MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The 2012 Central Michigan baseball team was in action for the first time this fall Friday, winning its annual International game versus the Ontario Blue Jays (U18), 11-1.
Pitching was the name of the game for the Chippewas throughout the day as seniors Zach Cooper and Rick Dodridge each threw 49 pitches over four innings, striking out a combined 10 batters. Cooper, a 46th round selection by the Florida Marlins in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft who elected to return for his final campaign, struck out a team-high six.
The Maroon and Gold scored three runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings and recorded a single run each in the fifth and sixth to provide the game's offense.
Jordan Dean and Nick Regnier led the way, going 2-for-4 with two RBI each, while Randon Henika and Sam Russell each recorded two hits. Dean recorded two doubles in the contest, while Henika had an extra-base hit of his own in the form of a two-run triple.
The game marked the first of eight for the Chippewas this fall as they will play their annual seven-game intrasquad Fall World Series next month.
CMU is coming off back-to-back Mid-American Conference West Division titles and returns 16 upperclassmen from a year ago.