CMU baseball secures second straight win against Sacramento State

Freshman pitcher, Adam Mrakitsch, high-fiving his teammate after making in for home base and gaining another point for CMU.

Central Michigan baseball picked up its second win in a four-game series against Sacramento State on Friday with a final score of 8-3. 

The Chippewas got on the board early in the first inning. Junior Danny Wuestenfeld recorded an RBI ground out to second base bringing in junior Jacob Donahue after he led off with a walk to take a 1-0 lead. 

The Chippewas and the hornets both went scoreless in the next four innings keeping the score at 1-0.  

Three straight doubles by CMU's Wuestenfeld, Garrett Navarra and Cole Prout in the sixth inning gave the Chippewas momentum to take a large 6-0 lead. 

Wuestenfeld was the first at bat in the sixth, followed by Navarra who doubled to center field bringing in Wuestenfeld to score.

Prout returned the favor with his double to left center field bringing home Navarra to score and take a 3-0 lead. After Prout advanced to third on a wild pitch, he scored on an RBI single by Justin Simpson to take a 4-0 lead.

With two outs, Donahue doubled down the left field line scoring junior Ely Stuart, who was walked and Simpson to make it a 6-0 ball game.

The Hornets did not score until the seventh inning when they brought in two runs.

Freshman Christian Mitchelle singled in the ninth bringing in junior Jake Brill, then stole third on the next at bat where he was able to score on an error by the Hornets pitcher Trey Goodrich to put the Chippewas up 8-2.

The Hornets scored one more run in the bottom of the ninth, but CMU claimed the victory. 

Sophomore Adam Mrakitsch pitched 6.2 innings throwing 103 pitches, 68 strikes, struck out four and walked two batters. Mrakitsch was awarded the win moving him to 2-0 and graduate student Ryan Palmblad picked up his second save of the season.

The Chippewas move to 8-6 on the season and will face the Hornets on Saturday, weather permitting to end the series.