MOUNT PLEASANT - Junior Dietrich Enns pitched eight scoreless innings Sunday afternoon to help Central Michigan finish a sweep of Ball State, 7-0.
The win was the Chippewas' (28-25, 15-9 MAC) 10th straight, tying their longest winning streak since 2007.
Enns picked up right where he left off in last week's complete-game shutout of Northern Illinois, extending his scoreless innings pitched streak to 17.1 by limiting the Cardinals (11-36, 6-18 MAC) to just five hits and setting a season high with eight strikeouts.
The Chippewas took the lead in the first inning, 2-0, on a two-RBI single to left field by senior Sam Russell before extending their lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning on a misplayed ball in right field by the Cardinals that allowed senior Tyler Hall and redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie to score.
Redshirt freshman Nick Regnier hit a one-out infield single, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by MacKenzie in the bottom of the sixth before Hall singled up the middle to score senior Eric Wrozek and give CMU a 6-0 advantage.
All the while, Enns was cruising through the Cardinals' lineup by retiring the last nine batters he faced before being replaced by senior Jon Weaver, who pitched a perfect ninth.
Regnier gave the Chippewas their final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he led off the inning with his first career home run. The redshirt freshman finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
MacKenzie went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Hall went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The win keeps the Chippewas one game back of MAC West leader Toledo with three conference games remaining before the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio May 23-26.
CMU returns to action Tuesday evening for the second annual 'Clash at Comerica' versus Michigan State. The game will be played in the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.