Softball team loses Tuesday to No. 2 Michigan

The offense never got going for the CMU softball team as it was shut out by No. 2 Michigan 8-0 in five innings.

The Wolverines (31-5) started off the scoring in the first inning after CMU junior Kari Seddon walked three of the first four batters. With two outs and the bases loaded, Amanda Chidester singled to center field to score two runs.

“You never want to blame the game on the umps,” said junior second baseman Brittini Merchant, “but they had a huge factor in (the game). He was squeezing our pitchers and it was really tough to get a strike without plating the ball. But at the same time, you can’t win if you don’t score.”

Merchant got the team’s lone hit in the fifth inning down 2-0, but it was unable to spark the offense.

After a shaky start, Seddon regained control, pitching three consecutive no-hit innings heading into the bottom of the fifth. But Michigan soon put the game away.

A three-run home run knocked Seddon out of the game after giving up six runs (five earned) on three hits and six walks. Redshirt freshman Sarah Patterson replaced her in the fifth, but three consecutive walks loaded the bases again, and a two-run double by Molly Bausher gave Michigan enough of a lead to end the game again with the run-rule coming into play.

CMU held Michigan to just four hits despite the eight runs allowed, and three of the hits came in the fifth inning. The loss was the team’s fourth consecutive against Michigan and its second consecutive loss of the season.

CMU looks to get back on track at 1 p.m. Friday when it takes on Akron, the first of four games at Margo Jonker Stadium this weekend.

“We just need to come out strong in every inning and every pitch, and if we keep fighting for each other and playing like we know we can, we will come out of the weekend 4-0,” Merchant said.