BECKLEY, W.V. - Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs had a home run in each game and Central Michigan's bats came alive Friday afternoon in a doubleheader sweep over Marshall.
Jacobs hit a two-run shot and had four RBI in a 7-3 win to open the day before hitting a three-run bomb in game two that helped bring the Chippewas (8-9) from behind and earn the sweep of the Thundering Herd (7-8).
The freshman's first home run of the day came with the Chippewas trailing by a single run as the outfielder homered to centerfield with junior Cody Leichman on base to give the Chippewas a 3-2 advantage.
CMU was able to extend its lead in game one to 5-2 on a RBI double by freshman Zack Fields and single by Leichman before a single up the middle by Jacobs in the eighth plated Leichman and sophomore Nick Regnier for a 7-2 advantage.
Sophomore Jordan Foley improved to 4-0 with another stellar outing. Foley gave up just four hits and two runs - one earned - on four hits over six innings, striking out eight in the process.
Game two saw the Chippewas take a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on Fields' team-high seventh double of the season, plating Regnier and sophomore Pat MacKenzie.
The Thundering Herd came right back in the bottom of the frame however, when a sacrifice fly evened the game, 2-2, and a throwing error allowed the inning to extend and the Herd to score a pair of unearned runs.
With the Chippewas trailing by two, 4-2, Fields tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a two-RBI single to through the left side before Jacobs homered for the second time on the day to plate Fields and senior Jordan Adams, to put the Maroon and Gold in front, 7-4.
A RBI single by Regnier in the top of the sixth plated his younger brother freshman Logan Regnier to extend the CMU lead to 8-4.
The Chippewas held a 9-6 lead in the bottom of the ninth when the Herd were able to plate a run on a fielder's choice, but sophomore Matt Trowbridge earned his third save of the season by inducing a groudout.
Sophomore Dylan Rheault earned his first win of the season on the mound in game two, tossing six innings and striking out three.
The Chippewas and Thundering Herd will continue their series Saturday afternoon. A game time has not been announced and is contingent on the weather.