Mobile, Ala. - Despite a solid seven innings pitching from sophomore Adam Aldred, it was his first on the mound Saturday that proved to be costly as a three-run first by Troy handed Central Michigan its second-straight loss and a series split, 3-2.
The Trojans (5-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the first on four hits and a CMU error, but Aldred allowed just four hits and didn't surrender another run over his final six innings of work to give the Chippewas (2-6) a chance at a comeback.
After a sacrifice bunt by redshirt freshman Alex Borglin moved the runners into scoring position and juniors Nick Regnier and Cody Leichman hit back-to-back RBI singles to plate a pair of runs. Junior Tyler Huntey was unable to push Regnier across however leaving CMU's deficit at 3-2.
The Chippewas threatened again in the sixth with back-to-back singles by sophomore Logan Regnier and senior Noel Santos to lead off the inning followed by a sac bunt that again put a pair in scoring position. Unfortunately, sophomore Morgan Oliver and Borglin both struck out to end the inning.
Nick Regnier gave CMU its final scoring chance in the seventh as the junior singled with two outs and and stole second, but young brother Logan grounded out to second following a walk to Huntey to end the threat.
Aldred suffered the loss for the Chippewas despite striking out six over seven innings of work. Sophomore Jason Gamble pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth.
Nick Regnier finished 2-for-5 with a RBI to lead the Chippewas while Oliver also had a multi-hit day with a 2-for-3 performance.
The Chippewas return to action next weekend for four games at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. CMU will play Boston College, St. Bonaventure, Northeastern and Villanova in the tournament.
Quick Postgame Stats
W: Jeremy McGowan (1-0). L: Adam Aldred (0-2). Save: Marc Skinner (1)
LOB: C. Michigan 12; Troy 5. 2B: Oliver, M. (1); Hall, D. (2); Howard, M (4); Masonia, N. (1). HBP: Borglin, A.; Collins, A.; Goodwin, D. SH: Goodwin, D. (1); Hall, T. (1). SB: Regnier, N. (4); Holcomb, C. (5); Hall, D. (3); Bennett, J. (4)