Softball wins MAC opening series against Eastern Michigan

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Junior infielder Maddy Grimm races towards third base as the ball flies foul at the Diamond at Dix Stadium on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Kent State defeated Ohio University, 5-4, in 2 extra innings.

Samantha Ross

The Kent State softball team (10-15, 2-1 MAC) started off its Mid-American Conference schedule strong with a series win over Eastern Michigan University (12-14, 1-2 MAC).

“Every conference win is important, and a series win is also important in case of ties,” Coach Eric Oakley said to Kent State Athletics. “Eastern Michigan is a good club, and I have no doubt they will be at Firestone Stadium in May.” 

The Flashes’ lineup as a whole had to produce, as Eastern Michigan elected to intentionally walk Maddy Grimm. 

“They took Maddy out of the game, which is something teams have done in the past and will probably choose to do again this year,” Oakley. I’m really proud of how the rest of the lineup responded today.”

Senior pitcher Ronnie Ladines finished the game with four strikeouts, zero walks and gave up one home run, a three run shot.

“Ronnie had a great outing both in the circle and at the plate hitting behind Maddy,” Oakley said. “She really buckled down after the home run, and she was huge in getting those three K’s to end the game. Our defense behind Ronnie was also much better today.”

Kent State defeated Eastern Michigan University 6-3 Saturday. All six runs were scored in the first two innings of the game.

The Flashes will take on No. 9 Alabama on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Samantha Ross is a sports reporter, contact her at [email protected]