DeLAND, Fla. - Central Michigan closed the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament Sunday afternoon with a 8-1 loss to Ohio State.
The Chippewas' (3-7) defensive miscues were costly as four errors resulted in three unearned runs by the Buckeyes (6-4) en route to their second-straight loss.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the third, Ohio State's Tim Wetzel doubled to right center and later came around to score on an error by senior Jordan Adams. The Buckeyes made it 2-0 in the third with a RBI ground out by Craig Nennig.
CMU was able to cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth after sophomore catcher Alec Ornelas tripled to right field to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Noel Santos.
Unfortunately, it would mark the only run the Chippewas could muster in the contest as they left nine men on base. Ohio State opened up the game with three runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings.
Senior Rick Dodridge suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up five runs - two earned - on five hits and two walks. Brian King earned the win for Ohio State, striking out seven in seven innings.
The Chippewas' bats produced just six hits in the contest, with Ornelas' 1-for-3 performance leading the way.
CMU will be back in action Tuesday evening for the first of two games versus Bethune-Cookman. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and sophomore Dylan Rheault will take the mound for the Chippewas.