Softball splits first two games with Buffalo, third ends in a tie

Head Coach Margo Jonker heads to third base to coach runners on Mar. 25, 2017 at Margo Jonker Stadium.

The Central Michigan softball team split its weekend series with Buffalo, each team winning one game before game three ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Chippewas (12-17-1) traveled to Buffalo, New York to take on the Bulls (5-22-1) in a three game weekend series that featured a Friday afternoon double-header.

Game One

Freshman right-hander Kaitlyn Bean pitched for CMU going up against Buffalo’s Ally Power.

Buffalo took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, which held until the sixth inning, when CMU was able to get on the scoreboard with two runs, taking a 2-1 lead. 

In the seventh inning the Chippewas were able to add three more runs to hold a 5-1 lead going into the final half inning of the game.

CMU's lead would not hold as Buffalo hit three home runs in the final frame to win game one 6-5.

Game Two

In game two, sophomore right-hander Samantha Howell pitched the game for the Chippewas allowing two runs over seven innings. 

The story of the game was senior first baseman Erika Underwood who had three runs batted in for the Chippewas, including a fifth inning two-run home run to right field. 

CMU won the second game of the two-day series 3-2, each team with a game a piece heading into the final game of the series.

Game Three

Howell started the third game for the Chippewas, while Ally Power got the ball to start the game for the Bulls.

Buffalo scored one in the first inning on a home run from left fielder Anna Aguon. The Bulls scored another run in the third on a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead. 

It wasn’t until the sixth inning when the Chippewas finally got on the board thanks to a sac fly from sophomore outfielder Tala Dean. After six the game was tied 2-2. 

The Chippewas added another run in the seventh to take a 3-2 lead. Buffalo got hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh to even the game 3-3.

After that the game was called due to weather and ended in a 3-3 tie. 

The series was split, each team with a 1-1-1 record for the two-day series.

Up next for the Chippewas is rival Western Michigan on April 2 at 1 p.m. back home in Mount Pleasant at Margo Jonker Stadium.