Central Michigan (28-26, 15-9 MAC) vs. Western Michigan (24-25, 13-10 MAC)

Thursday, May 17 ♦  3:05 p.m.  ♦  Theunissen Stadium
Friday, May 18 ♦  3:05 p.m.  ♦  
Theunissen Stadium
Saturday, May 19 ♦  2:05 p.m.  ♦  Theunissen Stadium

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Projected Pitching Matchups
  CMU
Record ERA
Western Michigan Record ERA
Game 1 RHP Zach Cooper (Sr.) 6-4 2.86 vs. LHP Casey Webber (Sr.) 4-4 4.48
Game 2 RHP Pat Kaminska (Jr.)
5-2 3.05 vs. LHP Steve Laudicina (So.) 6-4   3.50  
 
Game 3 LHP Dietrich Enns (Jr.) 4-2 2.44 vs. RHP Will Nimke (Fr.) 4-3 3.86  
                 

         
Top Hitters            
  CMU Avg. Other   Western Michigan Avg. Other  
  Jordan Dean .362 80 H, 40 RBI   Jack Scanlon .358 12 XBH, 34 RBI  
  William Arnold .337 11 XBH, 37 RBI
  Patrick Duncan .335 14 2B, 38 RBI  
  Nate Theunissen .286 10 2B, 39 RBI   Ryan McMillin .333 25 XBH, 48 RBI
Tale of the Tape CMU News and Notes

Title Hunt
The Chippewas enter the weekend one game back of Mid-American Conference West leader Toledo with three games remaining in the regular season. CMU has won the last two MAC West titles and would need to win two of its three games versus the Broncos and have Toledo lose at least one of its three games versus Eastern Michigan to earn its third-straight MAC West crown. 

Chasing History
With just three regular season games and the MAC Tournament remaining, senior Nate Theunissen is looking to put a final stamp on his illustrious career at CMU. Theunissen needs just six hits to tie Jim Geldhof's record of 252 set from 2002-2005. 

Where Theunissen Ranks

  • Hits: 3rd - 246 (Record: Jim Geldhof, 252)
  • At-Bats: 2nd - 769 (Record: Matt Faiman, 771)
  • Doubles: 2nd - 51 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 59)
  • RBI: 4th - 177 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 200)
  • Extra-Base Hits: 4th - 78 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 105)
  • Total Bases: 4th - 376 (Record: Bryan Mitzel, 432)
  • Games Played: 8th - 210 (Record: Mike Gates, 223)
Hall Heating Up
Despite going 0-for-3 Tuesday versus Michigan State, senior Tyler Hall has seen his batting average jump from .284 to .338 over the last three weeks of play. The senior has scored at least one run in 11 straight games and was named the MAC West Player of the Week Monday after batting .571 with nine runs, two doubles, a triple and a three-run home run in CMU's five games last week. 

The Enns Zone
Junior Dietrich Enns earned back-to-back MAC West Pitcher of the Weeks thanks in part to throwing 17.0 scoreless innings over his first two starts of the season. Enns struck out a career-high eight batters last Sunday versus Ball State and has allowed just eight hits over the 17.0 inning stretch. His consecutive scoreless innings streak currently sits at 17.1 as he retired the final batter he faced at Akron on April 29. 

Friday Ace
Senior Zach Cooper can earn his seventh win of the conference season Friday when he takes the mound versus the Broncos. Cooper has a decision in all eight of his starts (6-2) and boasts an earned run average of just 1.73. His six wins lead the way in conference play as do his two complete-games, while he ranks second in league play with 60 strikeouts.

MacKenzie's Magic
Since head coach Steve Jaksa moved redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie back in the lineup as the everyday second baseman, the Chippewas have posted a 13-5 record to move two games above .500 at 28-26. MacKenzie has led the way at the plate, batting .431 (22-for-51) with 13 runs, five doubles, a triple and 10 RBI. He has also drawn 18 walks during the stretch for an astonishing .563 on-base percentage. 

Senior Day
This weekend's series marks the final at Theunissen Stadium for 10 players who will be recognized prior to Friday's game at 3:05 p.m. 

MAC Tournament Scenarios
If the MAC Tournament at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio started today, the Chippewas would enter as the No. 3 seed and face off versus the No. 6 seed Western Michigan. Kent State has already clinched the outright MAC regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the tournament, but CMU can still move as high as No. 2. Seeding is based on conference winning percentage, regardless of division. [2012 MAC Tournament Bracket]

 

4.16 ERA 4.87
.264 Avg. Against
.302
.280 Batting Avg. .295
.372 Slugging Pct.
.387
33 Home Runs 19
6.2 Runs Scored
5.5
32-48 Stolen Bases
39-65
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

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