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Softball drops first game of conference tournament against Kent State

(05/11/16 3:46pm)

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades — not Mid-American Conference Tournament play.The eighth-seeded Central Michigan softball team was two runs away from upsetting the top-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes on Wednesday, but eventually fell 1-0 at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio.KSU's run came in the first inning after junior Maddy Grimm doubled down the left field line, scoring Arika Roush  Each team recorded just four hits as Kent State starting pitcher Ronnie Ladines earned the shutout victory.The Chippewas play again tomorrow at 10:30 against Western Michigan.

Softball advances to MAC Tournament with win over Northern Illinois

(05/07/16 7:34pm)

With a series win against Mid-American Conference West champion Northern Illionois, the Chippewas secured a place in the MAC softball Tournament. CMU split a double-header with the Huskies yesterday with a chance to control their own fate coming into today’s matchup. Senior first baseman Katelyn Rentschler powered the Chippewas’ offense with a three-RBI performance in her final regular season game.

Softball splits doubleheader with NIU, holds final spot for MAC Tournament heading into final regular season game

(05/06/16 10:19pm)

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.

Softball begins pivotal series against Eastern Michigan Friday

(04/29/16 9:41am)

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.

Victory Lap: After breaking hand, softball shortstop returns for senior season

(04/27/16 8:53pm)

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.”

Chippewas win fourth straight behind Knapp's seven shutout innings

(04/22/16 6:53pm)

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.