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(Updated 8:10 p.m.) BGSU softball shuts out Akron twice (4-5-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 05 April 2013 18:03
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BG's Katie Yoho is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Akron. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jamie Kertes and Paris Imholz provided Bowling Green’s softball team with outstanding pitching Friday.
The Falcons complemented their pitching with solid defense and timely hitting.
BG played well in every phase of the game for a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of Akron in a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Meserve Field.
Kertes pitched a one-hitter in Game 1 and Imholz tossed a five-hitter in Game 2.
The sophomore right-handers each struck out six and walked none as BG improved to 17-11 overall and 3-3 in the MAC. Akron is 13-16, 2-4.
“It was nice to see everything come together,” BG coach Shannon Salsburg said.
Kertes and Imholz pounded the strike zone consistently and were especially effective with a changeup. They were ahead in the count all day.
“Any time they do that, we’re in good position to win,” Salsburg said.
Akron’s only hit in Game1 was Taryn Allmon’s triple to right with two out in the sixth. The Zips had only two other runners with both reaching on an error — BG’s only miscues of the day.
Kertes originally had a two-hitter, but an infield single was changed to an error on Kertes after the game.
“I have a lot of confidence right now ... knowing I can do it and knowing that I have the team behind me when I go after batters,” Kertes said.
In Game 1, BG scored all of its runs in the sixth.
Hannah Fulk doubled just inside the left-field line behind the cut of the grass with one out and took third on Paige Berger’s single to left. Berger hustled to second on the throw to third.
Fulk scored on a wild pitch and Katie Yoho’s triple to right scored Berger. Adrienne Dick’s ground out to shortstop brought in Yoho.
Akron freshman Erin Seiler held BG hitless for 4 1/3 innings and took a one-hit shutout into the sixth. The BG resident and Toledo Central Catholic graduate finished with a four-hitter, striking out five and walking one.
BG spent the last part of Thursday’s practice hitting with runners in scoring position.
“Our process (in the first game) wasn’t necessarily getting us the results we wanted, but you could see us growing in it,” Salsburg said. “By that third round, we made the adjustments and scored the runs. Earlier in the season, we would have quit on ourselves. That really shows our growth.”
In Game 2, Yoho lined a two-run home run just inside the left-field foul pole with one out in the first. The ball started to straightaway left, but a strong wind nearly blew it foul.
Berger scored on the homer after doubling to right-center.
“I got a pitch I could handle,” Yoho said. “I kept watching it and had my fingers crossed it would stay fair.”
Imholz escaped trouble in the first when Akron had runners on second and third with one out, but the inning ended with a popup and a grounder to short. She retired 18 of the final 21 Zips.
“I came out with a lot of confidence and trusted all of my pitches,” said Imholz, who is 11-4 with a 1.58 earned-run average. “I was a little shaky early, but I felt stronger as the game went on.”
Fulk was 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, while Erika Stratton, Yoho and Berger were 2-for-6.
Yoho is getting hot after starting Friday with a .247 average. Last season, the senior hit .312 with 10 homers and 35 RBI.
“The girls have really helped me keep my confidence up and my coaches have been believing in me, that’s what’s gotten me through this,” Yoho said.
Yoho was 3-for-8 against  Detroit Mercy on Tuesday.
“It feels good again to hit the ball solid,” Yoho said. “I feel like I’ve been close to breaking out of this and to hit the ball hard this week, I feel like I’m over the hump.”
The Falcons have won five straight after losing to Miami in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday. Miami entered the twinbill 6-18 overall.
BG, the coaches pick to win the East Divison, also lost twice to MAC title favorite Ball State last weekend.
“Last weekend put into perspective that we have to bring it, it doesn’t matter who it is — staying tough, staying mentally tough has gotten us on the right track again,” Yoho said.

FIRST GAME
BGSU 3, AKRON 0
Akron                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Hchsttlr 3b    3    0    0    0    Fulk ss    3    1    1    0
Rdbsh 2b    3    0    0    0    Berger 1b    3    1    1    0
Brkhmr 1b    2    0    0    0    Yoho cf    3    1    1    1
Ratclff rf    3    0    0    0    Dick dp    3    0    0    1
Schndr dp    3    0    0    0    Shook lf    3    0    0    0
Glsnr lf    3    0    0    0    Stratton c    2    0    1    0
Rhodes c    2    0    0    0    Gregg pr    0    0    0    0
Allmon cf    2    0    1    0    Grdano 3b    2    0    0    0
Pond ss    2    0    0    0    McCllnd 2b    2    0    0    0
0    0    0    0    Valone rf    0    0    0    0
0    0    0    0    Dillow ph    1    0    0    0
Totals    23    0    1    0    Totals    22    3    4    2

Akron    000    000    0—0    1    0
BGSU    000    003    X—3    4    2
E—Fulk (5). Kertes (5). LOB—Akron 3, BGSU 2. 2B—Fulk (2). 3B—Allmon (2), Yoho (1). SB—Gregg (3). S—Birkhimer (5).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Akron
Seiler L,8-10    6    4    3    3    1    5
BGSU
Kertes W,6-6    7    1    0    0    0    6
WP—Seiler 2 (10).

SECOND GAME
BGSU 2, AKRON 0
Akron                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Hchsttlr 3b    3    0    2    0    Fulk ss    3    0    2    0
Rdbsh 2b    3    0    0    0    Berger 1b    3    1    1    0
Brkhmr 1b    3    0    1    0    Yoho cf    3    1    1    2
Mntain pr    0    0    0    0    Dick dp    3    0    1    0
Ratclff rf    3    0    0    0    Gregg pr    0    0    0    0
Schndr dp    2    0    0    0    Shook lf    3    0    0    0
Mntsno rf    1    0    0    0    Stratton c    2    0    1    0
Glsnr lf    3    0    0    0    Grdano rf    1    0    0    0
Rhodes c    3    0    0    0    McCllnd 2b    1    0    0    0
Allmon cf    3    0    1    0    Dillow ph    1    0    0    0
Pond ss    2    0    1    0    Valone rf    1    0    0    0
Fink ph    1    0    0    0
Totals    26    0    5    0    Totals    22    2    6    2

Akron    000    000    0—0    5    2
BGSU    200    000    X—2    6    0
E—Hochstetler (8) Ratcliffe (4). LOB—Akron 5, BGSU 3. 2B—Hochstetler (7), Berger (4). HR—Yoho (4). SB—Mountain (7). S—Giordano (5).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Akron
Conrad L,0-2    6    6    2    2    0    3

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 April 2013 08:07
 

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