MOUNT PLEASANT –
The Chippewas (10-10 overall, 2-0 MAC) secured their 11th straight MAC series win at Theunissen Stadium with the victory.
The Bulls (1-14, 0-2) took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Mike Folli, who led off the fourth with a single, scored from second when Brad Augustin reached on an error. Shivam Bhan later singled home Adam Skonieczki to make it 2-0.
Ben Humphrey evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth, driving a full-count, two-out pitch over the wall in left. Cody Allen, who led off the inning with a double, scored on Humphrey’s team-leading fifth homer of the season.
Dale Cornstubble cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth, singling home pinch-runner Sean Hoorelbeke and James Teas. Cornstubble, who was 5-for-41 at the plate to start the year, is now 5-for-13 in the Chippewas’ last four games.
CMU took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. The first six hitters reached base, including a bases-clearing double to left center bythat put the Chippewas in front for the first time, 7-6. Eric Cannon, pinch-hitting for Teas, was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to stretch the margin to 8-6 entering the eighth inning.
Jason Brown, who came on in relief in the eighth, pitched a one-two-three ninth inning to earn his first career save.
Kupillas allowed just one hit in three innings of relief work to improve to 2-2 on the year. James Flatley took the loss for . He faced four hitters in the seventh and was only tagged with two runs allowed, including one earned, but gave up the three-run double by Stovall that put the Chippewas in front.
Allen finished 3-for-5 with three runs and a career high-tying three stolen bases for CMU. Stovall, Humphrey and Cornstubble had two hits apiece. Szpyrka was 0-for-3, but was hit by a pitch twice and scored two runs.Augustin and Pizzuto both had two hits for
CMU will attempt to complete its fourth straight season sweep of
Live audio and video of Sunday's series finale will be available through the CMU Sports Zone on cmuchippewas.com. In mid-Michigan, the game will be available on WMMI-AM 830.