BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Central Michigan dropped the third game of the series against Western Kentucky, 4-2. Senior Rick Dodridge pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one earned run.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Chippewas and Hilltoppers were knotted at 2-2. Two errors put runners on second and third base for Western Kentucky, setting up an RBI sac-fly by Regan Flaherty to score Matthew Paculan.
The Hilltoppers extended their lead to two in the eighth, 4-2. Ryan Huck opened the inning with a double to left field, and Trevor Lowe came in to pinch run. Lowe advanced to third on a sac-bunt by Jordan Cessna, and was brought home by an RBI single to right by Anderson Miller.
Central Michigan took the lead in the top of the first after junior shortstop Noel Santos doubled to left center, his first extra base hit of the season, and was brought home by a sac-fly to centerfield by senior Jordan Adams. The Chippewas added to their lead in the top of the third, thanks to an error by third baseman Thomas Peter of Western Kentucky to put Adams on first and bring in Santos.
Paculan started the bottom of the third for the Hilltoppers, reaching on a single to centerfield. After Scott Wilcox hit a double to right, an error by senior Randon Henika brought Paculan home from third. The Chippewas committed two errors in the third to allow Western Kentucky to tie the game, 2-2.
Santos led Central Mighian at the plate, going 2-4 with two runs. Adams finished the game 0-3 at the plate and one RBI. Dodridge was awarded the loss, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up eight hits with one earned run. Sophomore Sean Renzi surrendered one earned run in 0.2 innings of work.
Flaherty went 2-2 with two RBIs for the Hilltoppers. Willcox and Peter each contributed two hits and one run. Jake Thompson earned the win, giving up one earned run and three hits in 4.0 innings of work. Ian Thompkins was given the save after pitching a perfect ninth.
Central Michigan travels to DeLand, Fla., for the Bright House Tournament. The Chippewas will open play against Stetson on March 1 at 7 p.m.