Softball looks to stay perfect in MAC games

Paul Barney and Paul Barney

After posting a 3-1 record in their first homestand of the season, the softball team will look to stay undefeated in the Mid-American Conference as they head to Michigan and Illinois for four games over the weekend. Today, the Falcons (7-14, 2-0 MAC) will take on Western Michigan (9-13, 3-1 MAC) at 1 p.m. in the first game of a double-header. BG will then take on Northern Illinois (9-18, 4-0 MAC) in a two-game series starting Saturday at 2 p.m. and finishing Sunday at 1 p.m. The Falcons swept WMU last season in a two-game sweep but trail in the all-time series 28-40. Against the Huskies, BG has won 10 of the last 12 overall meetings and leads the all-time series 19-13. The Falcons are coming off their best offensive games of the season last weekend as they lit up the sky with five home runs in their two-game sweep over Toledo. The bats were aggressive early on in both games, something coach Shannon Salsburg would like to see more of. ‘We have to swing the bats,’ Salsburg said. ‘Now that our offense has turned the corner, we have to keep it rolling in the right direction, and I really believe we can do that in the MAC.’ Knowing they will be up against top pitchers from the MAC, the Falcons will have to attack starting pitching early and often. ‘I think that’s really key is being aggressive early in the count,’ said senior Hayley Wiemer. ‘Attacking the good pitch early before the pitcher’s in control of the at-bat.’ ‘ With 20 of their remaining 23 games against MAC opponents, BG’s defense will have to play just as big a role as their offense. In their last three games (all wins), the Falcons defense has committed nine errors. ‘ ‘We’re just working on trying to be more consistent,’ Salsburg said. ‘Defensively we still later in the games tend to get a little rushed, so we’re going to work on calming down and trusting what we can do well.’