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Central Michigan Beats Ohio Twice on Saturday

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It was too little, too late for the Bobcats as the Central Michigan Chippewas beat Ohio 6-2 in 12 innings in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader and 10-8 in the second game to secure the series win for the Chippewas.

Central Michigan jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of the afternoon.

Alex Borgin hit a leadoff solo-home run on the third pitch of the game off starter Gerry Salisbury. Salisbury pitched seven innings allowing five hits with two runs with three strikeouts.

The Bobcats scored their first run of the game in the fourth inning. Michael Klein led off with a walk then Ty Black tripled to center field, scoring Klein.

Ohio scored again in the fifth inning when Spencer Ibarra hit a two-out triple to center field and first basemen Rudy Rott roped a double to score Ibarra.

Despite Ibarra’s 4-for-5 performance, Central Michigan put up four runs in the twelfth inning to break the tie and win game one.

The second game began very similarly. CMU got on the board in the top of the first inning after starter Butch Baird gave up a leadoff walk and the Chippewas scored on a passed ball.

Central poured on more runs in the top of the second. The Chippewas crossed the plate six times thanks to a leadoff home run from Robert Greenman to start the big inning for the Chippewas and a grand slam later in the inning.

Baird exited with just two innings pitched with seven earned runs, four hits and four walks.

After falling behind 10-3, Ohio started a comeback with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Tyler Finkler reached base after being hit by a pitch, Evan Bourn and Ibarra walked to load the bases for Nick Bredeson.

Bredeson reached base on an error by the first basemen. Then, Rott launched a two-out three-run home run over the right field wall.

Despite the potential for a huge comeback, Ohio ultimately fell short and lost the second game to secure the series victory for Central Michigan.

Despite Ohio’s eight hits to Central Michigan’s nine, Ohio’s timely hitting was once again a problem when trying to recover from an early 7-0 lead after just two innings.

The Bobcats and Chippewas return to action at Bob Wren at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the series finale.