BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Central Michigan University took both ends of a Mid-American Conference baseball doubleheader to complete a three-game sweep at Bowling Green on Sunday.
The Chippewas won game one, 3-1, and game two, 14-6.
CMU (18-12 overall, 8-1 MAC) is off to its best conference start since the 1990 team opened MAC play 9-0. That team went on to win the MAC title. This year’s squad has now won 12 of its last 14 games after starting the year 7-10 and completes the weekend in first place overall in the Mid-American Conference.
The Chippewas won two games in two different fashions on Sunday.
CMU scored once in the second inning and twice in the fourth in a 3-1 win in the opener.
Noah Lankford led off the second inning with a home run, his second in as many games, to stake CMU to a 1-0 lead. The Chippewas loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but had to settle for a Dale Cornstubble sacrifice fly and Cody Allen run-scoring single.
Taylor improved to 4-0 on the season, allowing just one earned run on two hits in 7-1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five. Morrow retired five of the six hitters he faced to earn his team-leading fourth save of the season.
The Falcons managed just one base-runner in eight of the nine innings against Taylor and Morrow. The CMU hurlers retired BGSU in order three times.
The contest marked the sixth time in 2007 that the CMU pitching staff has held a conference opponent to two runs or less.
In the second game, the Chippewas pushed across five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to build an 8-3 lead. CMU later added five runs in the ninth, including four unearned with two outs, to put away the win.
With two outs, two runners on base, and two runs already in, Cornstubble stroked a two-run double to give CMU a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth. He then scored from second on a single by Allen.
Bowling Green added a run on Mike Barnard’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, but Lankford’s single scored Tyler Stovall and James Teas connected on a two-run home run in the Chippewas’ three-run fifth.
Allen, who finished 5-for-10 with two doubles, a walk and five RBI in Sunday’s doubleheader, drove in Jeff Helps with a two-out double in the eighth. The Falcons answered with a two-out single by Logan Meisler in the bottom half that cut the CMU lead to 9-4 entering the ninth.
In the ninth, Sean Hoorelbeke scored on a wild pitch, Eric Cannon and Lankford scored when Cornstubble reached on an error with two outs and Allen plated Cornstubble and Helps with his second double of the game to stretch the lead to 14-4.
The Falcons’ two ninth-inning runs came via a Bryan Simon home run in his only at-bat of the game.
Kurt Lauscher improved to 3-1 for CMU, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Five Chippewas scored at least two runs in the nightcap including Helps, who was 1-for-3and scored three times. Ten players had at least one hit. Allen was 3-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI, while Billy Anderson, Stovall and Ben Humphrey had two hits apiece.
CMU had at least 10 hits for the fourth straight game and reached double figures in runs for the sixth time this season.
CMU returns to action Tuesday, hosting Wayne State at 3 p.m. The game will air on WMHW-FM 91.5, with the broadcast streamed live on cmuchippewas.com. The Chippewas resume MAC action with a three-game series at Akron next weekend.