Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Jordan Grosjean was masterful in five innings of relief and Alex Borglin remained red-hot at the plate Sunday as the Central Michigan baseball team got a much-needed victory, 3-2, over Eastern Michigan at the Eagles’ Oestrike Stadium.
The win lifted CMU to 12-32, 6-9 Mid-American Conference. Eastern Michigan is 17-23, 8-7. The Chippewas go to Ohio for a three-game MAC series next weekend.
Sunday’s win allowed the Chippewas to avoid their first sweep at the hands of the Eagles since 1991. More importantly, it keeps alive CMU’s MAC Tournament hopes, as every win does at this point in the season.
The Chippewas are tied for the sixth spot in the overall league standings with Western Michigan. The top eight make the conference tournament.
Grosjean (2-2) blanked the Eagles on two hits and struck out five in five innings of relief. CMU starter Pat Leatherman surrendered two runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out one over four innings.
It was Grosjean’s first appearance in a week.
“Jordan pitched extremely well, he really competed,” CMU coach Steve Jaksa said. “He did the things he did earlier in the year. He would tell you he had a couple (previous) outings where his ball was up a couple times and we think it was because he was a little tired.
“We were able to get him a little bit of rest and it really paid off.”
Alex Borglin and Dazon Cole had two hits each to lead CMU’s eight-hit attack. Borglin extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is hitting .454 (15-for-33) in that span.
The Chippewas, who had scored just one run in dropping the first two games of the series, broke through in the fourth, when they sent nine men to the plate and scored all three of their runs.
Cole and Borglin each had an RBI single, and Ryan Heeke drove in a run with a bunt single.
Grosjean did the rest, coming on after Leatherman allowed a lead-off single in the fifth.
Eastern starter Tyler Butzin (2-3) went 6 1/3 innings in taking the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out three.