ROCHESTER, Mich. - Seniors Jordan Adams and Tom Lally and sophomore Nick Regnier each drove in three runs and Central Michigan had eight extra-base hits as a team to defeat Oakland for the second time this season Wednesday afternoon, 13-9.
The Chippewas (22-25) tallied 17 hits total to score in all but two innings, earning their third-straight victory heading into a key Mid-American Conference series versus Akron at Theunissen Stadium this week.
After the Golden Grizzlies (14-29) tied the game in the bottom of the third on a solo home run by Robby Enslen, the Chippewas quickly responded to take over for good.
Sophomore Joe Houlihan reached on an error with one out to start the rally and sophomore catcher Alec Ornelas pushed him ahead with a bunt single down the third base line. After a OU pitching change and a sacrifice bunt by freshman Logan Regnier, his older brother sophomore Nick Regnier drove in a pair of runs with a single to left center for a 5-3 CMU lead.
Oakland was able to pull within a run with another solo home run in the bottom of the frame, but another pair of runs by the Chippewas in the top of the sixth pushed the lead to three, 7-4.
Freshman Zack Fields led off the inning with a pinch-hit home run to to left center for the first run of the inning before Logan Regnier recorded her seventh triple of the season and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lally.
Todd Dunham's second solo home run of the game came in the bottom of the frame to again cut the CMU lead to two, 7-5, but the Chippewas' offense stay resilient, scoring four more runs in the top of the seventh.
Sophomores Cody Leichman and Pat MacKenzie led off the frame with back-to-back singles and moved up a base on a wild pitch before back-to-back walks to Houlihan and freshman Dylan Goodwin plated a run.
Logan Regnier drove in MacKenzie with a sac fly to centerfield and Lally capped the inning with his second double of the contest to plate Goodwin and Houlihan for a 11-5 advantage.
A leadoff solo home run by senior Jordan Adams pushed the lead to 12-5 in the top of the eighth, but the Maroon and Gold were forced to hold of a rally by the home squad.
OU was able to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth and had the potential tying run at the plate before freshman Jason Gamble shut the door with a strikeout to end the rally.
The top of the order put together quite the day for the Maroon and Gold as the Regnier brothers and Lally combined to go 9-for-13 with five runs scored and nine RBI.
Junior Kenton San Miguel earned his second win of the year by tossing 2.1 innings of relief, giving up just one hit and one run.
CMU will begin its series versus Akron Friday afternoon at 3:05. The Chippewas currently hold the No. 8 seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio May 22-25.