AKRON, Ohio - Central Michigan earned two key Mid-American Conference victories Sunday afternoon by sweeping Akron in a doubleheader at Lee R. Jackson Field.
The Chippewas improved to 9-9 in the MAC and 20-25 overall while the Zips fell to 17-27 on the year and 10-8 in league play.
Hall gave the Maroon and Gold the lead, 2-0, in the top of the third when he hit a two-run bomb over the fence in right center to score redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie, who doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning.
After the Zips cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the frame, Adams hit home runs to left center in the fourth and sixth innings to extend the Chippewas' lead to three, 4-1.
MacKenzie doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Jordan Dean in the seventh before he and Hall drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded in the eighth for the final 7-1 tally.
Junior Pat Kaminska (3-2) held the Zips to just one run on five hits over 6.1 innings to earn the win, while junior Ryan Longstreth struck out four and held the home team hitless over the final 2.2 innings.
Adams finished game one 2-for-5, while MacKenzie reached base safely in all four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks.
Junior Reid Rooney drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth inning of game two to help the Chippewas clinch the doubleheader and the series, 10-9.
The game-winning RBI wasn't flashy, but Rooney did his job with the bases loaded when he grounded out deep in the hole to second base to plate senior William Arnold from third base for the game-winning run.
The Chippewas struck first in the top of the first to take the lead, 1-0, as Dean doubled to right center and scored when senior Nate Theunissen reached on an error.
After the Zips scored three runs off starter redshirt freshman in the bottom of the frame to take the lead, 3-1, the Maroon and Gold came right back to the tie the game in the top of the second, 3-3. Junior Tom Lally walked and MacKenzie recorded an infield single before another error by the Zips allowed both runners to score to tie the game.
The Zips responded once again however by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the second to chase Rheault from the game and reclaim the lead, 6-3.
Senior Sam Russell doubled and scored on a RBI groundout by Lally in the third to pull CMU back within two, 6-4, before the Chippewas tied the game in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Arnold down the left field line.
Akron freshman Matt Rembielak put the Zips back in front in the bottom of the fifth with a two-RBI single to center field, but the UA bullpen was unable to hold onto the lead.
The Chippewas led off the sixth inning with singles by senior Eric Wrozek and MacKenzie before Hall drove both runners in with a double over the center fielder's head to tie the game, 8-8. After Hall advanced to third on a groundout by Dean, Arnold singled down the right field line to drive Hall and give CMU the lead, 9-8.
The Zips were able to tie the game again, 9-9, in the seventh when Rembielak singled to right center and scored Sam Trecaso, but Rooney's RBI groundout in the top of the eighth gave CMU the win and the series.
Scott Foster suffered the loss for the Zips, giving up two runs on four hits over 2.1 innings of work.
Arnold finished game two 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, while Hall, Dean, Adams and MacKenzie each recorded two hits.
CMU is off until next Friday when it continues its road trip at Northern Illinois for a three-game MAC series versus the Huskies.