Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan Softball dropped a heartbreaker in eight innings to Toledo, 3-2, on Sunday, April 21. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Chippewas gave up three runs, including a solo homerun in the top of the eighth.
Central Michigan took a 2-0 lead into the third inning before giving up two runs to the Rockets. After a pop up by Courtney McCarthy, Lani Ernst singled to centerfield for Toledo’s third hit of the game. Jessica Lemieux hit a deep triple to right field to bring in Ernst. Lindsey Tobias came to the plate with one out and hit a sac-fly to centerfield to even the score at 2-2.
Junior Morgan Yuncker came in as relief for junior Chelsea Sundberg in the third inning and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings. She struck out three batters and held Toledo to four hits. Senior Kara Dornbos came in to close in the seventh inning, stranding two Rockets on base and holding them scoreless.
Senior Macy Merchant hit a single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to represent the go ahead run. Senior Summer Knoop kept the home-side alive with a single up the middle. Junior Cory DeLamielleure stepped to the plate with two on and two outs, but hit into a fielder’s choice that caught Knoop at second to end the seventh.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Marla Gooding hit a homerun over the left field wall to put Toledo up 3-2.
The Rockets held Central Michigan to a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth to end the Chippewas’ seven-game win streak.
Central Michigan scored first in this contest with two outs in the first inning. Back-to-back walks put DeLamielleure and sophomore CarolAnn Sexauer on first and second. Freshman Katelyn Rentschler hit a single to right-center field to bring DeLamielleure home.
In the second inning, senior Brogan Darwin extended the Chippewas’ lead with a one out, solo homerun to left field. It was Darwin’s first homerun of the season, ninth of her career.
Darwin and Rentschler led Central Michigan with two hits and an RBI each. Knoop finished 2-4 from the plate. Sundberg pitched 2.2 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. Dornbos surrendered two hits and a homerun in 2,0 innings.
Gooding finished the game 3-3 with the game winning homerun. Lemieux went 3-4 with an RBI and a run. Seven different batters for Toledo had hits. Gooding pitched a complete game in the circle, giving up two earned runs and nine hits.
The Chippewas will travel to Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 23, to take on the No. 9 ranked Michigan Wolverines. First pitched is scheduled for 6 p.m.