BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Central Michigan University junior right-hander Josh Collmenter hurled a complete-game shutout, his second in his last three starts, to lead the Chippewas to an 8-0 Mid-American Conference baseball win at Bowling Green on Friday.
Collmenter held the Falcons (13-15 overall, 1-6 MAC) to three singles while striking out a season-high 12 batters. He did not issue a walk in winning his third consecutive start.
Playing in temperatures hovering near the freezing mark, the two teams combined for just three hits through the first three innings. The Chippewas (16-12 overall, 6-1 MAC) finally opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the fourth. Ben Humphrey, James Teas and Eric Cannon all knocked run-scoring singles in the frame.
Noah Lankford drilled his first career home run, a solo shot, in the top of the sixth to stretch the CMU lead to 4-0. The Chippewas then iced the game with four runs in the top of the ninth.
Lankford reached on an error, Teas was hit by a pitch and Cannon bunted for a hit to load the bases with nobody out in the ninth. Jeff Helps then hit into a fielder’s choice before Dale Cornstubble singled home Teas. Sean Hoorelbeke followed with a pinch-hit single that plated Cannon and Helps, and Cornstubble later scored from third on a wild pitch.
Cannon finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for CMU, while Teas was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.
Collmenter continued his domination of Mid-American Conference competition. In three conference starts this season, Collmenter is 3-0 with a 0.36 earned-run average, including complete-game shutouts against Buffalo (March 23) and Bowling Green. He has surrendered one earned run in 25 innings, while striking out 26 and walking just four. Opposing MAC batters are hitting just .170 against him.
Collmenter sat the Falcons down in order in five different innings on Friday. He allowed more than one base runner in just one inning.
Game two of the three-game weekend series is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard locally on WMMI-AM 830, with the radio broadcast streamed live on the CMU Sports Zone at cmuchippewas.com.