Tampa Bay, Fla.- Central Michigan notched its seventh win of the season, defeating Penn State 7-4 in a seventh inning comeback. Carol Ann Sexuaer's two-run double in the seventh knocked in the winning runs.
Trailing 4-3 heading into the seventh inning, freshman Evelyn Lorimer walked to start the inning for the Chippewas. Back-to-back errors by the Nittany Lions allowed Lorimer to score, and put runners on second and third. With no outs and the score 4-4, sophomore Carol Ann Sexuaer hit a double to score senior Summer Knoop and junior Britteny Horan, putting Central Michigan up 6-4. Sexuaer came home to extend the Chippewas’ lead to three when sophomore Chelsea DeLamielleure flew out to right field.
Junior Chelsea Sundberg earned the win after shutting down Penn State in the seventh inning. Sundberg pitched 2.1 innings, not allowing a PSU player to reach base.
Central Michigan struck first in the second inning when freshman Katelyn Rentschler singled to score junior Cory DeLamielleure. The Nittany Lions came back though in the bottom of the inning with an unearned run by Lauren Yao.
The Chippewas took a lead in the fourth, putting up two runs to make it 3-1. Sexuaer was put on base on a hit by pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Lauren Bowman. Cory Delamielleure advanced her to second on a sac-bunt, and then she moved to third by Chelsea DeLamielleure on a base hit bunt. Rentschler hit a sac-fly to center field to score Bowman. Trista Cox brought in freshman Taylor Waters, pinch running for Chelsea DeLamielleure, with a single to left, closing the scoring in the inning.
The Nittany Lions roared back in the fifth inning though, scoring three runs. Karlie Habitz homered to left field for three RBIs, putting Penn State up 4-3. Sundberg blanked the Nittany Lions’ batters in the sixth to allow for the seventh inning comeback by Central Michigan.
Sexauer and Rentschler each finished with two RBIs and went 1-3 at the plate. Chelsea DeLamielleure and Cox added one RBI each and one hit. Senior Macy Merchant went 2-2 during the game. Kara Dornbos started in the circle and pitched 4.2 innings. She struck out two batters and gave up five hits. Sundberg struckout one Nittany Lion and gave up no hits and no runs.
Habitz was 1-2 at the plate with a three-run homer for Penn State. Yao finished the game 2-3 with a run. Jordan Wheatley started for the Nittany Lions, pitching 2.0 innings and giving up three hits. Macy Jones came in as relief, giving up two earned runs and three hits. Christy Von Pusch pitched 1.0 innings and walked two batters. Rachel Myers pitched the final two innings, surrendering four runs.
Central Michigan is back in action tomorrow, March 6, for a doubleheader against South Florida. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.