Baseball holds off Georgetown for second straight victory
The Central Michigan baseball team topped Georgetown 9-7 Wednesday in the Chippewas' final game in Port Charlotte, Florida.
The win gave the Chippewas their second straight after a five-game skid and improved their record to 5-7 on the season.
“It was a great team win for us today, we played really well,” said head coach Steve Jaksa.
Junior Nick Stokowski hit a two-run home run to help build the early 3-0 lead for the Chippewas in the first inning.
“First innings are always important and we started off well today” Jaksa said
Georgetown bounced back in the bottom of the first bringing in three runs to tie the game back up at three.
CMU would come right back in the second to score three more runs. Senior Alex Borglin drove in a run with an RBI single and Robinson had a two-run single to extend the Chippewas lead to 6-3.
The Hoyas came back in the bottom of the third to load the bases with one out and the Hoyas capitalized with three runs to tie the game back up at six.
CMU picked up two runs in the top of the fourth with a couple throwing errors by the Hoyas. Freshman Zach Heeke scored off a wild pitch and Borglin scored off a muffed throw to second base in the inning, giving CMU an 8-6 advantage.
The Chippewas picked up its final run in the seventh with sophomore Daniel Robinson scoring off a sacrifice fly from sophomore Evan Kratt.
Georgetown loaded the bases again in the eighth with two outs. This time the Hoyas were only able to score once off a wild pitch to cut the Chippewas lead to 9-7 going into the ninth.
Sophomore pitcher Michael Brettell get the final out in the eighth inning and closed out the ninth for CMU without allowing a base-runner for the save.
Freshman pitcher Jake Raether picked up the win for CMU, going 2.2 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out two batters.
"Jake (Raether) came in for us and settled things down and pitched a really good game,” Jaksa said.
Stokowski helped the Chippewas with three hits including the home run in the first and driving in two runs. Robinson finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Borglin and Gilles also contributed with two stolen bases each in the game. CMU finished with six steals overall in the game.
“This year, we have a lot of guys that get the green light from me and they did well for us today." Jaksa said. "It was a big help for our offense today."
CMU returns to action 6:30 p.m. Friday in Orlando, where the Chippewas will start a weekend series against Central Florida.