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The left side of the field on the CMU softball team’s defense is becoming known as a place where bloop singles and foul balls become casualties.
Left fielder Ashley Gilson and third baseman Amanda Patrick have been the two who have felt the force of the ground when they dive on a regular basis.
An eye-opening pattern has been developing on the CMU softball team that has propelled it into contention in the Mid-American Conference title chase.
The team gets on the board early, its opponents make an attempt to return the favor and then it proceeds to bury its adversaries in runs.
The long ball played a large part Saturday in the CMU softball team’s sweep at Eastern Michigan University as the first-place Chippewas advanced to 10-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
CMU (24-13, 10-4 MAC) came away from the weekend with 5-3 and 7-1 victories in its fourth MAC conference sweep of the season— its seventh consecutive win.
The Central Michigan softball team swept Eastern Michigan in a doubleheader Saturday, improving its Mid-American conference record to 10-4.
CMU (24-13, 10-4 MAC) won the first game 5-3 and followed with a 7-1 victory, its seventh consecutive win.
CMU Softball Coach Margo Jonker stood by her team as she received a standing ovation Thursday in front of more than 1,000 fans at Margo Jonker stadium.
The team’s 5-1 victory against Michigan State marked a career milestone for Jonker, as
she won her 1,000th game, just the 10th coach in Division I softball history to reach the mark.
The CMU softball team looks to add to its Mid-American Conference West Division lead this weekend with a two-game set against an in-state rival.
CMU (22-13 overall, 8-4 MAC) plays Eastern Michigan (14-23, 4-8) Saturday and Sunday at Varsity Field in Ypsilanti.
Before winning 11 Mid-American Conference Championships and before the softball stadium was named after her, Margo Jonker had a plan.
Jonker, now in her 30th year as CMU’s softball coach with 999 wins on her résumé, had other ideas before starting her tenure. She was going to be a nurse.
University President George Ross testified Monday to the Michigan House subcommittee on higher education appropriations. Ross said CMU’s current state appropriations are equal to those in 1999 and that CMU receives the fourth least state appropriations for public universities despite being the fourth largest one. Saginaw Valley State University President Eric Gilbertson also testified before the subcommittee.
The CMU softball team will try to complete a sweep of its five-game homestand against Michigan State.
The Chippewas won the first four, allowing five total runs. The four wins put CMU in first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The last game of the homestand is at 4 p.m. Thursday at Margo Jonker Stadium.
The CMU softball team claimed first place in the Mid-American Conference West division with four weekend wins.
The team beat Ohio 3-1 on Sunday using a defense that allowed just five runs since Friday.
The pressure soared for CMU pitchers last weekend, facing two of the top four offenses in the Mid-American Conference.
Four games later, just five runs were allowed — leading to four consecutive wins.
The Central Michigan softball team won its third consecutive game Saturday beating Ohio 3-1 at Margo Jonker Stadium.
The Chippewas did all their scoring with two outs in the bottom of the third.
With Amanda Klosterman on second base and Ashley Gilson on first base, sophomore Molly Coldren came to bat.
The CMU softball team opens its home Mid-American Conference schedule this weekend.
The team takes on Akron on Friday and Ohio on Saturday and Sunday.
After struggling with her location in her last three appearances, junior Kari Seddon said getting ahead in the count is a must for her this weekend.
Staff Reporter Matthew Valinski sat down with sophomore Ashley Gilson of the CMU softball team to find out what people wouldn’t know about her by watching her on the diamond.
The offense never got going for the CMU softball team as it was shut out by No. 2 Michigan 8-0 in five innings.
The Wolverines (31-5) started off the scoring in the first inning after CMU junior Kari Seddon walked three of the first four batters. With two outs and the bases loaded, Amanda Chidester singled to center field to score two runs.
Brittini Merchant draws a cross in the dirt with her bat as she steps into the batter’s box to express her religious beliefs.
The junior’s sister has a similar ritual. Macy, in her freshman season on the CMU softball team, draws the number four — her jersey number — in the dirt. Baseball great Lou Gehrig wore number four. It is not a coincidence her best friend’s mother has Lou Gehrig’s disease. Macy wears it as a tribute to her and to a close friend of hers who died in the summer of 2007.
The CMU softball team will measure itself against one of the nation’s top ranked teams today.
CMU (17-12, 4-4 Mid-American Conference) takes on No. 2 Michigan at 6 p.m. at Wilpon Softball Complex.
Brittini: “I would pick to fly so that I could just drive everywhere instead of driving a car.”
Macy: “Let’s see if I could have a super power ... flying.”