MOUNT PLEASANT - Freshman Adam Aldred and junior Joe Ucho combined to limit Calvin College to five hits and Central Michigan scored nine runs in the third inning to capture a a shutout victory at Theunissen Stadium Tuesday afternoon, 10-0.
Aldred made his first career start and gave up just five hits while striking out five to earn his first career victory and Ucho worked a perfect final three innings, striking out six, to earn his first career save.
The Chippewas (16-19) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when sophomore Nick Regnier was hit by a pitch to leadoff the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Pat MacKenzie. Freshman Logan Regnier then drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Aldred struck recorded a pair of strikeouts in first and third inning before the Maroon and Gold sent 13 batters to the plate to score nine runs to break things open.
Sophomore Alec Ornelas walked to lead off the inning and later came around to score on a fielder's choice to push the Chippewas ahead 2-0 and after a walk to senior Jordan Adams loaded the bases, redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs came up with the biggest hit of the contest.
Fresh off earning his second Mid-American Conference West Player of the Week honor of the season, Jacobs sent the first pitch he saw over the wall in left center for his first career grand slam and a 6-0 CMU advantage.
The grand slam prompted the Knights (10-16) to make a pitching change and sophomore Cody Leichman was hit by a pitch to start another rally. A single by junior Noel Santos plated Leichman later in an inning and another RBI single by Ornelas after Santos advanced on a balk scored another run.
Ornelas would advance on a passed ball and Nick Regnier capped the inning with his fourth home run of the season, launching a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for the final 10-0 tally.
Ucho came on in relief of Aldred in the top of the seventh and retired all nine batters he faced, striking out six, to complete the shutout.
Regnier and Jacobs each had two hits apiece to lead the Chippewas at the plate, while Logan Regnier had a pair of RBI.
CMU is back in action tomorrow evening for the third annual Clash at Comerica versus Michigan State. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. in Detroit.