Falcons set for home opener against Chippewas, Eagles

Brett Wane and Brett Wane

The Bowling Green Falcons finally come home to make their season debut at Meserve Softball Field to kick off the home portion of their schedule.

The opening homestand begins with a double header against Central Michigan University today at 1 p.m., and concludes with games against Eastern Michigan University on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.

Led by freshman Hannah Fulk, BG comes into the match-up with Central Michigan at 4-10. Fulk was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week, as released by the conference office on Tuesday, Feb. 23. She played in and started all four games at shortstop for the Falcons at the Red and Black Classic in Athens, Ga.

During the tournament, Fulk posted five hits for the team, including three doubles and her first career homerun as a Falcon. Fulk finished with a .500 batting average, a .667 on-base percentage and 1.100 slugging percentage. Her two-run homerun came against No. 6 Georgia, and two of her doubles against Winthrop helped the Falcons take a 9-7 lead in the top of the sixth. Fulk was also able to steal two bases on two attempts and was walked five times. The Falcons posted a 2-2 record in the tourney.

Freshman Paige Berger is also playing well for the Falcons leading the team with five homeruns and a .765 slugging percentage.

CMU comes into the doubleheader winning six of their last seven and are 13-8 overall this season. Kara Dornbos (6-1) won her sixth-straight decision in CMU’s victory over Oakland in the Chippewas last game. Last season, the Chippewas struggled finishing sixth in the MAC West and falling to the Falcons 7-6 in eight innings.

EMU is currently 8-14 and on a two-game winning streak. They were able to outscore their Detroit opponents 18-2 in two games and will face Toledo today before heading south for the match-up with BG. Last season, the Eagles finished fourth in the MAC West but were chosen to finish fifth in the 2010 MAC preseason poll. BG is 45-35 all-time against the Eagles since the first time the teams met in 1980.