of the fourth to strand runners at second and third, and faced only 10 hitters over the final three innings. Kertes was effective with a dropball.
“They’re very unique and they work well together,” Salsburg said. “It was nice to be be to bring Jamie in and change it up a little bit.”
The pitchers were helped by errorless defense, and catchers Adrienne Dick and Erika Stratton each threw a runner out stealing.
Yoho and Berger each had two hits in Game 2. Berger was 3-for-5 in the two games to raise her average to .364.
Kertes was terrific in the opener as she struck out six and walked none. She allowed just one ball to be hit out of the infield, and threw 47 of her 66 pitches for strikes.
Buffalo scored its runs in the fifth on two BG errors and an infield single. The errors came on a dropped fly ball and a routine infield grounder.
“When you throw a one-hitter and get beat by two runs, that tells the story,” Salsburg said.
Kertes allowed just the two unearned runs on three hits in 10 1/3 innings in the doubleheader. She struck out eight and walked none, facing only 39 batters.
“I came out pumped up and threw strikes,” Kertes said. “I had good command of all my pitches all day, but my drop ball was really good. That kept them off balance.”
The Falcon defense has been good all season and entered Friday with just 30 errors in 32 games.
BG failed to score in the sixth, despite three consecutive hits to start the inning — Hannah Fulk doubled to left, and Berger and Yoho singled to left.
Fulk was thrown out at home on Berger’s hit and Yoho followed with her hit that would have scored Fulk had she not been sent home. BG had just two hits with eight strikeouts going into the sixth.
“We had a wet outfield, so I knew the ball was going to be wet,” Salsburg said of her decision to send Fulk. “The offense had just been slow and we were just starting to get to the part of the lineup that had really struggled against that pitcher.
“I thought we were going to make or break it right here,” Salsburg added. “If she scores, we win the game. I realize it was risky, but sometimes you have to take a risk to try to get the big reward.”
Shook doubled twice and Yoho singled twice to account for four of BG’s five hits. The Falcons left five runners on base, four in scoring position.

FIRST GAME
BUFFALO 2, BGSU 1
Buffalo                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Gllrdo 2b    3    1    0    0    Fulk ss    2    0    1    0
Nevez lf    3    0    0    0    Berger 1b    3    0    1    0
Ward c    3    1    0    0    Yoho cf    3    0    2    0
Ryder dp    3    0    0    1    Dick dp/c    2    0    0    0
Curtiss 3b    3    0    1    1    Strttn c/dp    3    0    0    0
Pinedo rf    3    0    0    0    Shook lf    3    0    2    0
Pettine rf    0    0    0    0    McCllnd 2b1    0    0    0
Griffin 1b    2    0    0    0    Cox ph    1    0    0    0
Ftzgrld ss    2    0    0    0    Dillow ph    1    0    0    0
Luciano cf    2    0    0    0    Grdno 3b    3    0    0    0
Valone rf    1    0    0    0
Fink ph    1    0    0    0
Totals    24    2    1    2    Totals    24    0    6    0

Buffalo    000    200    0—2    1    0
BGSU    000    000    0—0    6    3
E—McClelland (2), Valone (2), Kertes (6). DP—Buffalo, BGSU. LOB—Buffalo 1, BGSU 5. 2B—Fulk (4), Shook 2 (6). S—Dick (1).

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Buffalo
Speckman W,6-5    7    6    0    0    0    9
BGSU
Kertes L,7-8    7    1    2    0    0    6
HBP—by Speckman (Fulk).

SECOND GAME
BGSU 2, BUFFALO 1
Buffalo                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Gllrd 2b    3    0    0    0    Fulk ss    2    0    0    0
Curtiss 3b    3    0    0    0    Berger 1b    2    1    2    0
Ward c    3    1    2    0    Yoho cf    3    1    2    2
Ryder p    3    0    1    0    DIck dp    3    0    0    0
Pinedo rf    3    0    1    1    Stratton c    3    0    0    0
Nevez lf    3    0    1    0    Shook lf    3    0    0    0
Griffin 1b    3    0    0    0    Grdano 3b    3    0    1    0
Ftzgrld ss    2    0    1    0    McClllnd2b    1    0    0    0
McClr ph    1    0    0    0    Gregg ph    1    0    0    0
Luciano cf    1    0    1    0    Valone rf    2    0    0    0
Spckmn dp    0    0    0    0    
Totals    25    1    7    1    Totals    23    2    5    2

Buffalo    000    100    0—1    7    0
BGSU    002    000    X—2    5    0
LOB—Buffalo 4, BGSU 6. 2B—Ward (3), Ryder (2), Pinedo (6), Nevez (1). HR—Yoho (6). S—Luciano (1). SB—Luciano (4). CS—Ward (1), Luciano (3).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Buffalo
Ryder L,1-9    4    5    2    2    2    3
Speckman    2    0    0    0    1    2
Ryder pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.
BGSU
Imholz    3 2-3    5    1    1    0    0
Kertes W,8-8    3 1-3    2    0    0    0    2

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 April 2013 09:04
 

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