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Bulldog freshman Mackenzi Peterson helped FSU to a league split Saturday at Tiffin (Photo by Sandy Gholston)

The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State University softball team split a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games at Tiffin on Saturday (April 18) in Tiffin, Ohio. The host Dragons won game one 2-0 before FSU exploded for a 16-2 triumph in the nightcap.

Game One - Tiffin 2, Ferris State 0

The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State softball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped with a 2-0 setback at Tiffin in the opening game of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) twinbill on Saturday (April 18) afternoon in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Dragons scored a run apiece in both the first and sixth innings while holding FSU scoreless on four hits in the contest.

Senior Holly Bruntjens took the loss in the circle for FSU despite giving up only four hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of action.

TU's Krista Sowers earned the victory by hurling seven scoreless innings. She also had seven strikeouts with two walks.

Bruntjens and sophomore Rachel Wade both doubled for FSU in the outing. Wade led the attack with a pair of hits.

The Bulldogs fell to 28-5 overall and 14-3 in the GLIAC with the loss while TU improved to 19-16 overall and 6-11 in league play after the opening-game win.

Game Two - Ferris State 16, Tiffin 2

The nationally sixth-ranked Ferris State softball team bounced back from an opening-game setback and exploded for a 16-2 victory over Tiffin in the nightcap of a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) doubleheader on Saturday (April 18) in Tiffin, Ohio.

FSU, which lost the first game by a 2-0 count to the host Dragons, pounded out 16 runs on 17 hits en route to the decisive game two triumph in five innings.

The Bulldogs exploded for 10 runs in the second inning after the Dragons had taken an early 1-0 edge with a run in the first frame. Ferris took advantage of four Dragon errors in the second inning and recorded nine hits in the inning.

After Tiffin managed a single run in the third, the Bulldogs added four more runs on five hits in the bottom of the inning to push the edge to 14-2. Ferris then sealed the victory with two additional runs in the fourth frame.

Junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson remained unbeaten in the circle this season as she improved to 9-0 overall by allowing only five hits in four innings of work with a single strikeout and no walks.

Twelve different FSU players recorded hits in the game two win. Senior Holly Bruntjens tallied three hits while sophomore Rachel Wade, junior Rhea Flores and freshman Stephanie Dusendang all totaled two hits apiece.

Junior Amanda Harrington and senior Amanda Jager both pounded out doubles for FSU in the victory.

The Dragons' three pitchers combined for five walks and three striekouts in the contest while giving up the 17 hits.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked first in the NCAA-II Midwest Regional Rankings, improved to 29-5 overall and 15-3 in the GLIAC with Saturday's split. The Dragons dropped to 19-17 overall and 6-12 in conference action.

Ferris State wraps up its six-game road swing by visiting Ashland on Sunday (April 19) for a league doubleheader starting at 12 p.m. (EDT) in Ashland, Ohio.

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