May 11, 2013
CMU 5-NIU 0
2013 MAC Softball Tournament Central
AKRON, Ohio - The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 5-0 loss to No. 3 seed Central Michigan in Game 11 of the 2013 MAC Softball Tournament at Firestone Stadium Friday.
The Huskie (26-30) defense committed four errors while the NIU offense was limited to three hits on the day.
"You've got to give all the credit to Central's pitcher," said NIU head coach Christina Sutcliffe. "She did a nice job with our hitters and they're defense made plays when they needed it."
Kara Dornbos went the distance, allowing three hits, a base on balls and hit two batters in seven innings. Bryanna Phelan (Coal City, Ill./Coal City), Amanda Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) and Jessica Sturm (Wichita, Kan./Goddard) were the Huskies who tallied hits.
Central Michigan (32-18) struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth. Summer Knoop began the rally with a one-out single and Macy Merchant kept it going when she reached on a Huskie error to put runners at first and second. A Raechel Zahrn walk loaded the bases for Brittney Horan, who delivered with a single to shallow left field to score a pair to give CMU a 2-0 advantage.
Emily Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) rallied, striking out Brogan Darwin and getting Trista Cox to pop out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Chippewas tacked on two more in the top of the sixth. CarolAnn Sexauer opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Huskie throwing error. Katelyn Rentschler singled to advance Taylor Waters, who was pinch running for Sexauer, to third. Waters scored from third on a double steal and Kristen Kuhlman, who advanced to third on an errant throw when she stole second, scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0 Chippewas.
CMU added another run in the seventh as Evelyn Lorimer scored from second on the fourth Huskie error.
"I told the team at the end, the two good things from tonight's game were we got all our errors out in one game and two, we've got an opportunity to play a few extra games in the MAC Tournament," Sutcliffe said. "We left DeKalb trying to get to Saturday. We got to Saturday. That's all we could ask for."
The Huskies will face the winner of the No. 6 seed Ohio and No. 1 seed Ball State in Game 13 of the 2013 MAC Softball Tournament in Akron, Ohio. First pitch is set for 12:30 p.m. CT and fans can follow all the action live at the 2013 MAC Softball Tournament Central.