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Most of the Central Michigan softball team's starters are upperclassmen, but one underclassman sticks out for the Chippewas.Freshman shortstop Morgan Gardner has started 26 of the 30 games she’s played in this season, more than any other freshman on the team.Gardner has a hitting average of .213 with 17 hits and is tied for third on the team in RBIs with 14.
In a three game road trip to Ohio, Central Michigan softball picked up the series win against Akron, splitting the final two games of the weekend.CMU improves to 23-11 overall and 8-3 in the conference after going 2-3 on the weekend.Game oneSenior Rachael Knapp picked up her 14th win on the year in the 7-0 shutout.
Neither team could catch a break on offense for most of Saturday’s battle between the Central Michigan softball team and Akron.It took 12 innings, but it was sophomore catcher Kayla Noch who sealed the deal for the Chippewas.Runners were on second and third with one out, when sophomore utility player Andrea Perlberg hit a ground ball that got thrown home, but Noch was able to beat the throw and scored what ended up being the game-winning run. CMU added three more runs in the frame to defeated the Zips 4-0. Head coach Margo Jonker said that it wasn't her call to send Noch home on the play.“It was all her reaction,” Jonker said.
After a couple of delays due to weather for the start of the first game, the Central Michigan softball team eventually did get to start their double-header against Western Michigan.When the rain lightened up, CMU came back with heavy showers of offense.The Chippewas used a little bit of offense and pitching to earn the sweep of their rival on Tuesday afternoon, winning game one 9-0 in five innings and game two 1-0.
While the Central Michigan softball team was having lots of success over the past couple of weeks winning a majority of their games, the team has had a sudden tough stretch.Following a nine game winning streak, CMU has now lost three of their last five games, finishing the eight-game home stand with a 5-3 record.Despite the recent losses, CMU (19-10 overall, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) is tied with Ball State for second place in the MAC West, just one game back from the first place Northern Illinois Huskies.As head coach Margo Jonker said, she doesn't see the recent losses setting this team back very much.“I don’t have to be worried about this team when it comes to being ready for the next game, they want to play,” Jonker said.
At this point, it is starting to become a routine for Central Michigan softball senior pitcher Rachael Knapp who earned her fifth Mid-American Conference West Pitcher of the Week honors.The St.
Despite a 13 strikeout and three hit complete game performance by senior pitcher Rachael Knapp, Central Michigan softball failed to complete the weekend sweep of the Mid-American Conference East opponent Kent State in a 3-2 loss.CMU falls to 19-10 on the season and 4-2 in the conference, dropping them to second place in the MAC West behind Ball State. The Golden Flashes jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second when their senior pitcher Ronnie Ladines hit a home run out to left.CMU would return the favor in the third off an RBI single off the bat of junior Maison Kalina, driving in two runs. Kent State managed to take the lead back after three scoreless innings.
After playing over 10 innings of scoreless softball, Kent State senior Maddy Grimm had one of the hardest hit balls of the day straight out to dead center heading for sophomore Allison Curtis. Curtis darted towards the wall, making the catch just before running into the wall at full speed and hitting the ground making the best defensive play of the afternoon, sparking some much needed energy that would allow Central Michigan to walk-off in the following inning."I didn't really realize how close I was to the wall," Curtis said.
It doesn't really matter what sport you are talking about, the general census is the Big Ten Conference is better than the Mid-American Conference when it comes to skill level and accomplishments in athletics.However, there are certain situations where a specific athlete or even team in the MAC has a season where it could compete at a Power 5 conference level.CMU’s junior guard Marcus Keene is a perfect example in my opinion, because he broke scoring records for Division I NCAA that haven't been touched in decades.An example of a team would be Western Michigan football this past season, going 12-1 while winning the MAC-Championship game and beating two Big Ten schools on their schedule.
The Central Michigan softball team fell to No. 20 Michigan 2-0, in a game that was tightly contested from start to finish with both pitchers competing at a high level.It was Michigan's senior ace Megan Besta who came out on top. Besta got her 11th win of the season, while adding nine strikeouts and allowing one hit. The Chippewas dropped to 17-9 on the season and have lost back-to-back games for the first time since the opening the season on a five-game losing streak.Knapp took the loss for CMU, tallying two strikeouts and allowing five hits to drop to 10-5 on the season.
A pitcher’s dual was on display for today’s game against 20
ranked MichiganMichigan threw two-time reigning Big Ten pitcher of the year
Margo Jonker said this week has implications for the rest of the season, so her Central Michigan softball team will be prepared.Following a 3-1 start to an eight-game home stand, the Central Michigan softball team will take on No. 23 Michigan Tuesday and follow that up with a three-game series to end the week against Kent State. The Chippewas and Wolverines will begin at 4 p.m., while series with the Golden Flashes will start Friday at 3 p.m.
Once again, it’s another week where senior pitcher Rachel Knapp finds herself earning Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Week.The St.
It was another week of winning for the most part for the Central Michigan softball team.The Chippewas (17-8, 2-1 MAC) went 3-1 to kick off the first four games of their eight-game home stand, which will continue into the upcoming week.CMU won its home-opener on Wednesday, defeating Oakland 3-1.
Bowling Green defeated Central Michigan, 5-3 in a weather-shortened softball game Saturday. The Chippewas fell to 17-8 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The loss snapped a nine-game win streak for the Chippewas. The game was called after five innings due to the cold and the rain. Head coach Margo Jonker said the biggest factor in the game was obvious.“We questioned the entire time if we should even start the game," she said. "Looking back now we probably shouldn't have. It was clear the weather was a big factor.
On a beautiful day for softball, the Central Michigan softball team looked great once again. Senior pitcher Rachael Knapp and sophomore first baseman Erika Underwood delivered for the Chippewas as they opened Mid-American Conference play with two wins against Bowling Green Friday. CMU extended its win streak to nine and improved its overall record of 17-7 on the season.
continued her dominant streak as the Central Michigan softball team defeated
Oakland, 3-1 in its home opener Wednesday afternoon. The senior ace
pitcher recorded a complete game and added 10 strikeouts and
took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The Chippewas extended
their win streak to seven games and improved to 15-7 overall on the season.
The Central Michigan softball team will have to go the rest of the 2017 season without one of its starting outfielders.Junior center fielder Sara Hansen will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.