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Coming into its final series of the regular season as one of
the last teams in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Central Michigan
softball team knew what was on the line at Northern Illinois.Behind the arm of junior Rachael Knapp, the Chippewas (23-25,
10-11-1 MAC) took game one 5-4, but came up short in game two, 8-3, after a
late scoring barrage by the Huskies (33-17, 13-9 MAC), who clinched their first
MAC West title since 2000.
Runs were hard to come by against EMU’s freshman pitcher Nicolle Miranda, but CMU managed to pull one win out of today’s double-header. After winning game two, CMU holds the eighth position in the Mid-American Conference standings, which would give it the last entry to the MAC Tournament.
Another game, another walk-off hit for senior Katelyn
Rentschler. This time, it was the Eastern Michigan Eagles who fell victim to the
first baseman’s heroics.
After winning five of its last six games, the Chippewas traveled to Ann Arbor to take on No. 2 University of Michigan looking to knock off its second ranked opponent on the season.However, Central Michigan was unable to get their bats going until the sixth inning and fell 5-2.CMU will head home for a crucial three-game series against Eastern Michigan, who currently sit in eighth place in the Mid-American Conference.In order to qualify for the MAC Tournament, the Chippewas need to improve their rank in the standings to within the top eight teams."We need to play like this every game with this energy, passion and poise with this 'go get em' attitude," said Head Coach Margo Jonker.After losing three straight conference games in the beginning of the month, CMU moved up a spot in the rankings thanks to a four game win streak.If CMU is able to win its series against EMU, they will leap the Eagles in the standings and sit in position to make the MAC Tournament.EMU will enter the series on a four game losing streak that includes three losses to Northern Illinois and one to Michigan State.CMU defeated EMU in both meetings last season, but have yet to face the Eagles during the 2016 campaign.The Chippewas conclude MAC play in a two day double-header that will take place at first place Northern Illinois starting on May 5.
Five Central Michigan Life sports writers show their final staff predictions of the spring semester.
Ann Arbor — In its last non-conference game of the regular
season, the Central Michigan softball team faced a daunting challenge traveling
to play No. 2 Michigan.
CarolAnn Sexauer crashes into the wall after making a catch in foul territory at Alumni Field at the University of Michigan on April 27, 2016.
Chelsea DeLamielleure talks to the outfield during a game at Alumni Field on the campus of the University of Michigan on April 27, 2016.
Rachael Knapp pitches the ball at Alumni Field at the University of Michigan on April 27, 2016.
Arbor — Facing its highest ranked opponent all season, the Central
Michigan softball team was unable to generate much offense as the team lost to
in-state rival No. 2 Michigan 5-2 Wednesday night.In a game where both starting pitchers went the complete game, it
was the Wolverine bats that proved to be the difference.
Sydney Heath takes a pitch at Alumni Field at the University of Michigan on April 27, 2016.
Lacy Tolfree swings and misses in a game against the University of Michigan at Alumni Field on April 27, 2016.
Shortstop CarolAnn Sexauer was in the midst of her senior season for the Central Michigan softball team. The Canton native had a .345 batting average after nine games and was coming off a performance that earned her Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week honors.After two weeks off due to game cancellations, Sexauer was batting in practice when the ball hit her right hand. Something immediately felt wrong. “I tried not to jump to any conclusions right away,” she said. “I couldn’t really move my hand, but I waited until I got x-rays and saw the doctor before I got too far ahead of myself in my mind regarding the consequences.”
With one week of classes remaining this semester, spring has arrived in Mount Pleasant. But Central Michigan's spring athletic teams are in the hunt to punch a bid to conference tournaments.Three of CMU's teams — softball, baseball and lacrosse — are all on the bubble, fighting for a spot in the postseason.
Coming off of a three game sweep of the Toledo Rockets, the
Central Michigan softball team took two of three games in a weekend series in
Muncie, Indiana against Ball State.Behind a dominant, complete game performance from junior
Rachael Knapp, the Chippewas won on Friday 1-0.
In a battle
for fourth place in the Mid-American Conference West Division, the Central
Michigan softball team defeated Ball State in the first game of a three-game
weekend series in Muncie, Indiana.The
Chippewas (19-21-1, 6-8-1 MAC) earned their fourth straight victory behind a
strong performance from junior pitcher Rachael Knapp and two early errors by
the Falcon defense. “I thought
Rachael Knapp pitched a great game.
Five Central Michigan Life sports writers give their picks for CMU baseball, softball, lacrosse and give insight on this weekend's Golf Mid-American Conference Championships.
The Central Michigan softball team held its annual “Pink Out” game Saturday during its doubleheader against Toledo, in which the Chippewas won both games by mercy rule, 12-3 and 9-1.The team usually wears its white and pink uniforms and a white and pink ribbon is spray painted in the outfield for the game.
In the midst of Mid-American Conference play, the Central Michigan softball team is continuously working towards the postseason. But for the coaching staff, work stretches beyond the 2016 season.Unlike professional sports, college athletes chose the school/team they get to play for, which turns the job of a college coach into a part-time salesperson.
In front of its largest home crowd all season, the Chippewas delivered a three-game sweep over the visiting Toledo Rockets, to push themselves into a tie for fourth place in the Mid-American Conference West Division. After a walk-off home run by senior Katelyn Rentschler on Friday, CMU took the doubleheader on Saturday behind timely hitting and consistent pitching from sophomore Hanna Warren and junior Rachael Knapp. CMU (18-21-1, 5-8-1) exploded in the fifth inning of game one with nine runs after struggling much of the first four innings. Sophomore Lacy Tolfree hit a bases clearing double to give the team its first lead of the game.