BECKLEY, W.V. - Despite another comeback attempt in the top of the ninth, the Central Michigan baseball program was unable to complete a four-game series sweep at Marshall Sunday afternoon, falling to the Thundering Herd, 6-4.
The Chippewas (9-10) had taken the first three games of the series to even their record at .500 on the season, but fell behind early on Sunday and despite their best efforts were unable to come back in the final inning for the second day in a row.
Trailing 6-1 in the top of the ninth, junior Noel Santos walked with one out to start a rally and advanced to second when sophomore Tyler Huntey was hit with a pitch. Senior Tom Lally then doubled to left field, plating Santos to cut the deficit to 6-2.
A wild pitch with freshman Logan Regnier at the plate allowed Huntey to score and Lally to move into scoring position, before the freshman outfielder singled to left field to pull CMU within two, 6-4.
After a strikeout of sophomore Pat MacKenzie, sophomore Nick Regnier was hit by a pitch and both Regniers advanced on a passed ball to put the tying run in scoring position, but senior Jordan Adams struck out looking to end the game.
CMU fell behind 6-0 through six innings before putting a run on the board in the top of the seventh on a muffed throw that allowed Lally to score.
Senior Rick Dodridge started the contest and gave up three runs - two earned - on six hits over three innings to suffer his third loss of the season, while freshman Taylor Lehnert came in and gave up three runs on seven hits in three innings.
Logan Regnier led the way at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a RBI for his team-high eighth multi-hit game of the season.
The Chippewas are scheduled to play their home opener Tuesday afternoon versus Northwood. First pitched is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.