Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan opened its home schedule Wednesday, April 3, with two victories over Detroit. The Chippewas offense proved to be too much for the Titans, winning game one, 9-1, and game two, 13-3. Junior Cory Delamielleure finished the day with a cycle, hitting a single, double, two triples, and a homerun over the two games.
Central Michigan took control of game one in the second inning, putting up three runs to extend its lead to 4-0 over Detroit. Sophomore Trista Cox started the inning with a single to right, and stole second to move into scoring position. Senior Brogan Darwin put a second runner on base after being hit by a pitch. A Detroit error allowed for the two base runners to score, making it 3-0 with no outs. A groundout by Summer Knoop accounted for the Chippewas first out, but allowed Britteny Horan to score.
Vanessa Garcia opened the top of the third for the Titans with a double, and then stole third. Two straight pop-ups brought Severson to the plate, where she grounded a ball to short but a CMU error allowed Garcia to score for Detroit’s only run of the game.
Central Michigan quickly regained the four-run lead in the bottom of the third thanks to a DeLamielleure double to score senior Summer Knoop, who reached third on a deep triple to right-center field.
The Chippewas opened the gap further with two runs in the fifth. Cox got her third hit of the game with a double to center field. Darwin’s single scored Cox, and she reach second on the throw to make the play at home. Horan brought home her second RBI on a single, giving Central Michigan the 8-1 advantage heading into the sixth inning.
DeLamielleure ended the game at 9-1 in the sixth inning with her third homerun of the season over the center field wall.
Horan, Knoop and DeLamielleure led the Chippewas with two RBIs each. Cox went 3-3 at the plate and scored two runs. Senior Kara Dornbos pitched her eighth complete game of the season, 18th of her career. She surrendered four hits and gave up no earned runs.
Sara Cupp finished with two of Detroit’s four hits. Garcia scored the Titan’s one run, and went 1-2 at the plate. Julia Maksym pitched 5.0 innings in the circle, giving up seven earned runs and 11 hits.
Central Michigan’s offense stayed hot in the second game, finishing with 16 hits. The Chippewas scored three runs in the first inning, starting with a single by senior Macy Merchant. DeLamielleure doubled to score Merchant, and came home on a Sexauer single. Horan singled up the middle to score the third run, bringing Sexauer in from second.
With a 3-0 lead after the first, Central Michigan poured on four more runs in the second. Merchant and Knoop opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and a walk loaded the bases. Freshman Katelyn Rentschler singled scoring Knoop and Cox brought home two runners with a single, putting the Chippewas up 6-0. A sac-fly to left field by Horan scored Rentschler, giving her three RBIs on the day.
After the day’s first scoreless inning for Central Michigan, the Titans jumped on the scoreboard with a three-run homerun by Kayla Kostich over the left field wall, cutting Central Michigan’s lead to 7-3.
The Chippewas rebounded though, putting up six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. DeLamielleure hit her second triple of the game to open the inning. Sexauer hit a sac-fly scoring DeLamielleure. With the bases empty, Rentschler hit her eighth double of the season. Cox tripled to score Darwin, in to pinch runner for Rentschler. Britteny Horan homered for the second time this year, emptying the bases and putting Central Michigan up 11-3. A single by DeLamielleure to score Merchant and freshman Evelyn Lorimer concluded the scoring on the day at 13-3.
Horan led Central Michigan with four RBIs, and finished the day with six total. Cox and DeLamielleure each finished game two with three RBIs, and Cox ended the day 5-5 at the plate. Junior Morgan Yuncker started in the circle, but came out after 3.2 innings. Junior Chelsea Sundberg earned her fifth win of the season, giving up one hit and no runs in 1.1 innings.
Kostich finished the game 2-3 with three RBIs. Cupp led Detroit with 3 hits, and finished the day 5-5 at the plate. Kat Hoffman gave up nine hits in 3.0 innings of work. Anna Bondy surrendered six earned runs and five hits in relief.
The Chippewas will be back in action at home on Friday, April 5, for a double header against Buffalo. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm, with game two to follow.