March 15, 2005
The University of Dayton softball team resumed their season with a non-conference loss to Ball State, 8-5 in 11 innings on Tuesday at Patterson Park.
The Flyers (2-3), who were playing their first game in 15 days, will return to action in Tennessee Saturday as they take on Lipscomb at Noon Eastern Time.
UD's offense didn't show much rust, especially early on, as it had eight hits in the game. Shannon St. Clair lead the team with a 2-4 performance which included a walk. Christina Vetter was 2-for-5 with an RBI single. Cassie Gross was also 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Melissa Myher pitched the first 10 innings for the Flyers and fell to 1-2 on the year. She allowed six earned runs on 12 hits while striking out five and walking four. Chelsea Grozenski finished in the circle as she recorded the final two outs after allowing two hits and one earned run. She also had one strikeout on the day.
Ball State began the scoring in the first with a bases loaded walk as Pilger crossed the plate.
Dayton responded with four runs in the first to take a 4-1 lead. Christine Eggers started off the first inning with a walk. St. Clair then reached on a fielder's choice as Eggers advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop. Gross followed with a single to center field to load the bases. Tamsyn Kellough then reached on a fielder's choice as Christine Eggers scored UD's first run . Tami Roudebush follwed with an RBI single through the middle and St. Clair crossed the plate to put Dayton up 2-1. Gross would score on a wild pitch and Blair Crabtree singled through the left side to send home Kellough to put the Flyers ahead by three at 4-1.
The Flyers added another run in the third as Angel Conaway scored after entering as a pinch runner for Laura Matthews. An RBI single through the left side put UD ahead 5-1 after three innings.
The Cardinals were able to begin a comeback as they scored a run in the fifth on a solo home run.
Ball State entered the seventh inning trailing by three runs. BSU responded with a two run homer and an RBI single to send the game to extra innings tied at five.
After the teams traded scoreless innings the Cardinals were able to score three times in the 11th and hold on to win 8-5.