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Softball extends losing streak to 12 games after going 0-3 against Central Michigan

The Bulls drop to 10-31 (4-13 MAC) and remain at 10th in the conference

Softball (10-31, 4-13 MAC) lost all three games in its home series against the Central Michigan Chippewas (24-19, 14-6 MAC) this weekend. 

The Bulls now have a 12-game losing streak. 

Central Michigan led early in the first game of a Friday double header, with a solo home run from right fielder Michaleigh Vallimont putting the Chippewas up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. A pair of single RBIs from Vallimont and left fielder Kelsey Alexander in the fifth inning increased Central Michigan’s lead by two runs. The Bulls had three hits in the game, 11 strikeouts and zero RBIs. The final score was 3-0, Central Michigan.

In the second game of the double header, the Bulls lost 2-3, but managed to build on their previous performance. UB finished with seven hits, five strikeouts and two RBIs. Senior designated hitter Alexis Lucyshyn hit a single, which was followed by a single from Mitchell. After a flyout by Castro, Mitchell stole the only base of the game. Ambrose hit a flyout, allowing Lucyshyn to score the first run for the Bulls in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman shortstop Avelyn Van Heyst scored the Bulls’ other run in the bottom of the fifth. 

In the third and final game of the weekend, UB racked up a 3-0 lead by the bottom of the second but ultimately lost 9-7. Again, the Bulls improved most of their stats from the game prior, finishing with nine hits, eight strikeouts and seven RBIs. Ambrose, Lucyshyn and junior third basewoman Madison Fernimen each hit a homerun. Fernimen scored twice for the Bulls.

The Bulls will play the Kent State Golden Flashes (12-28, 7-11 MAC) in another three-game series starting on Tuesday in Kent, Ohio.

The Bulls currently rank No. 10 in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with three series remaining before the MAC Tournament in May.

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