Five-Run First Inning Leads to 11-1 Win Over Oakland
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Ben Humphrey doubled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs against Oakland.

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MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan University scored five times in the first inning on its way to an 11-1 win over Oakland in nonconference baseball action at Theunissen Stadium on Tuesday.

 

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 Oakland errors and a hit batter.

 

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 Oakland catcher, allowing Humphrey to score, and Allen’s bases-loaded walk forced in Lankford with the final run of the frame.

 

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.

 

Oakland (6-9 overall) dented the scoreboard in the eighth when Tommy Jablonski scored from third on Justin Wilson’s double-play groundout. CMU added four runs in the bottom half of the inning, however, as seven straight hitters reached base after a pair of strikeouts to open the frame. The Chippewas tallied four run-scoring singles in the inning.

 

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 Oakland. He retired just two hitters in the first inning and was tagged with all five CMU runs. Only three were earned.

 

 CMU is back in action on Wednesday, hosting IPFW at 3 p.m.

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