Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University softball team opened up its 2020 season on Saturday (Feb. 15) against the University of Illinois-Springfield, but suffered a pair of setbacks in St. Charles, Mo.
The Prairie Stars took the opener in a tightly-contested battle by a 7-6 score before holding off FSU 8-2 in the finale. The two teams will play another twinbill on Sunday at Lindenwood University near the St. Louis area.
In the opener, the Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning before UIS came back with four runs in the third. The score stood until the top of the seventh when FSU put five runs on the board to build a 6-4 lead, but Illinois-Springfield responded with three rusn in the bottom of the seventh to get the win.
Magiera led FSU with three RBI's and notched both a double and a triple while Tucci drove in two runs and also doubled and tripled in the setback. Ramriez had a pair of dobules for the Bulldogs.
Senior Abby Highway went the distance for the Bulldogs in the game one setback, allowing seven runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and single walk in the season opener.
In game two, the Bulldogs again took the initial lead with single runs in both the second and third innings. UIS, though, came back with three runs in the bottom of the third and then put four more runs on the board in the fifth and one in the sixth to account for the final score. They had nine hits to eight for the Bulldogs, who also had four errors in the loss.
Outfielder Paige Kortz had a team-high two hits in the second game with five others all generating a single hit for the Bulldogs. Both Kortz and Magiera posted doubles with Kaitlyn Nugent driving in FSU's lone RBI.
In the cirlce, Nugent tossed four and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. Connor Proctor pitched one and two-thirds of a frame, allowing one run on three hits with two K's.
The Bulldogs and Illinois-Springfield will play another doubleheader on Sunday with first pitch in the opener set for 1 p.m. (ET) and game two slated for a 3 p.m. (ET) start.