Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior Chelsea Sundberg delivers a pitch against Bowling Green on April 19 at Margo Jonker Stadium. Sundberg pitched her second shutout of the season against the Falcons, allowing only two hits.
Pitchers Come Up Big as Chippewas Sweep Falcons

Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan Softball swept Bowling Green to keep pace in the Mid-American Conference, 4-2 and 5-0. Senior Kara Dornbos and junior Chelsea Sundberg combined to allow only five hits on the day.

In game one, CMU headed into the bottom of the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead. Junior Raechel Zahrn was the first Chippewa on base in the inning, reaching first on an error. Senior Macy Merchant reached on a single to second, moving Zahrn to third. Merchant wasted no time in stealing second, her 17th stolen base of the year. After a fielder choice for the second out and runners at the corners, Cory DeLamielleure extended Central Michigan’s lead with a two RBI double to deep leftfield.

Trailing 4-0, Bowling Green answered in the sixth. Hannah Fulk led off the inning with a triple for the Falcons to centerfield.  Paige Berger followed her teammate by reaching first after getting hit by a pitch, and then stole second. Katie Yoho singled with no outs to score Fulk and advance Berger to third. DeLamielleure looked to catch her 11th runner stealing, but a wild throw to the outfield allowed for Berger to come in and score Bowling Green’s second run.

The Chippewas were first to break the scoreless tie in the third inning. A pair of singles by senior Brogan Darwin and Zahrn put two on with no outs for Central Michigan. Merchant then reached on a hesitated throw by the Falcon defense. With bases loaded and two out, CarolAnn Sexauer hit a single up the middle to score Merchant and Knoop, putting the Chippewas up 2-0.

Sexauer finished the game 2-3 with two RBIs. DeLamielleure had two RBIs and one hit. Dornbos pitched her 13th complete game of the season, striking out six batters and giving up only three hits.

Katie Yoho led the Falcons with one RBI and a hit. Fulk finished 1-4 with a run. Jamie Kertes started in the circle for Bowling Green, giving up eight hits and four earned runs.

After having a 10-minute weather delay to allow for strong winds and blowing snow to pass over, Central Michigan took control of game two in the fifth inning, going up 5-0. After back-to-back groundouts, DeLamielleure singled to center and advanced to second on a Sexauer walk. With two outs and two on, freshman Katelyn Rentschler got ahold of one, going deep over the wall in straight-away center field.

The Chippewas put up two runs in the third inning right before the first of two weather delays. Freshman Taylor Waters singled up the middle and advanced to second after Knoop grounded out.  Zahrn took a pitch to the midsection, moving Water to third with one out. DeLamielleure stepped up to the plate and put one in center field for a two RBI single.

DeLamielleure went 2-4 in game two and had four RBIs on the day. Rentschler got her third collegiate homerun, first at home. She finished the game 2-3 with three RBIs. Sophomore Trista Cox led all batters for the series, hitting .500. Sundberg pitched her second two-hit game of the season, blanking the Falcons for her second shutout of the season.

Erika Stratton and Fulk accounted for the Falcons two hits. Paris Imholz pitched 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. Kertes pitched 1.1 innings and surrenedered one run. 

Central Michigan will be back in action tomorrow, April 20, at Margo Jonker Stadium against Toledo as it welcomes back the 1982 MAC Championship team. The Chippewas are 7-1 at home this season.