MAC Bats: Second Week of MAC Play, Standings and Players of the Weekend

Lee Longo takes a hack at a pitch. - Andrew Mascharka

The first game of the Ball State vs. Buffalo series was about as weird as you could ever hope for. Central Michigan is now the only unbeaten team in MAC play.

Buffalo and Ball State Split Their Shortened Series Due to Stupid Snow, Oddities in Game One

Game 1: Buffalo wins 14-13

Game 2: Ball State wins 5-2

Game 3: Cancelled

Game One was a complete slugfest with a pair of really strange oddities. First, Buffalo's Ben Hartz allowed 10 hits in less than three innings of work with nine runs scored against him, but his team still managed to win. Then, Mike Burke had a 3-for-6 day at the plate with a double and a home run, and would later come in to pitch a couple of innings and pick up his third win of the season. He would be the losing pitcher in Game Two as Ball State's Scott Baker threw a complete game.

Bull Run's recap can be found HERE.

Top Performers:

Ball State:

Sean Kennedy- 4/8, 3 R, 1 3B, 2 BB

Scott Baker- 9 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Buffalo:

Tyler Mautner- 5/10, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 2B

Anthony Magovney- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Central Michigan Improves to 6-0 in MAC Play, Sweeps at Home

Game 1: Central Michigan wins 8-4

Game 2: Central Michigan wins 4-1

Game 3: Central Michigan wins 2-1

It comes to no surprise that the Chippewas took their first home series, even if it was against a rising RedHawks squad. Even though the offensive numbers were very limited in the final game for CMU, true freshman Nick Deeg kept Miami to a hitless first six innings, giving the Chippewas enough time to generate a pair of runs, which was all they needed at the end.

Top Performers:

Miami:

Steve Sada- 5/9, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB

Seth Varner- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Central Michigan:

Logan Regnier- 4/12, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB

Nick Deeg- 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Freshmen Pitchers Dominate, Golden Flashes Take Two on Road

Game 1: Kent State wins 10-2

Game 2: Kent State wins 6-1

Game 3: Eastern Michigan wins 2-1

A good formula for success = good pitching + lotsa hits. Kent State definitely had that going for themselves in the first couple of games with a team batting average of .385 and a WHIP of 0.889, but found themselves in a costly pitchers' duel in the series finale.

Read our full recap HERE.

Top Performers:

Kent State:

Eric Lauer: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Alex Miklos: 7/12, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 SB

Eastern Michigan:

Lee Longo: 2/8, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB

Steve Weber: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Western Michigan Takes Two of Three in Athens

Game 1: Ohio wins 5-3

Game 2: Western Michigan wins 4-2

Game 3: Western Michigan wins 4-0

Ohio started things off on the right foot with 16 hits in the first game, but dropped the double-header to Western Michigan. Western's Keegan Akin tossed a complete game in the final game of the series, including 12 strikeouts while walking just two.

Read our complete recap HERE.

Top Performers:

Western Michigan:

Brandon Cable- 4/9, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 2B, 1 HR

Keegan Akin- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K

Ohio:

Jake Madsen- 6/14, 2R, 1 RBI, 1 2B

Jake Roehn- 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Bowling Green and Northern Illinois Meet Near Indianapolis, Falcons Take Two in Series

Game 1: Northern Illinois wins 9-0

Game 2: Bowling Green wins 4-1

Game 3: Bowling Green wins 7-3

More crappy Midwestern weather had to relocate this series to the Indianapolis area, which is a real knee to the groin for both fan bases. Mike Frank did work in Game Two of the series with a seven-inning one-hitter to hold NIU to only one run, picking up three strikeouts.

Top Performers:

Bowling Green:

Jeremy Shay- 3/9, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB

Mike Frank- 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Northern Illinois:

Justin Fletcher- 4/11, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB

Anthony Andres- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Akron Makes Good, Early Headway in Standings, Wins Two in Toledo

Game 1: Akron wins 3-2

Game 2: Akron wins 7-6

Game 3: Toledo wins 4-3

"The Zips are proving to be a strong and surging team in the MAC East, while the Toledo Rockets are looking to bounce back and get back above the .500 mark in the coming week. "

Read our complete recap HERE.

Top Performers:

Akron:

Joey Havrilak- 6/13, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB

Myles McVeigh- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Toledo:

Tyler Grogg- 3/7, 3 R, 5 BB, 1 SB

Steven Calhoun- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Standings

EAST Team W-L GB
1 Akron 5-1 -
2 Kent State 4-2 1
3 Buffalo 3-2 1.5
T-4 Miami 2-4 3
Bowling Green 2-4 3
6 Ohio 1-5 4

WEST Team W-L GB
1 Central Michigan 6-0 -
2 Ball State 4-1 1.5
3 Western Michigan 3-3 3
T-4 Northern Illinois 2-4 4
Toledo 2-4 4
6 Eastern Michigan 1-5 5

MAC Team W-L GB
1 Central Michigan 6-0 -
2 Akron 5-1 1
3 Ball State 4-1 1.5
4 Kent State 4-2 2
5 Buffalo 3-2 2.5
6 Western Michigan 3-3 3
T-7 Bowling Green 2-4 4
Miami 2-4 4
Northern Illinois 2-4 4
Toledo 2-4 4
T-11 Eastern Michigan 1-5 5
Ohio 1-5 5

Players of the Weekend:

East:

(Akron) Joey Havrilak- 6/13, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB

(Bowling Green) Mike Frank- 7 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

West:

(WMU) Brandon Cable- 4/9, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 2B, 1 HR

(WMU) Keegan Akin- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K

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