ROCHESTER, Mich. - Despite a career-high four RBI from redshirt freshman Tyler Huntey, and outhitting Oakland, Central Michigan fell on the road Wednesday, 11-8.
The Chippewas (14-19) out hit the Golden Grizzlies (7-23), 13-8, but left 10 stranded in the contest, including runners on second and third in the top of the eighth when they were down just a run.
The Golden Grizzlies scored three runs in bottom of the seventh to break a tie game and take the lead, 9-6. CMU then came roaring back with a lead-off double from junior Tom Lally and a RBI single by junior Jordan Dean to pull within two, 9-7.
Senior Tyler Hall doubled to left center one batter later to score Dean and pull the Chippewas within one after a walk to senior William Arnold and groundout put runners on second and third with two outs. Senior Sam Russell struck out, however, and OU put the game away with two more runs in the bottom of the frame.
Redshirt freshman Dylan Rheault struggled with his command in his first career start for the Chippewas, walking four runners over two innings as the Golden Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 5-3 lead.
The Chippewas were able to claim their only lead of the contest in the top of the third, however, as senior Nate Theunissen drove in Arnold on a RBI single and Huntey tallied his third and fourth RBI of the game with a two-out single to right field.
Huntey finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead CMU's offense, while Hall went 3-for-5 with a RBI. Dean and Russell each finished the game 2-for-5.
Freshman Matt Trowbridge (3-2) suffered the loss after coming in to relieve Rheault, tossing 4.2 innings and giving up four runs on four hits while fanning six.CMU returns to Mid-American Conference this action with a chance to claim first place in the west division at Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas and Eagles will take the field Friday night with the first pitch set for 6 p.m.