MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Central Michigan pounded out a season-high 23 hits and every starter scored at least one run Sunday afternoon to earn a much needed Mid-American Conference win over Akron, 18-8.
Sophomores Nick Regnier (4-for-4), Cody Leichman (4-for-6) and Pat MacKenzie (4-for-5) combined to go 12-for-15 in the game with 10 RBI and senior Jordan Adams drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double to help senior Rick Dodridge earn his third win of the season on Senior Day.
After falling behind in the top of the first, 1-0, senior Tom Lally extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an infield single and came around stress free when Regnier drilled his fifth home run of the season to left field in the bottom of the frame to give the Chippewas (23-27, 10-14 MAC) the lead, 2-1.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs led off the second inning with a triple down the right field line and scored on a sac fly by MacKenzie to extend the lead to 3-1, but the Zips (15-33, 10-13 MAC) were able to even the game in the top of the third, 3-3.
Leichman quickly swung the momentum back in the Chippewas' favor in the bottom of the third however, leading off the frame with a solo home run off the flag pole in left center that sparked a seven-run inning.
Jacobs followed with a single and advanced to third on a passed ball and wild pitch before scoring on a MacKenzie double and sophomore Joe Houlihan reached on an error allowing MacKenzie to score from second.
Regnier walked later in the inning with the bases loaded to score Houlihan from third and after an Akron pitching change, Adams cleared the bases on a 2-2 pitch that he sent off the wall in centerfield for a 10-3 lead.
The Chippewas weren't done as they came right back in the next inning with another seven-run frame to take a 17-3 lead.
Jacobs again reached to lead off the inning with a walk and stole second before scoring on a MacKenzie double to start the scoring barrage. A bunt single by Houlihan put runners on the corners which allowed Lally to drive in a run on a sacrifice fly. Nick Regnier scored Houlihan with a single to centerfield and Leichman later drove in Regnier with a single of his own to left center.
Adams scored on a passed ball later in the inning before Jacobs came up with his second extra-base hit of the day, a double to left center, to score sophomore Tyler Huntey and Leichman for the 17-3 advantage.
The Maroon and Gold capped their scoring in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by MacKenzie that plated Leichman.
Freshman Jimmy McNamara pitched the final four innings of the contest for the Chippewas and earned his first career saved, giving up a pair of runs - one earned - on seven hits while striking out two.
The Chippewas have just three regular season MAC games remaining at Western Michigan next weekend and will look to secure their 11th straight trip to the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio May 22-25.
CMU is back in action Tuesday afternoon versus Michigan State where it will resume play from the Clash at Comerica before playing the final game of the three-game regular season series versus the Spartans. First pitch for the resumed game will take place at 1:05 p.m. and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first contest.