CMU softball sweeps BGSU in double header

Central Michigan senior outfielder Michaleigh Vallimont does a practice swing during a game against Buffalo, Friday, April 12, in Margo Jonker Stadium. (CM-Life | Jo Kenoshmeg)

Central Michigan softball won both games against Bowling Green in a double header in Bowling Green, Ohio Tuesday. 

The Chippewas are now 9-5 in Mid-American Conference competition and 12-24 overall. The team also sits at fourth in conference standings. 

Game 1

Central Michigan won the first game, 9-1. While going scoreless in the first inning, the Chippewas came out swinging in the second inning scoring two runs. 

Junior first baseman Allyssa Hollo got the scoring going with a single that brought in senior Skylar Coberley. Freshman third baseman Grace Koenig returned the favor hitting a double to left center field bringing in Hollo. 

The Falcons scored one run in the fourth inning, hitting a home run. 

Senior pitcher Grace Lehto pitched all seven innings striking out seven and walking one. 

Lehto was named MAC pitcher of the week after the weekend’s series against Buffalo where she struck out 17 and allowed no runs across three games. 

The Chippewas scored four more runs in the fifth inning. Starting off, freshman Keira Tolmie doubled to left center bringing in her sister senior center fielder Abbey Tolmie along with sophomore Angela Petrovich. 

Freshman catcher Carly Sleeman and Keira Tolmie scored on a fielding error from BGSU’s second baseman. 

Koenig continued CMU’s scoring in the sixth inning hitting a home run. In the seventh, the Chippewas scored two more runs as Coberley doubled to right center, bringing in Sleeman. 

Hollo filed out to center field bringing in Coberley, adding the ninth run for the Chippewas. 

Game 2 

CMU took the second game 8-7 in seven innings in a back-and-forth battle.

In the first innning, Hollo flied out to left field bringing in Abbey Tolmie.  Koenig continued the hot start as she singled through the right side bringing in Sleeman. 

In the second inning, Keira Tolmie filed out to center field bringing in freshman outfielder Emma Lotus. 

BGSU’s Reagan Williamson hit her second home run of the day bringing in Delaney Davis to narrow the score 3-2. 

The Falcons took a 6-2 lead scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth. 

Both teams recorded no runs in the sixth inning. However, the Chippewas were not done scoring yet. 

In the seventh inning, CMU scored five runs. Hollo was walked with the bases loaded bringing in Abbey Tolmie. 

Lotus singled up the middle bringing in both Coberley and Sleeman to tie the game at six. 

Junior shortstop Maddie Springer doubled to left center bringing in Lotus and sophomore Bryn Elsenpeter to take the 8-6 lead. 

In the bottom of the seventh, BGSU scored one run, but it wasn't enough as Lehto secured the save for the Chippewas striking out one, allowing one hit and one walk. 

Sophomore Cierra Laska recorded the win on the mound, evening her record to 1-1 on the season. 

The Chippewas return home to take on red-hot Miami (Ohio) starting with a double-header on Saturday at 1 p.m.