DeKALB, Ill. - Junior Dietrich Enns pitched a complete-game shutout Sunday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field as Central Michigan completed its three-game sweep of Northern Illinois, 7-0.
Enns, who was making his first start since May 1, 2010 at NIU, held the Huskies (14-33, 7-14 MAC) without a hit through the first five innings and finished the game with a season-high seven strikeouts to help the Chippewas (23-25, 12-9 MAC) extend their season-long winning streak to five games and earn their first sweep of the season.
The junior capped his performance by striking out two in the bottom of the ninth to secure the shutout and allowed just three hits and three walks in the contest to earn his third win of the season.
The Chippewas' offense got the ball rolling in the first inning when junior Jordan Dean reached base on an error by the Huskies' Alex Jones and later came around to score on a double by senior William Arnold to claim the lead, 1-0.
While Enns was shutting down the Huskies' offense, it was the Maroon and Gold bats that picked back up in the fifth inning as they batted around and scored four runs to extend the lead to 5-0.
Senior Tyler Hall doubled to right center to plate redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie for the first run of the inning before later coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by Arnold. After back-to-back walks to senior Sam Russell and junior Jordan Adams, junior Tom Lally doubled to right field to cap the four-run frame.
CMU capped its scoring in the seventh with back-to-back doubles from Russell and Adams and a RBI single through the right side from senior Eric Wrozek.
The Chippewas' defense continued the stellar defensive play it displayed throughout the weekend, finishing without an error in all three games.
Hall, Arnold and Adams each finished with two hits to lead the way offensively, while Adams and Russell each scored two runs.
CMU will look to continue its current winning streak as it plays eight of its last nine regular season games at the friendly confines of Theunissen Stadium.
The Chippewas return to action Wednesday afternoon when they host Seattle for a doubleheader. Game one is set for a 1:05 start time.