FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sophomore Jordan Dean continued his torrid start to the season with three more hits and three RBI in Central Michigan's 10-5 victory over Florida Gulf Coast at Swanson Stadium on Sunday.
The Chippewas (2-2) bounced back to knot up the series at two games apiece, jumping out to an early 8-2 lead over the Eagles (2-2).
Senior Matt Faiman led off the game with his first home run of the year and sophomore Jordan Adams added an RBI double for a 2-0 edge.
A sacrifice fly by junior Nate Theunissen made it 3-2 Chippewas after three innings and Dean's first home run of 2011 made it 4-2 after four.
CMU broke the game open in the fifth with a four-run rally. Junior Tyler Hall was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and scored on another Adams double. Junior Sam Russell doubled to left to score Adams.
After a single by junior Scott Phillion, Dean came up with another big hit to cap the rally with a two-run double into the gap in right center.
A two-run single by FGCU's Zach Maxfield capped a three-run rally in the fifth that cut CMU's lead to 8-5, but the Maroon and Gold tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth on a one-out triple by Hall, touching home on a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Theunissen.
Sophomore Scott Marinier (1-0) earned the win in relief, tossing 4 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just three hits while fanning six. He took over for starter Ryan Longstreth, who gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Richard Knapp (0-1) got the start and suffered the loss for FGCU, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings of work.
CMU returns to the diamond next weekend for a four-game series at UNLV, Feb. 25-27.