Baseball Rallies Past Buffalo, 11-6
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Cody Allen doubled twice and matched a career high with three stolen bases on Saturday.

Box Score


MOUNT PLEASANT –
Central Michigan University scored seven runs in its final two at-bats in an 11-6 Mid-American Conference baseball victory over Buffalo Saturday afternoon.

The Chippewas (10-10 overall, 2-0 MAC) secured their 11th straight MAC series win at Theunissen Stadium with the victory.

Buffalo, which had not scored on CMU in 39 innings dating back to last season, took advantage of three Chippewa errors to build a 6-2 lead after 4-1/2 innings. CMU answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, four in the seventh and three in the eighth to rally for the win.

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.

Buffalo put four unearned runs on the board, all with two outs, in the top of the fifth. Bobby Pizzuto, who had earlier singled, scored when Skonieczki reached on an error. Augustin then followed with a single to center, but Allen misplayed the ball and allowed Skonieczki to score. Chris Ciesla singled home Augustin to stretch the UB lead to 5-2, then later scored from third on a wild pitch by CMU reliever Chris Kupillas.

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.

Buffalo failed to score despite putting two runners on in the top of the eighth. CMU then added three insurance runs in the bottom half of the frame. Stovall singled home Allen, who had doubled for the second time, and Noah Lankford singled home Stovall and Scott Szpyrka with two outs.

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 Buffalo. Skonieczki scored twice in the loss.

CMU will attempt to complete its fourth straight season sweep of Buffalo on Sunday. First pitch of the series finale at Theunissen Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

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.

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