Softball finishes 2-3 in USF Under Armour Showcase

Junior outfielder Lacy Tolfree swings to hit the ball on April 2 during the game against Kent State at Margo Jonker Stadium.

Central Michigan softball finished their trip to Clearwater, Florida with a 2-3 record in the USF Under Armour Showcase.

The Chippewas played 12 games in the past nine days.They lost to Saint Joseph’s, Chattanooga and Villanova. CMU earned victories over Lehigh and Seton Hall.

The Chippewas now have a 9-11 record in the 2018 season.

Three Losses

The Chippewas started the showcase with a 5-4 loss to Saint Joseph’s on Friday. Senior Hanna Warren collected her fourth loss of the season, hurling eight and two-third innings while allowing 10 hits, five runs (four earned) and two walks while striking out five.

The Chippewas and Hawks scored a run in the first, sixth and eighth innings. While CMU added a run in the top of the ninth, SJU scored two in the bottom of the ninth, handing CMU their ninth loss of the season.

CMU then lost to Chattanooga, 6-3. Taylor Weaver pitched five innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits. Lacey Tolfree and Sara Hansen each went two-for-four with an RBI.

Chattanooga scored three runs in the second and sixth innings, while CMU registered two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh. 

CMU started action Saturday morning with a 2-1 loss to Villanova. 

Laura Vaccaro tossed six innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits without issuing a free pass to first base or striking out a Wildcat.

Toiler went two-for-two, while junior Allison Curtis drove in the lone Chippewa run. 

Finishing Strong

The Chippewas finished the showcase with a win Saturday night and Sunday morning.

CMU knocked off Lehigh 5-3 to earn their eighth victory of the season. Warren pitched all seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) off four hits, walking two and striking out six Mountain Hawks batters.

Tolfrie stayed hot, going three-for-three while driving in one run and crossing home plate twice. Junior Erica Underwood went two-for-two with two RBI’s. 

Lehigh’s Parker Boyd lasted five innings, allowing five runs off 10 hits while striking out three CMU hitters.

The Chippewas finished the showcase Sunday morning with a 6-2 win over Seton Hall.

Cloe Mallory pitched three and one-third innings, allowing two runs off six hits while walking one and striking out none. Vaccaro, who earned the win, pitched the remaining three and two-third innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out two.

Toiler would finish one-for-threem while Curtis and Rachel Vieira each contributed two hits and two RBI’s. 

CMU softball travels to Ann Arbor for a clash with the University of Michigan on Wednesday, March 21. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.