Ferris State Runs Past Lake Superior State In Doubleheader Opener

Freshman outfielder Morgan Kramerich focuses on making the catch in game one action against Lake Superior State.  (Photo by Ed Hyde)
Freshman outfielder Morgan Kramerich focuses on making the catch in game one action against Lake Superior State. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

Scoring all of its runs in the final three innings, the Ferris State University softball team cruised to a 7-0 victory over Lake Superior State this Friday (April 2) afternoon in game one of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The win improves Ferris State's record this season to 10-9 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC while Lake Superior State drops to 5-22 overall and is now 0-5 in conference action.

The Bulldogs ended a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning as a result of a pair of runs on two hits.  Junior catcher Rachel Mueller (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) put FSU on top with a two-run scoring double through the left side of the Lakers' infield to score both senior outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton) and freshman outfielder Morgan Kramerich (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport).  Wade led off the inning with a walk and Kramerich reached base on a bunt single of LSSU starting pitcher Nicole Stein.

A RBI single by Rachel Wade in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Ferris State a 3-0 cushion before the Bulldogs would erupt for four runs on five hits and a LSSU error in the bottom of the sixth which increased their lead to 7-0.  FSU's initial run in the sixth frame came on a steal of home by freshman pinch-runner Delaney Eubank (Frankfort).  Sophomore third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) followed with a RBI single to right field as the Bulldogs went up 5-0.  Sophomore outfielder Stephanie Dusendang (Comstock Park/Rockford) singled through the left side of the LSSU infield for another run and senior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) took a Stein offering and hit the ball to center field for the contest's final score.

The Bulldogs had eight different batters collect a base hit in the game while the Lakers were held to just three hits by senior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa).  The FSU southpaw, who improved to 4-5 in the pitching circle this spring with the victory, walked one and fanned seven LSSU batters in notching the complete-game decision.  Nicole Stein (2-8) struck out four and walked three in six innings of work for the visiting Lakers.

Rachel Mueller concluded the contest with a team-leading two RBIs while Rachel Wade, Makenzi Peterson, Stephanie Dusendang, and Amanda Harrington each drove in a run.