MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan earned its first home win of the season Wednesday afternoon, downing Davenport, 15-7.
Junior Jordan Dean went 3-for-6 at the plate with five RBI and redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, scoring four runs, as the Chippewas (7-10) played in front of 302 at sunny Theunissen Stadium.
"We wanted to have a better hitting approach and have that improve one through nine and we were able to do that," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "We wanted to wear down their staff and were able to do that and when you can get into their bullpen you're able to have success."
Huntey singled and drove in junior Reid Rooney in the bottom of the second for the Chippewas' first run of the game before junior Tom Lally laid down a perfect bunt single that plated redshirt freshman Nick Regnier for an early 2-0 CMU lead.
After the Panthers (10-7) cut the deficit in half with a run in the top of the fourth, CMU batted around to score five runs in the bottom of the frame to extend the lead to six, 7-1.
Regnier singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on back-to-back walks to junior Randon Henika and Huntey. Another walk to Lally plated Regnier before Dean rippled a single through the right side for two more runs. A sacrifice fly by senior William Arnold scored Lally and Dean later scored an unearned run when senior Sam Russell reached on an error by Davenport's Derrick Gentile.
The Chippewas continued to pour it on in the fifth to build their lead to nine, 10-1, on another RBI single by Dean and a two-RBI double down the left field line by Arnold.
After inducing a pop up to Austin Licon in the top of the sixth, freshman Matt Trowbridge (2-0) walked a batter and gave up back-to-back hits ending his second career start. Redshirt freshman Dylan Rheault came on in relief and allowed another run charged to Trowbridge to score before getting out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts.
Trowbridge finished the day with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks.
In the bottom of the sixth, Regnier once again led off by reaching base, this time by being hit by a pitch. He stole second before Huntey was hit by a pitch, and a walk by Lally loaded the bases for Dean, who drove in his fourth and fifth runs of the game with a double to left field. Arnold hit another sacrifice fly to center field to give CMU a nine-run lead, 13-4.
Davenport scored a run in the eighth and a pair in the ninth off Rheault and sophomore Kenton San Miguel, but CMU was able to scratch across one run in each of its last two innings for the final 15-7 score.
In addition to Dean and Huntey's big days, Regnier went 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs scored and a stolen base, while Arnold drove in three and scored twice.
The two teams combined to walk 21 batters in the contest and hit an additional six to make up 27 free passes on the day.
CMU returns to the road this weekend for a series in Cookeville, Tenn., versus Tennesee Tech. Seniors Zach Cooper and Ryan Longstreth and junior Rick Dodridge are slated to start on the mound with game one of the series set for Friday at 4 p.m.