The Northwood Timberwolves utilized a six-run output in the fifth inning to register a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Ferris State University softball team this Wednesday (April 6) afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at NU's Fisher Stadium in Midland, Mich.
Ferris State recorded a 3-0 lead through the top of the fifth inning in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division matchup between the two teams. The Bulldogs scored a run apiece in the opening two frames as junior third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) singled home the game's first run in the top of the first inning to score sophomore outfielder Morgan Kramerich (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport), who lead off the game with a single off Northwood starting pitcher Megan Eddy. In the top of the second, Ferris State stretched its lead to 2-0 as senior catcher Rachel Mueller (Milford/Santa Clarita, Calif. Valencia) reached base on a leadoff single and would eventually score on Kramerich's RBI single to center field.
The Bulldogs continued to be effective against Eddy by tallying another run in the top of the fifth inning. Following a leadoff walk to sophomore second baseman Lainee Clay (Wheelersburg, Ohio) and an insertion of freshman Brittney Buti (Niles) as a pinch runner, senior outfielder Colleen Roney delivered a single up the middle to put FSU runners at second and first base. Makenzi Peterson would get on base as a result of a Timberwolves' error to load the bases with one out. Junior first baseman Chelsea Morris (Jenison) hit into a fielder's choice as Buti was called out at home for out number two. However, Ferris State was successful in getting a run across as Roney scored on an Eddy wild pitch during junior outfielder Stephanie Dusendang's (Comstock Park/Rockford) at bat.
The bottom of the fifth was when Northwood did almost of its damage as the Timberwolves scored six times on as many base hits. A Bulldog throwing error contributed to one of NU's runs and did a wild pitch on another while the decisive blow came on a two-run single down the right field line off the bat off Marisa Borkowski with two outs.
Ferris State, which dropped to 8-13 overall and 5-4 in the GLIAC with the setback, trimmed the Northwood lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth as Rachel Mueller singled home senior shortstop Lynsay Weaver (Bay City/All Saints), who had leadoff triple to right field. The Timberwolves would erase the run by chalking up one of their own in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a RBI double by Angela Comer.
Sophomore Dana Bowler (Lockport, Ill.), now 5-5 on the spring, started for Ferris State in the pitching circle and allowed seven hits with six earned runs in 4.1 innings before yielding to sophomore Emily Carlson (Wixom/Walled Lake Western), who scattered five hits and gave up one run in the final 1.2 innings. Megan Eddy upped her season record to 7-2 by striking out five Bulldog batters and allowing 10 hits in seven innings as Northwood is 10-9 overall with a 4-3 conference mark.
Four Ferris State hitters - Morgan Kramerich, Colleen Roney, Lynsay Weaver, and Rachel Mueller collected two hits apiece in the contest.
Notes: Colleen Roney is one base hit away from equalling her career season-best 20 hits in 34 games last season. Roney has totaled 19 hits in 21 outings this spring to date and has posted four multiple-hit game performances . . . Makenzi Peterson generated a base hit in the contest and now has hit safely in all but one of her last 13 games . . . Lynsay Weaver stretch her current hit string to six with a pair of hits versus Northwood, which included her first triple of this season.