Softball gets mixed results this weekend, looks to home opener on Wednesday

The Falcon softball team played their last four games of March this weekend.

To start the weekend off, Bowling Green began with a solo game at Northern Illinois on Friday.

In this game, the Falcons collected hits from seven of the nine starters including 3-hit performances from senior, Katie Yoho and freshmen, Amanda Durham and Haley Schrock.

Starting pitcher, Jamie Kertes nearly went the distance throwing six and a third innings allowing no earned runs while registering just one strikeout.

However, in the 6-4 victory, the Huskies managed to have four cross the plate due to three errors by the Falcon defense, despite high praise from coach Salsburg entering the weekend.

BG took the field again on Saturday against Northern Illinois. This game ended with a final score of 10-3 as the defensive woes eventually caught up to the Falcons.

Again, Bowling Green committed three errors on defense resulting in an additional four unearned runs. To pair with the defensive struggles, pitchers Jamie Kertes and Braiden Dillow both struggled in the circle allowing two free passes and six earned runs.

After splitting the two games against NIU the Falcons took on another MAC school, Western Michigan, in a Sunday doubleheader to close out the weekend.

In the opening game, Bowling Green gathered hits from just four players. However, Jamie Kertes was able to hold the Broncos to just three hits, but defense was the issue once again as two more errors by the Falcons led to a 1-0 shutout loss.

This loss handed Kertes her 11th loss of the season despite the three hit, six strikeout performance.

After opening the weekend with a victory, the Falcons followed it up with two straight losses before finishing on top 7-4 over Western Michigan to end the beginning of conference play.

Despite the defense, the Falcons finished with their highest scoring game of the weekend and fourth highest of the season. The seven runs by the Falcons were enough to hold off the late rally by the Broncos giving BG their second win in conference and eleventh for the season.

Jamie Kertes came on in relief in the second inning and finished with just one earned run and another six strikeouts giving her victory number seven on the year.

While Kertes and Dillow were able to keep the Falcons in the game, it was the freshmen offense that put the ladies over the top. Six different freshmen combined for all eight hits for the Falcons, including multi-hit performances from Trista Mokienko and Haley Schrock.

The ladies will play a middle-of-the-week doubleheader against the Wright State Raiders.

Chelsea Raker will bring a 3-game hit streak into the doubleheader and will look to lead the young lineup to two more victories. The Falcons will look to carry their strong pitching back to Bowling Green in preparation for their first games of the season in front of the home crowd at Meserve Field.