10-Game Winning Streak
The Chippewas swept Ball State over the weekend to tie their longest winning streak since 2007 at 10 games. CMU has won 12 of its last 15 contests since last meeting Michigan State on April 18 at Theunissen Stadium, a game in which the Spartans clinched the season series with an 11-1 victory.
More on the Streak
- CMU's pitching staff has posted a team ERA of 2.05, tossing two shutouts and holding opponents to just a .241 batting average.
- The Chippewas are batting .322 as a team with a slugging percentage of .501, scoring 7.1 runs per game.
- The bullpen has allowed just two runs over 17 innings pitched.
- Extra-base hits have been plentiful, with CMU recording 29 doubles, two triples and nine home runs.
The All-Time Series
The Chippewas and Spartans have met 112 times in program history, with the Maroon and Gold holding a 62-50 edge over their in-state foe. MSU has already clinched the season series by taking the first two meetings in 2012 however and won the inagural Clash at Comerica, 3-1, on April 20, 2011.
Senior Nate Theunissen had a season-high four hits in Saturday's 15-4 win over Ball State to move just six hits shy of the CMU record of 262 set by Jim Geldhof. Theunissen also recorded his 51st double in the contest, moving eight shy of Bryan Mitzel's record of 59.
Where Theunissen Ranks
- Doubles: 2nd - 51 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 59)
- At-Bats: 2nd - 766 (Record: Matt Faiman, 771)
- Hits: 3rd - 246 (Record: Jim Geldhof, 252)
- RBI: 4th - 177 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 200)
- Extra-Base Hits: 4th - 78 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 105)
- Total Bases: 4th - 376 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 432)
- Home Runs: 11th - 25 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 43)
Since head coach Steve Jaksa moved redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie back in the lineup as the everyday second baseman, the Chippewas have posted a 13-4 record to move three games above .500 at 28-25. MacKenzie has led the way at the plate, batting .438 (21-for-48) with 13 runs scored, five doubles, a triple and 10 RBI. He has also drawn 18 walks from the No. 9 spot in the lineup to record an on-base percentage of .574 during the 17-game stretch.
Hall Heating Up
Senior Tyler Hall raised his batting average 42 points last week in the Chippewas' five games versus Seattle and Ball State, batting 12-for-21 (.571) with nine runs scored, two doubles, his 13th career triple and a three-run blast to drive in eight runs. He recorded at least two hits in all five games helping extend his career-long hitting streak to 10 games.
Longstreth Lights Out
Senior left-hander Ryan Longstreth has found his niche since moving into the bullpen halfway through the 2012 season. Longstreth has not allowed a run since April 15 at Eastern Michigan, tossing 10.1 straight scoreless innings of relief over six appearances.
Senior Jon Weaver has been just impressive in relief, giving the Chippewas a formidable one-two punch in the back end of their bullpen. Weaver has allowed just one run over his last nine appearances (13 innings) recording three saves in the process. The righty accomplished the rare feat of earning the win in game one and the save in game two of last Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Seattle University.
Chippewas Tabbed to Win Third-Straight MAC West Title
Central Michigan was picked to win its third-straight Mid-American Conference West Division title by the league's head coaches. CMU received 54 points to edge Toledo's 45 and Eastern Michigan's 43. The Maroon and Gold also received one vote to win the 2012 MAC Tournament, which will be played at Pro-Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio for the first time.
Former Coach Waldo Sauter Remembered
The Chippewas will wear a patch with the initials "WS" the remainder of the season in commemoration of former CMU baseball head coach Waldo Sauter, who passed away on February 22. Sauter was the first coach in CMU history to earn 200 wins in any sports and left as the program's all-time leader in wins with 210 in 1970. He was inducted into the CMU Athletics Marcy Weston Hall of Fame in 1994 and selected the Maroon and Gold's "Fan of the Year" in 2010.
One of the Nation's All-Time Winningest Programs
According to the NCAA's annual baseball record book, the Central Michigan baseball program ranks 26th on the list of all-time winningest programs with a minimum of 25 years in Division I. The Chippewas entered the season 1,956-1,175-17 for a clip of .624, ranking above programs such as the back-to-back National Champs South Carolina perennial power Florida.
Big Ten Network to Air Second ‘Clash at Comerica'
The Big Ten Network announced its 2012 baseball television schedule on February 16, one that features the second ‘Clash at Comerica' game between Central Michigan and Michigan State. The game will be moved to 7 p.m. to accommodate the T.V. schedule after originally being slated for 6:35 p.m.