The All-Time Series
The Chippewas and Hatters met for the first time in program history last season with Stetson claiming a victory in the Bright House Invitational, 9-8, and then downing the Chippewas, 9-1, two days later.
Eating His Wheaties
Senior catcher William Arnold put together a monster opening weekend at Troy, batting .500 (6-for-12) with four home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored and a slugging percentage of 1.500. In recognition of his performance, Arnold was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball News, National Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA, Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Riding the Streak
In addition to Arnold's breakout weekend at Troy, the senior is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak, dating back to last season, in which he is batting at a .395 clip (19-for-48) with 14 RBI. During the stretch Arnold has recorded six multi-hit games and five of his eight career home runs.
After missing all of 2011 due to injury, left-handed junior Rick Dodridge made his return to the starting rotation last Sunday versus Troy, earning the win in the Chippewas' 14-7 victory. The win was his first since April 4, 2010 when he defeated Ohio at Theunissen Stadium. Dodridge threw 5.2 innings in Sunday's win over the Trojans, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six.
The Road Traveled
CMU is in the midst of a 16-game road trip to begin the season in which it will travel a total of approximately 14,020 miles. The Chippewas have already visited the state of Alabama, but still have trips to Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii on the docket with games against Stetson, Southeastern Louisiana, McNeese State and Hawaii.
Climbing the Record Books
Senior first baseman Nate Theunissen continued to climb his way up the record books last weekend and now ranks sixth in school history in doubles (42), seventh in runs batted in (139) and eighth in extra-base hits (66). The left-handed power hitter is also just 52 at bats, 23 hits, five totals bases and four home runs shy of moving into the top 10 of each respective category.
After scoring just two runs on four hits in their season opener last Friday, the Chippewas' offense exploded for 24 runs over the last two games of the series. CMU racked up 28 hits over the last two games, including five doubles and five home runs.