April 17, 2014

Softball hits the road to take on Ball State, Miami (Ohio)

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AKRON, Ohio -- Akron will play on the road for the first time in the month of April when the Zips continue Mid-American Conference play with a trip to Ball State and Miami (Ohio) this weekend.

UA is set to take on MAC West Division leader Ball State on Friday in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. before challenging the RedHawks in a two-game series on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

Akron (19-10, 5-3 MAC) enters the weekend in third place in the MAC East standings and tied for fourth in the league overall with a .625 winning percentage in conference play. The Zips are coming off a doubleheader split with Bowling Green and a series sweep over Toledo. 

Sophomore Shawna Mailloux went 4-for-7 in the Zips' two games against BGSU with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. In UA's second victory over Toledo, Mailloux was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and a run. She also snagged three bases over the course of Akron's four MAC games, bringing her season total to 18 stolen bases. After recording four last week, Mailloux now has a team-high 11 multi-hit games this season. 

Erin Seiler was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week for the third time this year, improving her record to 12-4 overall with a pair of complete game victories against Bowling Green and Toledo. In Akron's win over BGSU, she gave up just two hits, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters she faced and carrying a no-hitter through five innings. In Akron's series finale against Toledo, the sophomore retired 10 of the final 11 batters she faced to register her team-leading 14th complete game in 18 starts this year.

Ball State (24-15, 4-2 MAC) split with Northern Illinois last weekend, falling 2-0 before rebounding with a 7-4 victory. The Cardinals went on to sweep Western Michigan by scores of 5-2 and 4-1. BSU enters Friday's matchup after splitting a non-conference doubleheader with Indiana on Wednesday. As a team, Ball State holds the best batting average in the MAC at .322. Jennifer Gilbert leads the team and the league with a .415 average, fueled by 16 home runs and 47 RBI. The Cardinals' have a one-two punch of Kelsey Schifferdecker (11-5) and Nicole Steinbach (10-8) in the circle. 

Miami (17-20, 5-5 MAC) lost two games to Western Michigan last weekend and split its series with Northern Illinois, coming away with an 8-5 victory in eight innings. The RedHawks are set to take on Ohio in a doubleheader on Friday before facing off against the Zips. Kayla Ledbetter leads Miami's offense, hitting .329, and Taylor Shuey is not far behind at .322. The RedHawks' have two starting pitchers as well in Amber Logemann (6-9) and Paige Myers (7-7).