Sports Shorts

Softball team finishes Florida swing against strong competition

As the Ferris State softball team concluded its 10-day, 18-game Florida trip, they encountered nationally ranked talent going up against the No. 25 Augustana (S.D) Vikings. The Bulldogs came up short against the talented Vikings team, losing 9-1.

In the first game of the final doubleheader in Florida, the Bulldogs also fell to Minnesota State-Moorhead 4-3, as a late inning rally came up short.

The Bulldogs now return to northern climates in preparation for GLIAC league play which will begin on the road March 28 against Walsh, followed by another road contest the following day against Malone. The Dawgs’ first home games will be against Saginaw Valley State on March 31

Men’s tennis stays unbeaten in GLIAC play

The Ferris State men’s tennis team faced stiff competition in their final non-league match, going up against Division I opponent Western Michigan. It was a difficult day for the Bulldogs who fell 7-0.

The Bulldogs, who are currently ranked 5th in the Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, rebounded quickly from the loss, trouncing GLIAC opponent Findlay at home 7-2. The Dawgs dominated the singles, winning five of the six matches.

Ferris State followed up with a dominating 9-0 win over Tiffin University, winning every singles match in straight sets. With the win, the Dawgs improved to 3-0 in GLIAC play and 9-5 overall.

Up next for the Bulldogs are road matches against Michigan Tech on March 28 and Lake Superior State on March 29.

Men’s golf starts season strong

It was an auspicious beginning to the 2015 season for the Ferris State men’s golf team, who finished third in their first tournament of the year. They faced off against several fellow GLIAC opponents, including Grand Valley State, Walsh, and tournament host Saginaw Valley State, among others.

Junior Ben Cook led the way for the Bulldogs, as he finished the competition just one stroke over par with a 145. This mark was enough to earn Cook fourth place in the tournament.

The tournament was held at the challenging Boone Links Course in Florence, Ky. Boone Links is a par 72 course, and the Bulldogs shot a team score of 605 over the two days, including an impressive 298 on the final day.