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Lakers and Bulldogs Split Offense-Filled Doubleheader
 
Sophomore Briauna Taylor's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning of game one tied the score at 7-7, while GVSU would win the game one inning later
 
Sophomore Briauna Taylor's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth inning of game one tied the score at 7-7, while GVSU would win the game one inning later
 

April 1, 2012

Box Score - Game One (W, 8-7)

Box Score - Game Two (L, 11-6)

Allendale, Mich. - After the teams played in a pair of pitcher's duels on Saturday (Mar. 31), #14 Grand Valley State and Ferris State met again on Sunday afternoon (April 1) in Allendale with vastly different results. The Lakers came from behind to earn a walk-off 8-7 victory in the opening game before FSU outslugged Grand Valley State in the nightcap, 11-6.

When the West Michigan rivals met on Saturday, GVSU was victorious in both outings by 3-1 and 2-1 scores. The teams turned Sunday's doubleheader into offensively-minded games, combining to score 32 runs on 46 hits. There was at least one run scored in 16 of the 27 team at-bats, while both teams scored in the same inning seven times. After the day was finally done (the opening game took two hours and 14 minutes to play, game two was one hour and 55 minutes long) and the runs stopped crossing home plate, GVSU's record stands at 27-5 overall and 10-2 in GLIAC play. Ferris State is now 12-16 on the year and 3-7 in the conference.

Both teams went scoreless in the first inning of game one, which is the only time that would happen in the opener. Ferris State struck first in the second inning with a two-run homer to left center field from Lainee Clay. The Lakers responded in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer, also to left center, off the bat of sophomore Miranda Cleary. It was the first home run hit by the Lakers in Allendale this season. Last year, when Grand Valley State led all of Division II with 76 home runs, 29 of those roundtrippers came at the GVSU Softball Field. Clay and Cleary would be heard from again later in the game.

The score was 4-2 in the top of the fourth when Ferris State's Makenzi Peterson doubled down the left field line, scoring two runs and upping the Bulldogs' lead to 6-2. Cleary again responded in the bottom half with another solo home run, this time to dead center field, to cut the deficit to 6-3. It was Cleary's sixth roundtripper of the season and her second two-homer game of the week. She also did so against Northwood on Wednesday.

 

 

Clay matched Cleary in the top of the fifth with her second homer of the game, a solo shot to left field, to make the score 7-3. The two blasts were the first home runs of the season for Clay. GVSU would not go away easily though, as the Lakers rallied in the bottom of the inning. Nellie Kosola, Briauna Taylor, and Katie Martin notched three straight singles to load the bases with nobody out. The next two batters were retired and junior Maggie Kopas came up to the plate. After being down in the count 0-2, Kopas worked the count even and then ripped a single back up the middle to score two runs and make it a 7-5 game.

Senior pitcher Andrea Nicholson, who was pulled from the game in the top of the third inning, re-entered in the fifth frame for sophomore Kayla Hurd. Nicholson kept Ferris State off the scoreboard in the sixth inning, which kept GVSU close. With two outs and Kosola on first base in the bottom of the sixth, Taylor hit a towering fly ball to left field. It kept sailing towards the fence, but FSU left fielder Stephanie Dusendang looked as if she might catch the ball in front of the fence. At the last moment, Dusendang ran out of room and the ball fell on the other side of the wall for a game-tying, two-out, two-run homer for Taylor. It was her sixth roundtripper of the year - and easily her most clutch homer of the season.

Dusendang led off the top of the seventh for Ferris State and was hit by a pitch. However, Nicholson settled down and retired the next three batters in order, while Dusendang never moved from first base. GVSU received more clutch hitting in the bottom of the seventh with a 7-7 tied score. Junior Emily Jones led off with a double to right center field. Head coach Doug Woods inserted pinch runner Jackie Teutsch into the game for Jones. Teutsch moved to third on a sharp single to left field from junior Kayleigh Bertram. The very next batter was Kopas and while she was at the plate, a pitch from FSU's Emily Carlson got past catcher Liz Hamming and Teutsch raced home, scoring easily for the game-winning run on a walk-off wild pitch.

The opening game featured four doubles and five homers between the two teams. Kosola was 3-for-4 with a double and she scored twice. Cleary was 2-for-3 with the two solo homers and a pair of RBI, while Taylor also went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Kopas added the two ribbies on her clutch single in the fifth inning.

Nicholson ended up pitching a total of 5.2 innings over two different stretches of the game. She earned the victory and moved to 12-3 on the year. Nicholson allowed three runs on six hits, while walking two batters and striking out three.

Oddly enough, game two also started with neither team scoring in the first inning. Each squad would make up for it in the second stanza, however, as GVSU plated three runs, only to be topped by Ferris State's six tallies. The Lakers were on the board first with a leadoff solo home run from Jones. Later in the inning, junior catcher Emily Holt delivered a two-run double to right center that scored Bertram (reaced on a fielder's choice) and sophomore Tonya Calkins (reached on a single).

FSU's response to the 3-0 deficit was a pair of infield RBI singles and a grand slam from Amy Dunleavy, who had given up the three Laker runs in the top of the inning as the Bulldog pitcher, but was pulled from the circle and stayed in the game as the designated player.

A Calkins single in the third inning drove in Jones, who walked with two outs in the frame. The score was now 6-4. Ferris State countered with an RBI single from Liz Hamming to maintain a three-run cushion of 7-4. GVSU brought the score back to 7-6 in the top of the fourth when Martin crushed a home run to left center field. The blast, Martin's second of the year, also scored Kosola, who laced a one-out single to left field.

With the score at 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth, Clay delivered an RBI single, Lindsey Pettit added a two-run single up the middle, and Hamming supplied a sacrifice fly for the Bulldogs to up the advantage to 11-6. Neither team would score again in the game, giving FSU the split on Sunday.

Holt went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Calkins was 2-for-3 with a ribbie and a run scored. Martin tallied a pair of RBI with her home run, while Jones crossed home plate twice. Junior Hannah Santora (12-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing all 11 Bulldog runs in three innings of action in the circle.

GVSU will be at home again on Wednesday afternoon (April 4), as the Lakers and Hillsdale will square off in a conference twinbill. The first game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

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