Vrabel leads team in win over Toledo

Zach Baker and Zach Baker

It was the tale of two games yesterday, but fortunately for the softball team, the results were the same.

The Falcons improved to 4-5 in the Mid-American Conference by taking both games of a doubleheader yesterday against Toledo at the BGSU Softball Field.

The Falcons won the first game 2-1, on another splendid outing by Liz Vrabel. Getting her eighth win of the season, Vrabel threw a complete seven innings, not allowing a Rocket hit until the sixth.

Falcons’ coach Leigh Ross-Shaw was once again pleased with Vrabel.

“She’s going to be so dominating in this conference,” Ross-Shaw said. “For a freshman to come in and be our number one [pitcher], she’s doing a fantastic job.”

Ross-Shaw said that while Vrabel was a little sore, her velocity remained strong.

“The more you throw them, the more wear and tear they have on their bodies,” Ross-Shaw said. “I thought she threw harder today than I have seen her throw in a while, and she’s still holding those guys.”

BG’s offense in the first game was generated on an RBI double by catcher Jennifer Kernihan that plated two Falcon runs. Toledo got its only run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Kim Pettitt. Pettitt was one of the lone bright spots for the Rockets, pitching a complete six innings and allowing just one earned run on five hits. In game two both teams scored early. Sloppy BG defense allowed the Rockets to take a 3-0 lead on Jody Johnson and the Falcons. The Falcons, however, bounced back with five runs in the bottom half of the inning, and never looked back, scoring thirteen runs in the game and causing the game to be ended with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.

Leading BG on offense was centerfielder and leadoff hitter Kandice Machain, who had three hits and clubbed her second home run of the season.

After looking for offense in the past few games, Ross-Shaw said she hoped the Falcons will continue to produce on offense. “I think we were trying to make up for all those games where we didn’t score runs, and we just scored them all today,” Ross-Shaw said. “Hopefully, from here on out, this will be our usual theme.” Ross- Shaw said that Johnson battled in the second game, and that McKenna Houle was also strong in relief.

Johnson was tagged for five runs, but only one was earned. She pitched 3.1 innings and allowed seven hits. Roule picked up her first win of the season by relieving and pitching 2.2 innings. The Falcons next game will be at home on Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Miami.