CMU Bats Come Alive in 15-4 Victory over Oakland
Courtesy: Beth Walter/CMU Athletics
Redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey fires a throw to first during a game at Theunissen Stadium earlier this season. Huntey drove in four runs Tuesday, including his first career home run.

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MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan scored a season-high 15 runs at Theunissen Stadium, for the second time this season, to defeat Oakland Tuesday afternoon.

The Chippewas improve to 16-21 on the season with the victory while the Golden Grizzlies fall to 10-25. The win by the Chippewas avenged an 11-8 loss at Oakland last Wednesday and split the season series between the two teams one game apiece.

Senior Nate Theunissen and redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey each drove in four runs for CMU in the victory, with Huntey hitting his first career home run. Theunissen now has nine RBI in his last two games, while Huntey recorded a career-high four RBI in each of the Chippewas' two games versus Oakland this season.  

The Chippewas jumped out in front, 3-0, in the first inning on a RBI single by Jordan Dean and two-RBI double by Theunissen after freshman Jordan Foley struck out the side in the top of the frame.

Foley didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning when the Golden Grizzlies pulled within one, 3-2, on three hits off the freshman righty.

CMU responded in the bottom of the inning however, posting the first of three separate four-run innings on the day to extend its lead to five, 7-2.

Another RBI single by Dean gave Central one of its runs back before Theunissen reached on an error with the bases loaded and only one out for an RBI that also allowed Dean to score from second. A sacrifice fly by senior Sam Russell plated Hall one batter later for the 7-2 lead.

Hall reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch to extend the CMU lead to 8-2 in the sixth before Russell singled with Theunissen on first to set up Huntey's first career blast. The redshirt freshman sent an 0-1 pitch deep over the left field wall for a three-run bomb and an 11-2 lead.

Theunissen hit a sacrifice to center field and Russell doubled down the right field line for a RBI in the seventh, while Huntey drove in Hall with a bloop single into center field. Redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie capped CMU's scoring for the day with a RBI single later in the inning.

Freshman Sean Renzi came on in relief of Foley and pitched the final 3.2 innings to earn his first career save, giving up just one unearned run in the top of the ninth for the final score.

In addition to Theunissen and Huntey's big day, redshirt freshman Nick Regnier, Russell and MacKenzie each finished with two hits. Hall scored four times in the game and Dean scored three runs while also extending his current hitting streak to 11 games.

Foley improved to 3-0 on the year after tossing 5.1 innings and giving up just three runs - two earned - on six hits and three walks. He also finished the day with four strikeouts.

CMU will play at Theunissen Stadium again tomorrow when it hosts Michigan State. The game will be the second of a three-game season series between the two programs and is set to begin at 3:05 p.m.