Chippewas Sweep Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO - Kurtis Wells drilled a solo homer in the top of the ninth inning here Sunday afternoon to give Central Michigan University a 7-6 win over Western Michigan University and a sweep of the three-game Mid-American Conference series.

The win was CMU's eighth straight and raised its record to 27-20 for the season and 13-5 in MAC West action.

The Chippewas are first in their division followed by Ball State (13-8) and Eastern Michigan (11-7) and Northern Illinois (11-7). Miami leads the MAC East with a 10-6 slate. The top team based on winning percentage hosts the MAC tourney beginning on May 26.

Central Michigan is 9-0 on the road in the MAC this season having swept series at Toledo, Marshall and WMU.

Wells, a junior transfer from Grand Rapids CC, knocked in three runs, the first two on sacrifice flies, and the final one a homer to lead off the final inning. It was his eighth of the season.

David LeMieux picked up the win, going three and one-third innings and allowing two hits and two runs, one being earned. He walked two and whiffed two to up his record to 2-3.

J.T. Jones reached on an error, went to third on a double by Jim Geldhof and scored on a sac fly by Wells. WMU tied it at 1-1 with an unearned run on its own in the bottom of the first.

The Chippewas went up 2-1 in the third when Jones singled, went to second on an error, took third on a fly out and scored on another sac fly by Wells.

The Broncos scored two in the fourth and one in the sixth for a 4-2 lead before the CMU bats came to life in the final three innings.

In a three-run seventh, Jeremy Crum opened with a walk, went to second on a bunt single by Eric Cannon and Crum then scored when Jones was safe on an error. Geldhof walked and Bryan Mitzel drilled a two-run single to put the visitors up, 5-4.

A double by Brian Campbell, a wild pitch and a single by Jones in the eighth made it 6-4 before WMU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to knot it at 6-6 and set the scene for Wells' heroics.

Jones and Mitzel had three hits and two RBI each as CMU banged out 11 hits.

The CMU starter was Ryan Cremeans who went four innings and allowed six hits and three runs, two were earned. He walked three and fanned three. Jason Cairns went the next one and two-third innings and gave up one unearned run.

The Chippewas return to action at home on Tuesday against Oakland University at 3 p.m. CMU plays its final MAC home series of the season with Buffalo this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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