Category Archives: College Softball

RECAP/AUDIO: Kalamazoo Valley Takes Doubleheader Against Lake Michigan

For the fifth consecutive season, the Kalamazoo Valley softball team earned a four-game season sweep over Lake Michigan College.   The Cougars took the home half Tuesday with 8-0 and 2-1 victories over the Red Hawks, giving Kalamazoo Valley an eight-game win streak.

The first game was over quickly, lasting about a hour in total.  The Cougars plated four runs in the second inning, two in the third, and one in both the fourth and fifth.  Amber Foerster went 3-3 with two runs and two RBI, including a solo home run.  Ally Sinclair went 3-3 with two runs.   Kayli Bowen allowed three hits over the five-inning shutout.

In the second game, the Red Hawks used a two-out single by Angie White to get a run in the bottom of the first inning.  They held the lead until a lead-off Amber Mazahem single in the bottom of the fifth led to the game-tying run.  Sinclair got a lead-off walk in the sixth and used a wild pitch and error to score what would be the game winning run.   Maggie Mullen pitched the entire game, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts.  Ahna Riggenbach went six innings for Lake Michigan, allowing only the two runs (unearned), two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Lake Michigan drops to 9-13 in MCCAA play and 10-16 overall with a home doubleheader Friday against Grand Rapids.  Kalamazoo Valley is 23-6 overall and 17-3 in league play, they’re set to travel to Jackson Thursday.

Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:



Preview: Kalamazoo Valley vs Lake Michigan in Softball

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Listen live Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college softball as the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars host the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks.  These teams met two weeks ago in Benton Harbor with the Cougars winning two tight contests, 5-3 and 4-0.  In the first game, Kayli Bowen led Kalamazoo Valley with a home run and double and four RBI.  In the second game, Maggie Mullen’s pitching kept Lake Michigan off the board.

The Cougars sit at 21-6 overall and are second in the MCCAA Western Conference at 15-3, only behind Lansing (19-1).  Kalamazoo Valley is on a six-game win streak with doubleheader sweeps of Jackson, Ancilla, and Grand Rapids.

The Red Hawks sit in sixth in the Western Conference at 9-11 with an overall mark at 10-14.  They’re on a two-game win streak, having beaten Kellogg in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Listen live to both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader on the Slocum Sports Network with the action starting at 3 p.m.

RECAP/AUDIO: Kalamazoo Softball Splits Senior Day with Adrian

The Kalamazoo College softball team split Saturday’s home games with Adrian College, losing to the Bulldogs 7-5, then defeating them 5-1.   Full stats can be found here.

Adrian took game one 7-5, getting three runs in the fourth and sixth innings and one in the seventh.  Kalamazoo scored two in the fourth on an Erin DuRoss home run and three in the fifth.  The Bulldogs finished with 13 hits to seven for the Hornets.

The second game went to Kalamazoo 5-1, with DuRoss pitching four innings with one run allowed, followed by three shutout innings from Liv Knivila.  The offensive highlight was a three-RBI double by Briana Huisken in the fifth.

Listen back to both games below.  The Hornets are 11-15 overall and 2-8 in MIAA play with Adrian to 9-19 overall and 3-5 in MIAA play.  Kalamazoo returns to action at Olivet Thursday, while Adrian hosts Defiance Monday.



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Hosts Adrian in Saturday Softball

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Listen live Saturday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network as Kalamazoo College hosts Adrian College in a college softball doubleheader.  Both squads are looking to build momentum entering the final half of MIAA play, with both needing strong runs to have a shot at making the conference tournament.

Kalamazoo’s league schedule was front-loaded against the top four squads to start April, with the Hornets going 1-7 in that stretch.   They grabbed a split against Trine, ranked 4th nationally at the time, but came up short against St. Mary’s (6-0, 5-0), Alma (4-1, 8-1), and Hope (4-0, 4-3).   Overall, Kalamazoo sits at 10-14.

Adrian holds a 8-18 overall mark and a 2-4 MIAA record.   They fell to Hope (5-1, 5-1) and St. Mary’s (12-0, 4-1), but knocked off Calvin 3-1, 5-0.    Adrian hosted Kalamazoo last season, with the Hornets winning 7-2 (8 innings) and 6-2.  Two seasons ago, the Bulldogs got a split at Kalamazoo.

Listen live Saturday at 2 p.m. to both games between Kalamazoo and Adrian on the Slocum Sports Network.

GAME AUDIO: Kalamazoo Splits Doubleheader with #4 Trine

For the first time since 2007, the Kalamazoo College softball team defeated Trine University, downing the 4th-ranked Thunder 9-5 in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader in Kalamazoo.  A five-run third inning pushed Kalamazoo ahead and they stayed ahead from there, ending the game on a double-play.  The win gives the Hornets back-to-back 10+ win seasons, as they sit at 10-10 overall and 1-3 in MIAA play following the doubleheader.

Trine won the first game of the doubleheader 3-0 off a two-hit shutout by freshman pitcher Danielle Ray, getting her third consecutive two-hit shutout.   The Thunder are now 22-2 overall and 3-1 in MIAA play.   A more detailed recap can be found here.    You can listen back to both games below:



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Duels MIAA Power Trine

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Listen live Saturday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network to college softball as the Kalamazoo College Hornets host the Trine University Thunder in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET.    For both teams, this will be their second MIAA series of the season.   Kalamazoo dropped their first two league games last Saturday at St. Mary’s (6-0, 5-0), while Trine picked up wins last weekend at Calvin (3-2, 5-0).

The Hornets sit at 9-9 overall, hoping to reach double-digit wins for back-to-back seasons and looking for the first-ever winning record in program history.   The Thunder, last year’s MIAA runner-up, sit at 21-1 overall this year.   That record is good for the #4 ranking in NCAA Division III.     Trine hosted and won both meetings last season, 6-4 and 14-0.    The Thunder have won the previous 15 meetings with the Hornets, with the last Kalamazoo win over Trine (known then as Tri-State) coming on April 22, 2007.

Listen live to both games of Saturday’s doubleheader on the Slocum Sports Network with first pitch at 1 p.m.  The games can also be seen via Kalamazoo College’s LiveStream.

RECAP: Cougars Rally From 8, 6-Run Holes For Walk-off Wins

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball team dug out of big holes in both of their walk-off victories Tuesday over Muskegon Community College.   In their first home game of the spring, the Cougars erased a six-run hole in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 14-12 win.   In the second game, they narrowly avoided the mercy rule and overcame an eight-run deficit for a 10-9 win in eight innings.

In the first game, the Cougars didn’t lead until the game-winning home run by Amber Mazahem.   Muskegon scored once in the first and four times in the second inning for an early 5-0 lead.   KVCC didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning, where they added their first three runs of the game.   Both teams traded runs over the next few innings, with the Jayhawks holding a 12-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

The inning began and ended with Mazahem, as her lead-off single was followed by a double, triple, out, home run (Dylan King), double, out, and double.  Following the sixth hit of the inning, starting pitcher Morgan Engelsman was pulled for Kirsten Johnson, who gave up a walk, followed by the Mazahem three-run homer to end it.

Listen to the winning home run below:

Engelsman finished with 6.2 innings pitched, 12 hits allowed, 12 runs, two walks and five strikeouts.   Kalamazoo Valley pitcher Kayli Bowen allowed 14 hits, 10 runs, two walks with one strikeout.   Offensively for the Cougars, Mazahem had three hits, two runs and four RBI.  Emma Nuyen had two hits and two runs.  Amber Foerster scored thrice and Hunter Hart had four RBI off a double and home run.   For the Jayhawks, Yogi Hang had two hits and four RBI.   Briana Mairose had three hits, two runs and two RBI.  Alessa Buchner added three RBI and two runs on one hit.

The Cougars began game two ahead thanks to Nuyen scoring in the first shortly after getting a triple.   The Jayhawks evened the game in the third on a Mairose solo home run, then exploded for seven runs in the fourth.   Muskegon scored once more in the top of the fifth inning for an eight-run lead, but KVCC got one run in the bottom of the frame to avoid the eight-run mercy rule.  The Cougars then used five hits and three doubles to pick up five runs in the bottom of the sixth and got two more runs in the seventh to force extras at 9-9.   Foerster led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and was brought in after Maggie Mullen’s single to left was followed by an error.

Listen to the winning hit here:

Mullen started the game pitching and went 3.1 innings, allowing five hits, eight runs, and seven walks with three strikeouts.  Bowen relived her and held firm, allowing only three hits, one run, and two walks over 4.2 innings.  Offensively, Ally Sinclair went 4-4 with three runs and a RBI.   Nuyen picked up a double and triple with two runs and three RBI and Mullen finished offensively with three hits and two runs.   Muskegon starting pitching Kirsten Johnson pitched 5.1 innings with 10 hits, seven runs, and two walks allowed.  Yogi Hang went the final two innings, allowing four hits and four runs.

The Cougars remain unbeaten in MCCAA play, moving to 6-0 with an overall record of 12-3.  Muskegon drops to 6-4 in the MCCAA and 13-8 overall.  Both teams have busy weekends ahead.  Kalamazoo Valley hosts Jackson Thursday, hosts Lansing Friday, travels to Kellogg Saturday, and hosts Glen Oaks Sunday.  Muskegon goes to Lansing Thursday, to Grand Rapids Friday, then to Kankakee, Illinois Saturday and Sunday for a tournament.

Listen back to both of Tuesday’s games below:



PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley, Muskegon Meet in Key MCCAA West Softball Doubleheader

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Listen live Tuesday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars (10-3) host the Muskegon Community College Jayhawks (13-6) in softball.  Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch with game two to follow after.   Assuming the weather and field conditions permit it, it will be the home opener for KVCC.

Both teams are contenders for the top spot in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s (MCCAA) Western Conference.   The Cougars are 4-0 in MCCAA play, with sweeps at Grand Rapids and at Lake Michigan.   Kalamazoo Valley and Lansing both are at the top and unbeaten in MCCAA play with Lansing at 6-0.   Muskegon is 6-2 in conference play with split doubleheaders against Jackson and Kellogg, along with sweeps of Ancilla and Glen Oaks.  Both doubleheaders last season between the Cougars and Jayhawks were split.

Listen live to both games on the Slocum Sports Network Tuesday afternoon. Game one is set for 3 p.m.