Softball Completes Three-Game Sweep at Ball State

MUNCIE, Indiana - The Central Michigan University softball program moved closer to its 11th Mid-American Conference title with a doubleheader sweep over Ball State on Saturday.

Central Michigan won game one, 5-0, as Jessica Garvin threw a shutout and then the Chippewas took the nightcap, 5-2, in cold, rainy conditions.

Central Michigan improved to 30-14 overall and 19-2 in the MAC while Ball State dropped to 14-36 overall and 6-14 in the MAC.

Garvin held the Cardinals in check in the opener despite giving up seven hits. She fanned seven while throwing her third consecutive shutout.

The Chippewas scored twice in the fourth, once in the sixth, and twice in the seventh.

Christin Sobeck tallied CMU's first hit of the game with a two-run homer in the fourth. It was her seventh roundtripper of the season, tying her for second on the Chippewas' single season list, one back of Eli Barnes' school record of eight in 1999.

Central Michigan's single run in the sixth came on a Christan Dhondt RBI single that scored Jacque Benedict who reached on a fielder's choice and stole second.

The Maroon and Gold posted a pair of insurance runs in the seventh thanks to a pair of hits and a Ball State error. Karen Hohs led the inning off with a single and Lindsey Calme added a one-out double putting runners at second and third. Cleanup hitter Aimee Smith grounded out to short but the batted ball was deep enough to drive in Hohs and then Calme scored when BSU's first baseman made a throwing error to third trying to nail Calme who waited to advance until the throw was made to first.

Those two insurance runs could have been a factor in the game as the Cardinals used three hits to load the bases in the bottom half of the seventh. But, Garvin got cleanup hitter Britni Clark to ground out to end the game.

Central finished with seven hits and two fielding errors while BSU also posted seven hits and a miscue in the field.

Dhondt was 2-for-3 in the opener with an RBI.

The Chippewas won game two despite two less hits then the Cardinals. Ball State tallied 10 hits and committed one error in the field while CMU posted eight hits.

Jill DeRoche started in the circle for CMU but she was relieved in the third after allowing two runs and putting runners on first and second. Amber Puchalski came on and threw four and a third innings of scoreless relief to pick up her 19th win of the season.

The Chippewas jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings. Calme drove in Hohs with an RBI single in the first and then CMU added two runs in the second on a Hohs RBI single and an error.

The Cardinals cut it to a one-run deficit in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Clark doubled for BSU and Kelli Jeziorski walked to put runners on first and second. Nicki Hellum drove in one run and then Cortney Patteson followed with an RBI single to make it just 3-2 in favor of the Chippewas.

That's when Puchalski came on and struck out the first batter she faced to end the inning.

Central Michigan added another run in the fourth when Brittany Decker walked to lead off the frame, she was sacrificed to second, took third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch in the wet conditions.

The Chippewas tacked on another run in the sixth thanks to an RBI double by Calme that scored Decker from first after she had singled with two outs.

Puchalski allowed four hits and fanned three. DeRoche gave up six hits and the two runs while fanning one.

Ball State starter Randi Freese took the loss after completing just one and a third innings before Amy Brownfield came on in relief.

Calme was 2-for-2 with two RBI in the nightcap and freshman Brittany Fulks went 2-for-3.

The Chippewas now look to wrap up the MAC title next weekend at Bowling Green. The three-game set begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 8, and continues with a single game on Sunday, May 9.


* The start of the doubleheader was delayed 90 minutes because of the weather.

* The Chippewas clinched the MAC West Division title with the sweep.

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