Krafcik fires one-hit shutout in BGSU sweep


The Bowling Green State University softball team rallied for a game-one win over the University of Detroit Mercy, then rode that momentum to a run-rule victory in game two.

The Falcons topped the Titans by scores of 5-4 and 8-0 on Saturday afternoon at Meserve Field.

The Falcons (4-18) twice rallied from behind in the opening game, including a two-run sixth inning that gave the hosts the lead for good. Then, BGSU scored in every inning in the second game, while sophomore Mackenzie Krafcik threw a complete-game one-hitter.

Krafcik needed just 65 pitches to pick up the first shutout of her career. In her fifth start as a Falcon, she walked two Titans and struck out four, facing three batters over the minimum.

Senior Taylor Turner (four innings) and freshman Emma Denison (three innings) allowed just one earned run apiece in the opener, with Denison picking up her first career win in relief.

At the plate, freshman Aaralyn Nogay and sophomore Delaney Davis each had three hits on the day. Nogay and fellow freshman Taylor Behrendt each scored three runs in the twinbill.

BGSU freshman Taylor Behrendt picked up her first collegiate hit in Saturday’s second game, on a line drive single to right that also resulted in her first RBI as a Falcon. Behrendt walked three times, stole three bases and scored three runs in the doubleheader.

Sophomore Delaney Davis entered Saturday’s action having batted just five times in 2024, with no hits on the season. She wound up with three hits on the day, including a 2-for-3 effort in game two, and scored two runs.

Sophomore Mackenzie Krafcik, as mentioned, fired a complete-game, one-hit shutout. It was the first shutout of her career, coming in just her fifth start as a Falcon.

Freshman Emma Denison picked up her first collegiate win in the opener, with three innings of one-run, four-hit relief.

BGSU stole a total of 11 bases in the sweep, with five thefts in game one and six more in the nightcap.

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