Baseball Wins Sixth Straight, 19-3 Over Northwood
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Tyler Stovall drove in a career-high five runs in the win over Northwood.

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MOUNT PLEASANT – Ten different players drove in at least one run as Central Michigan University won its sixth straight game, 19-3 over Northwood.


The six-game winning streak is the longest for CMU (13-10 overall) since the end of the 2005 season.


CMU scored early and often in Wednesday’s victory, pushing across at least two runs in five different innings. The 19 runs scored are a season-high and the most since a 19-16 win over Ball State on the final day of the 2006 regular season. The 16-run margin of victory is the largest since a 20-2 win over Concordia in 2005.


The Chippewas led Northwood (8-8 overall), 3-2, after three innings before plating six runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and four runs each in the sixth and seventh.


Tyler Stovall, hitting a team-high .449 this season, broke the game open with a three-run home run into the wind in left center in the bottom of the fourth. With two runs already in, Stovall’s second roundtripper of the season stretched the CMU lead to 8-2 with one out in the fourth.


Stovall finished 3-for-6 at the plate with a double, homer, two runs and a career-high five runs batted in.


Stovall’s double and a Scott Szpyrka single stretched the CMU lead to 11-3 in the fifth. In the sixth, the Chippewas posted four runs on a bases-loaded walk by Jeff Nowaczyk, a two-run single by Cody Allen and a sacrifice fly by Ricky Clark.


The Chippewas added four more runs in the seventh. Jeff Helps singled home Sean Hoorelbeke, Eric Cannon scored on an error, Allen doubled in Helps and Nowaczyk scored from third on a Stovall groundout.


Seven different players had at least two hits for the Chippewas, who totaled 19 base hits as a team. Leadoff hitter Cody Allen was 2-for-5 with a run and three RBI and No. 3 hitter Scott Szpyrka was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI; combined with Stovall, the top three hitters in the CMU order were 7-for-15 with two doubles, a home run, four runs scored and nine runs batted in.


Ben Humphrey, Billy Anderson, Hoorelbeke and Helps all recorded two hits. Helps also walked twice and scored three times. Eric Cannon was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and four runs scored.


Ben Rodewald (2-0) worked three innings to earn the win on the mound. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out seven. Devan Kline tossed three innings in relief, allowing just one unearned run on one hit. He walked two and struck out two.


Mike Capuano surrendered nine runs, but just five earned, on seven hits in 3-2/3 innings to take the loss for Northwood. He drops to 2-2 on the season.


CMU returns to Mid-American Conference action this weekend, hosting defending regular season champ Kent State for a three-game series at Theunissen Stadium. First pitch of Friday’s series opener is set for 3 p.m.