KENT, Ohio — Central Michigan dropped its second consecutive contest to Kent State Saturday afternoon, 6-3.
The Chippewas (19-25, 8-12 MAC) committed five errors in the contest and gave up three unearned runs to the Golden Flashes (27-20, 14-6 MAC) in what ultimately proved to turn the game in the home team's favor.
CMU was able to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a pair of Kent State errors that allowed freshman Logan Regnier to reach and then later come around to score when sophomore Cody Leichman reached on an error.
The Golden Flashes quickly responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on a RBI double off the bat of Evan Campbell and a RBI single by George Roberts to take a 2-1 lead.
The Chippewas tied things back up in the top of the second when a double by senior Randon Henika put freshman Morgan Oliver on third with no outs and sophomore Alec Ornelas plated Oliver with a RBI groundout.
Unforunately, the Golden Flashes would again respond and claim a lead they would not relinquish. After T.J. Sutton doubled with one out, Sawyer Polen pushed him across with a RBI single up the middle for the go-ahead run.
A throwing error on Ornelas allowed a Kent State runner to move to third in the fourth inning and eventual come across to score on a Campbell groundout for a 4-2 Kent State lead.
CMU pulled within a run in the seventh after freshman Zack Fields led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Morgan Oliver. Henika roped his second double of the game later in the inning and moved to third with just one out, but sophomore Joe Houlihan struck out and Ornelas grounded with the Chippewas unable to plate the tying run.
Polen reached on an error in the bottom of the eighth for Kent State and scored on a Roberts' double before the reigning MAC Player of the Year scored on a wild pitch for the final 6-3 tally.
Henika led the way at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance, but the Chippewas were limited to just five hits for the second-straight day Tyler Skulina struck out eight over 6.1 innings of work to earn the win for Kent State.
CMU will look to salvage the series with a win tomorrow when it closes the three-game set at Schoonover Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.