BG softball suffers tough weekend in Knoxville

Paul Barney and Paul Barney

After opening the season with a 3-2 record, the Falcon softball team looked to continue their winning ways this past weekend as they took part in the Tennessee Classic in Knoxville. The Falcons opened the tournament against North Dakota State, playing each other for the first time in program history. What turned out to be a hitter’s duel, the Bison were able to come out on top with a 6-4 win. The Falcon bats were aggressive early as Karmen Coffey got the offense going with a one out single in the first inning. Coffey would them come around to score off of Hayley Wiemer’s first home run of the season, giving the Falcons a 2-0 lead. The Bison answered right back in their half of the first by scoring a run to cut the lead to 2-1. They managed to score another run the second inning to tie the game at two apiece. After three straight singles to start the third, the Falcons were able to put up two more runs. However, the Bison answered right back with two runs of their own, tying the game at four. The Falcon bats were kept fairly quite the rest of the game, as they couldn’t manufacture any more runs off their remaining three hits. A run in the fourth and sixth innings allowed the Bison to pull away with the win, dropping the Falcons to 3-3 on the season. Leading the Falcon offense against the Bison were Wiemer, Coffey and Susan Sontag. Coffey and Sontag each had two hits in the game, while Wiemer went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer. Game two of the tournament did not fear too well for the Falcons, as they fell to No. 8 Tennessee 18-0 in five innings. Tennessee came swinging early as they scored 11 runs in the first inning, recording 20 hits for the game. Unlike the first game, hits were hard to come by for the Falcons. Missy Bowman and Rachel Proehl provided the only two hits of the game for BG. Due to poor weather conditions, the Falcons were unable to get their remaining games against Marshall and James Madison underway. Not being able to play these games coming off of two disappointing losses did not allow the Falcons a chance to redeem themselves. ‘I was really hoping that we could get back out on the field on Saturday and see what we’re made of in terms of rebounding back after a bad day,’ coach Salsburg said. ‘That was disappointing as a coach.’ ‘ In the two losses the Falcons were outscored 24-4 and outhit 30-10. ‘We just didn’t play well,’ Salsburg said. ‘When you don’t play well it’s hard to win.’ The Falcons will be back in action this weekend when they head to Atlanta for the Buzz Classic.’ On Friday the Falcons will open the tournament against Western Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. followed by a 4:00 matchup with Purdue.