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CMU escapes possible no hitter with 1-0 victory over Toledo

(04/14/17 5:43pm)

Toledo’s sophomore pitcher Heather Webb went through eight innings without allowing a hit to the Central Michigan softball team.It still wasn't enough to beat senior pitcher Rachael Knapp and the Chippewas.Sophomore center fielder Allison Curtis hit a clutch double in the left field gap to win the game for CMU in nine innings of play.Knapp earned her 16th win of the season, going the complete nine innings without allowing a run and only four hits.

Freshman shortstop shines as starter for softball team

(04/09/17 6:30pm)

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.

Softball outlasts Akron in extra innings

(04/08/17 7:01pm)

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.

Softball sweeps rival Western Michigan in doubleheader, keeps pace in MAC West

(04/04/17 6:21pm)

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.

Softball begins five-game road trip with Western Michigan

(04/04/17 10:47am)

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.

Rapid Reaction: Central Michigan 2, Kent State 3

(04/02/17 2:39pm)

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.

Softball sweeps doubleheader against Kent State

(04/01/17 8:00pm)

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.

COLUMN: Softball has potential to win more than a MAC title

(03/30/17 1:00pm)

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.

Softball loses pitching duel to No. 20 Michigan

(03/28/17 6:31pm)

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.

Softball looks to stay focused heading into 'big week'

(03/28/17 12:04am)

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.

Softball falls to Bowling Green in rained-shortened game, nine-game win streak snapped

(03/25/17 4:09pm)

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.

Softball tops Bowling Green in doubleheader, extends win streak to nine

(03/24/17 5:36pm)

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.