Softball stays hot, pushes win streak to seven


Saint Joseph junior Rachael Knapp during pitches the ball during the game against the Toledo Rockets in Margo Jonker Stadium on Saturday, April 15, 2016. Chelsea Grobelny | Staff Photographer

The hot streak continued for the Central Michigan softball team (8-6) as the Chippewas increased their win streak to seven after wins against St. Bonaventure and Syracuse Saturday.

Senior Rachael Knapp recorded her fourth consecutive shutout in the game against Syracuse this afternoon.

The Chippewas will hope to keep their win streak alive tomorrow morning with a game against Georgia State at 11:15 a.m.

Game 1: St. Bonaventure 

In a back and fourth game, CMU ended up on top after senior Taylor Lewallen delivered with a double scoring pinch runner Shanel Waters to put the Chippewas up 4-3, which proved to be the difference.

CMU took the early lead scoring three runs in the first, but St. Bonaventure responded with two home runs to tie the game at 3-3.

After giving up the home runs starting pitcher Laura Vaccoro was pulled and junior Taylor Weaver entered the game and notched the win for the Chippewas.

“I thought Weaver did a really good job,” said coach Margo Jonker. “She’s been out for a couple of years with injuries and hasn’t seen the field much, but it’s great to have her back.”

With the game tied at 3-3, the Chippewas needed someone to step up. Lewallen did just that hitting a double, which drove in the game-winning run. CMU finished with five hits in the game.

Knapp was dominant once again on the mound to lead CMU to a 3-0 win against the Orange. She recorded nine strikeouts and received praise from her coach following the performance.

“Knapp’s special, she’s up there in the top five or six greatest pitchers to come through Central Michigan,” Jonker said. “Her ball doesn’t just move as most pitchers would like, her ball moves and jumps, that’s what makes her so great.”

Knapp had a large amount of support from her offense as the Chippewas recorded 10 hits. Nine different Chippewas had hits, while sophomore Allison Cutis reached base twice on two singles.

Curtis’ bat has stayed hot after yesterday’s performance when she hit a home run. She has recorded10 hits in CMU's four games this weekend.

Still to come

The Chippewas will be back in action tomorrow morning against Georgia State at 11:15 a.m. The team will continue their road trip after tomorrow’s game with eight more games starting Tuesday going through next weekend.