Story Courtesy of Central Michigan Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio - Brogan Darwin's first-career grand slam jump started a huge rally by the Central Michigan softball team in a 9-5 victory over Ohio in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
The victory keeps the Chippewas (27-17) in the winners bracket, where they will play either Kent State or Bowling Green on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Ohio took a 1-0 lead two batters in as Paige Kemezis hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning.
After going scoreless for the first three frames, Molly Coldren evened the contest at one apiece by driving in Ashley Gilson with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth.
Ohio regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with two more runs. Emily Wethington led off with a solo home run and added another run on an Alexis Zambrana RBI single to make it 3-1.
With the season on the line, the Chippewas roared back to take their first lead in the fifth. Jill Schulz doubled to start the inning and Brittini Merchant reached on an error to put the tying runs on base. After Summer Knoop's walk loaded the bases, Darwin unloaded on a 2-0 pitch for her fourth homer of the season.
After working out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the frame, Central plated four more runs to take a commanding, 9-3, lead. Christina Novak blasted a two-run double to right-center and Katie Greenman plated two more with a two-run single.
The Bobcats did not go away quietly, they plated loaded the bases once again and plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Kara Dornbos shut the door in relief to secure the win.
Kari Seddon earned her 16th win of the year after pitching five and a third innings with two strikeouts. She allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits. Dornbos notched her second save of the season by retiring all five batters she faced.