Falcons take down Rockets

Brett Wane and Brett Wane

Both junior Zada Lines and the long ball resulted in two victories for BG over their rivals the Toledo Rockets. Lines led the Falcons to 3-1 and 9-1 victories over the weekend to improve her pitching record to 4-6. The Falcons improved to 8-12 overall and 4-2 in the MAC. The Rockets fell to 7-26 overall and 1-4 in the MAC.

Senior Susan Sontag, freshmen Paige Berger and Lines, all hit homeruns as the Falcons scored a minimum of one run in each of the four innings they batted during the 9-1 victory over the Rockets on Sunday. Berger’s homerun was the eighth of her season helping the Falcons get off to a 3-0 lead after the first inning.

The Falcons loaded the bases three times against the Rockets and Sontag’s three-run homerun opened up the lead to 9-1 in the bottom of the fourth, before the Falcons closed it out in five innings. Lines struck out nine batters and improved her ERA to 4.47 on the season. She was also able to strike out four the previous day, walking only one and throwing three hitless and scoreless innings.

On Saturday, six different Falcons recorded hits in the 3-1 victory. BG outhit the UT 8-3 as freshman Hannah Fulk, freshman Andrea Arney, senior Karmen Coffey, and Sontag all hit doubles. Coffey stole a base in each game over the weekend and has stolen 12 in 13 tries.

Sophomore Rachel Proehl was 2-2 at the plate and scored the only run of the first inning when Berger smashed a single through left field.

Toledo left 13 on base in the two contests and recorded just eight hits. BG recorded 18 hits against their I-75 rivals.

The Falcons are scheduled for a doubleheader against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Wednesday, April 14, in Columbus. Game times are set for 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.