Wildcats sweep home doubleheader from Bowling Green

ABILENE – Abilene Christian improved to 6-11 on the season after winning both ends of a doubleheader vs. Bowling Green (11-6) of the MAC Conference.
Hannah Null went the distance in game one with eight strikeouts, while in game two the Wildcats put the game out of reach with a seven-run second inning.
ACU begins Southland Conference play Friday at Southeastern Louisiana. The Wildcats and Lady Lions play 5 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

Game 1 – Abilene Christian 3, Bowling Green 2
Hannah Null whiffed eight batters and recorded the game's final putout to register a 3-2 complete game victory over Bowling Green. The senior tossed 101 pitches and scattered six hits and two walks in winning her fifth game of the year that lasted all of 94 minutes.
The game was scoreless until the third when the Wildcats scored twice on an error by Bowling Green starting pitcher Meredith Miller (6-2). The first two ACU batters of the inning reached on a walk and bunt single, and after shortstop Peyton Hedrick bunted them up a base, Holly Neese tapped one back to the circle from where Miller threw it past Sammy Dees, who was covering the first base bag.
Donelle Johnson and Briana Tijerina scored on the play, but the Falcons were quick to recover, scoring two runs in their half of the fourth on Kellie Natham's two-out, two-run double to left field.
The score remained knotted at 2-2 until the fifth inning when catcher Kayla Keeling singled home Hedrick from second base on a shot up the middle.
Null pitched a scoreless sixth with two strikeouts, and retired the side in order in the seventh.

Game 2 – Abilene Christian 8, Bowling Green 4
A wild seven-run second inning propelled the Wildcats to an early 8-0 lead, which was enough to get the home team an 8-4 win and sweep of the Falcons.
ACU started its roll with one out as Briana Tijerina and Caroline Adair ripped consecutive singles and Katelyn Belch loaded the bases with her walk against starter Brooke Parker.
The Falcons earned a brief respite when Braegan Hamilton grounded into a fielder's choice, but the next batter Peyton Hedrick cleared the bases with two outs, ripping a line drive off the center fielder's glove.
An error by the Falcons' shortstop followed to keep the inning moving for back-to-back RBI hits by Kayla Keeling and Brianna Barnhill.
Barnhill's single to left field was misplayed by Kendyl Wheeler, which resulted in Holly Neese and Keeling scoring to make it an 8-0 game.
The score stayed that way until the fifth when Kali Holcomb led off with a solo home run vs. Wildcat reliever Shelby Craig, and in the sixth, BGSU cut ACU's lead in half to 8-4 with three runs on three hits.
Hannah Null then came in from the bullpen and prevented the Falcons from scoring any more in the sixth by getting Kelli Natham to foul out to left field. Null's seventh inning was composed of a strikeout, fly out and soft popup back to the circle.
Null today struck out nine batters in 8.1 innings of work.
Calie Burris started for ACU and pitched out of a pair of bases-loaded jams in the first and second innings. Hedrick made two great plays at shortstop for the first two outs of the opening frame and then Katelyn Belch tapped the third-base bag for the force play.
Burris' second inning was just as nerve-racking, but she got Dees to pop out to Hendrick to end the threat after an infield error loaded the bases.
Kiley Sosby relieved Parker with two outs in the second and kept the Wildcats off the board for the remainder of the game despite walking four batters and uncorking two wild pitches in the seventh. Sosby wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam in her final inning of work by getting Barnhill to fly out to the shortstop in shallow left field.
ACU's first-inning run was plated by Johnson, who drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on Hedrick's double, and scored on Neese' RBI ground ball to shortstop. 

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