Rochester, N.Y.- Central Michigan dropped its Mid-American Conference opener at Buffalo, 5-4. Freshman Logan Regnier led the Chippewas with two RBIs and two runs.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Chippewas (9-11, 0-1) led 4-0. Thomas Richards opened the home side of the inning with a single to centerfield for the Bulls (11-9, 1-0). Kyle Figgins followed suit wit a single to right, advancing Richards to second. Sophomore Matt Trowbridge came in for Redshirt Freshman Blake Louscher to close out the game for Central Michigan. Trowbridge walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases with no outs. Richards came in to score from third on a sac-fly by Jimmy Topps, and bases were loaded once again after another walk given up by Trowbridge. With bases loaded for the second time in the inning, Jason Kanzler hit a double down the leftfield line to score three runs, tying the game at 4-4. With one out, Alex Baldock hit a walk-off double to center to put the Chippewas away, 5-4.
Central Michigan grabbed control early with three runs in the second inning. After Junior Noel Santos reached on being hit by a pitch and Freshman Morgan Oliver walked, Logan Regnier tripled to right, his fifth of the season, to score two runs. With two outs and Regnier on third, Sophomore Pat MacKenzie laid down a bunt-single, scoring the runner after an error by first baseman Baldock.
The Chippewas added another tally in the top of the ninth to extend their lead to 4-0. Logan Regnier reached on a single hit back to the pitcher, and then quickly stole second base. Sophomore Nick Regnier brought his brother, Logan, home with a triple to left-center.
Logan Regnier finished the game 3-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Nick Regnier went 1-4 with an RBI triple. Sophomore Jordan Foley started on the mound for Central Michigan, pitching 7.0 innings and striking out 10 batters. Louscher pitched 1.0 inning in relief, giving up two earned runs. Trowbridge pitched 0.1 inning, surrendering three runs and walking two batters.
Kanzler led Buffalo with three RBIs and finished 1-4 at the plate. Baldock went 2-4 batting and had one RBI. Mike McGee pitched the first 6.0 innings for the Bulls, striking out eight batters and giving up two earned runs. Ben Hartz pitched 3.0 innings, surrendering three hits and struck out three batters.
The Chippewas will be back in action tomorrow, March 24, for a double header against the Bulls. Game one is slated for 1 p.m., and will be played at Monroe CC in Rochester, N.Y.