Chippewa softball picks up two wins, improves to 6-6 on the season


Rachael Knapp pitches the ball during the double-header against the Toledo Rockets in Margo Jonker Stadium on Sunday, April 16, 2016. Chelsea Grobelny | Staff Photographer

Now riding a five-game win streak, the Central Michigan softball team improved to 6-6 after picking up wins against Hartford and Villanova this afternoon in Clearwater, Florida.

The Chippewas' bats were alive and well as they defeated the Hawks 10-2 followed up by a 5-0 shutout against Villanova.

CMU will look to keep its win streak alive tomorrow afternoon with games against St. Bonaventure and Syracuse. 

Game 1: Hartford

It took only four innings for the Chippewas to take down the Hawks by a score of 10-2 with the mercy rule being enforced.

Lead-off hitter Lacy Tolfree led the way for CMU with three hits on a single and two doubles.

The team had eight hits from five different players.

After starting the season off 0-4, this is exactly what the team needed moving forward.

“We’re swinging the bats with more confidence,” head coach Margo Jonker said. “Our coaches work really hard with our hitters and it’s paying off”

Junior Hanna Warren logged the first win of the day for the Chippewas, improving the team’s record to 5-6.

Game 2: Villanova

Senior Rachael Knapp prevailed in the win, recording 10 strikeouts while blanking the Wildcats 5-0.

“Rachael’s pitches are moving really well and she’s picked up confidence in a pitch that she didn’t have last year,” Jonker said.

Knapp had a great deal of help from her offense, as the team recorded 10 hits from seven different players.

Allison Curtis came up clutch in the bottom of the second inning, scorching a triple between the gaps scoring Lacy Tolfree giving the Chips the early 1-0 lead.

That wasn’t all the sophomore had to offer, as she hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the finishing touches on the game.

What's next

The Chippewas will be back in action tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. against St. Bonaventure followed by a 3 p.m. game against Syracuse.