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CMU 11, EMU 3: Coldren grand slam leads mercy-rule win against Eagles

(05/01/11 5:15pm)

The Central Michigan softball team came back from yesterday’s loss with an 11-3 mercy win against Eastern Michigan Sunday, propelled by a grand slam from junior Molly Coldren. Junior Ashley Gilson got the start in left field, only her second start since April 5. She didn’t disappoint with two hits and three runs batted in.

EMU 5, CMU 4: Softball lets lead slip away late

(04/30/11 6:45pm)

Leading 4-1, the CMU softball gave up two home runs in the sixth inning and allowed Eastern Michigan to come from behind and win 5-4 Saturday at Margo Jonker Stadium. “We didn’t play well,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “I was feeling good when we were up 4-1, but we cannot give up a lead like that in one inning. It’s ridiculous.” The Eagles scored three runs in the sixth inning, on a pair of home runs from Sarah Gerber and Kayla Kostirch, and added another in the seventh to get their first lead since the first inning.

Seniors Kari Seddon, Amanda Patrick lead CMU softball to extra innings win at Michigan State

(04/26/11 9:45pm)

Senior Kari Seddon pitched all 11 innings and Amanda Patrick hit a game-winning three-run homer as CMU softball beat Michigan State 8-3 in East Lansing Tuesday. “Great win today,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “Kari Seddon pitched a great game today and Patrick obviously had a big hit. We were clicking on all cylinders.” The two teams went scoreless in three extra innings knotted up at 3 until Patrick, a senior infielder, put the ball over the right field fence, scoring freshman Brittney Horan and sophomore Macy Merchant.

THOMPSON: Now's the time for CMU softball to determine its identity

(04/24/11 9:45pm)

Last year the Detroit Tigers went into the All Star break in first place in the American League Central and in position to head to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. They came back from the break to being swept in Cleveland as apart of completely collapsing over the next month to quickly drop off the playoff radar. If the Tigers would have picked themselves up after that four-game sweep against the Indians they could have still been in the hunt. But they collapsed with injuries and players slumping to start the break 5-19.

Central Michigan softball goes 1-3 against MAC East's Ohio, Akron

(04/24/11 8:30pm)

Despite being outscored by three runs in four games combined, the Central Michigan softball team went a disappointing 1-3 over the weekend at MAC East opponents Ohio and Akron. The Chippewas split their series against Ohio on Friday, losing Game 1 3-2 and coming from behind to win the second game 4-3 in extra innings. Two strikes away from being swept in Athens, Ohio, to start the weekend, senior Kari Seddon connected on a two-out double to drive in the pair of game-tying runs in the seventh inning.

With MAC West race up in the air, critical weekend ahead for CMU softball

(04/21/11 7:15pm)

Four games with Ohio and Akron stand in the way of CMU softball and its quest to climb to the top of the Mid-American Conference standings. “This weekend is going to be huge for the conference division,” said CMU head coach Margo Jonker. “The top five teams are so close. I can’t remember a year they’ve been this close.”

THOMPSON: Logjam in MAC West has makings for entertaining finish

(04/19/11 8:00pm)

Immediately after CMU softball head coach Margo Jonker finished her post-game news conference in the Margo Jonker Stadium team room over the weekend, she was given scores from around the conference. She swatted her box-score sheets against her hand as anger ran through her for a split-second, hearing that first-place Northern Illinois had swept Akron. She quickly went back to easy-going coach Jonker as she listened to the other scores, but it was apparent that the Mid-American Conference race is heating up.

Kara Dornbos pitches twice as CMU softball splits doubleheader against Ball State

(04/17/11 8:30pm)

Sophomore pitcher Kara Dornbos threw 211 pitches and started both games Sunday as CMU softball split with Ball State at Margo Jonker Stadium. The Chippewas took three of four games on the weekend, Dornbos earning two wins, putting themselves in second place in the Mid-American Conference standings. CMU won the first game against Ball State 9-5 and lost the second 5-2. Dornbos pitched both games because of her high ground ball-to-fly ball ratio. Strong winds made simple fly balls doubles and hard hits home runs which helped score four CMU runs in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader.