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Central Michigan sophomore Joe Houlihan slides into third base during a fall exhibition at Theunissen Stadium. The Chippewas open Theunissen Stadium this weekend with a three-game series versus Bowling Green.
Series Notes: Chippewas Open Theunissen Stadium versus BGSU

Central Michigan (10-12, 1-2 MAC) vs. Bowling Green (4-15, 0-3 MAC)

Friday, March 29 ♦  3:05 p.m.  ♦  Theunissen Stadium
Saturday, March 30 ♦  2:05 p.m.  ♦  
Theunissen Stadium
Sunday, March 31 ♦  1:05 p.m.  ♦  Theunissen Stadium

Series Coverage
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Projected Pitching Matchups
  CMU Record ERA   Bowling Green Record ERA  
Game 1 RHP Jordan Foley (So.) 4-0 0.86 vs. RHP Cody Apthorpe (Jr.) 0-2 4.03  
Game 2 RHP Pat Kaminska (Sr.)
2-3 5.71 vs. RHP Mike Frank (Jr.) 0-4 3.34    
Game 3 LHP Rick Dodridge (Sr.) 1-3 2.60 vs. RHP Trevor Blaylock (So.) 0-5 4.21  
                 
           
Top Hitters            
  CMU Avg. Other   Bowling Green Avg. Other  
  Logan Regnier (Fr.) .321 9 XBH, 14 SB   Patrick Lancaster (Jr.) .325 25 H, 9 RBI  
  Nick Regnier (So.) .308 10 XBH, 17 RBI   T.J. Losby (Jr.) .289 4 XBH, 14 RBI  
  Neal Jacobs (RFr.) .275 3 HR, 15 RBI   Andrew Kubuski (Jr.) .263 15 H, 8 R  
Tale of the Tape CMU News and Notes
 

Welcome Home
After playing their first 22 games of the season on the road and having their first two home games postponed due to weather, the Chippewas will finally open Theunissen Stadium this weekend versus Bowling Green. CMU is 9-2 in home openers since the stadium opened in 2002.

Scouting the Falcons
After taking two of three in its opening series at Western Kentucky, Bowling Green has dropped 14 of its last 16 contests entering the weekend. The Falcons have lost the their last five after being swept by Western Michigan to open Mid-American Conference play last weekend.

Patrick Lancaster leads the Falcons at the plate with a .325 batting average and a team-high four extra-base hits. T.J. Losby leads the team with 14 RBI and 11 runs. Reliever Nick Bruns, who has appeared in eight games and has a 2-0 record with a 2.19 earned run average, leads the pitching staff. BGSU’s three weekend starters enter the weekend a combined 0-11 on the year.

Last Season…
The Chippewas dropped two of three to the Falcons at Steller Field in Bowling Green, Ohio. After a 4-0 shutout to claim the series opener, CMU fell in game two Saturday 12-8 before dropping the series finale in 15 innings, 5-4.

Friday Ace
The Central Michigan baseball program is known for producing high-caliber pitchers for the next level and sophomore Jordan Foley appears to be the next one in a long line of success. Foley has become the Chippewas’ Friday ace this season and enters the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record and a league-best 0.89 ERA among starters. The right hander has not allowed more than a single earned run in all six of his appearances and is second in the MAC with 43 strikeouts after mowing down a career-high 10 last Friday at Buffalo.

Mr. Clutch
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs is part of a handful of fresh faces that have made a splash early in the season, but it has been Jacobs’ clutch hitting that has stood out. Jacobs is second on the team with 15 RBI, with 11 of those coming with two outs. He also is tied for the team lead with three home runs.

Run, Run, Regniers
Freshman Logan Regnier and sophomore Nick Regnier have added a new element to the Chippewas’ lineup this season in the ability to wreak havoc on the base paths. The brothers from Novi, Mich., have combined to steal 23 bases on 26 attempts. As a team, the Chippewas have already surpassed their stolen bases total from a year ago, tallying 46 through just 22 games to rank 20th in the country. Both Regniers rank in the top 80 in the country in stolen bases (Logan: 12th – 14; Nick – 80th – 9)

Triple Threat
The Chippewas have also surpassed their 2012 total for triples already and rank seventh in the country with 12 on the year. Freshman Logan leads the Maroon and Gold and the MAC with four triples to rank sixth among all Division I players. 

 

 

 

 

4.40 ERA 4.27
.261 Avg. Against
.276
.241 Batting Avg. .249
.348 Slugging Pct.
.304
10 Home Runs 3
5.0 Runs Scored
4.0
46-54 Stolen Bases
8-19
     
     
     
     
     
     
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