Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan will travel to East Lansing tomorrow, April 9, to take on Big Ten foe Michigan State. The Chippewas have won eight of their last 10 games, and have five batters hitting over .300 during that stretch.
Senior Macy Merchant is batting .413 on the season and leads the team with 43 hits. Merchant has 13 steals on the year and 63 over her four years in the Maroon and Gold. She tied the program record for hits in a game on April 7 with five hits against Kent State. Merchant concluded last week with a .565 batting average and seven runs.
Junior Cory DeLamielleure came up big last week for Central Michigan, hitting six extra base hits, including a game-winning two-run homer to beat Kent State 3-0 on April 6.
Senior Kara Dornbos has been dominant in the circle as of late, pitching three complete games and 7.1 innings of relief against Kent State on April 7. Dornbos shut out the Flashes on April 6, and gave up one earned run in four appearances. She has a season ERA of 1.88 and three shutouts.
Michigan State (21-14, 7-1 Big Ten) is coming off of a road trip at Purdue, coming away with two victories over the Boilermakers. Kylene Hopkins has a team-high.426 batting average to lead the Spartans. Sarah Bowling and Jayme O’Bryant have combined for 51 RBIs and eight homeruns this season.
Tuesday’s game will be the second time this season the Chippewas (18-12, 4-2 MAC) face off against the Spartans. The two met in Bloomington, Ind., on March 16 at the Hoosier Classic. Central Michigan, 58-26-2 all-time against MSU, came away with a 3-0 victory. Dornbos pitched a complete game, blanking the Spartans with five strikeouts.
The last time the Chippewas traveled to East Lansing, April 26, 2011, they came home with an 8-3 victory in 11 innings of play.
First pitch in scheduled for 5 p.m. at Secchia Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.