MOUNT PLEASANT --After falling behind 5-1 early, the Central Michigan baseball team scored nine runs in its final four turns at the plate to pick up a 10-6 come-from-behind victory over the University of Akron in Mid-American Conference play at Theunissen Stadium on Friday.
A Ricky Clark bloop single down the line in right with two down in the seventh scored a pair of runs to put the Chippewas (16-11, 6-1 MAC) ahead for good. The Zips (14-14, 2-5 MAC) could not solve CMU closer Trent Howard over the game's final 2 2/3 innings, en route to his second win of the season.
A pair of infield singles, two walks and a blooper to left plated three runs in the first for Akron. After an RBI triple by CMU's Billy Anderson knocked in a run in the third, UA plated two more in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.
With two down and the bases loaded in the sixth and the Chippewas (16-11, 6-1 MAC) trailing 5-3, pinch-hitter Jordan Dean lifted the first pitch he saw on a pop up to first. The Zips' (14-14, 2-5 MAC) first baseman Brian Kordal couldn't hang on to the pop up, allowing a pair of runs to score and tie the game at five.
Dale Cornstubble drove a single to left to put the Maroon and Gold up 6-5, but the Zips would tie the game back up at six on a fielding miscue by the Chippewas in the seventh.
Jesse Hernandez got the start on the hill for CMU. After some bad luck cost him the three runs in the first, he was able to grind it out and keep the Chippewas in the game. Hernandez went 6 1/3 innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on 11 hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
Howard (2-2) came on in the seventh with one out and a runner on second trying to protect a 6-5 lead, but an error allowed the run to score and tie the game at six. Howard did not allow another base runner during his 2 2/3 innings of work, striking out four.
Scott Foster (2-4) took the loss in relief for the Zips. He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk while fanning four.
Cornstubble had four hits and both James Teas and Clark added three. Seven different Chippewas drove in at least one run in the contest, and eight of the nine starters either scored or drove in a run.
The two teams will continue the series on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m.