MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Freshman Adam Aldred struck out seven in eight dominant innings versus Kalamazoo College Tuesday to lead Central Michigan to a 5-0 win at Theunissen Stadium.
The left hander gave up just five hits and did not walk a batter to improve to 2-0 on the season and has now thrown 14 scoreless innings in his two starts on the mound for the Maroon and Gold.
The Chippewas (21-25) took advantage the Hornets' (10-30) mistakes in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Tom Lally was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on a walk to sophomore Nick Regnier before coming around to score the game's first run on a balk by Kalamazoo starter Adam McDowell.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs reached and advanced to second on an error to start the second before a second error on the Hornets' third baseman allowed sophomore Tyler Huntey to reach and Jacobs to score to give CMU a 2-0 lead. After a Huntey stolen base and a wild pitch moved him to third, a bunt single by Lally pushed him across to increase the CMU advantage to 3-0.
While the Chippewas were taking advantage of the costly mistakes, Aldred cruised through the Hornets lineup, retiring the first six batters he faced before giving up his first hit of the game in the top of the third.
The freshman worked around back-to-back singles in the top of the fourth to keep the Hornets off the board and worked his third 1-2-3 inning of the game in the top of the fifth. A leadoff single by Kalamazoo's Marc Zughaib started the sixth, but Aldred was able to catch Zughaib stealing to end the frame before the Chippewas struck again in the bottom of the inning.
Huntey reached on an error for the second time to start the bottom of the sixth and later came around to score on a RBI single by freshman Zack Fields. Lally drove in Fields later in the inning with a sacrifice fly for his second RBI of the game and the final 5-0 tally.
A pair of strikeouts highlighted a scoreless seventh for Aldred and he capped his day by working a perfect eighth inning before junior Joe Ucho pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the victory for CMU.
Senior Randon Henika posted a two-hit day for CMU going 2-for-4 at the plate, while Lally finished 1-for-2 with his two RBI.
The Chippewas are back in action tomorrow afternoon for their second game of the season versus Oakland. First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. at the OU Baseball Field.