IPFW Takes Advantage of Kent State Errors
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- IPFW's three-run seventh made the difference in the Mastadons' 6-3 victory over Kent State Saturday morning at Dot Hicks Field on day two of the Marshall Invitational. The Golden Flashes made five errors, including two in the seventh and one in the sixth, which led to four unearned runs.
Sophomore Abbey Ledford (West Liberty, Ohio) and junior Lauren Grimes (Tallmadge, Ohio) each launched home runs, but both were solo shots.
The Mastadons strung together a pair of first-inning singles and a sac bunt to take a 1-0 lead. A two-out homer to center by Ledford tied the game in the second.
IPFW used a leadoff double in the fourth to take the lead back. A Kent State infield error to lead off the sixth helped extend the lead to 3-1.
Grimes led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run to right center, her second of the season. Senior Jess Blanton (Wheelersburg, Ohio) smacked a two-out single in the sixth, but pinch runner Sarah Starr (Cambridge, Ohio) was caught stealing.
All three of IPFW's runs in the seventh and each of the Flashes' two errors came with two outs on the board. A passed ball also scored a run to give the Mastadons a 6-2 lead.
Freshman Emma Johnson (Groveport, Ohio) threw all seven innings, allowing two earned runs and fanning nine. IPFW's two pitchers also combined for nine strikeouts.
The Golden Flashes will close out the Marshall Invitational with a pair of games Sunday. Kent State will take on Bucknell at 10 a.m., before ending its five-game weekend against host Marshall.