Akron Softball Falls 7-4 at Ball State
MUNCIE, Ind. – A late rally would come up short as the Akron softball team dropped a 7-4 road decision to Ball State in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday.
The Zips (13-21-1, 0-7 MAC) fell behind early, but scored three runs in the final three innings, including two in the seventh.
Brittany Maurer (11-16) was credited for the loss, allowing four runs on four hits in 1.2 innings. All four credited runs by Ball State (23-11, 3-2 MAC) were allowed in the second inning.
Ball State grabbed a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to four runs on three hits and three walks.
Ratcliffe got her second RBI of the game on a leadoff homer in the top of the fifth to cut the BSU lead to 4-2. The Cardinals would add a run in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to extend their advantage to 7-2.
Ratcliffe led the top of the seventh off with a double and Iesha Mountain, pinch running for Ratcliffe, would score on a Allmon double. Crystal Hernandez would single to drive in Allmon as the Zips closed the gap to 7-4 with no outs. However, Akron would strand two base runners after two strikeouts and a fly out to end the game.
The teams will take the field to conclude the series on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
Live stats for all four games will be available via the softball schedule page on GoZips.com.