Baseball team capitalizes on Miami (OH) error for win

A crucial fielding error by Miami (OH) in the eighth inning gave the CMU baseball team a go-ahead run that turned out to be the winner.

The Chippewas (9-8) added two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth to hold on for a 5-2 win, their first Mid-American Conference win of the season.

Senior right-hander Jesse Hernandez picked up his third win of the season Friday in Oxford, Ohio. Hernandez pitched seven innings and only allowed one hit. He surrendered no earned runs and struck out eight Miami batters while walking four.

Sophomore Trent Howard picked up the save, closing out the last two inning. He struck out three batters and allowed one hit.

The story of the game came in the eighth inning when senior Tyler Kipke hit a ground ball to shortstop Ryan Kaup, who bobbled the ball before short-hopping it to his first baseman, who could not make the catch.

The error brought around senior Ricky Clark, who was pinch-running for sophomore Nate Theunissen, to score and give CMU a 3-2 lead.

Senior catcher Dale Cornstubble went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Junior Matt Faiman singled in the fourth inning, which plated two CMU runners to tie the game at two.

The Chippewas will try to feed off of this win and take the momentum into a double-header at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Sunday’s game was moved up to Saturday because of a rain-filled weather forecast.