Shannon Roney
FSU relief hurler Shannon Roney delivers a pitch in the Bulldogs' 11-6 opening-game triumph over Findlay. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

The nationally eighth-ranked Ferris State University softball posted a pair of victories in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play Friday (April 10) afternoon as the Bulldogs swept the Findlay Oilers, 11-6 and 9-1 in five innings, at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State relied on a balanced hitting attack with 12 hits to win the opening game and then took command in game two from the start and capped off with a five-run fourth inning as the contest ended in a run rule.

Game One - Ferris State 11, Findlay 6

Eighth-ranked Ferris State recorded double-digit runs for the third time this season as the Bulldogs recorded an 11-6 victory over Findlay Friday (April 10) in game one of a GLIAC home doubleheader.

Ferris State pushed its record to 23-4 overall and 9-2 in the conference with the decision as the Bulldogs' offense generated 12 hits and plated seven of its runs in the first three innings.

A RBI single by senior first baseman Amanda Jager (Kalamazoo/Comstock) followed by senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens' (Gladstone) run-scoring double in the first inning accounted for FSU's first two runs. In the next frame, The Bulldogs added three more on four hits as freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) along with junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) both tallied RBI singles. Amanda Jager notched her second RBI on a fielder's choice.

Both teams scored two runs apiece in the third inning with Ferris' coming on a pair of wild pitches by UF starter Lauren Orban. FSU would erupt for four runs on two hits in the fourth frame to claim a 11-3 lead as Jager and Bruntjens both registered a RBI apiece. Senior outfielder-pitcher Shannon Roney's (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South) double to left field supplied the hosts with their final two runs of the contest.

Sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton), Makenzi Peterson, Holly Bruntjens, and Shannon Roney each collected two hits apiece to lead the Bulldogs in hitting. Amanda Jager finished with a team-best three RBIs while Bruntjens and Roney drove in a pair of runs each.

Holly Bruntjens pitched the initial four inning for Ferris State as she gave up four hits and three runs while striking out four. Bruntjens, who improved her record to 8-3 this spring, gave way to Shannon Roney in the fifth. Roney allowed three hits and three runs to go with three strikeouts in three innings of relief work.

Game Two - Ferris State 9, Findlay 1 (5 innings)

The Ferris State softball team run ruled Findlay, 9-1, in five innings Friday (April 10) in game two of a GLIAC twinbill between the teams.

Rachel Mueller
Catcher Rachel Mueller reaches up to snag the ball above a Findlay batter in Friday's doubleheader with Findlay. (Photo by Ed Hyde)
Following a scoreless opening inning, Ferris State proceeded to score twice in the second as the senior outfielder Shannon Roney blasted a two-run double to center field. The Bulldogs would increase their margin to 4-0 in the third inning as senior first baseman Amanda Jager knocked in a run and senior outfielder Holly Bruntjens drove in the inning's final run.

The fouth inning was where Ferris State did its major damage as the Bulldogs utilized five hits and two Findlay errors to score five times and claim a 9-1 advantage following four innings of action. Junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore) generated a run-scoring single for the first run and then would score herself on a double steal. Sophomore catcher Rachel Mueller's (Santa Clarita, Calif./Valencia) two-run double accounted for the final two scores after the inning's third run came as a result of a fielding error by the Oilers.

Amanda Harrington, junior designated player Rhea Flores, and Amanda Jager topped Ferris State in the hits department with two each as the Bulldogs accumulated 11 as a team.

Junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) upped her record to 7-0 this spring as she fanned six and allowed just two hits in five innings as a starter.

The Bulldogs are now 24-4 overall and 10-2 in the GLIAC with the decision. Ferris has presently won seven of its last eight encounters to date.

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