Mount Pleasant, Mich. – Eastern Michigan scored six runs over the final three innings to hand Central Michigan Baseball a 7-3 loss at Theunissen Stadium in the opening game of the weekend series on Friday, April 26.
The Chippewa (17-22, 6-10) grabbed a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the sixth but the Eagles (20-18, 9-7) scored three in the seventh, two in the eighth and one in the ninth to earn the victory. Just two of those six runs were earned as the Chippewas made five errors on the day.
EMU’s Brian Hill moved to 6-1 with the win, giving up six hits, two earned runs while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings. CMU’s Jordan Foley took the loss (6-3), giving up four runs, just two earned, and two hits. He struck out four and walked four in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Eastern Michigan kicked off the scoring in the top of the first. Daniel Russell walked to lead off the game, then was moved to second on a sac bunt by John Rubino. After an EMU fly out, Lee Longo stepped to the plate and lined a bullet up the middle. CMU shortstop Noel Santos was able to knock it down but the ball slid behind Santos, allowing Russell to score.
The next four frames were filled with zeros before CMU posted two in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Pat MacKenzie led off with a single followed by a Nick Regnier double to center field. Jordan Adams then single to score MacKenzie and move Regnier to third, but Adams was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Regnier then scored on a suicide squeeze by Neal Jacobs to give CMU a 2-1 lead after six.
Three runs in the top of the seventh gave EMU back the lead. Adam Sonabend opened the inning with a walk and was moved to second on a sac bunt by Jamie Simpson. A CMU error gave Eastern Michigan runners at the corners and Sonabend scored on a wild pitch by Foley. Another error allowed Mitchell McGeein to score, unearned, with EMU’s final run coming on a Russell single to score Dae Bowden.
The Eagles tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth to make it 6-2 before CMU answered in the bottom half of the inning. Nick Regnier singled with one out and moved to second when Adams was hit by a pitch. After a CMU strike out, Cody Leichman hit a single to right field, scoring Regnier. With Adams at third and Leichman at second, Tom Lally hit a high fly ball to left field that turned around the EMU fielder a couple times before he was able to make the catch.
EMU’s Russell scored the final run in the ninth as a errant throw by the CMU catcher on a steal attempt allowed Russell to come in from third.
The Chippewas host EMU tomorrow for the second game of the weekend series. The game is set to begin at 2:05 p.m.