Central Michigan baseball resumed its “Clash at Comerica” game against Michigan State Tuesday at home, losing 5-4.
The game picked up where the game April 17′s game at Comerica Park in Detroit left off before weather postponed it, with the Spartans leading 1-0 in the fifth inning and CMU threatening with two runners on base.
Sophomore pitcher Dylan Rheault took over in the fourth inning in Detroit one month ago and finished the game 28 days later, taking the loss.
Sophomore Cody Leichman had two hits and three RBIs for the Chippewas and scored one run. Sophomore Pat Mackenzie also had two hits, while junior Noel Santos scored two runs and finished with one hit.
CMU would tie the game in fifth, but MSU came back with a run of its own in the top of the sixth and three runs in the seventh inning.
The Chippewas fought back with two more runs off a Leichman home run in the bottom half of the inning and a Leichman RBI in the ninth, but they could inch no closer.
Baseball pounded 10-0 in second game
Freshman Adam Aldred came into the second game on fire with a 2-0 record and a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings.
He couldn’t keep it going against MSU Tuesday afternoon, though, pitching six innings and allowing 15 hits and nine earned runs against the Spartans.
MSU would go on to win 10-0.
CMU couldn’t get the bats warmed up in the second game, only mustering two hits while MSU finished with 16.
The first scoring threat from MSU came in the third inning. The Spartans had one runner at second with one out and a double down the left field line gave them the 1-0 lead in the third.
After another run was tacked on in the third, the game was broken open with a three-run home run giving MSU the 5-0 lead.
After threatening in the fourth and leaving runners stranded, MSU got a two-out triple to right field giving them a runner in scoring position with two outs in the fifth. The team took advantage this time with a run scored on a single increasing, the deficit to 6-0.
A two-run home run to center that hit the scoreboard made it a 9-0 lead. MSU would score again in the eighth to score its 10th run of the game.
The Chippewas will need to bounce back quickly if it hopes to make the Mid-American Conference tournament when it travels to Western Michigan this weekend for a three-game series. This will be the final series of the regular season, and CMU is on the outside looking into the MAC tournament picture.