RECORD-COURIER STAFF REPORT
Central Michigan took advantage of Kent State's mistakes in a five-run fifth inning that proved to be the difference in the Chippewas' 7-2 victory at the Diamond at Dix Saturday afternoon. The Golden Flashes drop to 16-15 and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while the Chippewas improve to 25-11 and 5-2 in conference play.
The Golden Flashes (16-15, 2-3 MAC) took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by junior Ariele Patterson, but the Chippewas (25-11, 5-2) tied it with a run in the second then took the lead on a Chelsea DeLamielleure solo homer in the third.
Central Michigan started the fifth with a pair of singles and managed to score five runs in the inning despite not collecting another base hit.
Junior Kim Kirkpatrick hit a solo home run in the fifth, but KSU would get no closer.
Patterson continued to swing a hot bat, producing two of the Flashes' four hits. She is hitting .368 with a double, home run and 11 RBI over the past eight games.