By: Jake Riepma
MOUNT PLEASANT MICH. – Northwestern baseball travels to Central Michigan for a three game series with the Chippewas in chilly Mount Pleasant, Mich. The ‘Cats will take on CMU on Friday, March 16 at 2:05 p.m. CT, before playing a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17, with first pitch slated for 11 a.m. CT.
Northwestern (5-7) is coming off back to back wins last weekend over MacMurray College and Judson in the first games at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park of the 2018 season.
In the home opener, Northwestern outlasted MacMurray to claim the 6-3 victory, thanks largely to sophomore pitcher Hank Christie, who tossed six scoreless innings and earned his first win of the season.
The ‘Cats followed up with a dominating 11-1 win over Judson on Sunday. Northwestern scored ten runs in the first three innings, and never looked back, cruising to their fifth win of the season.
With the 2-0 start at home, Northwestern has won 12 of its last 15 games at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park, dating back to last year. The ‘Cats will now look to find success on the road, having won just three of ten games away from home to begin the 2018 campaign.
Central Michigan (2-13-1) has struggled mightily out of the gates to begin the 2018 season. The Chips enter the contest winless in their last nine games, tallying eight losses and a tie after winning two of their first four games to begin the season.
The slow start for CMU comes on the heels of a 31-28 record a season ago. The 2017 campaign also included a MAC West Division title for Central Michigan.
The all-time series between Northwestern and Central Michigan dates all the way back to 2017, when the schools played in Evanston for the first ever meeting. The Wildcats and Chips battled in a four game series at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park with CMU winning three out of the four contests.
First pitch from Theunissen Stadium is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT. All three games of the series will be broadcasted on our mixlr page with Jake Riepma and Andrew Bowen providing the play-by-play and color commentary.