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Softball seniors shine on senior day Saturday doubleheader against Northern Illinois

BGSU won the first game 11-3 before dropping the second game 14-4
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Bowling Green, OH – Game Falcons cheering on Senior Outfielder Peyton Dolejs (10) Homerun at Meserve Field in Bowling Green, Ohio

GAME ONE 

The Falcons faced the Northern Illinois Huskies on a weekend doubleheader for senior day.  

In the top of the first inning, the Huskies loaded the bases with no outs.

Taylor Turner got a ground ball out to home plate for the first out, but then the next batter hit a pop fly to left field that was caught by Makailah Dees. She fired a missile to home plate to get the double play and keep NIU off the board.  

In the home half of the first inning, Reagan WilliamsonPeyton Dolejs, and Dees, all three seniors in the lineup, reached base to load them up with no outs. Scarlet Anderson worked a walk to bring in the first Falcon run of the inning. 

Later in the inning, with one out, Marti Henkel hit a 2-RBI single to put the Falcons up 3-0.

With the bases loaded for the second time in the inning, Wynnie Reid worked a walk to bring in another run for the Falcons.

Williamson got on base for the second time in the inning after hitting a 2-RBI single to make it 6-0. The next batter, Dolejs, then singled for her second time in the inning to score Bowling Green’s seventh run of the frame.  

 In the top of the third, the Huskies strung together a few hits, scoring a run and making it a 7-1 ballgame.  

 The Falcons put two runners in quickly in the bottom of the third inning, and Peyton Dolejs continued to shine on senior day, hitting her first homer of the season, a three-run homer that put the Falcons up 10-1.  

 Turner’s day ended after allowing just one run in three innings. Ellie Price came into pitch in relief in the fourth inning. 

 In the top of the fourth inning, the Huskies started to claw back into the game. With runners on the corners, Katy Ramage singled to score the runner from third. The next at-bat, Jenna Turner hit a line drive to score the second run of the inning and make it a 10-3 Falcons lead. 

 Emma Denison came into pitch in the top of the fifth inning for the Falcons and pitched a scoreless frame to move the game to the bottom of the fifth. 

 Williamson led off the inning for the Falcons with a double and moved to third after Dolejs recorded her fourth hit of the game. Dees then singled to right field and walked the game off, scoring Williamson from third and recording the 11-3 win for the Falcons. 

 It was a memorable senior day for the Falcons, recording their first win-by-run rule of the season. 

 GAME TWO  

 The Huskies bounced back right away taking game two 14-4. 

 The Huskies pounced on the board quickly in the first inning, getting a leadoff home run from Ellis Erickson to take an early lead. 

The next two batters were both walked and then Madison Mathews singled to score another run. 

Later in the inning, with two outs, a Husky scored on a wild pitch, and then Jones Estrada singled to score another run and take a 4-0 lead over the Falcons. 

 In the top of the second inning the Huskies continued to light up the scoreboard.

With the bases loaded Alana Powel singled to right field to score two runs and put runners on the corners. During the next at-bat, Powel was caught stealing, but the throw allowed the runner from second to score and take a 7-0 lead over the Falcons. 

 The Falcons began to claw back in the bottom of the third inning. 

Taylor Behrendt doubled to right center field to score two runs. With runners on second and third, Peyton Dolejs grounded out to the shortstop, allowing a runner from third to score and make it 7-3. 

Makailah Dees then doubled to left center to score the fourth Falcon run of the inning, making it a 7-4 ball game. 

 NIU answered in the top of the fourth inning. With runners two runners on and two outs Powell singled to left field that scored two runs.

The final run of the inning was scored when an error at first base allowed Powel to score and make it a 10-4 ball game.  

 In the top of the sixth inning, the Huskies put runners on first and second with no outs. An error at shortstop allowed the ball to get into the outfield and two runs to make it 12-4.

The next batter, Powell tripled to score a run and put herself 60 feet away from scoring. The next batter would hit a ground ball that allowed Powell to score from third and take a 14-4 lead. 

 The Falcons were unable to score in the bottom of the sixth inning, which meant that the Huskies would take the final game of the series and beat the Falcons 14-4. 

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