KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan struck out 12 times and left a total of nine men on base Friday afternoon, falling to defending Mid-American Conference Champion Kent State, 4-1.
Despite a 3-for-5 day from senior cleanup hitter Jordan Adams, the Chippewas (19-24, 8-11 MAC) mustered just five hits against the Golden Flashes (26-20, 13-6 MAC) as freshman Logan Regnier and senior Tom Lally recorded the only two other hits for the Maroon and Gold.
After falling behind 1-0 on a RBI double off the bat of Kent State's T.J. Sutton in the bottom of the second, the Chippewas were able to even things up in the top of the fifth with a two-out rally.
Freshman catcher Dylan Goodwin fell behind 1-2 after two quick outs in the fifth before working the count full and drawing a walk before Regnier drove a triple to the gap in right center to tie the game. The triple was Regnier's sixth of the season, moving him into sole possession of fourth place in a single season in CMU history.
Unfortunately, the momentum quickly turned back in the Golden Flashes' favor when Alex Miklos led off the bottom of the frame with a single and stole second to move into scoring position. Freshman Zarley Zalewski singled up the middle one batter later to put Kent in front, 2-1.
The Golden Flashes added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Kenton San Miguel on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Revesz and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Derek Toadvine.
Sophomore Jordan Foley suffered his fourth loss of the season for the Maroon and Gold, tossing six innings and giving up a pair of runs on four hits while striking out five.
Taylor Williams improved to 8-1 for the Golden Flashes, striking out eight over 6.2 innings while giving up just one run on four hits. Brian Clark pitched the final 2.1 innings and struck out four to earn his seventh save of the year.
The Chippewas and Golden Flashes will resume their series Saturday under the lights at Schoonover Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. with CMU freshman Taylor Lehnert projected to start.