Chippewas Complete Series Sweep
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – After taking the first two games, the Central Michigan Chippewas took the third and final game of this weekend’s Mid-American Conference series by a score of 9-1.
The start was delayed by two hours, but once things got started, the CMU bats came out swinging, getting three runs on four hits in the first off of starter Chris Koutsavlis (Pittsburgh, PA). Marshall challenged, loading up the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, but the final two batters struck out to end the inning.
Central Michigan (24-20, 10-5 MAC) extended their lead to 5-0 when they added on two more runs in the top of the third inning. Chippewa starter Ryan Cremeans kept the Herd offense in check, allowing only four hits in the first six innings.
In the top of the seventh, CMU notched three more runs. With one out, Steve Ziroli (LaGrange, IL) came on in relief of Koutsavlis with the bases loaded. After a run was walked in, CMU second baseman Jeff LaFavors hit a two RBI single to give CMU an 8-0 lead.
Marshall (19-25, 3-11 MAC) got their only run of the game in the seventh. Brad Helm (Downington, PA) and Mike Koitsopoulos (Markham, Ont.) led off the inning with consecutive singles. With one out, Joe Glevenyak (West Palm Beach, FL) singled to load up the bases for Corie O’Bryan (Frederick, MD), who hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Helm.
Central added one more run in the top of the ninth to take a 9-1 lead. The Herd was unable to get anything going to finish the game.
Koutsavlis took the loss, dropping his record to 2-5. He went 6 1/3, giving up eight runs on 11 hits. Cremeans got the win and improved to 4-2 on the season.
Marshall tallied seven hits. Glevenyak and Koitsopoulos each had two hits. CMU notched 15 hits off of the MU pitching staff.
With an appearance in the eighth inning, Chris Meadows (Huntington, WV) came to within two of Matt Speicher of Ball State for the all-time MAC record for career appearances. Meadows’ career total of 91 is only two behind Speicher’s 93.
The Herd will be on the road the next two weekends. Next weekend will be a visit to Akron to face the Zips in a three game tilt. MU will return home for a game against Eastern Kentucky on May 11 before hitting the road for the final series of the season at Ball State. The final home series will take place from May 21-23 when the Herd hosts the Buffalo Bulls.