The win upped Central Michigan's record to 15-13 for the season and 4-1 in Mid-American Conference action while the Rockets fell to 8-18 overall and 2-6 in MAC play.
Trailing by a 2-1 margin after seven innings, the Chippewas scored a run in the eighth and a run in the ninth for the win.
Back-to-back doubles by Kurtis Wells and David Latour Jr. in the eighth tied the game at 2-2. Adam Lipski doubled as a pinch hitter to open the ninth but was later thrown out at third on an infield bouncer by Jeremy Crum who took second on the play. With two outs, Jim Geldhof singled to score Crum with what proved to be the winning run.
Ty Dunham went the first six and one-third innings for CMU, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He walked three and fanned eight.
The win went to relief hurler Jayson Ruhlman who went one and two-third innings of one-hit, scoreless ball. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two.
David LeMieux fired a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to collect his fifth save of the season.
Geldhof and Wells had three hits each, raising their averages to .420 and .417, respectively. Latour was two-for-two, both doubles, and is now hitting .426.
The same two teams meet here on Sunday in the final game of the three-game set. Central Michigan won Friday's opener, 16-2.
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