Ferris softball team swept by Grand Valley

BIG RAPIDS — The Ferris State University softball squad battled nationally sixth-ranked Grand Valley State at home on Sunday, but suffered a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference setbacks at the FSU Softball Field.

The Lakers captured the matchup of West Michigan rivals as they pulled out a close 3-1 win over the Bulldogs in the opener before taking game two by a 12-4 score in five innings.

Grand Valley State totaled seven hits in the opener to four for the Bulldogs. After scoring the first two runs in the third, the Lakers added one more in the sixth after FSU had cut the margin to a single run by scoring its only run in the fourth.

Senior shortstop Logan Fleming had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs in game one while left fielder Jessica Tucci and first baseman Sawyer Wightman added one each. Designated player Kaitlyn Orme accounted for FSU’s only RBI.

GVSU got an impressive performance from standout pitcher Allison Lipovsky, who won her 15th game of the campaign by totaling 11 strikeouts. She gave up only a single run on four hits with two walks in seven innings. Meanwhile, FSU’s Connor Proctor also had a solid performance, allowing only three runs on seven hits with three Ks in seven full innings of work.

In game two, the Lakers put the first two runs on the board in the second and then added four in the third along with three in both the fourth and fifth innings. FSU scored once in the third and came up with three runs in the fifth, but could got not pull any closer as the Lakers garnered the win. GVSU totaled 15 hits in game two compared to five for Ferris State.

The Bulldogs’ hits came off the bats of second baseman Kodi Ramirez along with Fleming, senior third baseman Lexi Hongisto, Tucci and Wightman, who knocked in two runs.

Junior pitcher Abby Highway suffered the setback in the circle in the nightcap, giving up seven earned runs on 10 hits with two walks in three and two-thirds innings. Kaitlyn Nugent came on in relief and allowed three runs on five hits with a strikeout in one and one-third frames.

Ferris State will be back in action later this week as FSU begins a six-game road stretch at Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wis.

Bulldogs at Northwood

Ferris battled Northwood to a pair of three-run games on Saturday in league play, earning a split in Midland.

The host Timberwolves captured a 3-0 win in game one before the Bulldogs responded with an 8-5 triumph in the nightcap to even their GLIAC mark at 7-7 overall this year.

In the opener, Northwood put together a strong performance, totaling 12 hits and limiting FSU to four. The Timberwolves scored the game’s first run in the second and later added two more in the fourth in the shutout win.

Ferris State’s four hits came off the bats of Ramirez along with centerfielder Paige Kortz, shortstop Logan Fleming and rightfielder Kylie Winkels. FSU’s Connor Proctor threw four innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with two walks while Kaitlyn Nugent tossed two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout while giving up three hits.

NU’s Taylor Wright earned the triumph by limiting FSU to four hits and she struck out nine for her fourth win of the year.

The Bulldogs responded in game two and exploded for 17 hits in an 8-5 victory. While Northwood totaled 13 hits, the Timberwolves also had three errors. FSU fell behind 3-0, but scored three runs in both the fourth and fifth frames along with one each in the sixth and seventh before holding NU in the seventh for the victory.

Fleming and first baseman Sawyer Wightman each had three hits for the Bulldogs in the win while Kortz and third baseman Lexi Hongisto along with catcher Rebecca Piron and designated player Kaitlyn Orme totaled two each. Ramirez and Wightman each had two RBIs for the Bulldogs.

In the victory, Ramirez homered while Winkels posted a triple. The Bulldogs also got doubles off the sticks off Jessica Tucci, Orme and Piron.

Highway got the win by throwing all seven innings, allowing only five runs on 13 hits with a strikeout.

 

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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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