Central Michigan (28-26, 15-9 MAC) vs. Western Michigan (24-25, 13-10 MAC)
Thursday, May 17 ♦ 3:05 p.m. ♦ Theunissen Stadium
|Projected Pitching Matchups|
|Game 1||RHP Zach Cooper (Sr.)||6-4||2.86||vs.||LHP Casey Webber (Sr.)||4-4||4.48|
|Game 2||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|
|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|
Where Theunissen Ranks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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