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WMU Softball Splits with Aquinas College

Courtesy: Nathan Palcowski, Staff Writer
Release: 09/23/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The beginning of fall means a whole new start for the 2012-13 WMU softball team. WMU had its first taste of softball action Sunday, in an exhibition doubleheader against Aquinas College. The Broncos were able to split the doubleheader winning the first game 16-8 (F/5) but fell short in the second, 12-3.

The first game of the doubleheader featured sophomore Mackenzie Shepeck in the pitching circle where she was backed up extremely well by her teammates. Aquinas jumped quickly on the Broncos scoring in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. The lead however would not last long as WMU stormed right back with four hits of their own, combing for three runs in the inning. The fireworks didn't begin until the top of the third inning, when WMU was well in command, 5-1.

Aquinas got hot at the plate and scored six runs of four hits in the top of the fourth inning. Not to be outdone, the Broncos answered right back scoring four runs on four hits for the 9-7 lead and from there on were in control of the game. WMU ended up scoring at least two runs in every inning and the game was called in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule when sophomore Emma Bogart pinched hit and grounded out to shortstop bringing in Alyssa Prokos from third. WMU won the game 16-8.

Caity Pixley, in game, one went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Senior third baseman Colleen Lynch came ready to play as she went 4-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Shepeck in the circle pitched four innings allowing eight runs on eight hits with four strikeouts.

The second game of the doubleheader started off the same way that the first game did, as Aquinas jumped on the board first. This time Aquinas scored three runs in the first inning and the Broncos never recovered. WMU was left hitless until the bottom of the third when sophomore Jenny Rohn hit a double down the left field line. Freshman Melissa Palmer reached due to the Aquinas first baseman error that scored Rohn and gave WMU their first score of the game. WMU could not take advantage of the momentum as Aquinas scored four runs in the fourth inning and then three more in the final inning to put the game out of reach. 

Sophomore Becca Shemberger took the circle during game two.  Shemberger pitched seven innings allowing 12 runs on 13 hits and struck out eight. Freshman catcher Marleen Rodriguez had a good outing in game two going 1-for-4 with two RBIs. The Broncos also committed four errors, compared to the first game when they committed none.

WMU will continue fall ball in the 18th Annual Traverse City West Tournament on Saturday, September 29-30. The Broncos will play Central Michigan, Ferris State and the University of Michigan. They end their fall ball season on October, 4 at Notre Dame.