Chippewas Edge Madonna in Home Opener, 3-1
Courtesy: Mike James
Jake Sabol tossed four innings to lead a strong day on the mound for Central Michigan against Madonna.

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MOUNT PLEASANT -- An RBI single by William Arnold capped a three-run rally in the sixth inning and five pitchers combined to allow just six hits in Central Michigan's 3-1 victory over Madonna at Theunissen Stadium on Tuesday.

Senior Jake Sabol started the strong effort on the mound, scattering three hits over four innings and four relievers tossed five scoreless frames to help the Chippewas (8-9) hold off the Crusaders (10-8).

A pair of Central Michigan errors produced a run for Madonna in the first inning and MU had runners on in each of the first six innings, but was unable to add to its lead. A key situation unraveled in the sixth, when Crusaders shortstop Mike Gansser popped up a suicide squeeze attempt that turned into a double play.

A one-out walk to Tyler Hall started CMU's rally in the sixth. Brendan Emmett followed with a single to center, and both moved up on a passed ball.

A wild pitch allowed Hall to score from third, and the throw to the plate sailed over the head of the pitcher covering, and Emmett scored from second on the play as well for a 2-1 CMU lead. Nate Theunissen followed with a two-out infield single, stole second and scored on William Arnold 's single through the left side for an insurance run.

Madonna would only push one runner as far as second base over the final three innings, as Ryan Longstreth , Jon Weaver , Mike Nixon and Matt Faiman gave up just three hits over the final five innings. Weaver picked up the win (2-0), while Faimain earned the save.

The Chippewas travel to Missouri for a four-game series starting on Friday.