Falcons top Tennessee Tech, splitting Saturday games in Auburn

Emma Tucker, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

Yesterday, the Falcons split their Saturday doubleheader, losing to South Alabama and then posting a win over Tennessee Tech.

With both games being high-scoring matchups, Saturday’s games came down to who had the better defense.

After these two games, Bowling Green has moved to a 6-11 record, and the Falcons will close out the Jane B. Moore Memorial Tournament this afternoon.

Game 1:

The Falcons opened the day with a game cut short by the South Alabama Jaguars, 0-12.

After a quiet top of the first, Bowling Green took the field and the Jaguars entered the box.

South Alabama quickly jumped into the action, scoring four runs in their first three outs of the game.

BGSU, having a few fielding hiccups and one real error, the Jaguars were able to score four runs off of three hits.

Moving on, the Falcons were still unable to catch a break with their bats.

With airtight defense from the Jaguars, Bowling Green continued to be held at zero runs.

In the bottom of the second, Jaguar Sasha Willems tripled out to left field, bringing in the fifth run of the game.

With the Falcons down 0-5, South Alabama’s offense was about to come to life.

The bottom of the third, the biggest inning of the game began with a solo home run from Jaguar Emma Kropp.

Not much after, the Jaguars hit a double, putting runners in scoring position.

After two back-to-back defensive errors from BGSU, South Alabama was able to clear the bases and stretch their lead over the Falcons, 0-9.

USA ability to put runners on the bases again gave the Jaguars a chance to extend their lead even more.

With two runners on base, S. Willems hit a home run to left center, scoring three more for South Alabama.

After seven runs and five errors, the Falcons were down 0-12.

For the next inning and a half, there was no scoring from either team and the score was cemented at 0-12.

After five innings, the game was cut short and went to the South Alabama Jaguars.

Game 2:

In the second game of the day, the Falcons completely shifted gears, beating Tennessee Tech 15-10.

With an amazing first inning, smart baserunning, and a few hits to the outfield, Bowling Green was able to put nine runs on the board.

Scoring nine runs off five hits, the Brown and Orange were up 9-1 going into the second inning.

With a quiet top of the second from TTU, the Falcons returned to the box to add to the scoresheet.

BGSU scored two more in the bottom of the second, made possible by a double from catcher Madison Lenig.

Going into the top of the third, the Falcons topped the Golden Eagles, 11-1.

After a slow third inning, TTU turned up the heat going into the fourth inning.

The Golden Eagles logged five runs from five hits and a Falcon error.

Bowling Green responded by loading the bases and driving in a run to extend the Falcon’s score to 14-6.

Slowly but surely, the Golden Eagles began to chip away at the gap.

In the fifth inning, TTU brought in another run off a huge double to right field.

The score stayed 14-7 until the top of the sixth when TTU hit another hot streak.

Tennessee Tech’s offense scored three runs off of four hits, leaving one runner on base.

Now with a much closer ball game, the Falcons still held the lead 14-10. Off of two hits, Bowling Green scored one final run, Maycee Godbolt, brought in by freshman Marti Henkel.

The Falcons, holding a 15-10 game with three outs left, ran TTU’s last chance, Carmen Betts, into a double-play.

Bowling Green took this game and split their games for Saturday.

With an impressive sixteen hits for the game, nine of those hits were by nine different Falcons.

Looking at a completely opposite result from the Jaguars game, Bowling Green stepped up and held their ground versus Tennessee Tech.

The Falcons will close out the tournament this afternoon with games set for 1 pm and 3:30 pm versus Tennessee Tech and then Auburn to follow.

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