The EMU softball team was swept out 3-1 during the weekend finale against Bowling Green State University Sunday, April 9, in the Mid-American Conference cross-divisional action at Meserve Field.
In the beginning, the Eagles had a good lead, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Bowling Green Falcons. Senior Taylor Wagner notched her eleventh multi-hit performance of the season, going 2-for-3 on the day, as the Eagles tallied six hits.
Junior Trisha Trujillo and sophomore Nicolle Miranda took on pitching duties. Trujillo got the start and went 2.0 innings, giving up three runs on five hits and Miranda went 4.0 frames in relief, striking out one and allowing two hits.
Senior Michelle Kriegshauser broke the second inning open with a leadoff single, igniting the EMU dugout. A sacrifice bunt moved Kriegshauser into third and then home. Then freshman Ariana Chretien scooted into second with one down. Hostetler walked in the next at bat, but a strikeout and ground out is what led the Eagles to losing their lead.
Bowling Green played hard during third. The Falcons plated three runs on five hits, to take a 3-1 lead with three innings in the book. The three-run inning by the Falcons brought about a pitching change for the Eagles, as Miranda entered the game in relief.
During sixth, Wagner and Kriegshauser reached base. Wagner belted a single to right center, while Kriegshauser made her way on via an error by The Falcons second baseman. A fly ball to center allowed Wagner to tag, putting runners on the corners with two away. Later a strikeout ended EMU's scoring opportunity.
Still in the sixth, Miranda set up the Eagles for comeback in the seventh. A one-out single by freshman brought the tying run to the plate, but EMU still fell 3-1.
The Eagles will continue the MAC play Wednesday, April 12, at Varsity Field against Toledo. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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