Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Softball Finds Offense in a Pair of Wins at Rosemont Rumble

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Central Michigan softball improved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins Saturday against Drake and Illinois-Chicago at the Rosemont Rumble.

The Chippewas opened the day with a 6-0 win over Drake (0-3).

“Today was a much better day offensively,” coach Margo Jonker said. “We seemed more confident and at ease at the plate. A lot of different people came through with key hits.”

The Maroon and Gold got its offense going in the third inning after jumping out to 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs. Junior Karly Hansen’s doubled to right field bringing in Lauren Bowman and Kristen Kuhlman.

Freshman Rachael Knapp doubled to center field in the fifth inning where teammate Brittney Horan pinch ran for Knapp. Horan was brought home after senior Cory DeLamielleure singled to shortstop.

Central Michigan capped off the game in the top of the seventh inning scoring its final three runs to give the Chippewas a 6-0 advantage.

Junior Trista Cox connected with a long ball for her second home run of the season, bringing in CarolAnn Sexauer after she singled to left field.

The momentum did not stop there as Chelsea DeLamielleure scored the final run for CMU from a shot to center field by Kuhlman.

Senior Morgan Yuncker pitched a complete game giving up only four hits and striking out two.

In the second game of the day, CMU continued with a powerful offense to defeat Illinois-Chicago 5-2.

“If you can relax and realize it’s a game and just play the game then we will continue to have success,” Jonker said. “Everybody is excited with how well the team is playing defensively, pitching, and today how our hitting has done. Today was a total team day.”

The Chippewas picked up where they left off in the first game, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Bowman scored the first run of the game after Sexauer doubled to bring her in. Sexauer went on to score after Cox  ground-ruled double and Chelsea Delamielleure cranked a single down the infield line to bring in Cox, capping off the three-run inning.

The Flames tried to rally back in the second inning scoring two runs, but that is as close as they would get, as the Chippewas offense was too much to handle.  

Cox continued her hot streak, blasting her third homer of the season out to left center. This marks the junior’s eighth career homerun.

Trista Cox having three homeruns in three games is the key,” Jonker said.

Katelyn Rentschler had a homerun of her own in the fourth inning to give CMU a 5-2 lead over the Flames (1-2).

Knapp pitched all seven innings striking out eight and gave up two hits in her first career game on the mound.

 “It was a lot of fun to watch our offense’s production today,” Jonker said.

The Chippewas will close out the Rosemont Rumble on Sunday at 9 a.m. against Illinois.