Amanda Jager
Senior first baseman Amanda Jager and the Bulldogs continued their winning ways with a conference doubleheader sweep of Lake Superior State.

The No. 7 ranked Ferris State softball team captured two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) wins Saturday (April 4) with a doubleheader sweep of Lake Superior State at the FSU Softball Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

Game One - Ferris State 6, Lake Superior State 3

The nationally seventh-ranked Ferris State softball team earned its 18th win of this season as the Bulldogs toppled Lake Superior State, 6-3, in game one of Saturday's GLIAC doubleheader at Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs, who outshit the Lakers 12-7 in the contest, grabbed a 3-0 lead after the first two innings. FSU's first run in the opening frame occurred on a LSSU error as the Bulldogs would go on to add two more in the second on RBI singles by sophomore outfielder Rachel Wade (Canton) and junior second baseman Amanda Harrington (St. Joseph/Stevensville-Lakeshore).

Lake Superior State was able to trim the margin to 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning before Ferris exploded for three runs on as many hits in the top of the fifth. Senior pitcher Holly Bruntjens (Gladstone) recorded the decisive hit in the frame with a two-run home run down the left field line. FSU's final run would come on the Lakers' second error of the inning. The roundtripper by Bruntjens represented her first four-base hit of the spring.

LSSU would score twice in the bottom of the sixth inning of senior relief pitcher Shannon Roney (Wheaton, Ill./Glen Ellyn Glenbard South), who would go on to post her first save of the season.

The Bulldogs were paced offensively by Amanda Harrington, who had three hits in five at bats and a RBI. Holly Bruntjens along with junior designated player Rhea Flores (Dearborn Heights/Southgate Anderson) and freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson (Big Rapids) added a pair of base hits as well.

Bruntjens, who improved to 6-2 in the pitching circle this campaign, gave up four hits and produced three strikeouts in four innings as the starter. Roney threw three innings of relief and fanned five while scattering three LSSU hits.

Game Two - Ferris State 7, Lake Superior State 2

Two runs apiece in three consecutive innings proved enough for the nationally seventh-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs to claim a 7-2 win over Lake Superior State this Saturday in game two of a GLIAC doubleheader at Big Rapids, Mich.

The twinbill sweep over LSSU improved Ferris State's record to 19-3 overall and 5-1 in the GLIAC. To date, the Bulldogs have been victorious in eight of their last nine appearances and are presently ranked number one in the latest (April 2) NCAA Division II Midwest Region rankings.

Krystle Bailey
Krystle Bailey slids into third base after smacking a RBI triple in the fourth inning of game two.
Junior pitcher Kayle Stevenson (Holland/West Ottawa) remained perfect at 5-0 this season as she allowed three hits and struck out six LSSU batters in four innings. Junior Rhea Flores came in relief of Stevenson and pitched the final two frames in which she scattered three hits and had one strikeout.

The Bulldogs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom half of the second inning as sophomore shortstop Lynsay Weaver (Bay City/All Saints) singled through the left side of the Lakers' infield to score freshman third baseman Makenzi Peterson, who had previously singled. Peterson would finish the two-game set with an .800 batting average as she totaled four hits in five at bats.

Ferris extended its lead to 3-0 the next inning thanks to a two-out, two-run triple by Peterson. The Bulldogs, who racked up 10 base hits as a team in the game, would generate two runs apiece in the next two frames to go up 7-0 following five innings of action. In the fourth, junior second Amanda Harrington drove in a run on a fielder's choice and the second run of the frame occurred via RBI triple by senior catcher Krystle Bailey (Wyoming/Rogers). The fifth inning resulted in two more Ferris runs as senior outfielder Holly Bruntjens' RBI single to center field scored a run and a RBI sacrifice fly by Stevenson marked the squad's seventh run of the contest.

Rhea Flores and Makenzi Peterson's two hits each topped the Bulldogs in that statistical category. Both teams stranded eight runners on the basepaths.

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