Clearwater, Fla.- Central Michigan split games on opening day of the USF Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. The Chippewas defeated Wagner, 7-4, and fell to Fordham, 7-1. Senior Summer Knoop led Central Michigan with two RBIs.
In the first game of the day, the Chippewas took control with six runs in the sixth inning. Knoop opened the inning with a double to right field with freshman Taylor Waters coming in to pinch run. Sophomore Carol Ann Sexuaer brought Waters home with an RBI single up the middle. Junior Cory DeLamielleure scored junior Kristen Kuhlman, pinch running for Sexauer, with a triple. After being walked, freshman Katelyn Rentschler and Kuhlman scored on a sophomore Lauren Smith single. Knoop scored senior Macy Merchant and Smith with a single to center, making the score 7-2, in favor of Central Michigan.
The Seahawks put up two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the Chippewa lead to 7-4.
Wagner scored first, scoring one run in the first inning. Kristen Matteoni singled to right field to score Brenda Bott.
Central Michigan responded in the second inning with a run to tie the game, 1-1. Cory DeLamielleure singled to get on base, and was advanced by a sac-fly by Rentschler. Third baseman Trista Cox doubled to center field to bring Cory DeLamielleure home.
The Seahawks retook the lead in the third, 2-1, as Brittany Huss grounded out to score Kelsey Parker from third base.
Smith and Knoop finished with two RBIs each. Cory DeLamielleure was 2-4 at the plate with two runs. Junior Morgan Yuncker pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and one earned run.
Matteoni led Wagner with two hits and an RBI. Parker and Huss each finished with one RBI. Judy Betz started in the circle for the Seahawks, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. S Bedker pitched 1.2 innings, surrendering one hit and striking out two batters.
In game two, with the score tied 1-1, Fordham scored four runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the Chippewas. Paige Ortiz started the inning by reaching first on a CMU error. Claudia Law walked, and Jamie LaBovick loaded the bases on another error. Taylor Pirone brought two runs home with a single up the middle and Kayla Lomabardo scored two more for the Rams with a single to center field, putting Fordham up 5-1.
The Rams added two more runs in the sixth with a two-run double to left-center field by Gabby Luety.
Fordham jumped out to the lead, scoring one run in the fourth inning.
The Chippewas made the game 2-1 in the fifth inning with an RBI by senior Brogan Darwin. Cox reached on a passed ball, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Darwin singled to left field to bring home Cox.
Darwin led Central Michigan with one RBI and a hit. Sexuaer and junior Raechel Zahrn each added one hit. Senior Kara Dornbos got the start, pitching 4.0 innings anf giving up two earned runs. Kuhlman pitched 1.1 innings, giving up two earned runs and three hits. Junior Chelsea Sundberg closed the game for the Chippewas, surrendering one hit and walked one batter.
Lombardo led the Rams with three RBIs and two hits .Luety finished the game with two RBIs and two hits. Michelle Daubman pitched a complete game for Fordham, allowing three hits and striking out nine batters.
Central Michigan will be back in action tomorrow, March 9, at the USF Tournament. The Chippewas will take on Umass and Loyola Marymount.