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Senior Brogan Darwin makes a catch in left field against Toledo on April 20 at Margo Jonker Stadium. Darwin led Central Michigan with a .500 batting average in its loss at No. 9 Michigan.
Chippewas Fall Victim to No. 9 Wolverines

Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan fell in Ann Arbor to No. 9 Michigan, 11-0, on Tuesday, April 23. The Chippewas dropped their second-straight game for the first time since March 15 at the Hoosier Classic. Senior Brogan Darwin finished the game 1-2 at the plate for Central Michigan.

The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead after holding the Chippewas to a 1-2-3 first inning. The bottom of the first started with a walk and then a single from Nicole Sappingfield to right field. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After a pop up to short, a second walk loaded the bases with one out. On a 2-2 count, Ashley Lane hit a homerun to left field to put Michigan up 4-0.

The Wolverines retired the Chippewa batters in order once again in the second inning, bringing Lauren Sweet to the plate. Back-to-back singles put two base runners on with no outs for Michigan before Lyndsay Doyle reached on a fielder’s choice, throwing Sweet out at third. Sappingfield popped out for out number two, setting the scene for Sierra Romero to clear the bases with the Wolverines’ second homerun of the game.

Before the third inning could begin, play was suspended due to rain. After an hour delay, junior Brittney Horan led off the third inning for the Chippewas. She grounded out to short, bringing Darwin to the plate. Darwin hit a single to left field on a 2-1 count. Junior Raechel Zahrn advanced her on a bunt, and beat the throw safely to first. With runners on first and second and one out, seniors Macy Merchant and Summer Knoop were unable to get on base.

In the bottom of the third, Dornbos held Michigan to one hit and stranded two base runners.

Trailing 7-0 and the middle of the lineup due to bat for Central Michigan, Haylie Wagner held the Chippewas hitless for her third 1-2-3 inning of the game.

The Wolverines extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth with four more runs. After giving up a one-out single, Dornbos was relieved by junior Kristen Kuhlman. Romero hit her second homerun of the game on the second pitch thrown by Kuhlman. After Caitlin Blanchard walked, Lane hit her second homerun to center field to put Michigan up 11-0.

Darwin and Zahrn led Central Michigan with one hit each. Dornbos started in the circle, pitching 3.1 innings and striking out one batter. Junior Chelsea Sundberg came in as relief to close the bottom of the fourth inning, pitching 0.2 innings and giving up no hits.

Lane finished the game 3-3 with two homeruns and six RBIs. Romero went 2-3 with two homeruns and five RBIs. Wagner pitched a complete game, holding the Chippewas to two hits and striking out six batters.

The Chippewas will come back home to continue Mid-American Conference play against Ball State and Miami over the weekend at Margo Jonker Stadium. 

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