DAYTONA, Fla. - Central Michigan dropped the first of its two games versus Bethune-Cookman Tuesday afternoon, 10-5.
The Chippewas (3-8) dropped their third straight contest despite coming back in the top of the seventh only to see Wildcats (7-6) score five runs in the bottom of the frame to break things back open.
CMU trailed 3-0 after four innings, but began its comeback in the top of the fifth when freshman Logan Regnier singled through the right side with one out and later stole second to put himself in scoring position. Sophomore Nick Regnier followed suit with a RBI single and stolen base of his own and later came around to score on a RBI single by senior Jordan Adams to cut the Chippewas' deficit to one, 3-2.
The Chippewas tied the game in the sixth, 3-3, on a RBI single by junior Noel Santos and had a chance to break things open as they loaded the bases, but the elder Regnier struck out to end the inning.
The Wildcats came right back in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs coming on a RBI single and a wild pitch to reclaim the lead, 5-3, but the Chippewas would not go away without a fight.
Adams singled to lead off the inning and freshman Zack Fields hit a pinch-hit double down the left field line to put runners at second and third with no outs. Senior Tom Lally drove a pitch up the middle two batters later to plate Adams and sophomore Tyler Huntey tied the game with a single up the middle of his own to plate Fields.
Unfortunately, the momentum didn't carry into the next inning as three straight walks to start the inning loaded the bases for the Wildcats and a single brought in two runs to put them back in front, 7-5. The Wildcats went on to add three more runs in the inning for the final 10-5 tally.
CMU and Bethune-Cookman will conclude the two-game series tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. Freshman Taylor Lehnert will make his first career start for the Maroon and Gold.