Andrew Taylor breaks single-season strikeout record

The team and manager meet on the pitchers mound, Saturday May 1, 2021, Theunissen Stadium.

Andrew Taylor is the new single-season strikeout king of Central Michigan baseball. 

Taylor, a redshirt freshman from Caledonia, struck out Brooks Coetzee in the second inning of CMU's NCAA Tournament regional opener against Notre Dame to eclipse Ralph Darin's 1971 mark of 123. 

Taylor was named Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year as well as first team all-MAC and second team All-America. In his first full season, Taylor finished 11-3 with a 1.21 earned run average. His 11 wins rank third in single season history, as does his ERA. 

Taylor's ERA ranks first nationally among starting pitchers and second in total behind only Arkansas closer Kevin Kopps. 

Against Dayton on March 20, Taylor struck out a career-high 14. He finished the regular season with three double-digit strikeout games despite pitching predominately in the first game of CMU's seven-inning Saturday doubleheaders throughout the season. 

Taylor won his final seven starts of the regular season and earned the start in the Chippewas NCAA Tournament opener.