Flashes drop weekend series against Central Michigan

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Kent State then-junior pitcher Ronnie Ladines pitches against University at Buffalo on April 23. The flashes won both games in their double header. 

Samantha Ross

The Kent State softball team dropped two of three games this weekend against Central Michigan and dropped to a .500 record in conference play. 

The Flashes (13-18, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) lost 1-0 after 11 innings in their first game against the Chippewas (19-10, 4-2 MAC).

Senior pitcher Ronnie Ladines threw all 10 innings for the Flashes and recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts.

In the second game, the Flashes opened up the scoring on a first-inning RBI single by Ladines, but the Chippewas responded with eight straight runs of their own. The Flashes got one more unearned run across in the sixth inning, but eventually lost 9-2. 

The Flashes came back and beat Central Michigan University 3-2 in the final game of the series.

Ladines (5-11) struck out nine batters and allowed one earned run and scored the first run of the game when she hit a solo home run in the second inning. 

The Chippewas led 2-1 after the third inning, but Kent State scored two more runs in the sixth inning on a double by sophomore Bailey Brownfield.

The Flashes will have their home opener this Tuesday when they take on Ohio University on Tuesday at 1 p.m. 

Samantha Ross is a sports reporter, contact her at [email protected]