Baseball falls in Kalamazoo, drops series with Western Michigan
For the first time since the 2008 season, the Central Michigan baseball team has lost a series against their in-state rival Western Michigan.
After having tied the series yesterday in Kalamazoo with a 4-2 win, CMU fell in game three 5-2. With the loss, CMU's record falls to 14-23-1 and 8-7 in the Mid-American Conference.
Sophomore Tyler Hankins (2-5) got the start on the mound for the Chippewas and was credited for the loss. Pitching six innings, Hankins recorded four strikeouts and allowed five runs (one earned) off four hits.
Despite having a 8-6 advantage in hits over WMU, the Chippewas were unable to capitalize, scoring just one run in the fourth and eighth and leaving five on base. Junior Evan Kratt led CMU with a team high two hits and one RBI on the afternoon.
WMU got on the board first, scoring one run in the opening inning. A four-run third inning doomed CMU early and the five runs scored in the opening innings was all it would take for the Broncos to power past the Chippewas.
CMU will have a one day break before playing two games outside the MAC against Oakland. CMU hosts the Golden Grizzlies at 3:05 p.m on Tuesday at Keilitz Field. A second game is set to be played the following day at 6:35 in Detroit at Comerica Park.