MOUNT PLEASANT – A four-run fifth inning by Northern Illinois and a third-straight complete game by the Huskies' Eli Anderson was too much for Central Michigan to overcome in dropping game two of its Mid-American Conference series Saturday afternoon, 7-2.
The Huskies (10-18, 5-3 MAC) led 2-1 after four innings and padded their lead with four runs on four hits and one error by the Chippewas (12-17, 3-5 MAC) to take a commanding 6-1 advantage.
CMU fell behind in the top of the first when the Huskies took advantage of a pair of walks by sophomore Dylan Rheault, but quickly came back to even things up in the bottom of the frame.
An error on the Chippewas' defense allowed the Huskies to reclaim the lead in the top of the third as Tommy Hook was caught in between second and third on a throw down by catcher Dylan Goodwin, but sophomore Pat MacKenzie's throw to third was wide, allowing Hook to come home on the error.
The Chippewas were able to record seven hits on the back-to-back MAC West Pitcher of the Week Anderson, but just could not string enough together to mount a comeback.
Regnier provided the majority of the offense for the Chippewas, posting a 4-for-4 day at the plate that included an eighth-inning triple down the right field line that set up Adams' second RBI of the game.
Anderson went the distance for NIU, striking out six and giving up two runs to earn the win. Rheault suffered the loss for CMU, giving up six runs - five earned - on six hits and four walks over 4.1 innings.
The Chippewas will look to claim the series in the rubber match Sunday afternoon at 1:05. Senior Rick Dodridge will get the start for the Maroon and Gold.