Hall's Cycle Pushes Chippewas Past Toledo, 9-8
Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior Tyler Hall hit for the cycle on Thursday, going 4-for-5 with five RBI and the game-winning run in CMU's 9-8 defeat of Toledo.
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Junior Tyler Hall hit a bases-clearing triple in the top of the ninth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Emmett for the game-winning run as Central Michigan came from behind for a 9-8 win over Toledo at the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Thursday.

The triple, Hall's fourth hit of the game, gave the junior a cycle as he had hit for a single, double and solo home run earlier in the game.

Junior Sam Russell reached on an error to lead off the ninth and seniors Matt Faiman and Robbie Harman hit back-to-back singles before Hall ripped a 2-2 pitch down the right field line for his 11th triple of the season and scored one-batter later on a SAC fly to right field by Emmett.

The win keeps the Chippewas (30-26) alive in the MAC Tournament as they will face No. 7 seed Western Michigan in an elimination game Friday at 12:30 p.m. The Broncos lost to No. 3 Miami, 12-2, in the quarterfinals Thursday night.

"It's not over," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "It's one game at a time. We knew where we were, but we knew what we could do. Toledo is a good team and they swung the bats well today. They hit a couple of big home home runs and put themselves in a good situation, but kudos to our kids for coming back. Our seniors are in a good place right now and we'll be ready to go tomorrow."

CMU took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Russell to left field and a based-loaded hit by pitch to Tom Howard. The Rockets (26-29) responded however in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI triple by Jim Vahalik and RBI single by Matt Delewski.

The lead was extended to 5-2 by the Maroon and Gold with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but Toledo scored six runs on three home runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take the lead.

Dan Sherwood hit a two-run home run in the sixth, and Mark Lapikas hit a three-run blast in the seventh before Sherwood again went deep in the eighth for the 8-5 lead, setting up the CMU comeback.

Harvey Martin earned the win for the Chippewas, improving to 2-3 on the season, after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief. Detriech Enns picked up his sixth save of the season, pitching the ninth inning.

Hall finished the game 4-for-5 with his cycle performance, driving in a career-high five runs. Faiman and Nate Theunissen each went 2-for-4 while Russell finished 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Friday's contest can be heard live on 91.5 WMHW-FM or followed via live stats by visiting MAC-Sports.com.