Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University softball team finally had an opportunity to play on its home field Wednesday (April 3) and the Bulldogs increased their winning streak to eight consecutive games by sweeping Lake Superior State at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids.
In game one, Ferris State struck early and cruised to an 11-0 win in five innings. FSU then fought back from a two-run deficit in game two to post an 11-3 win in eight innings.
With the two wins, Ferris State improved to 15-7 overall and 8-2 in conference play to date this season. LSSU fell to 4-7 overall and 2-6 in league play.
Senior pitcher Dana Bowler struck out six batters and allowed only a single hit in winning the opening contest. She threw all five innings and walked only two batters in earning her eighth win of the year.
Ferris State received a pair of hits from four different batters as Alyssa Smith, Lindsey Pettit, Amy Dunleavy and Liz Hamming all had multiple hits in the contest.
Dunleavy cranked her third home run of the year in game one and Hamming also nothced her second double of the season as Ferris State posted 10 hits and received help from two Lake Superior State errors. Dunleavy also drove in four runs while Smith and Taylor Verbic had a pair of RBI's each in the opener.
Pettit, Dunleavy and Hamming all scored twice for Ferris State in the first contest as FSU scored four times in the bottom of the first inning and added three runs in the third and four more in the fourth to seal the win.
In the nightcap, the Lakers managed to score twice in bottom half of the first frame and held a two-run lead heading into the third. However, the Bulldogs scored four runs in the third and then added two in the fifth and five in the top of the sixth to finish off LSSU.
Dunleavy earned the start in game two and allowed three runs on five hits with both a single walk and strikeout in two and one-third innings. Senior Emily Carlson came on in relief and picked up the save by allowing no runs on five hits with two K's and a walk in three and two-thirds innings.
At the plate, Dunleavy turned the tide in the game as she belted a grand slam in the top of the third to give the Bulldogs the advantage. She added a two-run homer in the game as well as she posted seven RBI's in game two on two hits and scored three times.
Ferris State also received two hits from Morgan Kramerich and Hamming, who added a pair of runs batted in. Kramerich, Lainee Clay and Pettit all scored twice for the Bulldogs.
In addition to Dunleavy's two home runs, Hamming also notched her third homer of the campaign while both Clay and Rachael Gabrielson doubled for the Bulldogs.
Both teams netted 10 hits apiece in the nightcap, but the Lakers were also hampered by six errors in the contest.
Ferris State returns to action with a key league series this Saturday, April 6, versus GLIAC leader and archrival Grand Valley State in Allendale. Opening pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m. (ET) with the second game to follow at approximately 3 p.m. (ET).