BGSU softball looks to continue hot streak at home

After sweeping their last opponent at Meserve Field, the Bowling Green softball team will play four Mid-American Conference games at home this weekend.

The team is scheduled for a doubleheader against Kent State on Friday and then single games against Buffalo on Saturday and Sunday.

After their last match up against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the Falcons moved to 16-23 overall and 5-9 in the MAC. That is good enough for fifth in the east division, one spot better than last placed Buffalo.

At the top of the east division sits Kent State with an overall record of 31-11 and a conference record of 9-4.

The Falcons will look to build on their momentum and improve their seeding before the beginning of the MAC tournament, which is now less than two weeks away.

After the improved showing against the Mastodons, head coach Shannon Salsburg believes that this weekend will give them an opportunity to do just that.

“This is a huge weekend for us. Coming off of our sweep of IPFW, I believe we are heading into the weekend in a good state of mind,” Salsburg said. “The key to both series will be to find a way to win the ‘tougher innings’. If we can do that, we will give ourselves an opportunity to win each pitch, inning and game.”

Against Kent State, the Falcons lose in every major category on the stat sheet except one. The Falcons are behind by a significant amount in batting average, hits, home runs and RBI’s. They are behind by just seven in doubles and are tied in triples

with seven.

Against the lower seeded Buffalo, the Falcons still lose out in a number of categories. The Bulls are ahead in batting average .276 to .259, hits 308 to 260, doubles 56 to 41 and RBI’s 148 to 125. The lead is less significant in home runs, which Buffalo leads by two. The Falcons take the edge in triples by four.

Last time out, the Falcons showed that they could put on a show on the mound. Sophomore Briana Combs threw a complete-game one-hitter in a 2-0 win. That came right after she earned a save in a game that the Falcons won 9-7.

Bowling Green will also look to keep up their hitting numbers, something that they have been struggling with all year. In their last two games, the Falcons recorded 12 and 10 hits each. That was the first time since April 13 that the team recorded double digit hit totals.

The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. against Kent State on Friday. This is the last home stand for the Falcons this year.