AKRON, Ohio - Central Michigan Softball swept Akron in a doubleheader at Lee R. Jackson Softball Stadium on Friday, May 3. The Chippewas came from two down in game one to win 3-2, and won game two in convincing fashion, 12-1, in five innings.
CMU has locked up at least the No. 3-seed in next week's MAC Tournament.
Seniors Brogan Darwin and Macy Merchant finished the day 5-7 at the plate with two RBIs each. Six different Central Michigan batters recorded two RBIs for the series. Freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit her fifth homerun of the season in game two.
In game two, Central Michigan scored seven runs in the third inning to cruise to a 12-1 victory in five innings. Merchant led the third inning off with a single, immediately stole second and advanced to third on a groundout by junior Raechel Zahrn. Junior Cory DeLamielleure scored Merchant with a sac-bunt for the second out of the inning. Darwin and sophomore Trista Cox hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second. An error by the shortstop loaded the bases with junior Brittney Horan up to bat. Horan hit a double to right-center field to score two runs.
Sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer brought two more home with a single to left, putting Central Michigan up 7-0. Junior Lauren Bowman, in as a pinch runner for Sexauer, scored after stealing third and then a throwing error on the catcher allowed her to come home. Merchant came up to bat once more in the inning, hitting another single, this time scoring senior Summer Knoop who reached with a single of her own.
The Chippewas did not let up at all in the fourth, scoring two more runs. After fly ball by DeLamielleure, Darwin recorded her third hit of the game with a single to right. She then scored on a two-shot homerun from Rentschler, her fifth of the season.
Central Michigan added one more in the fifth to go up 12-0. Merchant hit a lead off single but was caught in a fielder’s choice that put Zahrn on first. Darwin advanced the runner to second with a single to left field. A double down the left field line scored Zahrn from.
Akron broke the shut out in the bottom of the fifth with a homerun from Kellie Roudabush.
The Chippewas struck first in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs. Merchant laid down a bunt-single to reach first, and moved to second on fielder’s choice hit by Zahrn. DeLamielleure moved both runners with a sac-bunt, bringing Darwin to the plate with runners in scoring position. Darwin hit a double to right-center to score both runners.
Darwin led Central Michigan with four hits and two RBIs. Merchant finished 4-4 with one RBI. Four different Chippewa batters had multi-RBIs, and seven drove in at least one run. Junior Chelsea Sundberg pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out seven batters.
Roudabush had two hits and the Zips only run. Alissa Birkhimer went 3-3 from the plate. MacKenzie Conrad started in the circle for Akron but was pulled after surrendering eight runs in 2.2 innings. Lisa Lash pitched 2.0 innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs.
The Chippewas battled back from two down in game one against Akron. Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning, Rentschler singled up the middle with one out to represent the tying run. Bowman came in as a pinch runner and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sexauer reached base on balls as the go-ahead run, Knoop to the plate. Knoop hit an RBI single to right field to score Bowman and move Sexauer to third. Sexauer scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Merchant to give the Chippewas a 3-2 advantage.
Akron jumped out to an early lead in the third, putting up two runs on three hits. After a groundout to senior Kara Dornbos, Shawna Hochstetler singled. Roudabush moved Hochstetler to third on a double to center field. Birkhimer scored both runners on Akron’s second double of inning.
Central Michigan cut into the 2-0 deficit in the fifth after Merchant reached base on a single. Merchant stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. DeLamielleure brought Merchant home with a sac-fly to left field.
Sexauer went 1-2 with an RBI. Merchant and Knoop both contributed an RBI and finished 1-3. Dornbos picked up her 12th win of the season. She pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and striking out four batters.
Birkhimer accounted for both Akron’s RBIs off of 1-3 at the plate. Lash finished the game 2-3. Erin Seiler pitched all seven innings, striking out eight batters ad giving up six hits.
Central Michigan will travel to Ohio tomorrow, May 4, for game one against the Bobcats. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.