ATHENS, Ohio - Central Michigan dropped game one at Ohio, 7-3. The Chippewas have clinched the third seed in the Mid-American Conference despite today’s loss.
Junior Brittney Horan led Central Michigan (28-18, 14-7 MAC) with two hits and three RBIs. Senior Brogan Darwin went 1-3 with a run. Senior Kara Dornbos started in the circle, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up seven runs on five hits. Junior Kristen Kuhlman pitched 0.2 innings in relief.
Alexandria Basquez had a game-high four RBIs for the Bobcats (26-26, 9-12 MAC). Lauren Gellerman went 1-1 with an RBI and two runs. Lauren McClary pitched 4.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out four batters. Savannah Jo Dorsey was in the circle for 3.0 innings of relief, surrendering two hits and one run.
With CMU leading 3-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Ohio took control of the game with five runs. Tessa Bailey opened the inning with a single to left but was thrown out at second after Erin Lashley hit into a fielder’s choice. The Chippewas intentionally walked Gellerman, already with one homerun in the game, advancing Lashley to second. Chelsea Hortman loaded the bases with one out on a single to second base. A walk brought one run in for the Bobcats and left the bases loaded for Basquesz, who hit a grand slam homerun to put the Bobcats up 7-3.
Ohio struck first in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out homerun over the left field wall by Gellerman.
Central Michigan took its first lead of the game in the fourth inning, posting two runs. Junior Cory DeLamielleure reached on balls and advanced to third on a double by Darwin, her second of the season. After a walk put freshman Katelyn Rentschler on first to load the bases with two out, Horan singled to center field to put the Chippewas up 2-1.
The Bobcats battled back in the fourth with its second homerun of the game, this time off the bat of Hortman.
Horan snatched the lead for Central Michigan once again in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Trista Cox hit a single to short and was replaced on base by junior Lauren Bowman. Bowman advanced to second on a passed ball, and was brought home by a single from Horan, making the score 3-2 in favor of the Chippewas.
The Chippewas will play game two at Ohio tomorrow, May 5, at 1 p.m.