Ferris State roundup: Men’s tennis falls in GLIAC tourney final

MIDLAND — Ferris State’s men’s tennis team came up short in its bid for back-to-back GLIAC Tournament titles, falling to Northwood in Sunday’s final, 5-2.

Northwood, which also won its 19th straight GLIAC Championship, improves to 16-4 overall with the win.  Ferris State stands at 15-5 with the loss.

The Timberwolves earned wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to open the match. Ferris State got wins from Sergui Laza at second doubles, while Laurent Galarneau and Razvan Mag won at first doubles.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Ferris State splits with Tiffin, sweeps Ohio Dominican

TIFFIN, Ohio — Ferris State’s women’s softball team completed a busy weekend of action with a 3-1 record, recording a sweep over Ohio Dominican on Saturday before splitting with Tiffin in a road series on Sunday.

The Bulldogs won a thriller in the opening game of the conference doubleheader on Sunday against Tiffin by taking a 1-0 victory in nine innings, but fell in the nightcap 7-1 against the Dragons.

In game one, shortstop Michelle Tononi doubled down the left field line and eventually scored on an error to break a scoreless tie and account for the game’s final run in the top half of the ninth inning. Senior pitcher Dana Bowler then completed a four-hit shutout by striking out two batters in the bottom of the inning and ending the game by forcing a lineout to left field.

Bowler tossed all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts to go with only two walks in earning her 14th victory of the year.

Ferris State received single base hits from Taylor Verbic, Rachael Gabrielson, Alex Wittman, Pettit and Tononi with Gabrielson recording the squad’s only RBI in game two and Alyssa Smith scoring FSU’s lone run in game two. FSU commited five errors during the loss in the second game.

Against Ohio Dominican on Saturday, FSU won by scores of 4-3 and 5-2 in Columbus, Ohio, behind a pair of home runs by Amy Dunleavy in the first game, while Liz Hamming answered with a pair of round-trippers in the second game.

Bowler tossed all seven innings in the opener as Ferris State fought back from a 2-0 deficit after the first inning to post the victory.  FSU tied up the game with two runs in the top of the fourth, but ODU answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning to take a one-run lead.

Offensively, Dunleavy had a pair of homers and totaled four RBI’s.  Senior outfielder Morgan Kramerich also totaled two hits and scored twice while Tononi netted a sacrifice hit for FSU in the game played under slightly overcast skies.

In the second game, Hamming’s two homers resulted in five RBIs.  Dunleavy also had a pair of hits in the nightcap while senior Lainee Clay and Pettit both had solo base hits to account for FSU’s six total hits in the game.

Following the weekend contests, FSU improved to 20-12 overall and 12-6 in the GLIAC. The Bulldogs are in action again on Tuesday when FSU hosts Northwood, with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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