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Central Michigan’s baseball team was two outs away from
victory and an opening series win Sunday when the Chippewas faced off for the
final of a three-game series against Eastern Tennessee State.Closer Jordan Grosjean took the mound in the bottom of the
ninth with a 6-5 lead over the Buccaneers and had one out with the tying run on
second base. A grounder to short got the out at first base, but a gutsy call
from ETSU scored the runner from second off of a bobbled throw and sent the
game to extra innings.
Central Michigan Baseball picked up their first win of the
season defeating East Tennessee State University 8-7 in the second of three
games of the weekend.The Chippewas started off with a run in the first and second
inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Central Michigan baseball team opened the season with an 18-6 loss to East Tennessee State Friday, in the first of a three-game series with the Buccaneers.The Chippewas used six pitchers in its game and gave up nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning which put the game out of reach. CMU used six pitchers in the loss. Three of those pitchers, Brady Williams, Cameron Brown and Jack Collins, were used in the eight inning alone. CMU sophomore starting pitcher Pat Leatherman struggled.
Players call the
newest addition to the Central Michigan baseball program something that’s "their
Just in time for the opening of the regular season, the new Performance Development Center on the northeast
side of Theunissen Stadium opened its doors Friday for players to practice throwing
and hitting."We can come in
here whenever we want, and it'll be open for us only," senior infielder and
outfielder Alex Borglin said.
After unveiling a new Performance Development Center on Friday and introducing the new recruits to the public on Saturday, the Central Michigan baseball team is ready to kick off the regular season on Friday in Johnson City, Tennessee against East Tennessee State University."The team will be ready," said head coach Steve Jaksa, entering his 15th season with the team.
The 2017 Central Michigan baseball schedule was released Tuesday, and the team will be in the warmth for the first month of its season.The Chippewas will begin the season on the road at Eastern Tennessee State University for a three-game series from Feb.
Construction of the new Baseball Performance Development Center on the northeast side of Theunissen Stadium is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the spring semester of 2017.The $2 million complex was entirely funded through donations raised by University Athletics, said Linda Slater, director of plant engineering and planning.
Former James Madison third baseman Tyler McFarland has joined the Central Michigan baseball team as a volunteer assistant coach.According to Head Coach Steve Jaksa, McFarland will be coaching the catchers and hitters.
Colton Bradley and Michael Brettell were already friends and
teammates, but two life-changing moments this summer elevated them from friends
The Central Michigan baseball team endured tough losses this offseason.
The Chippewas lost their two best starting pitchers from a season ago, Sean
Renzi and Nick Deeg, to the MLB Draft. Young pitcher Grant Wolfram also
transferred to Davenport University.
The Central Michigan baseball team lost another key player Thursday as junior pitcher Nick Deeg signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.Deeg led CMU in strikeouts with 86 in 2016.
After being selected in the 33rd round of the MLB Draft last month by the Los Angeles Dodgers, former Central Michigan shortstop Zach McKinstry has decided to forgo his final two seasons with the Chippewas and begin his professional baseball career. It is unknown how much his deal was worth and for how long.CMU pitchers Nick Deeg and Sean Renzi were also taken in last month's draft.
Last month, three Chippewas were selected in the 2016 MLB Draft. It is still not clear whether the two selected that were not seniors, sophomore shortstop Zach McKinstry and pitcher Nick Deeg, will return to school or follow their inevitable dream.One player that won't be returning is freshman pitcher Grant Wolfram.Wolfram signed with Davenport University on Thursday in Grand Rapids."I met some good people and it was a good experience, just didn't seem like the right fit," Wolfram said to the Holland Sentinel. Central Michigan head coach Steve Jaksa said Wolfram came to him after the season and "expressed he thought it would be in his best interest to go somewhere else." Jaksa doesn't know the specific reason for the transfer. "We like Grant.
After an evening filled with awards and reflections on the past season, sophomore shortstop Zach McKinstry and junior first baseman Alex Borglin took home the co-Most Valuable Player award at the 2016 Central Michigan baseball banquet. McKinstry, who was selected in the Major League Baseball draft last weekend by the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished his sophomore campaign with a .325 batting average, 79 hits and 12 stolen bases.
Three Central Michigan baseball players were taken in the 2016 MLB Draft, but only one of those players is a senior.Junior left-handed pitcher Nick Deeg was taken in the 30th round and pick 905 overall by the San Francisco Giants.
Central Michigan baseball starting pitcher junior Nick Deeg has been named to the All-Mid-American Conference Tournament Team.In his one start in the tournament, Deeg threw a complete-game shutout against the No. 2 seeded Ball State Cardinals.
In his 14 years as head coach of the Central Michigan
baseball team, Steve Jaksa has never won the Mid-American Conference
The Central Michigan Chippewas were a Mid-American
Conference Tournament loss away from packing their bags and heading back to
With two usual starters out for the Mid-American Conference
Tournament semifinal game against the Western Michigan Broncos, the Central
Michigan Chippewas had to make a few changes to their lineup on Saturday
morning.Senior outfielder Ryan Heeke was drilled in the face in the
first inning of Friday’s game against Miami (Oh) and was taken to the hospital.
It was revealed that he suffered several broken bones in his face, along with a broken nose.
The Mid-American Conference Tournament held two elimination
games on Friday, the first game involving the Central Michigan Chippewas and
the Miami (Oh) RedHawks.As the players have learned from Head Coach Steve Jaksa, the
“taking it one game at a time” approach would certainly be preached heading
into the game today.