Ferris State Earns Shutout Home Victory As Part Of Split In Final Regular-Season Action
Postgame Highlights & Interview
Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University softball squad closed out the regular-season with a shutout victory as FSU earned a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) home split against the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals on Wednesday (May 5) afternoon at the FSU Softball Field.
In the Bulldogs' final home action of the year, FSU fell to Saginaw Valley State in a tightly-contested opener by a 4-2 score, but came back to garner a 3-0 shutout win in the finale.
Ferris State built the early lead in the opener, scoring twice in the third, before the Cardinals rallied. They scored once in the fourth to pull back within a run and then plated two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to notch the come from behind win, outhitting FSU 11-6 overall.
The Bulldogs' lone runs in the opener came on a two-run homer from first baseman Kaitlyn Orme, who led FSU with two RBI's. The Bulldogs also got hits from shortstop Kodi Ramirez along with centerfielder Paige Kortz, designated player Justice Ruggles, right fielder Madison McLeod and Evelyn Blood.
Freshman Aryn Gallacher tossed six and one-third innings of action for FSU, allowing only three earned runs on 11 hits. Kristie Gray pitched in relief and tossed two-thirds of an inning of hitless action with a single walk.
In game two, the Bulldogs jumped in front early with two runs in their first at-bat before adding an additional insurance run in the third. Overall, FSU pounded out eight hits to four for SVSU.
Orme drove in three runs on two hits in the nightcap and posted two doubles while McLeod and catcher Kaitlyn Fick also doubled for FSU. Kortz had two hits and Ramirez added one along with second baseman Kacey Bouche.
The trio of Kaitlyn Nugent, Gray and senior Kylie Masko combined to allow only four hits with two K's and a walk in seven innings. Nugent got the win, giving up only three hits, while Masko earned the save with a single hit allowed in the final inning.
Ferris State notched its 15th win of the season with the game two triumph.