Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Chippewas Close Out Weekend Tournament With 5-1 Win

ARLINGTON, Texas – Central Michigan snapped a three game losing streak Sunday with a 5-1 win over South Dakota State in the final day of the UTA Maverick Invitational at Allan Saxe Field.

"It was good to finish on a strong note this weekend," coach Margo Jonker said.

The Chippewas (5-4) held South Dakota State (1-8) to one run, which was scored in the first inning when the Jackrabbits’ Emily Weber hit a solo-shot to left field.

The Maroon and Gold added a run of its own in the bottom of the first and did not look back. Taking advantage of an error by the Jackrabbits at third base, Evelyn Lorimer scored an unearned run to tie the game 1-1. 

Trista Cox added two more for CMU with a homer to left field bringing in Lorimer. Cox boasts a total of five home runs in just nine games, already tying her total from last season.

In the bottom of the fifth, CMU got things rolling again with Katelyn Rentschler singling up the middle, bringing home Kristen Kuhlman and advancing CarolAnn Sexauer to third, giving the Chippewas a 4-1 advantage. Sexauer earned the final run after stealing home, giving CMU a 5-2 lead into the sixth inning. 

The Jackrabbits failed to score on their last opportunity in the seventh inning and CMU closed out the inning and the game on a double play from second to first base.

Chelsea Sundberg led the way on the mound for CMU, pitching all seven innings, giving up four hits and striking out three. 

"Chelsea pitched a good game for us," Jonker said. "Trista had a powerful weekend along with Chelsea DeLamielleure with a lot of strength and power. It was good to see them come through in certain situations."

Central Michigan is back in action next weekend at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky., starting Friday with Northern Kentucky at 10 a.m.

"I thought we played the last game with an outstanding amount of energy and we want to continue that into next weekend and things will fall into place," Jonker said.