EAST LANSING - The Central Michigan baseball program dropped its first of three meetings this season versus Michigan State Tuesday afternoon, 4-2.
The Chippewas (11-15) fell behind 2-0 in the bottom of the third on a pair of RBI singles by the Spartans' (16-8) Cam Gibson and Jordan Keur. MSU was able to extend its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Krill came across on an error by CMU sophomore Pat MacKenzie.
Senior Jordan Adams helped the Maroon and Gold cut into the deficit in the top of the sixth with his second home run of the season. With one out and the bases empty, freshman Zack Fields was hit by a pitch and Adams came to the plate two batters later only to send to a 1-0 pitch the opposite way to cut CMU's deficit to 3-2.
Freshman starter Taylor Lehnert helped the Chippewas stay within striking distance as he was able to work out trouble with runners on the corners and just one out by earning a pair of strikeouts. Lehnert suffered the loss in the contest despite striking out seven over six innings of work and giving up three runs - two earned.
CMU had a chance to tie the game in the top of the sixth when MacKenzie walked to lead off the inning and sophomore Nick Regnier was hit by a pitch to put MacKenzie in scoring position, but junior Noel Santos flew out to right field and freshman Logan Regnier hit into a inning-ending double play.
The Spartans added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh for the final 4-2 tally.
Adams, Santos and sophomore Cody Leichman were the only three Chippewas record a hit int he game.
CMU is back in action tomorrow afternoon at Fisher Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., where it will take on the University of Michigan. Freshman Jimmy McNamara will take the mound for the Chippewas with first pitch scheduled for 4:05.