MOUNT PLEASANT –
The Chippewas (8-10 overall), who won their fourth straight home opener, snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.
CMU scored its five first-inning runs on just two hits. The Chippewas took advantage of three walks, two
Leadoff hitter Cody Allen, who drew walks in both of his plate appearances in the first inning, scored the game’s first run on a triple by Tyler Stovall. Scott Szpyrka was hit by a pitch, Ben Humphrey doubled in Stovall and Noah Lankford walked to load the bases with nobody out.
Billy Anderson’s first career plate appearance resulted in a sacrifice fly that plated Szpyrka, and Eric Cannon reached on the first of two Oakland errors to load the bases for a second time. Dale Cornstubble’s pop-up in front of the plate was mishandled by the
CMU stretched its lead to 6-0 in the second when Humphrey scored from third on a wild pitch.
Chris Kupillas, meanwhile, did not allow a hit and benefited from a pair of double plays in four innings on the mound for the Chippewas. He struck out three and walked three to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Humphrey finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI, while Stovall was 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and three RBI. Allen, who walked three times, was 1-for-2 with two runs and a run batted in.
Adam Johnson took the loss for
CMU is back in action on Wednesday, hosting IPFW at 3 p.m.