Friday, March 18, 2011

Mizzou Baseball Game Day: Central Michigan

■ Current Ratings & Rankings (3/17/2011)
Boyd's World RPI: Mizzou 227th; Central Michigan 91st
Boyd's World ISR: MU 196th; CMU 117th
Warren Nolan RPI: MU 226th; CMU 91st
Boyd's World Strength of Schedule: MU 205th; CMU 26th
• Neither team is ranked in national polls
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Howard picks up CMU's second straight weekly MAC honor (
Central Michigan sophomore left-hander Trent Howard was named Mid-American Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday, CMU's second-consecutive weekly pitching honor..

Howard threw a two-hit, 10-strikeout shutout against Indiana for a 3-0 CMU victory last week, never allowing a Hoosier to reach second base in the contest. Howard was dominant, facing just two over the minimum, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

It's the second time this season the junior has taken a no-hit bid into at least the fifth inning. It is also the second-consecutive outing he's fanned at least 10 batters.

CMU returns to the diamond this weekend at Missouri for a four-game series, starting on Friday.

Central Michigan 2011 MAC Weekly Honors
Jordan Dean , Feb. 22 (Player)
Dietrich Enns , March 11 (Pitcher)
Trent Howard , March 15 (Pitcher)
CMU Baseball team wins, 2-1 (Midland Daily News)
Central Michigan rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth of its home opener Thursday to beat Madonna 3-1 in nonconference baseball.

Two CMU errors led to Madonna's lone run in the first inning, and the score remained 1-0 until the Chippewas' half of the sixth.
CMU Baseball rallies to beat Navy (
The Chippewas (7-9) led 4-1 entering the seventh inning, but Navy posted seven runs over its next two at bats to carry in an 8-4 lead into the ninth.

Instead of folding, CMU rallied for five in the top of the ninth as William Arnold had a three-run triple that tied the score at 8-8 and then Robbie Harman drove in Arnold on a sacrifice bunt. Sam Russell started the scoring rally in the inning when he hit a 1-out double that scored Matt Faiman.
Howard pitches two-hitter in CMU win over Indiana (
The Central Michigan baseball team improved to 6-8 on the season thanks to a complete-game two-hit shutout from pitcher Trent Howard that carried the Chippewas to a 3-0 win over Indiana on Saturday as part of the Russ Matt Tournament.

The junior left hander struck out 10 Hoosiers on the day while not allowing a single walk.
Baseball enters Russ Matt on 3-game losing streak (
After opening last weekend’s Bright House Invitational with a come-from-behind, extra innings win over Illinois, the Central Michigan baseball team dropped its final two games of the tournament and have lost three straight.

“We’ve been very competitive,” said head coach Steve Jaksa. “Unfortunately we haven’t been rewarded with a win these last few games, but that’s baseball.”
. . .
Junior starting pitcher Trent Howard pitched well, striking out 11 in seven-plus innings of work but was outdueled by Columbia senior Geoff Whitaker, who kept the Chippewas off-balance and allowed only one run on four hits.

“The final analysis was their guy pitched a little bit better than our guy,” Jaksa said.
CMU Baseball looking for 1 more win in 2011 (
Steve Jaksa couldn't have asked for much more from his Central Michigan baseball
team in 2010.

After all, the Chippewas went 36-22 overall and 20-7 in
the Mid-American Conference, winning the regular season conference title.

Still, Jaksa and the Chippewas would have liked just one more win, as
they lost 5-3 to Kent State in the MAC Tournament Championship, falling short of
their goal to make it into the NCAA Tournament.

Making the transition to Mizzou baseball (
Jamieson had asked the reporters after the doubleheader, “You wanna know how many of these guys knew to turn the clocks ahead?” Then he formed a circle with his thumb and forefinger. “Zero.” It was Le Moyne, though, that never really showed up.

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