WMU Softball Falls to CMU in MAC Tournament Semifinal
AKRON, Ohio - The Broncos were held to four hits in a 2-0 loss to (6) Central Michigan in the semifinal of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
The pitcher with the most strikeouts (32) in this year's tournament, Meredith Whitney, entering this evening's game faced off against the pitcher with the lowest ERA (0.44) in this year's tournament, Kara Dornbos, with the right to play for the MAC title on the line.
Much like in these two teams' first meeting of the season with Whitney and Dornbos in circle, not a run was scored until the fourth inning. In that meeting, both teams scratched a run across the plate. In today's game, CMU was the team that managed to score.
Ashley Gilson broke up Whitney's no-hit bid with a one-out single to Diana Patterson. She attempted to tag Molly Coldren heading to second base after she had earned a walk but she beat the tage and Gilson reached safely. The next batter struck out, one of 12 Chippewas to do so, but CarolAnn Sexauer doubled to left center field, clearing the bases.
Whitney's seventh strikeout of the game was her 240th of the season, breaking the program record previously held by Krysten Shumaker (239) set in 2006. Whitney also became the career record holder for innings pitched now holding the mark at 714.2 innings. The previous record had stood since 1999 by Jennifer Vanover (712.1).
WMU's four hits came scattered over the seven innings. The Broncos' only base runner to advance past first base was Tara Buchanan who hit her first career triple in the bottom of the first with the bases empty after Christina Pigozzi, who collected her fourth hit back to the pitcher in this year's tournament, was picked off first base.
Jennifer Tschetter led off the third inning with a base hit, going to the opposite field. She was the only lead off hitter to reach base in the game. Whitney collected a single in the home half of the sixth inning but was tagged out at second on Pigozzi's fielder's choice.
Western Michigan will face (2) Miami in the consolation final, which will take place at 11 a.m. and will STREAM LIVE via the MAC Digital Network. The winner of that game will face Central Michigan in the championship series starting at 1:30 p.m., needing two wins.
The Broncos won three games on Championship Saturday to claim the 2011 MAC Tournament title.