Softball falls in double header, drops to 0-4 in Aggie Classic
The Central Michigan softball team fell to 0-4 on the season after losses to Lamar and host Texas A&M Saturday in the Aggie Classic.
The losing streak continued as the Chippewas dropped their first game of the day, 7-3 to Lamar, and then 8-5 to Texas A&M in the second.
It was the Chippewas' second loss of the weekend to Lamar as they loss to the Cardinals 7-5 Friday.
The Chippewas will still have one more shot for a win tomorrow morning as they wrap-up their weekend with a game against Ohio State at 10:00 am.
Game 1: Lamar
The fifth inning was a nightmare as the Chippewas gave up six runs on six hits, after leading the previous four innings by a score of 3-1.
Sophomore Lauren Vaccaro, started the game at pitcher and went 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs off three hits. Hanna Warren entered the game and gave up four runs off five hits recording the loss.
“Our pitching performance was not up to par in our first game,” said head coach Margo Jonker.
Anissa Rodriguez took home the win for Lamar, as they improved to 2-1 on the season.
Game 2: Texas A&M
A back and forth battle took place as the Chippewas took the No. 18 Aggies.
The Aggies jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, however things quickly changed when Freshman Morgan Gardner took a 2-1 pitch in her wheelhouse over the left field wall driving in two runs, giving the Chippewas a 3-2 lead.
“It was good to see some of our young players come through, with Gardner having her first career home-run, and our hitters did a lot better job today swinging the bat with more confidence,” Jonker said.
The score then exchanged hands throughout the game, until Texas A&M junior Ashley Walters, drove in three runs off of a double into left field, giving the Aggies the 8-5 lead, which ended up being the deciding factor.
“They did a great job of moving their runners, which is what we couldn't do, and getting the key hits,” Jonker said.
Senior Rachael Knapp took the loss after pitching a complete game, but looked comfortable in the circle. Jonker said Knapp showed signs of being the teams Ace moving forward.
“I thought her rhythm was much better in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning, than it was earlier in the game and certainly better than yesterday, and any other performance so far this year,” Jonker said.
Outside of their loss to OSU in the opener, CMU led at some point during the other three games this weekend.
"We’ve got to find a way if we want to win games," Jonker said. "We simply have to take advantage of our opportunities and pay more attention to details, if we want to come away with the W.”