Lauscher’s Strong Outing Carries CMU to 9-2 Win
MOUNT PLEASANT – Senior right-hander Kurt Lauscher retired 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced and Tyler Stovall was 4-for-5 with four runs batted in to lead Central Michigan University to a 9-2 win over Kent State on Sunday.
The win is CMU’s eighth in its last nine games. The Chippewas (15-11, 5-1 Mid-American Conference), who took two of three games during the weekend series, have now won 12 consecutive conference series at home.
After a rocky first inning in which he surrendered two runs on three hits, Lauscher allowed just two singles over his final seven innings. Only a 48-minute weather delay prior to the start of the ninth inning prevented him from posting his first career complete game. He improved to 2-1 on the season with the win.
The offense, meanwhile, took advantage of five Kent State errors, including two in a four-run third inning and three KSU miscues in a three-run seventh.
Stovall singled home Jeff Helps, who had walked, and Dale Cornstubble, who reached on an error, with one out in the fourth to tie the score at 2-2. Ben Humphrey then singled in Stovall and Billy Anderson, both of whom had moved into scoring position courtesy of a balk by Kent State starter J.J. Pacella.
Stovall’s second two-run single of the game plated Anderson and Cody Allen in the fourth inning and stretched the CMU lead to 6-2.
After James Teas’ one-out single in the seventh, the Golden Flashes (11-15, 3-3 MAC) committed back-to-back errors that allowed Eric Cannon and Helps to reach base and Teas to score. Cornstubble’s sacrifice fly brought in Cannon, and Allen reached base on the third error of the inning by Kent State. Helps scored on the play, accounting for the third unearned run of the inning for CMU.
After the weather delay, Chris Kupillas retired the Golden Flashes in order in the ninth. He and Lauscher combined to sit down 19 of the final 20 Kent State hitters.
Stovall’s four hits, all of which were singles, matched a career high. Four other players had one hit apiece for CMU. Anderson and Helps both scored twice.
Five Golden Flashes had one hit apiece in the loss.
Pacella lasted 2-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits. Three of the runs were earned. He struck out two and walked two.
CMU hits the road for eight of its next nine games. The Chippewas visit Michigan Wednesday, then travel to Bowling Green for a three-game MAC series next weekend. then followed with a single that scored Stovall and