Story Courtesy of CMU Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio -- Freshman Brittney Horan and senior Amanda Klosterman each hit key two-out RBI singles to give Central Michigan a 2-1 win over Kent State to keep its hopes alive at the Mid-American Conference Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Chippewas improve to 31-20 on the season and advance to play the winner of this afternoon's matchup between Ball State and Miami, while the Golden Flashes' season ends at 20-31.
After two CMU errors in the bottom of the fourth allowed Kent State to take the lead, 1-0, the Maroon and Gold promptly responded.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, freshman Cory DeLamielleure walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Horan then drove a 2-2 pitch to centerfield, plating DeLamielleure to tie the game, 1-1.
Kent State led off the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles, putting starter Kari Seddon in a jam, but the senior forced a fielder's choice, a flyout and struck out Jessica Carmichael to end the inning.
Klosterman gave the Chippewas the lead in the top of the sixth, once again on a two-out RBI for the Chippewas. After Brittini Merchant singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch, it was Klosterman who drove a 1-0 pitch up the middle, scoring Merchant for the game-winning run.
The Golden Flashes put a runner in scoring position in the sixth, pushing a runner to third with two outs, but Seddon buckled down and got Mary Holt to pop out to hold the lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Chippewas got another key defensive series of plays after KSU led off with a single. Seddon then struck out Lauren Grimes and Alex Marcantonio lined into a douple play to Amanda Patrick to end the game and continue CMU's MAC Tournament Championship hopes.
Seddon picked up her 14th win of the season, giving up one unearned run while striking out seven. The senior has now Danielle Abernathy suffered the loss for Kent State in two innings of relief.
Horan finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Klosterman went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Macy Merchant returned to the lineup for CMU, going 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot.
Friday night's game between Central Michigan and the winner of Ball State versus Miami is set for 7:30 p.m.