Story Courtesy of CMU Media Relations
AKRON, Ohio -- After a five-hour-plus rain and lightnight delay at Firestone Stadium, Central Michigan defeated Miami, 4-2, in a game that ended after midnight.
The Chippewas (32-20) and RedHawks (32-22) started Saturday's game at 5:30 p.m., but the game made it through just an inning and a half before lightning struck. Rain then fell, delaying the game approximately five hours and four minutes.
After play resumed, senior Amanda Patrick tied CMU's single-season RBI record with her 43rd and 44th runs driven in this season with a double to left center. Macy Merchant doubled to lead off the third and advanced to third on a Brittini Merchant single before Patrick gave the Chippewas a 2-0 lead.
Kari Seddon extended the lead to 3-0 one batter later, hitting a bloop single to centerfield to score pinch-runner Lauren Bowman from third after she advanced on a wild pitch.
It was Seddon again in the top of the fifth who came up with a key hit for the Chippewas. Brittini Merchant walked to leadoff the inning and advanced to second on a errant throw by Miami's catcher before Seddon lined the 12th pitch of her at bat over the right fielder's head for a RBI triple and 4-0 lead.
The RedHawks pulled the game within two in the bottom of the sixth, chasing starter Kara Dornbos after an error and double made the game 4-1. Seddon entered the cirlce for the Chippewas and after giving up another run, got a flyout and groundout to end the inning.
Miami loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with one out on three singles, but Seddon got a lineout to Patrick at third and then Merchant at second to end the game and advance the Chippewas to the consolation semifinals on Sunday morning.
Dornbos earned the win to improve to 13-11 on the season, pitching five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. Seddon pitched the final two innings to secure the win.
Seddon went 2-for-3 in the game with two RBI, while Patrick finished 1-for-4 with two RBI. Molly Coldren went 2-for-4 in the game and is now batting .415 on the season, which would tie CMU's single-season record.
CMU will face off against No. 1 seed Western Michigan, who lost in the semifinals to No. 2 seed Ohio, 8-4, at 9:00 a.m. The winner will advance to play Ohio in the championship game, where it will have to defeat the Bobcats twice to claim the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship.