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Dunleavy swats three home runs in two games in sweep of LSSU

by Published: Apr 4, 2013

Bringing It Home: Bulldog junior Amy Dunleavy finishes a trip around the bases on her second home run of the doubleheader versus Lake Superior State University. The Lady Bulldogs won both games as part of their home opener. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Bringing It Home: Bulldog junior Amy Dunleavy fin­ishes a trip around the bases on her sec­ond home run of the dou­ble­header ver­sus Lake Superior State University. The Lady Bulldogs won both games as part of their home opener. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

For some­one who pro­fessed to be “strug­gling” at the plate, junior Amy Dunleavy seemed to find her rhythm awfully fast on April 3.

Dunleavy’s ram­page at the plate for the Ferris State soft­ball team began in the first of the two-game set, blast­ing her third home run of the year in route to an 11–0 win.

“I had been strug­gling with my hit­ting and over think­ing,” Dunleavy said. “So today I was just think­ing ‘head down, and relax.’”

Her mul­ti­ple hit effort in game one was just the begin­ning of what was to be a fruit­ful day at the dish.

In the sec­ond game of the dou­ble­header, Dunleavy came out swing­ing. She hit a grand slam in the third inning, and con­tin­ued to swing for the fences by hit­ting a two-run shot in the top of the final inning to end her day with seven RBI’s.

“I was see­ing the ball well because I also had two walks,” Dunleavy said. “I was just wait­ing for the right one.”

Also head­lin­ing in the sec­ond game was relief pitcher, senior Emily Carlson. In three and two thirds innings in relief of Dunleavy, Carlson allowed no runs and struck out two in the process.

“My men­tal­ity is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent when I come in to pitch in the third inning ver­sus the fifth or sixth,” Carlson said. “But my over­all game plan is the same: get out of any trou­ble and not give up any­more runs.”

The 11–3 win capped a sweep of con­fer­ence foe Lake Superior State and pro­pelled Ferris State to 15–7 on the year.

The Bulldogs ride an eight game streak to Allendale for a two game set with the vaunted pitch­ing staff and offense of the nation­ally ranked No. 12 Grand Valley State Lakers (National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll), who sit atop the GLIAC at 9–1.

“We are ready for [Grand Valley],” Dunleavy said. “Our pitch­ing is going to be key in these games because both teams can hit very well.”

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