WMU Softball Splits Series at Ohio
ATHENS, Ohio - Western Michigan and Ohio played a pair of shut out ball games as the Broncos blanked Ohio, 5-0, in the opener and the Bobcats shut down WMU, 4-0, in game two, on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams used one offensive inning to take control of their respective games. For WMU, game one turned in the sixth.
Courtney Rousseau led off with her third home run of the season, ninth of her career, to break the scoreless tie. Diana Patterson belted her eighth double of the year to right center field and Elisha Handshoe continued her hot hitting weekend with her first career home run.
Handshoe's bomb over the left field wall on an 0-1 offering gave WMU a 3-0 lead but the Broncos weren't done. Jenny Rohn singled to right field and stole second. Christina Pigozzi drove her in on a single to left field to cap the four-run inning.
Western Michigan tacked on a fifth and final run in the top of the seventh. Patterson drove a 2-2 pitch back up the middle for an RBI single, scoring Rousseau who had reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning.
Meredith Whitney registered her second double-digit strikeout game of the season, 10th of her career with 11 punch outs in the victory. In 107 pitches, she allowed just two hits and walked no one. Whitney improved to 15-9 on the season.
Ohio exacted its revenge in similar fashion in the second game, scoring all four of its runs in the fourth inning. After a lead off ground out, the Bobcats loaded the bases with a walk and back-to-back singles. The next batter was hit by a pitch to score the game's opening run.
Later a fielder's choice brought in two more and then a single through the right side scored Ohio's fourth and final run of the inning.
Despite out-hitting Ohio, 4-3, Western Michigan was sat down in order in the first, fifth and sixth innings. In the seventh, Handshoe led off with a single to center field and Mackenzie Shepeck drew a walk two batters later but both were stranded to end the game.
WMU goes back on the road next weekend for a doubleheader at Toledo (April 27) and a two-game series against Mid-American Conference East Division leaders Bowling Green (April 28-29).