Clearwater, Fla.- Central Michigan defeated Massachusetts 6-2, but fell to Loyola Marymount, 2-1, in day two of the USF Tournament. Junior catcher Cory DeLamielleure finished the day with two RBIs.
In game one of the day, the Chippewas (9-8) beat UMass (2-9) 6-2. Central Michigan jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Macy Merchant started the inning with a single to shortstop, and junior Brittney Horan reached on an error to advance Merchant to second. Senior Summer Knoop grounded out, but Horan and Merchant advanced on the play. With runners on second and third, sophomore Carol Ann Sexauer hit an RBI single to short, scoring Merchant. Horan came home on a Cory Delamielleure ground out, putting the Chippewas up 2-0 after one inning.
The Minutewomen responded in the fourth inning with a run, bringing the score to 2-1 in favor of Central Michigan. The inning started with a triple by Quianna Diaz-Patters, who then scored on a CMU throwing error.
The Chippewas extended their lead to two again in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a freshman Katelyn Renstchler sac-fly. The inning started with a Trista Cox triple to center. Cox was then brought in by Rentschler.
UMass brought the score to 3-2 in sixth with an RBI by Taylor Carbone. With no runners on and one out, Katie Bettencourt hit a double to left field. Carbone followed the play with a double to right to bring Bettencourt home.
Central Michigan put the Minutewomen away in the bottom of the sixth inning with three runs. Knoop walked to begin the inning, and junior Lauren Bowman came in as a pinch runner. Bowman was brought home by Cory DeLamielleure’s single to left field. An error by the shortstop allowed for Cox to reach base and DeLamielleure to come home, putting the Chippewas up 5-2. Rentschler hit her second RBI of the game to score freshman Taylor Waters, in to pinch run for Cox, ending the scoring at 6-2.
DeLamielleure and Rentschler finished the game with two RBIs each and a hit. Junior Chelsea Sundberg pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and two earned runs.
The Minutewomen were led by Carbone at the plate, finishing the game 2-3 with an RBI. Caroline Raymond pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and three earned runs.
In game two of the day, the Lions (10-10) took the lead in the seventh inning to defeat the Chippewas, 2-1. Olivia Alvarez singled to right field to start the inning, and was advanced to second on a sac-fly by Sterling Shuster. Hannah Montalban hit a single to bring Alvarez home.
LMU took the lead in the second inning with a homerun by Shuster to left field. Central Michigan tied it up at 1-1 in the sixth inning thanks to a Cox run. Cox got on base with a single to right field, and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Senior Brogan Dawrin brought her home with a single.
Darwin led the Chippewas with an RBI and finished 1-1 at the plate. Sexauer was 2-3 at the plate. Senior Kara Dornbos pitched a complete game, surrendering five hits and two earned runs.
Shuster led the Lions with an RBI and a hit. Alvarez finished with two hits and a run. Sydney Gouveia pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and one earned run.