In the last week of its season, the Falcons softball team won against Cleveland State and split a doubleheader with Kent State. They finished the regular season with a record of 22-29. While going 22-29, their conference record was 7-14, home 8-6 and road 10-14.
On Tuesday, the Falcons hosted the Vikings at Meserve Field which resulted in an 8-3 win. The first run was scored in the bottom of the first with a Kellie Natham double batting in Taylor Blevins. In the second inning, Madeline Dyer singled with Logan Everett scoring, resulting in an early 2-0 lead for the Falcons. Although the Vikings would score in the third, in the bottom half Madi McCoy would have a two-run homer to left field with Blevins scoring, making the lead 4-1. With a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, McCoy had a three-run homer, making the lead 8-2. The Vikings would score one run in the top of the seventh, but the Falcons prevailed. Meredith Miller was the winning pitcher of the Falcons going to 15-15 while the Vikings pitcher Kelly Hysong would fall to 8-12.
Saturday’s Game 1 resulted in a 4-0 loss to the Golden Flashes. This game also ended with Kent State pitching a perfect game. In the bottom of the third, Kaitlyn Miller of the Flashes stole second base allowing Jen Cader to score. Brenna Brownfield in the bottom of the fifth singled batting in Sabrina Kerschner. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Hunter Brancifort hit a two-run homer making the lead 4-0. The score would stay the same the entire game as the Falcons would lose the first doubleheader. Brooke Parker would receive the loss going 6-12 while Andrea Scali would improve to 19-7.
Game 2 would consist of a 2-1 win for the Falcons. Natham would have a single in the top of the first with Payton Hamm scoring. Sarah Gonzalez, in the top of the fourth, would then tag on another run doubling to right center with Kali Holcomb scoring. The Flashes would score in the bottom of the fourth but would hold on winning 2-1. The winning pitcher for the Falcons was Meredith, improving to 16-15 while for the Flashes, Madi Huck would fall to 5-10.
Overall, on the season the Falcons improved pitching tremendously. Meredith won her last four games over the Wright State Raiders, Akron Zips, Cleveland State Vikings and Kent State Golden Flashes. Meredith had 187 strikeouts this year while having 456 total during her four years. Seven seniors were on the softball team this year. The seven seniors leaving are Holcomb, Meredith, Natham, Parker, Alex Sorgi, Kiley Sosby and Kathleen Shier. For next year, it will be an uphill battle while losing two starting pitchers, but with young promise like McCoy, the Falcons look to reload with young talent swarming in.