Albuquerque, N.M. - Central Michigan Softball opened the 2013 season with a 4-0 win over Bradley at the New Mexico Lobo Classic as senior Kara Dornbos threw a complete game shutout. In the night cap, the Chippewas fell to host New Mexico, 4-1.
Central Michigan (1-1) took the lead against Bradley (4-3) in the top of the second inning when freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit a double that brought sophomore Cory DeLamielleure in from second base. With two outs in the top of the second, junior Brittney Horan singled to left field to bring in Renstchler.
Senior Macy Merchant started the third inning with a single followed by a single by Summer Knoop forcing the Braves put in Madeline Lynch-Crumrine for starting pitcher Amanda Barna. Merchant then made it 3-0 after an error by Lynch-Crumrine allowed her to come home.
Central Michigan concluded the scoring in the sixth with Horan’s second RBI of the contest. Cory DeLamielleure led off the inning with her second walk of the game and was advanced to second on a sac bunt by Brogan Darwin. DeLamielleure then scored to make it 4-0 when Horan singled through the left side.
Dornbos (1-0) pitched her 49th career complete game, giving up six hits. She struck out five batters and walked one.
"Kara pitched a great game," said Coach Margo Jonker. "By no means was it her best, but she pitched us out of some tough situations and anytime you pitch a shutout, it is a good outing."
In the second game of the day for CMU, New Mexico (2-7) took the lead in the top of the first with an RBI single by Chelsea Anaya.
The Chippewas answered in the bottom of the fourth with Rentschler’s second double of the day. The extra base shot brought home freshman Taylor Waters, pinch running for sophomore CarolAnn Sexuaer, who led off the inning with a double.
The Lobos pulled away in the fifth, bringing in two runs. The Lobos added another run in the sixth to close the scoring.
“We let a couple of balls go through that allowed them to score and gain some momentum,” Jonker said. “Sundberg pitched well and we just couldn’t get the timely hits.”
Junior Chelsea Sundberg pitched a complete game, giving up three earned runs and striking out seven Lobos. Rentschler finished the game 2-3 at the plate with one RBI.
Central Michigan continues tournament play tomorrow against Hampton at 3:30 p.m. and IPFW at 6 p.m.