ARLINGTON, Texas – The Central Michigan softball team split a pair of games Friday night at the UTA Maverick Invitational.
The Chippewas (4-2) opened up the tournament with a 5-2 win against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State (1-5).
“It was our first game outside and out on the dirt,” coach Margo Jonker said. “The first game we had some defensive miscues, the second game on defense we were much better and it was good to have the regular lineup back on defense in the infield especially.”
The Maroon and Gold came out swinging early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Sophomore Evelyn Lorimer got things started with a single to left field and was later brought home by shortstop Trista Cox, giving CMU an early 1-0 lead. Before the inning would come to an end, Cox scored an unearned run providing the Chippewas a 2-0 advantage into the second inning.
The Jackrabbits scored one of their two runs in the second inning off a CMU error but that is as close as they would get to the Maroon and Gold.
The Chippewas went on to score two more runs in the third to give CMU a 4-1 edge.
Cox continued her hot streak at the plate cranking out her fourth home run of the year and ninth of her career. The junior’s two-run shot brought in teammate Cory DeLamielleure.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, as CMU’s Kristen Kuhlman capitalized on a SDSU error.
Cox would end the game with three hits, three RBI and two runs off three at-bats.
Senior Morgan Yuncker pitched a complete game for the Chippewas, surrendering just two runs and striking out three.
The Chippewas suffered their second loss of the season in the second game of the night to Missouri State (3-2), falling to the Bears 6-3.
Sophomore Chelsea DeLamielleure found her groove at the plate tallying three RBI, two hits and one run.
After trailing 5-0 after three innings, the Chippewas got things going offensively, scoring two runs off of DeLamielleure’s single to second base. The Maroon and Gold ended the inning trailing the Bears 5-2.
The Chippewas tried to rally back in the sixth inning, scoring a run off DeLamielleure’s solo-shot to center field to pull the Chippewas within two.
However, the Bears would add one more in the seventh to secure the 6-3 victory, as the Chippewas failed to score at their last at bat.
Senior Chelsea Sundberg pitched all seven innings for CMU, striking out four.
Central Michigan continues tournament play Saturday at 2 p.m. against UT Arlington.