Softball swept by EMU in doubleheader


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Senior catcher Maison Kalina communicates with her teammates during the game against Valparaiso on March 28 at Margo Jonker Stadium.

Central Michigan softball was swept by Eastern Michigan in a doubleheader Friday in Ypsilanti — and CMU didn't score one run against EMU.

The Eagles took game one 3-0 and game two 6-0. 

"If you don't score runs, you don't win games," said head coach Margo Jonker. "We needed to score some runs. Eastern (Michigan) outplayed us today."

The series was originally scheduled for three games in Mount Pleasant to be played on Friday and Saturday, but weather in Mount Pleasant forced a relocation of Friday’s games and a postponement of game three.

CMU now sports an 18-18 record, 8-6 in Mid-American Conference play. EMU improved to 9-29 overall (5-9 MAC).

The Chippewas dropped game one 3-0, registering five hits while committing three errors. 

EMU’s Amanda Akles drove in the games first two runs with an RBI single in the first inning and a solo home run in the third. The Eagles added their third run in the fourth inning off a single from Angel Schilke.

CMU senior Hanna Warren tossed 3 1/3 innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) off of six hits while striking out one batter. Senior Taylor Weaver tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out five.

"I thought Taylor pitched pretty well," Jonker said. "Overall I thought Taylor had a good outing."

Freshman Shaidan Knapp and junior Rachel Vierra each finished 1-of-2 with a walk. 

The Chippewas were also held scoreless in game two, dropping their third consecutive MAC contest 6-0. CMU stranded seven runners on base in the back half of the doubleheader.

EMU added a run in each of the first two innings, but Akles struck again with another home run, scoring three runs to give the Eagles a commanding 5-0 lead. They would add a run in the seventh to extend their lead to 6-0.

CMU junior Laura Vaccaro pitched 6 innings, allowing six runs off six hits while walking four batters. Weaver pitch the final inning of the game, allowing only one walk while striking out two.

EMU’s Trisha Trujillo pitched a complete game shutout, giving up four hits, walking one Chippewa batter while striking out four. 

Sophomore Morgan Garnder, Senior Maison Kalina, Juniors Kayla Noch and Andrea Perlberg each registered a hit for CMU. The Chippewas have lost their last three games after snapping their nine-game winning streak on April 11.

"It's a matter of every game going into our game and figuring out what to do to produce runs and keeps the opponents sound," Jonker said.

Game three of the series is still to be determined at time of publication. CMU’s next scheduled games are set for Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, for a three game MAC series against Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. 

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