Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan went 2-0 on day one of the USF Under Armour
Tournament. The Chippewas opened the day with a 5-1 victory over Providence
College, and won the nightcap, 8-3, over St. Joseph’s.
Central Michigan (4-3) got off to a quick start against the Friars (2-4), putting up three runs in the first inning. Senior centerfielder Macy Merchant started the inning with a bunt to get on base. Britteny Horan followed suit with a single to left field, advancing Merchant to second. Freshman first baseman Katelyn Rentschler advanced Merchant and Horan with a single to load the bases with one out. Junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure brought in Merchant and Horan with a two-run single to right field. The Chippewas scored their third run of the inning when Rentschler stole home from third, her third stolen base of the season.
CMU extended its lead to four in the second with a Horan single to right field that scored Merchant from second.
Providence cut into the Chippewas lead in the bottom of the third. Kiarra Baldassari singled to get on base, and advanced to second on a ground out by Shanelle Harrell. With one out and a runner on second, Kristie Dederick doubled to center field to score Baldassari, making the score 4-1.
After three scoreless innings, sophomore Chelsea DeLamielleure doubled to left at her first at-bat of the season. Junior Lauren Bowman came in to pinch run and scored Central Michigan’s fifth run on a wild pitch by Kiara Amos.
Cory DeLamielleure was 1-3 at the plate with her first two RBIs of the season. Horan and Merchant both had two hits. Horan hit her fourth RBI of the season, and Merchant earned her third stolen base of the season, tied for most on the team with Rentschler. Senior Kara Dornbos earned her second win of the season and 40th of her career. She pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and one earned run.
Dederick led the Friars with one RBI. Sarah Kitterman was 1-3 at the plate with one double. Emily O’Keefe started in the circle, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up four earned runs. Amos pitched 5.0 innings, surrendering one hit and one earned run.
The Chippewas fell behind 2-0 to St. Joe's (4-1-1) after two frames but scored at least one run in each of the last five innings to post a 8-3 victory.
The Hawks jumped out to the early lead in the second inning with back-to-back singles by Brandi Harkness and Deanna Stinner. Sarah Yoos singled to score one run, and then Dana Parks brought in Stinner with a an RBI single.
Central Michigan responded in the third inning with an RBI single by Knoop to score Merchant. The Chippewas would add another in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
Third baseman Trista Cox and junior Raechel Zahrn singled to start the sixth inning. Horan reached on balls, and senior rightfielder Summer Knoop was then hit by a pitch, scoring Cox. The bases were still loaded for Renstchler when she hit a two-run single to score Zahrn and Horan, making it 6-2 CMU.
In the seventh, the Chippewas added two more runs to extend their lead to 8-2. Cory DeLamielleure walked to start the inning, and Zahrn followed with a single. After two wild pitches with Merchant at the plate, both DeLamielleure and Zahrn came into score.
St. Joseph’s closed the game with a homerun by Nicole Palase to make it an 8-3 ballgame.
Knoop and Rentschler finished the game with two RBIs each. Kristen Kuhlman earned her second victory on the season, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up one run. Junior Chelsea Sundberg pitched 3.1 innings to start, giving up two runs and striking out two.
Palase led the way for the Hawks, going 2-4 at the plate with a homerun. Liz Mendez pitched a complete game, giving up 11 hits and striking out nine.
The Chippewas will be back in action tomorrow against No. 19 Kentucky at 2:45 p.m., and then again at 5 p.m. against Loyola Chicago.