The Chippewas have now won seven straight and own an overall record of 26-20 and lead the MAC West with a 12-5 slate. WMU is now 17-27 for the season and 5-12 in loop play.
Dunham went the first six innings to raise his record to 4-2 while Ruhlman pitched the final three frames for his second save of the season. Dunham allowed six hits and four runs, three being earned while walking one and striking out seven. Ruhlman didn't allow a hit and struck out six without a walk.
Central Michigan scored three times in the second when Bryan Mitzel walked and scored on Chase Welker's triple. Brian Campbell then doubled in Welker and Campbell scored when Jeremy Crum was caught in a rundown between first and second.
Western got an unearned run in the bottom of the third to make it 3-1.
The Chippewas broke it wide open with four in the top of the fourth. Crum had an RBI single and Jim Geldhof an RBI double to highlight the inning.
The Broncos made it 7-4 with three markers in the sixth before CMU closed the scoring in the eighth when Campbell doubled and scored on a single by Eric Cannon.
Campbell had three hits to pace the Chippewas while Cannon, Geldhof and Crum had two each.
The final game of the series is set for here Sunday at 1 p.m.
Chippewas Trip WMU, 8-4
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