DAYTONA, Fla. — Sophomore Nick Regnier went 3-for-6 with a home run, triple and four runs batted in and freshman Taylor Lehnert pitched five strong innings in his first career start to lead Central Michigan to an 11-1 victory at Bethune-Cookman Wednesday night.
Regnier led off the top of the fourth with his third home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 before giving the Chippewas (4-8) the lead in the top of the sixth with a triple to left center that plated his younger brother, freshman Logan Regnier, and sophomore Pat MacKenzie.
The sophomore came around to score later in the inning on a RBI groundout by freshman Zack Fields to give the Maroon and Gold a 4-1 advantage.
While Regnier was providing the offense, Lehnert was shutting down the Wildcats' (7-7) offense after giving up a run in the first inning.
Lehnert gave up just the one earned run on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three in 5.0 innings of work to earn his first career win. True freshman Jimmy McNamara came on to pitch three scoreless innings and sophomore Matt Trowbridge struck out three in the ninth to close the door.
Another three runs were scored in the top of the ninth behind a two-RBI triple off the bat of Santos and a RBI single by senior Tom Lally.
The Regnier brothers combined to go 5-for-10 with five RBI and three runs scored in the contest, providing all the offense the Maroon and Gold would need.
CMU will continue play Friday when it opens the Snowbird Classic versus West Virginia. Sophomore Jordan Foley will take the mound versus the Moutaineers. CMU will also play Chicago State and Georgetown in the tournament on Saturday and Sunday.