MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan's bats appear to be heating up at the right time.
The Chippewas (19-22, 8-10 MAC) pounded out double-digit hits for the second-straight day and senior Jordan Adams finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI in clinching the series over rival Eastern Michigan, 11-9.
Adams' three-run blast in the third inning capped a four-run frame in which the Chippewas turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead. Senior Tom Lally and freshman Dylan Goodwin led off the inning with back-to-back bunt singles, but Goodwin was forced out at second on a bunt attempt by freshman Logan Regnier, putting runners on the corners with one out.
Sophomore Pat MacKenzie then evened the game at a run apiece when he doubled to right field to score Lally. Adams came to the plate two batters later and just squeezed his fifth home run of the season inside the foul pole down the left field line to put CMU ahead, 4-3.
The Maroon and Gold had fell behind in the top of the first on an error that sparked a three-run frame by the Eagles (20-20, 9-9 MAC), but senior Rick Dodridge settled in and kept the Eagles off the board again until the top of the fifth.
A pair of singles off the bats of Sam Ott and Lee Longo got things started for Eastern in the fifth and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up. Ott was able to score and even the game on a passed ball and a sacrice fly by Jamie Simpson plated Longo to put EMU back in front, 5-4.
CMU quickly responded though and put Dodridge back in line for the win, scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame.
A Logan Regnier single and stolen base put the tying run in scoring position before back-to-back walks to MacKenzie and Nick Regnier loaded the bases. Adams then came up in the clutch yet again, bouncing a hard hit ball over the head of Simpson at third base to score a pair of runs and put CMU back in front, 6-5.
A double down the left field line by the elder Regnier scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and despite a strikeout of Adams later in the inning, an errant throw down to first on the play allowed Regnier to come across.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs tripled down the right field line and scored what proved to be a very important run on a single by Leichman later in the frame, putting CMU in front, 11-9.
Sophomore Dylan Rheault came on in relief of Dodridge in the sixth and breezed through three innings of work before the Chippewas faced a bit of a scare in the ninth.
The Eagles sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs in the inning and had the bases the bases loaded when sophomore Matt Trowbridge got John Rubino looking to end the game.
Dodridge earned the win to improve to 2-4 on the season while Paul Schaak suffered the loss for the Eagles to even his record at 3-3.
Lally finished the day with a pair of hits in his second-straight start at the hot corner, while MacKenzie scored three runs.
The Chippewas are back in action Tuesday afternoon when they host Notre Dame at Theunissen Stadium. First pitch is set for 4:05.