Baseball Takes Over First Place in MAC with 11-10 Win at Toledo
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Ben Humphrey was 4-for-4 with three runs batted in Saturday against Toledo.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Ben Humphrey doubled home Tyler Stovall in the top of the 10th inning to lift Central Michigan University to its ninth consecutive win, 11-10 at Toledo on Saturday.

The win, coupled with Eastern Michigan’s 11-1 loss at Northern Illinois, moves the Chippewas (28-13 overall, 15-2 Mid-American Conference) into first place in the MAC standings, one game ahead of EMU (17-17 overall, 13-2 MAC).

CMU scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth to take a 10-6 lead. Toledo, however, rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

Stovall’s two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth broke a 6-6 tie. Dale Cornstubble reached on an error with one out and Billy Anderson drew a walk with two outs to set the table for Stovall. Cornstubble’s two-run single in the ninth extended the CMU lead to 10-6.

The Rockets (18-19 overall, 8-9 MAC) scored four times against CMU closer Bryce Morrow in the ninth to even the score. Three of those runs came with two outs; Josh Colliver drove in a pair and Jake Oester drove in one run with consecutive singles.

Morrow retired the Rockets in order in the 10th to earn the win and improve to 2-2 on the season.

Johnson’s two-run double in the bottom of the first staked the Rockets to an early 2-0 lead. Jeff Helps and Cornstubble drew the Chippewas even with back-to-back run-scoring singles in the top of the second inning.

Humphrey gave CMU its first lead in the top of the third, stroking a three-run home run that put the Chippewas up, 5-2. The roundtripper was his team-leading 10th of the season.

Toledo pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth inning to pull within 5-4, but Cody Allen scored an unearned run for CMU in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 6-4. Toledo tied the score in the bottom of the sixth on run-scoring doubles by Oester and Nate McKeon.

Humphrey finished 4-for-4 for CMU in the win, while Noah Lankford was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Stovall was 1-for-5 with two runs and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 16 games.

The teams close their three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m. The Chippewas will be seeking their fourth conference weekend sweep of the season.