Falcons drop the Ball; swept in doubleheader against Cardinals

Emma Tucker, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green softball team fell in a Saturday doubleheader against the Ball State Cardinals.

The Cardinals cut the first game short by scoring eight uncontested runs in the first five innings.

The first game’s score was 8-0 and the second game ended with an 8-4 final score.

This doubleheader moves Bowling Green to a 1-19 MAC record and an 8-32 overall record.

Game One

With eleven hits and eight runs for the first game, the Ball State offense couldn’t be stopped.

Allowing a few runs from errors, the Falcons quickly fell behind by the second inning, where the Cardinals picked up three runs.

While the Cardinal offense was strong, the black and red also kept Falcon hits to a minimum.

Bowling Green logged only two hits in the first game; one by shortstop Wynnie Reid and the other by third baseman Sophie Weber.

In the bottom of the fourth, Weber hit a single and eventually advanced to third base, the furthest a Falcon got during the first game.

Unable to gain momentum with the bats, Bowling Green fell short in five innings.

Game Two

To close out the day of Falcon softball, Bowling Green took what they learned from game one and started to hit.

Improving upon the last game, the Falcons added eight hits, four RBIs, and four runs to the scoresheet.

The first inning started strong with a triple from Weber allowing Reid to score.

Freshman Katie Hutter followed up with a double to drive in another run and Bowling Green was up by two.

Holding Ball State to no runs until the fourth inning, Bowling Green was able to gain a three-run lead.

This trend hit a snag in the top of the fourth when Ball State put three runs on the board, with one being unearned.

Going into the top of the fifth, the Falcons and Cardinals still held each other at three runs each.

Suddenly Ball State’s batting order came to life, logging six hits and scoring five runs, three of which were unearned.

After this turn of events, Bowling Green trailed Ball State by five going into the bottom of the fifth.

Both teams were able to hold each other to an 8-3 score until the bottom of the seventh when junior Payton Dolejs hit a triple and eventually scored.

The Falcons were eventually held at a final score of 8-4 to end the game.

With a total of ten hits on the day, the biggest contributors were Sophie Weber and Wynnie Reid, who had three hits each for the Falcons.

Looking ahead, the Falcons close out the series with the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, first pitch at noon.

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.