DeLAND, Fla. - Central Michigan was unable to come away with a series split at Stetson Sunday, falling to the 23rd-ranked team in the land, 14-3.
"They swung the bat well all weekend, but I thought we pitched them very well too," head coach Steve Jaksa said."We still need to be more consistent defensively. We found some solutions and I believe in the guys we have out there. We're figuring things out more and more each day and the consistency will come. We still have a lot of baseball in front of us."
The Hatters (6-1) struck in the bottom of the first taking advantage of a two-out error by junior Jordan Dean that allowed Robert Crews to score for a 1-0 lead.
The Chippewas (2-5) appeared to have a big inning brewing in the top of the second, loading the bases with no outs, but were only able to come away with one run on a sacrifice fly by junior Randon Henika that scored redshirt-freshman Tyler Huntey.
Stetson took the lead right back in the bottom of the third with four runs on two hits and an error by the Chippewas in the inning, getting a two RBI singles from both Ben Carthart and Trey Blackman to go up 5-1.
Stetson continued to pad its lead with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, making the CMU deficit eight, 9-1. Henika earned his second RBI of the contest with a single up the middle that plated Huntey in the top of the seventh, cutting the gap to seven, 9-2, but that was as close as CMU would come.
A Hatters error in the top of the eighth allowed redshirt-freshman Nick Regnier to score, once again cutting the deficit to seven, 10-3, but Stetson came back with four more runs in the bottom of the frame, including a two-run home run by Crews to left field.
Junior Rick Dodridge (1-1) started for the Chippewas and suffered the loss, tossing 4.1 innings and giving up seven runs - one earned - on eight hits. Will Dorsey earned the win for the Hatters, holding CMU to just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings.
Senior Nate Theunissen went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles, while Huntey finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Henika 1-for-3 with two RBI. Senior William Arnold saw his 14-game hitting streak snapped in the contest, going 0-for-3 with a walk.
CMU continues its 16-game road trip next weekend when it travels to Lake Charles, La., to take on Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State of the Southland Confernece.