Falcons begin conference play with weekend games


Andrea Arney,BG infielder, swings at a pitch during the Falcons’ 10-1 loss to Kent State in a game played last season.

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The BG softball team will start Mid-American Conference play Friday as it shakes off a tough loss to Michigan.

The Falcons traveled to Ann Arbor on Wednesday to play top-25 Michigan, and lost in tough fashion, 12-2. This marks the most runs conceded by the Falcons all season.

“The team battled, and I was pleased with that. Offensively we had some shots, which was exciting because Michigan is a top-25 team,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “I don’t think the score necessarily tells you what the game looked like.”

The Falcons held on early, only allowing one run in the first inning, which they were able to match in the top of the second. Michigan gave up a wild pitch and a fielding error which allowed the Falcons to take advantage with their aggressive base running. The Wolverines also intentionally walked junior Hanna Fulk.

The Wolverines erupted in the bottom of the second, however, scoring five runs on just six hits. The Falcons would manage to score another run in the third, but it wasn’t enough as the Wolverines continued to roll offensively and defensively.

The Falcons are now 5-29 all-time against the Wolverines.

There isn’t much time to dwell on the loss, as the Falcons will travel to Athens, Ohio and play the University of Ohio on Friday. This will mark the opener to MAC play for the Falcons.

The team had a strong preseason that has given the team a good idea of their strengths. Coming into MAC competition with a 15-10 record, this is what the team has been focusing on all season.

Having seen many MAC schools play at tournaments early in the season as well as comparing against similar opponents, the Falcons will look to continue their strong season throughout MAC competition.

The Bobcats come into the game with a 11-14 record, and the Falcons lead the all-time series 52-41.