MUNCIE, Ind. — Central Michigan batted around in two different innings, scoring nine runs in the sixth and five runs in the eighth, to blow out Ball State in the opening game of its Mid-American Conference series Friday afternoon, 19-2.
A pitchers’ dual between the Chippewas’ (14-18, 4-6 MAC) Jordan Foley and Cardinals’ (14-16, 4-6 MAC) Chris Marangon quickly turned in the Maroon and Gold’s favor.
With the game tied through five innings, 2-2, the Chippewas broke things open with the nine-run sixth. Sophomore Nick Regnier walked to lead off the inning and freshman Logan Regnier was intentionally walked two batters later before another walk to senior Jordan Adams loaded the bases.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs broke the tie with a two-RBI single that plated the Regnier brothers before junior Noel Santos drove in Adams with a single of his own to chase Marangon. Sophomores Cody Leichman and Tyler Huntey were walked following the pitching change to push across a run, while sophomore Alec Ornelas was drilled by a pitch to plate Santos.
Nick Regnier came to the plate for the second time in the inning and promptly drove a pitch to the left center gap to plate a pair of runs before a two-RBI single by sophomore Pat MacKenzie capped the frame and gave the Chippewas an 11-2 lead.
The Chippewas were able to add a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 13-2 before a near home run off the wall in center field by Adams sparked a five-run eighth to push the lead to 18-2.
Adams’ drive plated senior Tom Lally and a sacrifice fly by freshman Morgan Oliver later in the inning allowed Adams to cross the plate. Ornelas reached on an error one batter later, allowing Leichman and Santos to score, and Nick Regnier recorded his fourth hit in as many innings to cap the frame.
While the offense was rolling, Foley was putting together another stellar outing on the mound. Foley struck out seven Cardinals and gave up two runs on six hits over seven strong nnings of work to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Nick Regnier went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead the Chippewas at the plate, while Jacobs finished 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and Santos 1-for-4 with two RBI. MacKenzie gave CMU four players with at least two RBI by going 1-for-4 while Adams had a multi-hit contest, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
The Chippewas and Cardinals will resume their series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.