Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
DeLAND, Fla. – For the second consecutive game, the Central Michigan baseball team suffered the heartbreak of losing a game in the ninth inning.
Virginia Tech used an infield single, a stolen base, an error, and a two-out RBI single to push across a run in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday in downing CMU, 4-3, in the Chippewas’ final game at the Stetson Invitational at Melching Field.
The Chippewas finished 0-3 in the invitational. The loss came one night after Stetson beat CMU, 5-3, on a three-run walk-off homer.
HOW IT HAPPENED
CMU (2-8-1) scored all three of its runs in the third inning. Virginia Tech chipped away with a run in the fourth, one in the fifth, and tied it 3-3 with a run in the sixth.
Darion Jacoby reached on a one-out infield single in the ninth for the Hokies (4-7). He stole second, took third on an error, and scored on Tom Stouffel’s single.
Zavier Warren had a two-out infield single off Virginia Tech closer Andrew McDonald in the bottom of the ninth, but was stranded at first when David Cole struck out to end the game.
ON THE MOUND
Cameron Brown, the third CMU pitcher, took the loss. Brown (1-1) allowed a run on two hits over two innings.
CMU starter Tyler Hankins surrendered three runs on nine hits and struck out six over 6 1/3 innings. Braxton Markle and Colton Bradley also worked in relief. Bradley was on the mound when Stoffel drove in the go-ahead run with two out in the ninth.
AT THE PLATE
Warren, a freshman third baseman who made his first career start, had two hits – the first two of his career – in leading the Chippewas at the plate. He also collected his first career RBI and scored his first career run.
The Chippewas finished with six hits. Virginia Tech had 12.
The Chippewas are off on Monday. On Tuesday, they are scheduled to play Seton Hall (4-5) in Kissimmee, Fla. at 2 p.m. and on Wednesday (1 p.m.) they will have a rematch with Virginia Tech in DeLand.