CMU softball lose against Oakland at home

Junior infielder Maddie Springer tags Northern Illinois senior infielder Caitlyn Shumaker as she attempts to steal second Friday, March 15, at Margo Jonker Stadium. (Audrey Konitsney | CM-Life)

With Central Michigan softball down by three, freshman Carly Sleeman hit a ground ball straight down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh batting in senior left fielder Tailynn Knapp and senior center fielder Abbey Tolmie. 

Despite the late comeback effort, CMU came up short, falling to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-2 on Wednesday. 

Both the Chippewas and the Grizzlies went scoreless through the first four innings. 

In the top of the fifth, Oakland’s Maci Brown singled to right center in the Grizzlies first at bat of the inning. After a wild pitch Brown got the first run of the game. 

Oakland’s defense kept the Chippewas scoreless through six innings. Grizzlies pitcher Sydney Campbell had 11 strikeouts over the Chippewas. 

CMU senior pitcher Grace Lehto pitched 6.2 innings striking out three batters before being relieved by Mackenzie Langan to end the game. 

In the top of the seventh, Oakland scored two more runs to increase its lead to 3-0. 

Senior first baseman Lucy Cronin got the last out of the day on defense for CMU as the team tried to come back scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh. 

The Chippewas are now 5-19 overall as they travel to Athens, Ohio to take on Mid-American Conference opponent Ohio Bobcats in a three-game series beginning Friday at 3 p.m.