LOUISIANA, La. - Central Michigan got the sticks going and senior Rick Dodridge pitched six strong innings in his first appearance of the season to help the Chippewas earn their first win of 2013 Sunday afternoon at Louisiana, 10-2.
Dodridge gave up just one run on six hits while striking out four over six strong innings of work and was able to get into an early comfort zone as the Chippewas gave him a five-run lead in the first inning.
Sophomore Nick Regnier doubled to lead off the game and scored when sophomore Pat MacKenzie reached on a fielding error. After freshman Zack Fields walked to put runners on the corners, redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs recorded his first career RBI with a single to left center, plating MacKenzie and giving CMU a 2-0 lead.
Senior Randon Henika then gave the Chippewas (1-3) a comfortable 5-0 advantage by smashing a three-run shot over the left field fence to score Fields and Jacobs. The home run was the first for Henika in the Maroon and Gold.
Dodridge went right to work on the mound, giving up just a single hit in the first and second innings to keep the sheet clean while the Chippewas' bats continued to produce. Senior Jordan Adams led off the top of the third with his first home run of the season and sophomore Alec Ornelas drove a double to centerfield and later came around to score to put CMU in front, 7-0.
The Ragin' Cajuns (3-1) were able to get on the board with a single run in the fourth, but that is all they would get off the senior lefty as he worked five clean innings in his six innings pitched.
Freshman Logan Regnier displayed his game-changing speed in the top of the eighth after coming on to pinch run for Jacobs, who led off the inning with a single. Regnier stole second and third before scoring on a bases-loaded balk by the Cajuns.
CMU was able to add a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth when MacKenzie tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a RBI single by Adams. Regnier then went to work again on the base paths, stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch before coming across the plate on a passed ball.
Adams finished the game 2-for-5 with the solo home run and two RBI, while Jacobs went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Henika 1-for-4 with three RBI.
Freshman Taylor Lehnert came on in relief for the Chippewas and pitched effectively in his second appearance of the weekend, giving up just two hits and a run in 2.1 innings of work. Redshirt freshman Blake Louscher finished the game by getting the final two outs and stranding the bases loaded full of Cajuns.