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Chippewas Rough Up Fighting Irish, 12-2
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Scott Phillion drove in four with a 3-for-4 day at the plate to help the Chippewas beat the Fighting Irish, 12-2. CMU has now won three in a row on the road and will host Western Michigan for a three-game series this weekend.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- A six-run fifth blew open a close contest and the Central Michigan baseball team piled on five more in the sixth to earn a 12-2 win over Notre Dame at Frank Eck Stadium on Wednesday.

The Chippewas (27-19) drew five walks to take the lead in the fifth and Scott Phillion drove in a pair with a single off the glove of the shortstop for a 5-2 edge over the Fighting Irish (20-28). A pair of errors by UND would plate two more runs.

"We were able to keep the game close early and then all of the sudden they struggled to throw strikes and we took advantage," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "We showed some patience and we were able to make it pay off."

CMU added five in the sixth, the big hit a two-run pinch-hit single by Dale Cornstubble, to give starting pitcher Brock Guetzke all the support he would need.

Guetzke (1-0) tossed seven strong innings to earn his first collegiate win, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. The redshirt freshman struck out three. Mike Nixon and Trent Howard each worked a scoreless inning of relief.

"Brock has been getting better and better all season," Jaksa said. "He really pitched well. He was very aggressive, he had a live fastball with good movement and kept them off balance with a sharp breaking ball."

Ryan Sharpley took the loss (0-1) for the Fighting Irish. He gave up three runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning.

Phillion drove in four in the contest with a 3-for-4 effort. James Teas went 2-for-4, drove in a run and scored two.

The Chippewas return home to host Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan for a three-game series at Theunissen Stadium, starting on Friday.