Sullivan hits game-winning RBI as baseball defeats Bowling Green, 8-7 in 13 innings

Sophomore Infielder Jason Sullivan sprints toward home base on April 2 at Theunissen Stadium. Josh Barnhart | Staff Photographer

Following its first back-to-back loss stretch since March 24, the Central Michigan baseball team traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio Friday for the first of a three-game series with the Falcons.

Locked in a defensive stalemate in the top of the 13th inning, sophomore Jason Sullivan ripped a single up the middle to bring home freshman Zach Gilles to give the Chippewas an 8-7 lead. 

Junior Colton Bradley came on for his third-straight shutout inning in the bottom of the 13th and got the win as CMU improved to 20-17 on the season and 9-1 in the Mid-American Conference, where is sits in first place in the MAC West Division. 

Bradley allowed no hits in his three innings pitched. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Dazon Cole got the start for the Chippewas and went four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks.

Sophomore Michael Brettell took the mound in the fifth inning and pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Brettell was relieved by senior Jordan Grosjean. 

Gilles went 4-for-5 at the plate Friday and had two RBIs off a double in the second inning.

Central Michigan jumped out to a 4-1 lead after a lead-off home run by senior Robert Greenman in the top of the fourth inning before Cole got into trouble. The Falcons launched a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.

The teams went back-in-forth the rest of the contest with Sullivan scoring on an error and freshman Reed Adams coming home off a fielder’s choice. BGSU tied it in the seventh inning before both squads went scoreless for five-straight innings.

Up Next

The Chippewas and Falcons meet for the second game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. Freshman right-hander Tyler Hankins takes the mound for CMU.