MOUNT PLEASANT - A pitching dual went in the favor of Bowling Green Friday afternoon as Central Michigan dropped its home opener at Theunissen Stadium to the Falcons, 1-0.
The Chippewas (10-13, 1-3 MAC) were unable to plate a run for the second-straight game despite twice having the bases loaded, stranding a total of eight runners.
CMU had a chance to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when junior Noel Santos led off the inning with a single to left center and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Alec Ornelas.
Freshman Logan Regnier drew a walk and another sacrifice bunt, this time by sophomore Pat MacKenzie, pushed the runners to second and third with two outs. Sophomore Nick Regnier was a hit by a pitch to load the bases and freshman Zack Fields worked himself into a favorable 3-1 count, but Regnier was picked off at first to end the threat.
The Falcons (5-15, 1-3 MAC) took the momentum from the defensive stop into the top of the fourth as Brian Bien led off with a single and stole second before coming around for the game's only run on a double by Andrew Kubuski.
The Chippewas' offense was unable to get anything going over the next four innings as Bowling Green starter Cody Apthorpe sat down 11 straight before a single by Logan Regnier with one out in the bottom of the eighth.
Regnier's single was followed by a walk to MacKenzie, forcing BGSU to bring reliever Nick Bruns into the game for Apthorpe. After a pop out by Nick Regnier, Fields walked to again load the bases for CMU, but Bruns was able to get redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs to strike out swinging to end the inning.
Bruns finished his five-out save in the bottom of the ninth with a 1-2-3 inning.
Sophomore Jordan Foley suffered his first loss of the season for the Chippewas despite another stellar performance on the mound. The right hander strucked out eight over 7.2 innings and gave up just one run on five hits.
The Chippewas and Falcons will conclude their series Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader due to the chance of inclement weather on Sunday. Game one will be pushed ahead to 12:35 p.m. with game two of the afternoon billing set to start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.