MAC Tournament Central
MAC Tournament Bracket
Central Michigan 9, Toledo 8
MAC Tournament - Game Five
WP - Martin (2-3)
LP - Zahel (1-4)
S - Enns (6)
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - A dramatic ninth-inning comeback combined with sharp fielding gave Central Michigan the blueprint for a 9-8 win over Toledo, eliminating the Rockets from the 2011 MAC Baseball Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium. Junior third baseman Tyler Hall more than made up for an 0-5 performance from the plate yesterday by hitting for the cycle along with two base on balls to spark the Chippewa offense throughout the game. His triple in the top of the ninth drove in three, tying the game at 8-8 before being brought in on a sacrifice fly for the winning run.
Central Michigan continued the power surge they showed yesterday in the second inning when Sam Russell lifted a 1-2 offering from Toledo pitcher Jared Locke over the scoreboard in left field for a quick 2-0 CMU lead. The Chippewas then worked two men on base with two out in the inning before Locke hit consecutive batters to push across the third run of the frame.
Toledo answered in the bottom half off a Jim Vahalik triple to the deepest part of the park, bringing Matt Delewski around from first. James Miglin then singled sharply to right field to plate Delewski and cut the CMU advantage to 3-2 after two.
Hall began his assault on Rockets reliever Ryan Wilkinson in the top half of the fourth inning with a first-pitch blast to the power alley in right to put the Chippewas up 4-2. An inning later he doubled deep to center field to score Matt Faiman for a 5-2 Central Michigan edge.
The Rockets drew closer in the bottom of the sixth when Dan Sherwood matched Hall with an almost identical shot to right-center that scored Mark Lapikas and made the count 5-4 in Central Michigan's favor. An inning later it was Lapikas pulling a ball straight down the right field line and out to give Toledo its first lead of the contest at 7-5. Sherwood put a bookend on the trio of homers with his second long ball of the game and sixth of the season to give the Rockets an 8-5 edge going into the ninth.
The CMU rally started with a Toledo error, Chris Dudics pulling Matt Delewski off the bag at first after a grounder to the shortstop. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases with no one out. Hall then took a Matt Zahel delivery down the right field line and all the way to the wall to bring the game level before Brendan Emmett flew out to right field to bring in Hall for the winning run. Dietrich Enns came in to pitch the ninth for the Chippewas, giving up a one-out walk but inducing a game-ending line drive to second baseman Jordan Dean that doubled Ben Hammer off of first, the third CMU double play of the game.
Central Michigan (30-26) awaits the loser of tonight's Miami/Western Michigan game, with another elimination contest to be held tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. Toledo wraps up its season at 26-29.
Top of the 2nd
Sam Russell homered to left field, Nate Theunissen scored from first
2-0 Central Michigan
Tom Howard hit by pitch, Matt Faiman scored from third, Tyler Hall advanced to third, Will Arnold to second
3-0 Central Michigan
Bottom of the 2nd
Jim Vahalik tripled off the center field wall, Matt Delewski scored from first
3-1 Central Michigan
Miglin singled to right field, Vahalik scored from third
3-2 Central Michigan
Top of the 4th
Hall homered to right-center
4-2 Central Michigan
Top of the 5th
Hall doubled to center field, Faiman scored from second
5-2 Central Michigan
Bottom of the 6th
Sherwood homered to right-center, Mark Lapikas scored from second
5-4 Central Michigan
Bottom of the 7th
Lapikas homered down the right field line, Jeff Cola scored from second, Delewski scored from first
Bottom of the 8th
Sherwood homered to center field
Top of the 9th
Hall tripled down the left field line, Russell scored from third, Faiman scored from second, Robbie Harman scored from first
Brendan Emmett sacrificed to right field, Hall scored from third
Central Michigan 9-8