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After Nate Theunissen struck out swinging in the seventh inning Friday, Steve Jaksa told his sophomore first baseman to be prepared to have another at-bat in a key situation. Sure enough, Theunissen came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth.
You couldn't erase the smile from Jesse Hernandez's face. In his final collegiate start at Theunissen Stadium, the senior right-hander pitched a complete-game shutout as the Central Michigan baseball team won 6-0 against Eastern Michigan before a crowd of 223.
It all comes down to this. For most of the season, the Central Michigan baseball team was on or near the top of the heap in the Mid-American Conference West Division. Now, for CMU to achieve one of its pre-season goals and win the program’s first division crown since 2006, it must pull off its second consecutive series sweep this week … and get a little help to boot.
In the scheme of things it doesn’t matter, but it sure stings. On Tuesday, two days before its biggest series of the season, the Central Michigan baseball team gave up 10 runs in the first three innings and lost 16-9 against Michigan State.
An increase of five miles per hour may not seem like much when driving, but it makes a big difference in baseball. Through five innings Sunday, Western Michigan starting pitcher Eric Heckaman held the Central Michigan baseball team scoreless.
Many of the 387 in attendance at Theunissen Stadium Saturday did not hesitate to express their grievances toward home plate umpire Michael Schultz all game. With a 3-1 count in the bottom of the ninth inning, fans let Schultz hear it following a called strike to Brendan Emmett.
To remain a contender for a division title, not only does a team have to compete with the best, it must beat those inferior to them. For a Central Michigan baseball team within striking distance of the top spot in the Mid-American Conference West Division, that meant coming out Friday against last place rival Western Michigan and getting on the board quickly.
After taking two out of three on the road series over the weekend, the Central Michigan baseball team continued its strong play away from Theunissen Stadium on Wednesday. CMU got huge offensive production in the fifth and sixth innings to beat Notre Dame 12-2 at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
UPDATED: 10 p.m. Tuesday
TOLEDO, Ohio – Before the start of the weekend series, Steve Jaksa had a goal for his Central Michigan baseball team: take two out of three against a first-place Toledo team. Mission accomplished.
This time, a fast start paid off for the Central Michigan baseball team. After letting a pair of three-run leads slip away on Friday, CMU scored six runs in the first two innings to win 10-6 and even its series against the University of Toledo Saturday at Scott Park in Toledo, Ohio.
A two-out walk-off single by Aaron Dudley in the bottom of the 11th inning gave Toledo a 9-8 win against the Central Michigan baseball team Friday at Scott Park in Toledo, Ohio. The loss, CMU's fifth in the last six Mid-American Conference games, puts the Chippewas two games behind first place in the West Division.
After winning its first four Mid-American Conference series of the season, the Central Michigan baseball team finds itself reeling following two consecutive series losses. CMU lost the rubber match of this weekend's series against Northern Illinois 3-2 Sunday in DeKalb, Ill.
A ninth-inning run helped the Central Michigan baseball team even its series against Northern Illinois with an 8-7 win Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.
Frustrating would be an understatement on Friday. The Central Michigan baseball team could only manufacture one run on six hits and dropped out of first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division in a 4-1 loss against Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill.
The CMU baseball team looks to hold on to first place in the Mid-American Conference at 4 p.m. today in DeKalb, Ill., when it starts a weekend series against Northern Illinois. The Chippewas (23-15 overall, 11-4 MAC) are in a first place tie with Ball State for the West Division lead. NIU is 15-24 overall and 6-9 in the conference.
The Central Michigan baseball team let a two-run eighth-inning lead slip away Wednesday, losing 10-9 against Oakland University in Rochester.
Oakland only needed two hits off sophomore reliever Zach Cooper in the eighth inning as errors by freshman second baseman Jordan Dean and sophomore catcher William Arnold allowed the Golden Grizzlies to score three times and come from behind to win the game.
The CMU baseball team scored 14 consecutive runs Tuesday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium en route to a 14-9 win against Wayne State.
It improved its home record to 11-2 after losing its last two to Ball State in Mount Pleasant.
The CMU baseball team stays out of conference at 3 p.m. today as it plays Oakland University on the road in Rochester.
Sophomore left-hander Rick Dodridge gets the start for the Chippewas.
The CMU baseball team looks to get back on the winning track this week when it plays its first of two non-conference in-state opponents.
CMU (22-15, 11-4 Mid-American Conference) plays Division II Wayne State at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday at Theunissen Stadium.
Several CMU baseball players sat silent in the dugout Saturday afternoon, gazing onto the field of Theunissen Stadium.
After winning the first game of the series against Ball State Friday on a complete game by pitcher Jesse Hernandez, the CMU baseball team headed into Saturday’s doubleheader needing one win to avoid losing its first Mid-American Conference series of the season.