DeLAND, Fla. - Central Michigan's offense was unable to come up with key hits at key times as the Chippewas stranded 12 runners on base in a 6-2 loss to Connecticut Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas (3-6) were held off the board until the final inning when sophomore Tyler Huntey led things off with a pinch-hit single and came around to score on a triple by sophomore Pat MacKenzie. Freshman Zack Fields reached on an error allowing MacKenzie to score from third, but it would all the Maroon and Gold could muster as junior Cody Leichman hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.
CMU had runners in scoring position in all but two innings, but the Huskies' (5-3) pitching staff was able to hold onto its lead from start to finish.
The Huskies went ahead with a run in the first and pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third. Another run in the fourth chased senior Pat Kaminska from the game after just 3.1 innings, forcing head coach Steve Jaksa to bring on freshman Jimmy McNamara.
The freshman pitcher helped save the CMU bullpen from further damage by pitching 3.2 innings. McNamara held the Huskies at bay until a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth put CMU in the hole, 6-0.
Freshman Logan Regnier continued his hot start to the season with a 2-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot that included his second triple of the season. MacKenzie also went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI,
CMU will conclude the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament Sunday versus Ohio State at 11 a.m.