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AVON, Ohio — Junior Rick Dodridge threw a complete-game shutout as Central Michigan defeated Miami, 7-0, to advance to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship versus Kent State Saturday afternoon.
The win was the Chippewas' (34-28) fourth straight facing elimination in the tournament and their third victory in the last 24 hours as they continue their quest for the third MAC Tournament title in program history.
Dodridge was outstanding from pitch one, allowing just one hit and a walk through the first four innings as CMU scored all seven runs in the first four frames. He faced the minimum 12 batters through four, being helped by a rare triple play in the second and a 6-3 double play in the third.
Senior Tyler Hall led the game off with a double down the left field line and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly by senior William Arnold. The Chippewas made it 2-0 in the second when senior Sam Russell, redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey and senior Eric Wrozek hit three-straight singles and Russell scored on a ground out by Pat MacKenzie.
For the second-straight game versus the RedHawks (30-29), the Chippewas batted around to score five runs in the the top of the fourth.
Russell and Huntey led off the frame with back-to-back singles before MU's starter threw the ball away on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Wrozek that allowed Russell to score from second. With Huntey on third, MacKenzie hit a sacrifice fly to make the game 4-0 before another RedHawks error broke things open.
Junior Jordan Dean ripped a RBI single to right field that plated Wrozek and the outfielder misplayed the ball, allowing Hall to score all the way from first. Arnold capped the scoring with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt to score Dean from third for the final score.
Check CMUChippewas.com later in the day for a recap of Saturday's championship game.