KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan Baseball won the final game of its series at Kent State on Sunday, 8-2. Nine different batters accounted for the Chippewas’ 13 team hits.
Sophomore Cody Leichman led Central Michigan (20-25, 9-12 MAC) with three RBIs and three hits. Senior Tom Lally went 2-4 with two runs while senior Randon Henika and freshman Dylan Goodwin each added an RBI. Senior Rick Dodridge started on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out five batters over 4.2 innings. Freshman Jason Gamble earned the victory, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing one hit and no runs.
Jason Bagoly led Kent State (27-21, 14-7 MAC) with two hits. Sawyer Polen went 1-3 with a run. Zarley Zalewski recorded the Flashes only RBI of the game. Casey Wilson pitched 7.0 innings, striking out nine batters and giving up five earned runs. Eli Martin closed the game, surrendering no runs and one hit.
The Chippewas added separation on the scoreboard in the third inning, extending their lead to 5-0. Lally singled up the middle and advanced to second on a fielding error that allowed sophomore Nick Regnier to reach first. The bases were loaded with one out after senior Jordan Adams was hit by a pitch. Leichman scored two runs with a double down the right field line and Henika brought home the third run of the inning with an infield single to score Adams.
Kent State cut into the deficit in the fifth inning, scoring two runs. Polen opened the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Roberts reached on an error, moving Polen to third. With one out and runners on the corners, Alex Miklos walked to load the bases. Zalewski hit into a fielder’s choice that caught Miklos at second but allowed for Polen to score. Another wild pitch moved Zalewski to second and scored Roberts, bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of Central Michigan.
The Chippewas answered in the seventh inning with a lead off homerun by Goodwin.
Leichman and redshirt-freshman Neal Jacobs opened the eighth inning with back-to-back singles and both stole bases to move into scoring position. Leichman came in to score on a throwing error by the pitcher, and Jacobs on a bunt single laid down by freshman Logan Regnier, concluding the scoring at 8-2.
Central Michigan recorded the game’s first runs in the top of the first inning. Lally singled with one out and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Nick Regnier singled to left to advance Lally to third. Leichman singled to center field to score Lally, putting the Chippewas up 1-0. Leichman stole second, and Nick Regnier came home on the throw.
Central Michigan will be back in action on Tuesday, May 7, against Kalamazoo College at Theunissen Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.