Rocky Road Trip

Lady Bulldogs begin GLIAC play on the road

by Published: Mar 30, 2012

Softball Season: FSU fresh­man out­fielder Jordan Maxwell pre­pares to round third base dur­ing the Mar. 19 game against Aquinas. The Bulldogs are cur­rently 10–12 for the 2012 sea­son. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Ferris State University met with three Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools for the Bulldogs first league matches of the year.

“It’s always excit­ing get­ting into our con­fer­ence play, espe­cially work­ing so hard dur­ing the off­sea­son,” Bowler said. “It’s excit­ing to get on the field and get to put in the play what you’ve been work­ing on all offseason.”

FSU went on the road to Findlay University where they began their GLIAC reg­u­lar sea­son with a dou­ble­header against the Oilers March 23. The Oilers defeated the Bulldogs in game one of their dou­ble­header 6–4. Then went on to sweep FSU with a 10–4 vic­tory over the Bulldogs.

“Every team in the GLIAC comes back strong every year,” Bowler said.

After being swept by Findlay, the Bulldogs boosted their morale by rebound­ing from their set­back in a sweep of the defend­ing GLIAC cham­pi­ons Tiffin University. FSU opened the dou­ble­header against the Tiffin Dragons with a 3–1 vic­tory. FSU then took the sec­ond game in the ninth inning, win­ning 1–0.

Junior pitcher Dana Bowler picked up a win by toss­ing a six-hit com­plete game. Bowler had nine strike­outs in the first game of the doubleheader.

Freshman short­stop Michelle Tononi had two hits for the Bulldogs and a dou­ble. Junior Lainee Clay hit a dou­ble for the Bulldogs while senior Lindsey Pettit hit a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive homerun.

FSU made a stop in Detroit March 25 to face the Wayne State Warriors in a doubleheader.

Despite open­ing the first three innings of the match with seven runs, the Bulldogs lost to Wayne State 10–7 in the first game of their dou­ble­header. Wayne State then secured a sweep of the Bulldogs by defeat­ing them 6–1 in the sec­ond game of the doubleheader.

The Bulldogs are now 10–12 over­all this sea­son. Ferris is off to a 2–4 start to the GLIAC season.

“We’re try­ing to get our hit­ting more con­sis­tent to score some more runs,” Bowler said. “We’re not really wor­ried right now, we just need to step it up.”

Now the Bulldogs will pre­pare to face non-league Davenport University March 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Grand Rapids.

After their meet­ing with Davenport, FSU will head to Allendale to face nation­ally 18th-ranked Grand Valley State University on March 31 and April 1. The two teams will play two dou­ble­head­ers over the weekend.

“It’s always a big game for us when we face Grand Valley,” Bowler said. “Hopefully when we face Grand Valley we’ll have every­thing fig­ured out.”

Grand Valley is 22–4 over­all this year. The Lakers have only lost one league game thus far, with a 5–1 GLIAC record.

  • Claire Higgins

    It’s amaz­ing that Jordan Maxwell is such an accom­plished soft­ball player with only one leg!! Jk, good job ladies ;)