Thade Hultzsch, CMUChippewas.com
WESTFIELD, Ind. - Colton Bradley pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and Central Michigan took advantage of Toledo miscues on Sunday in taking a 3-2 victory in the second game of a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Grand Park.
Toledo won game one, 13-1, and the Chippewas, by virtue of their 5-3 win in the series opener on Friday, took the series to improve to 7-5 in the MAC. The Chippewas are 13-21-1 overall. Toledo is 12-20, 6-6.
Toledo got to CMU starter Michael Brettell (4-4) in building a 9-0 through three innings.
Brettell, who had won three consecutive starts, allowed nine runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two. Braxton Markle, Dazon Cole, Cameron Brown and Tyler Brown pitched in relief for the Chippewas, who committed four errors to match their season high.
Sam Shutes (7-0) went seven innings for the victory. He allowed six hits and struck out seven.
Toledo out-hit the Chippewas, 19-8. Zavier Warren and Zach Heeke had two hits for CMU.
The Rockets hit four home runs in the game, two by Ross Adolph, his ninth and 10th of the season.
The Chippewas broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning when Warren singled and then went to third on a throwing error by the catcher on a pickoff attempt.
Griffin Lockwood-Powell then delivered a ground-rule double to score Warren.
Bradley (1-0) entered the game with two out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner a third. He struck out AJ Montoya to end the threat. He then set down the Rockets in order in the ninth for his first victory of the season.
CMU collected eight hits, two each by Lockwood-Powell and Jacob Crum.
The Rockets committed three errors in the game, and two of CMU's runs were unearned.
Chippewa starter Tyler Hankins went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out two. Brandon Reed pitched in relief in the eighth before giving way to Bradley.
Alex Wagner (1-2), the second of three Toledo pitchers, took the loss.
WHERE THEY STAND
The Chippewas are tied with Eastern Michigan for third place in the MAC, two games behind first-place Kent State, which is 9-3, and one game ahead of fifth-place Toledo.
The Chippewas are scheduled to play two home nonconference games this week at Keilitz Field at Theunissen Stadium. On Tuesday, they are slated to play Cornerstone, and on Wednesday they are scheduled to face Concordia.
Next weekend, CMU goes to Western Michigan for a three-game MAC series. The Broncos are 14-15, 4-6. Their MAC doubleheader with Bowling Green was cancelled because of poor weather on Sunday. Western won the series opener with the Falcons on Friday, 9-4.