MONOA, Hawaii - Central Michigan took game one of its series at Les Murakami Stadium Wednesday night and early into Thursday morning, defeating Hawaii, 6-5.
Freshman Jordan Foley (2-0) made his first career start for the Chippewas (5-7), striking out a career-high six batters over 5.1 innings of work, giving up three runs - two earned - on five hits and four walks to earn the win.
CMU broke up a scoreless game in the top of the second, putting the first run on the board on three-straight singles by senior Nate Theunissen, junior Jordan Adams and senior Sam Russell. Theunissen started the inning with an infield single and later came around to score on a single to left field by Russell for a 1-0 lead.
Redshirt freshman Nick Regnier produced a run in the top of the fifth to extend the CMU lead to two, getting hit by a pitch with two outs, stealing second, advancing to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a single by junior Jordan Dean to left.
The Rainbows (9-5) cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth with their first run of the game, but CMU responded quickly in the top of the sixth with two runs of their own.
Adams hit a double to left field to lead off the inning and scored when Russell hit a double of his own to right field that chased Hawaii starter Matt Sisto from the game. A sacrifice bunt by junior Tom Lally moved Russell to third and another sac bunt, this time by redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey, allowed Russell to score and give CMU a 4-1 lead.
Three-straight singles to start the bottom of the sixth by the Rainbows once again cut the deficit in half, 4-2, chasing Foley from the game and HU pulled within one with on a RBI groundout by Garrett Champion later in the inning.
The Maroon and Gold responded once again however, hitting three-straight singles of their own to start the seventh. Regnier got things rolling with an infield single, advanced to second on a balk and scored on a single by Dean, pushing the CMU lead back to two, 5-3. Theunissen then singled and advanced to second on a ground out before Russell was intentionally walked to load the bases and Lally hit a sac fly that scored Dean for a 6-3 lead.
The Rainbows refused to go away, scoring a run in the seventh and another in the eighth after a 25-minute delay due to a power outage that cut the stadium lights. Following the delay, Weaver replaced freshman Sean Renzi and hit back-to-back batters allowing the hosts to pull back within one, 6-5.
Weaver was able to close the game in the bottom of the ninth with two groundouts and a strikeout, earning his first career save.
The Chippewas' two 2-6 hitters each recorded at least two hits in the contest, led by Regnier's 3-for-4 two run performance and Russell's 3-for-3 two RBI output.
CMU and Hawaii will continue their series Thursday evening at Les Murakami Stadium with senior Zach Cooper (0-1, 2.50 ERA) taking on Jarrett Arakawa (1-0, 1.93 ERA). First pitch is set for 11:35 p.m. EST.