EVANSTON, Ill. – Jason Sullivan had three hits and Michael Brettell went six strong innings Sunday as Central Michigan topped Northwestern, 7-5, in the finale of a four-game nonleague series at the Wildcats’ Miller Park.
The Chippewas (8-11) won three games to take the series. It was their first series victory of the season. Northwestern is 5-13. The Chippewas are scheduled to play at Michigan State on Wednesday and entertain Missouri State in a three-game series at Theunissen Stadium beginning on Friday.
Brettell, a sophomore right-hander, allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. His was the Chippewas’ third quality start in the four-game series. CMU committed just two errors in the set.
“Starting pitching, top to bottom, it was the best weekend we’ve had no question,” CMU coach Steve Jaksa said. “Brettell threw really well. We’re still playing good defense only one error today, we’re taking care of the ball pretty good.
“Any time you can win a series it’s a good thing. We hadn’t done that yet. We played well again today and that’s what you have to do.”
Brettell (2-1) struck out six and walked two. The Chippewas led, 7-3, when Braxton Markle, a left-hander, came on to start the bottom of the seventh inning. He did his job, getting the left-handed hitting Charlie Maxwell to line out.
Jordan Grosjean went the final 2 2/3 innings for CMU, surrendering two runs on four hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Down 1-0, the Chippewas took advantage of a Northwestern error in scoring two runs in the third inning to take the lead for good.
Alex Borglin singled and Daniel Robinson walked with two out. They executed a double steal and Daniel Jipping was intentionally walked to load the bases. Borglin and Robinson both scored on an error.
The Chippewas added two more runs in the fifth, the first coming on Evan Kratt’s RBI single off the pitcher’s leg, the second on Robert Greenman’s groundout.
CMU padded its lead with three runs in the sixth. Borglin delivered an RBI triple, Sullivan drove in Borglin with a bunt single, and Jipping brought in Sullivan with a sacrifice fly.
Northwestern committed four errors. Four of CMU’s seven runs were unearned.