PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- An offensive attack that featured eight hits, including four doubles, was aided by four walks, three hit batters and four errors as the Central Michigan baseball team roughed up a short-handed Coppin State squad, 13-2, in the first game of the Panther Classic at Trees Field on Tuesday.
CMU plated 13 of its 17 runners in just seven innings of play. The game was ended under college baseball's rarely utilized mercy rule, due to the fact that Coppin State was severely limited in the number of players it had available for the game.
After the Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after a two-out single and a home run, the Chippewas answered with two in the first, eight in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth.
CMU sent 12 men to the plate in their eight-run third inning, needing just two hits to spur the flood of runs. Two Eagle errors, three walks, two hit batters and two wild pitches added fuel to the fire. Central's only hits in the inning were a single by Helps, a two-run double by Tyler Stovall and an infield RBI single by Jeff Digati.
Chippewas' starting pitcher Devan Kline was sharp in his second career start, fanning nine batters in just five innings of work. He allowed two runs, both on the first inning home run, and four hits without walking a batter. Jason Brown struck out the side in the sixth and Jake Sabol worked a scoreless seventh.
The win moves CMU (25-21) within five victories of posting a 30+ win season for the fifth straight year, and brings head coach Steve Jaksa to 195 career victories.
Central returns to action on Wednesday as they face Pittsburgh at noon in the Chippewas' final game in the Panther Classic.