Pushing toward a MAC Title

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The BG softball team will look to continue its six-game win streak as they face Mid-American Conference opponents Northern Illinois and Western Michigan this weekend.

The Falcons will look to start off against Northern Illinois in a home double-header on Friday. The Huskies come into the game with a 18-29 record.

“They are feisty and hit well,” said head coach Shannon Salsburg. “They will make mistakes if we put the ball into play hard.”

The Huskies are the first team on the remaining schedule as the Falcons look toward a possible MAC title. The Falcons will also play Western Michigan this weekend and Miami and Ball State before the season ends.

BG presents an interesting statement to the conference as they are the most improved team in the country from last season. The Falcons, to date, have already won 19 more games than last season.

“I don’t know if much of the team knows that,” Salsburg said. “I know it sounds cliché, but we still take it game by game and pitch by pitch.”

With this improvement the Falcons are eyeing the number one seed for the MAC tournament. The winner of the MAC tournament will play in the NCAA tournament this summer. Only Ball State sits above the Falcons due to win percentage.

“It’s a credit to the leadership of the team,” Salsburg said. “We have returned most of the team, but players like [Melissa] West, [Rachel] Prohel and [Paige] Berger have really stepped up to show the new players how to play division one softball.”

As the Falcons progress, much of the credit is due to the Freshman pitching duo of Jamie Kertes and Paris Imholz. Both players have come through and really made a difference.

“They are very aggressive and don’t allow many walks,” Salsburg said. “They understand their roles aren’t as strikeout pitchers and rely on their defense to help them out.”

Imholz and Kertes have both pitched identical 152.1 inning seasons to date, while Imholz is riding a six-game win streak and Kertes is on a four-game win streak.

With eight games left in the season, the Falcons could set a new record for most wins. The current record sits at 37 while their season record is at 31-16.

Besides the home double header with Northern Illinois, the Falcons will also host Western Michigan on Saturday and Sunday. The Broncos boast a 22-18 record with a 8-6 record in MAC play. They currently sit second in the MAC West standings.

Game time for the Falcons versus the Huskies is set for 1 p.m. on Friday, while the games against the Broncos on Saturday and Sunday are set for 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. respectively.