Ferris softball team swept

BIG RAPIDS —The Ferris State University softball squad officially opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday, but came out on the short end of a pair of decisions against the Ashland Eagles in Ohio.

The host Eagles won the opener 8-0 in five innings before rallying for a 4-3 victory in a 10-inning thriller in the nightcap.

In the opening game of the league twinbill, Ashland put three runs on the board in the first inning and built a 5-0 lead after two. They later added three runs in the fourth and held FSU off in the fifth to earn the win. The Eagles limited FSU to only a single hit in the game.

Ferris State’s lone hit in the opener came from sophomore second baseman Kodi Ramirez. AU pitcher Laney Jones had an impressive game as she struck out five and walked only one while giving up the lone hit in a five-inning shutout.

For the Bulldogs, Abby Highway allowed five runs on seven hits with a walk and a strikeout in one and one-third innings while Kaitlyn Nugent gave up three runs on three hits with a single strikeout in two and two-thirds of an inning. AU pounded out 10 total hits in the game.

The Bulldogs bounced back, though, to produce 12 hits in game two and owned a 12-8 edge in total hits for the game.

The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the fifth with the game’s first run before AU answered in the seventh to tie it up and extend the game to extra innings. Both teams scored once in the ninth before FSU grabbed the lead with a run in the 10th. However, the Eagles got a walk-off, two-run homer in the 10th to pull out the victory.

For the Bulldogs, Connor Proctor tossed the entire game, giving up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk in nine and one-third innings.

Sunday games

The Ferris State University softball squad closed its opening weekend of GLIAC play on Sunday with a road split against Saginaw Valley State in University Center.

The host Cardinals took a 10-8 win in game one before the Bulldogs rallied for a 10-3 triumph in the finale.

In the opener, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead into the third and the game was tied going to the fourth. FSU regained the edge in the fourth inning before Saginaw Valley State responded as the two teams combined for 13 runs in the fourth and fifth frames. Eventually, the Cardinals built a four-run lead before the Bulldogs cut the margin with two final runs in the seventh. SVSU posted 13 hits to 12 for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State got off to a fast start in game two as the Bulldogs put seven runs on the board in the top of the first. SVSU answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Ferris State tallied two runs in the third and each team totaled a single run the rest of the way. The Cardinals had 10 hits overall compared to nine for FSU, but the hosts also had three errors in the field.

The Bulldogs were led at the plate by second baseman Kodi Ramirez, who had four hits and drove in two runs. Tucci and Winkels both doubled and each had a pair of hits with Tucci also accounting for two RBIs in the victory. Piron scored twice for FSU.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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