SOFTBALL STUNNED BY SAGINAW VALLEY STATE IN GLIAC TOURNEY ACTION
|Freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson produced a team-best tying two hits in the Bulldogs' loss to Saginaw Valley State at the GLIAC Tournament. (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State softball team was upset in the second-round action of the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship Tournament as the Bulldogs fell to Saginaw Valley State, 9-5, this Friday (May 1) afternoon at Northwood University's Dean Field in Midland, Mich.
Ferris State appeared on the way of winning its second conference tourney game as the three-seeded Bulldogs led 5-2 going into the bottom of the fourth inning against the two-seed Cardinals. FSU opened the contest with three first-inning runs on four hits as junior second baseman Amanda Harrington's (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) solo home run to center field, her second of the year, gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens' (Gladstone) two RBI double to right centerfield scored Ferris' next two runs.
FSU would claim a 4-1 advantage in the third frame with senior first baseman Amanda Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) singling in the run as the Bulldogs capitalized on two Cardinals' errors.
In the fifth inning, Ferris increased its margin to 5-1 on sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade's (Canton) two-out triple to right center field. But, SVSU started to mount its comeback in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run output on two hits and a Bulldog error. Nicole Fick, who went 4-for-4 at the plate and had five RBI's in the game, belted a two-run homer to highlight the inning for the Cardinals.
Saginaw Valley State continued its offensive onslaught in the fifth with a four-run outburst. The Cardinals utilized the long ball once again as Angela Kaiser smacked a two-run shot off Bruntjens down the right field line as part of SVSU's seven hits.
Ferris State concluded the outing with nine hits as Amanda Harrington and freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson's (Big Rapids) two hits paved the way. Holly Bruntjens was tagged with the loss as she allowed seven runs on 12 hits in four-plus innings. Bruntjens, who's now 13-6 this spring, fanned two and walked three before giving way to senior Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South). The FSU reliever threw the final one and two-thirds innings and gave up two runs on five hits for the Bulldogs, who drop to 33-7 overall this season with the setback.
Saginaw Valley State posted 17 hits and left 11 runners on base while Ferris State stranded four.