Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Central Michigan Softball took game one against Miami 4-2 at home on Saturday afternoon. Back-to-back homeruns by sophomore Trista Cox and freshman Katelyn Rentschler propelled the Chippewas past the RedHawks.
Senior Macy Merchant led Central Michigan with three hits. She went 3-3 with an RBI. Rentschler and Cox each went 1-3 with solo homeruns. Sophomore CarolAnn Sexuaer hit her 11th double of the season and finished the game 1-2 with an RBI. Senior Kara Dornbos started in the circle for the Chippewas. She pitched a complete game, the 63rd of her career, and gave up two runs.
Jenna Modic and Kayla Ledbetter each went 2-3 with an RBI for Miami. Hailey Reed finished the game 1-2. Modic started for the RedHawks, but after 2.0 innings and two runs on the board, Paige Myers came as a reliever. Myers gave up four hits in 3.0 innings, including consecutive homeruns.
Central Michigan was blanked in three innings heading into the bottom of the sixth, tied at 2-2. Cox wasted no time at the plate, hitting a lead off homer over the left field wall. Rentschler followed suit with a long homerun into the pine trees over left field to put the Chippewas up 4-2.
Miami led off the seventh with two base hits to put the tying run on first with no outs. Taylor Shuey hit a line drive to first base, which was caught by Rentschler and then tagged first for the double play. Shanyn McIntyre grounded out to Cox to end the game.
The RedHawks took the lead early in this contest, as Shuey reaching base on a lead off single to left field. After a fielder’s choice caught Shuey at second, Reed hit a single to put runners on first and second. Modic hit a single to center field to score one, putting Miami up 1-0.
Central Michigan answered in the second inning. With one out, Brittney Horan singled to left. Sexauer then sent a long ball to the warning track in center field for a double to bring Horan around to score. Merchant, who walked in her first at bat, singled right up the middle to bring Sexauer home, giving the Chippewas their first lead of the game.
The RedHawks knotted the game up in the fourth with a homerun by Ledbetter.
Dornbos pitched her way out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning to keep the game tied at 2-2. Miami had three base runners with one out before Dornbos struck out Allie Larrabee swinging for a big out. Kylie McChesney came up and after battling at the plate, hit a pop up foul ball to the RedHawk dugout that was caught by Rentschler.
Central Michigan will take on Miami again tomorrow, April 28, for game two of the series. The final home game of the season for the Chippewas will begin at 1 p.m.