BRADENTON, Fla. -- Sean Hoorelbeke clubbed a pair of three-run homeruns to open the floodgates of the Central Michigan baseball team's offense and the Chippewas routed Fairfield, 18-0 at the IMG Sports Academy on Friday.
Hoorelbeke blasted a three-run shot in the first inning to kick off the hit parade, as Central plated six runs in the inning. His second homerun came in the third when CMU scored six more runs to take an early 12-0 lead.
"Offense can be one of those things that go in cycles. We swung the bats well and with confidence," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "We've got to continue to adapt and adjust no matter who we face on the mound. If we can have a good approach, make some adjustments and have a positive attitude both at the plate and defensively, the rest will take care of itself."
CMU scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and four more in the eighth thanks to an RBI triple off the bat of James Teas.
Eight Chippewas had at least two hits in the 24-hit outburst. Brendan Emmett went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Tyler Stovall went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Hoorelbeke finished 3-for-5 with those two longballs and six RBI, Casey Ingle and Noah Lankford each went 2-for-4, Jeff Helps and Teas finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ricky Clark put together a 3-for-3 effort and knocked in a pair.
Steve Teno (2-1) was dominant, tossing eight scoreless innings while sprinkling five hits, five walks and five strikeouts. He now owns both CMU victories on the season. Chris Sabol tossed a one-hit scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout.
"Steve made some key pitches when he had to and got better as the game went on," Jaksa said. "He got into some trouble in the middle innings when he walked a few batters, something he normally doesn't do, but late he was able to throw his cutter for strikes and get ahead."
The Chippewas (2-8) will face Eastern Kentucky Saturday at 1 p.m.