The 6-4, 215-pound Dunham allowed just three hits in recording his first career shutout. He walked one and struck out 10 to raise his record to 6-3 and drop his ERA to 2.59.
The win upped CMU's record to 28-15 for the season and 10-6 in MAC play while the Broncos are now 21-16 overall and 11-3 in MAC action.
Central Michigan jumped on WMU starter Mike Rasmussen for three runs in the first inning but did not touch the crafty right-hander for the next six innings.
Troy Moratti singled to lead off the first for the Chippewas, was sacrficed to second by J.T. Jones and scored on a single by Jim Geldhof. Kurtis Wells then singled Geldhof to third with Wells taking second on an error. Both runners scored when Bryan Mitzel laced a double down the right field line.
That's the way it stood until the eighth as both starting hurlers took control of the game.
CMU added five runs in the eighth off two Bronco relief hurlers.Geldhof's two-run singled was the big blow of the inning.
Rasmussen allowed seven hits in seven innings. Two of the three runs were earned and he walked two and struck out six. He fell to 4-4.
Geldhof led the Chippewas with three hits and three RBI while Moratti and Wells each added two safeties.
WMU had three singles off Dunham, two of them of the infield variety.
Game two of the series is set for here Saturday and will feature WMU left-handed sophomore Dan O'Brien (2-2, 2.37) and CMU right-handed freshman Josh Collmenter (5-1, 2.34). The first pitch will be 1:05 p.m.
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