Thade Hultzsch, CMUChippewas.com
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Central Michigan baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 4-2 victory over Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference baseball game at Hyames Field at Robert J. Bobb Stadium.
The win tied the series at a game apiece. The series is scheduled to conclude on Sunday (1 p.m.). The Chippewas are 14-22-1, 8-6 MAC; Western is 15-17, 5-7.
HOW IT HAPPENED
David Cole was hit by a pitch leading off the top of the ninth inning. He stole second and then scored on a Zavier Warren single, giving the Chippewas a 2-1 lead.
Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and then Jason Sullivan drove in Warren with a sacrifice fly. CMU’s Zach Heeke was then hit by a pitch to load the bases, and then Daniel Robinson was also hit by a pitch to drive in a run and make it 4-1.
The Broncos used two walks, a bunt single and a sacrifice fly to push across a run in the bottom of the ninth. Colton Bradley got a strikeout and a fly out to end it.
AT THE PLATE
Warren led CMU with three hits and two RBI. The Chippewas stranded 13 base runners. Evan Kratt, Jacob Crum and Heeke each had a hit apiece.
ON THE MOUND
Bradley (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Michael Brettell. Bradley (2-0) went two innings, allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks.
Brettell pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts and four walks.