Midseason spurt

The Bulldogs hit a groove with a six-game winning streak

As the season hits a midway point, Ferris State sits at second in its conference after extending its winning streak to six games.

The Bulldogs (13-7) currently rank second in the GLIAC standings following strong outings against both Lake Erie and Walsh.

“In my opinion, we are one of the better teams in the GLIAC,” senior catcher Liz Hamming said. “We have great pitching, talented defense and good hitting. Not many teams can say that.”

Ferris entered the double header matchup against Lake Erie (2-12) on March 29 having won only four out of its last 10 games, including a four-game losing stretch.

Ferris immediately asserted its dominance with senior pitcher Dana Bowler throwing a five inning no-hitter, as they shut down the Storm with a 9-0 showing in the first of two contests.

The second game read no different, as the Bulldogs once again shutout Lake Erie with an impressive 14-0 five inning outing, sweeping the Storm.

“It was great to come out and show that we can win big games like we did on Saturday,” Ferris senior second baseman Lainee Clay said. “We showed a lot of confidence and fight.”

Clay has started all eight games she has played in this season and currently holds a .458 batting average with 11 hits and six runs batted in. Clay adds talent and experience to an already veteran Bulldog team that has seven senior and three junior athletes.

Against Walsh University (7-7) on March 30, the Bulldogs were able to pull off another double header sweep, with scores of 3-2 and 1-0, respectively. The wins pushed Ferris into second place in the GLIAC, with arch rival Grand Valley (20-2) leading the way in the conference.

“We can beat any team in the GLIAC when we play our game and put every aspect of the game together,” senior outfielder Morgan Kramerich said. “I’m really anxious to see how this season ends up because we have a great group of players who know where we want to be at the end of the season.”

Kramerich is tied for second on the squad in hits with 17, and leads the team in doubles (4) and triples (3), all whilst starting all 20 games this year for the Bulldogs.

Ferris State will next matchup against Grand Valley with the hopes of continuing its winning ways while competing for the top spot in the GLIAC.

The Lakers will host the Bulldogs Saturday, April 6 with the first of the double header kicking off at 1 p.m.