Softball goes 2-3 in N.M.

Elliott Schreiner and Elliott Schreiner

The softball team experienced a weekend of ups and downs at the New Mexico State Tournament this weekend in Las Cruces, N.M.

Bowling Green finished 2-3 on the weekend, but still had many bright spots throughout the tournament.

The weekend started Friday with a 6-5 setback to San Jose State.

The two teams battled to a 5-5 tie through five innings before San Jose State scored the deciding run in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory.

The Falcons offensive attack came from the left side of the infield as shortstop Libby Voshell and third baseman Gina Rango each hit a home run to go with two RBIs.

This type of play would continue the entire weekend as Voshell and Rango were both named to the all-tournament team.

Later in the day, the Falcons took on conference rival Marshall.

Bowling Green appeared unaffected by their opening loss as they dismantled the Herd in a 4-0 spanking. Starting pitcher Liz Vrabel led the way in a complete game three-hitter.

She struck out nine while walking six en route to her first collegiate victory.

Saturday started very similarly to the way Friday ended as the Falcons again won 4-0, this time to host New Mexico State.

The Falcons again rode a strong pitching performance to victory as pitcher Jody Johnson outdid her younger teammate, throwing a two-hit shutout.

Johnson appeared poised to hurl a no-hitter until her dreams were dashed away in the fifth inning by lead-off hitter Veronica Acosta.

Losing the no-no didn’t bother Johnson though, as she finished the game giving up only one more hit while striking out eight and walking only one.

It appeared as if a third shutout was on the way as Vrabel and the Falcons took a commanding 4-0 lead into the fifth inning against South West Texas in their Saturday nightcap. Their hopes of three straight shutouts ended in the fifth when South West Texas scored their first run to cut the score to 4-1.

Their hopes of walking away with a third win on the weekend would end in the sixth, when South West Texas tacked on nine runs to the scoreboard to take the win 10-4.

The weekend would come to a halt on Sunday as the Falcons took on Indiana.

A four-run third inning was all the Hoosiers needed to win the game as they finished off the Falcons with a 8-3 victory.

The Falcons will travel out-of-state again this weekend as they visit Cookeville, Tenn. to take part in the six-game Tennessee Tech Tournament.