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The softball team came from behind to win 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Akron and went on to complete the sweep with a 12-1 five inning win.
Pitching was the key for CMU, with senior Kara Dornbos and junior Chelsea Sundberg going the distance, giving up a combined three runs over 12 innings. The team entered Friday having lost five of its last six games.
The Chippewas were down early in the first game after giving up a single to Shawna Hochstetler followed by back-to-back doubles from Kellie Roudabush and Alissa Birkhimer.
They responded in the fifth after senior Macy Merchant led off with a bunt single.
Softball dropped the second game in a two-day series with Mid-American Conference rival Miami (Ohio) in a disappointing 2-0 shutout.
Central Michigan had a bit of a rough weekend, getting swept by MAC leader Ball State on Friday and barely getting the win on Saturday against Miami thanks to a late game offensive effort.
The Chippewa defense suffered from four errors, one of which put a runner on base that scored one of the RedHawks two runs.
Softball was able to overcome adversity after being swept against Ball State on Friday with a decisive Mid-American Conference victory against Miami at Margo Jonker Stadium.
The Chippewas fought hard against the RedHawks, staying tied up until the sixth when sophomore Trista Cox and freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit consecutive home runs to win the game.
"I think this was huge for us to bounce back, especially after being swept yesterday," Rentschler said.
Softball dropped two big conference games against Ball State on Friday at Margo Jonker Stadium in two contrasting contests.
Starting with the second game, the two teams found themselves tied 1-1 at the end of the seventh, and final inning.
The softball team has the opportunity this weekend to take first-place in the Mid-American Conference at Margo Jonker Stadium.
If the team can sweep Ball State on Friday, starting at 1 p.m., and Miami (Ohio) on Saturday and Sunday, it will be in first place overall.
After suffering an extra-innings loss against Toledo last Sunday at home, the team then had to travel to Ann Arbor to face the No.
Softball travelled to the belly of the beast on Tuesday to challenge a dominant Michigan program in Ann Arbor with poor results.
"I'm disappointed that we didn’t score some runs and keep it closer," said head coach Margo Jonker.
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Softball couldn't hold up to its recent standard of play after a 3-2 loss Sunday against Toledo ended the team's seven-game winning streak at Margo Jonker Stadium.
After playing consistently well over the last few weeks, the Chippewas could not hold on to their hot streak in a disappointing showing against a team they defeated the previous day.
"We didn't show our best stuff today, and it bit us because we did not take charge of the game," head coach Margo Jonker said.
Offensively, the team suffered from poorly placed hits.
Softball continued its seven-game winning streak Saturday after defeating Toledo 3-0 at Margo Jonker Stadium
While not the flashiest of victories, CMU consistently put runners on base that allowed for runs on sacrifice hits.
The softball team was clicking on all cylinders in its doubleheader sweep at home against conference opponent Bowling Green Friday.
The Chippewas were the aggressors all day long, getting out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning of both games.
Junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure added her third and fourth RBI of the day with a single up the middle in the third inning of game two during a sudden blizzard outbreak.
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Junior Brittney Horan put up a solid weekend in four Mid-American Conference victories against Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
She ended the weekend with four RBIs, giving her 20 on the season, while batting .307 in four games.
"Brittney had some outstanding hits for us in key situations," said head coach Margo Jonker.
Softball had another successful weekend on the road, sweeping both Northern Illinois and rival Western Michigan in doubleheaders Friday and Sunday.
“We just need to keep on winning because we know other schools are also going to continue to win," said head coach Margo Jonker.
The softball team displayed their power at the plate to earn themselves to more conference victories over the Northern Illinois Huskies in the double header on Friday.
The Chippewas got on the board first in game two with an RBI single to center by junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure.
However, the Huskies had some pop at the plate of their own adding three solo home runs in the third, fifth, and sixth innings putting the Chippewas down 3-2.
The softballs continued to fly out of the yard going into the seventh inning for the Chippewas.
Softball is back on the road this weekend with a doubleheader at Northern Illinois Friday and two-game series at Western Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.
Due to weather, the Chippewas' game against in-state foe Michigan State earlier this week was cancelled, giving the team five days of rest following the doubleheader against Kent State.
“We always want to play as many games as possible to prepare us for conference games, and we love to play," said senior outfielder Macy Merchant.
Senior pitcher Kara Dornbos showed why she is one of the best pitchers in the Mid-American Conference this weekend after pitching two complete games — and then some more.
Dornbos holds a deceiving 6-7 record as she hit her stride against Buffalo and Kent State, giving up only two runs in her appearances over the weekend.
"I need to focus on each pitch more and more," Dornbos said.
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Senior Macy Merchant turned out to be a deadly asset as a leadoff hitter this weekend.
Beating out throws on both quick slap bunts and stolen bases, she is a menace on the bases.
She has 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts, putting her far ahead of the rest of her teammates.