ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Maroon and Gold came up short in an effort to sweep its competitors at the Rosemont Rumble Sunday, falling to Illinois, 4-1.
“I thought it was a good game against a good team, we just came out on the short end,” head coach Margo Jonker said. “I thought for the first weekend we did a really good job, I was really proud of how we handled a lot of different situations.”
Central Michigan (3-1) held Illinois (5-0) scoreless through two innings but the Illini found its rhythm in the third, scoring two runs off a home run.
Senior Chelsea Sundberg (1-1) pitched through five, giving up five hits, three runs while striking out four.
Freshman Rachael Knapp came in as a reliever to pitch two innings for the Chippewas. Knapp gave up two hits, one run and struck out two.
Neither team was able to score through the sixth inning but Illinois added two more to give it the 4-0 advantage over the Chippewas.
The Maroon and Gold tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh when Cory DeLamielleure belted a double to center field. After advancing to third, DeLamielleure scored off Kristen Kuhlman’s single down the infield line.
The Chippewas travel south next weekend for the UTA Maverick Invitational in Arlington, Texas. Tournament play will start on Friday, Feb. 14 against South Dakota State at 5 p.m.