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Family + Faith: Merchant sisters lean on faith, family and softball

(04/14/10 5:30am)

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.

Softball splits weekend's four games

(04/12/10 4:15am)

The CMU softball team wrapped up its weekend of conference play Sunday with an 8-4 loss to Miami (OH) to return .500 in the Mid-American Conference. Sophomore shortstop Molly Coldren put Central (17-12, 4-4 MAC) on the board first in the top of the second inning with a solo home run, her team-leading eighth of the season. With the home run, Coldren tied Elizabeth Barnes’ single-season school record with at least 16 games remaining.

Softball uses early run, six-run fourth inning to beat Toledo

(04/03/10 9:19pm)

The Central Michigan softball team used a fast start and a big fourth inning to beat Toledo 9-1 Saturday for its first Mid-American Conference win. Center fielder Christina Novak started the offense with a leadoff single, her first of three hits in the game. She stole second and third, her team-leading 17 and 18 of the season, and was sent home on junior Brittini Merchant’s single.