AKRON, Ohio- The Akron softball team fell to Central Michigan, 4-0, in Mid-American Conference action on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Field.
The Zips fell to 15-20 overall and 4-5 in MAC play, while the Chippewas improved to 22-10 overall and 7-2 in the league.
The game, which was postponed due to snow yesterday and wet field conditions this morning, became a pitching duel. Both UA freshman lefty Lexie Handley (Mogadore, Ohio) and CMU's Rachael Knapp went the distance for their teams.
After 11 scoreless innings, the Chippewas' bats exploded in the top the 12th inning, scoring four runs on four hits. The Zips left a batter stranded in the bottom of the inning, unable to capitalize.
Handley took the loss for the Zips (12-12 overall). She pitched a career-high 12 innings, fanning eight and walking one.
Knapp (13- 6 overall) struck out 15 batters and walked three.
The Zips had scoring opportunities, leaving eight runners on base. In the bottom of the 11th, lead-off batter junior OF Ashley Sims (Brooksville, Fla.) smacked a single to left field, was sacrificed to second by senior catcher Alyssa Nicholas (Cortland, Ohio) and advanced to third on a passed ball. Senior OF Savannah Fruin (Delray Beach, Fla.) walked. The next two Zip batters could not bring them home.
On the day, Sims led the Zips at the plate. She went 3-for-5, all singles.
Akron closes out it series with Central Michigan in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 9, at Lee R. Jackson Field. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.