One from 2,000
The Chippewas next victory will mark a milestone for the program as it will be the 2,000th in the stories history of the Maroon and Gold. The Chippewas have posted a 1,999-1,217-17 (.621 winning percentage) record overall.
A Quick Recap of the Trip to Florida So Far
The Chippewas enter the weekend 2-3 on their eight-game trip through the state of Florida, having gone 1-2 at the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament and coming off a series split with Bethune-Cookman. Freshman Logan Regnier has paced CMU at the plate, recording at least two hits in four of the five games for a .364 average (8-for-22) with five stolen bases.
Regnier Brothers Carrying the Load
Just two players are currently batting above .300 for the Chippewas in sophomore Nick Regnier and freshman Logan Regnier. The elder of the two brothers from Novi, Mich., Nick is in the midst of a breakout season as he leads the Chippewas in batting average (.321), hits (17), doubles (4), home runs (3), RBI (13), slugging percentage (.604) and total bases (32). Logan has provided a new element to the Chippewas as his speed and bat have allowed him to record five multi-base hits (three doubles, two triples), while he is a perfect 8-for-8 in steals.
Nick Regnier finished just shy of his first career cycle Wednesday evening in the Chippewas 11-1 victory at Bethune-Cookman, finishing 3-for-6 with a single, triple, home run and four RBI.
Sophomore Jordan Foley continues to make a name for himself on the mound as he earned his second-straight win last Friday versus Stetson in the opener of the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament. Foley is a perfect 2-0 on the season with a team-best 0.98 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.
Closing the Door
While Foley is starting games, fellow sophomore Matt Trowbridge has relished his new closer role at the back of games. Trowbridge is a perfect 2-for-2 in save opportunities and has given up just two hits while striking out nine in four appearances out of the bullpen (4.2 innings).
Freshman Jimmy McNamara put together quite the performance in Wednesday’s win, recording seven of his nine outs by strikeout, including the last six batters he faced. Combined with Trowbridge, the two lefties struck out the final nine Bethune-Cookman batters of the contest.
Bats Heating Up
The Chippewas recorded a season-high 12 hits in each of their two games at Bethune-Cookman and scored a combined 16 runs in the short series. CMU had just 24 hits in the previous four games combined prior to the series.
On the Road Again
CMU will begin its season in normal fashion as it will play its first 15 games of the season on the road before its home opener at Theunissen Stadium March 12. The Chippewas will travel approximately 6,560 miles and visit three different states - Louisiana, Kentucky and Florida - during the road trip.
Chippewas Tabbed MAC West Favorite
The Mid-American Conference preseason coaches’ poll was released on Feb. 12 with the Maroon and Gold earning 65 votes as the preseason favorite in the West Division. The Chippewas finished second in the MAC West last season with a 17-10 record, but advanced to the MAC Tournament Championship game where they fell to Kent State, 3-1.
Jaksa Puts Pen to Paper
Head Coach Steve Jaksa signed a new four-year contract during the offseason, taking the former CMU pitcher through the 2016 season. Jaksa has posted a 328-254-1 record during his time at CMU, leading the Chippewas to a pair of MAC titles (2004 and 2010).