MAC Baseball: Scores, Recaps, Players of the Weekend and Updated Standings

Kris Simonton slides safely at home. - Jeff Harwell

Central Michigan and Ball State remain as the two top teams in the conference, but how much is Akron starting to threaten these top dogs?

Buffalo Sweeps Western Michigan, Burke Throws Another Complete Game

Game 1: Buffalo wins 8-7

Game 2: Buffalo wins 5-4

Game 3: Buffalo wins 7-3

Mike Burke throws his second complete game in conference play, allowing only three runs to score which brings his earned run average up to 2.90 (previously 2.86) in conference play. Kevin Hughes made his first start on the hill after appearing nine times out of the bullpen and allowed 12 hits, but still got the win. Baseball's weird like that sometimes.

Top Performers:

Western Michigan:

Jared Kujawa- 3/11, 2 R, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB

Chad Mayle- 7.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Buffalo:

Matt Pollock- 7/13, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB

Mike Burke- 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Akron Sweeps Bobcats at Home, Longo Goes Hitless

Game 1: Akron wins 8-0

Game 2: Akron wins 7-1

Game 3: Akron wins 5-4

If you would have told me three months ago that, at this point, Ohio would be at the bottom of the MAC standings and Akron would be tied at the top of the East with Kent State, I would have called you a half-liar because there's no way Akron could have been this good, right?

Top Performers:

Ohio:

Jake Madsen- 3/11, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB

Jake Miller- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Akron:

James Meeker- 6/10, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 1 BB

John Valek- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Kent State Wins Series Over Miami at Home

Game 1: Kent State wins 4-2

Game 2: Kent State wins 13-4

Game 3: Miami wins 6-4

Alex Miklos hit three triples over the weekend, bringing his slugging percentage up to a [qualified] team-best of .654. This kid's a freaking animal. For Miami, Dan Walsh stepped up by getting two hits and a run in each game over the weekend.

Top Performers:

Miami:

Dan Walsh- 6/10, 3 R, 1 BB

Seth Varner- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Kent State:

Alex Miklos- 6/11, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 3B

Eric Lauer- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Toledo Drops Series at Home, Ball State Only Half Game Back in West Standings

Game 1: Toledo wins 12-4

Game 2: Ball State wins 15-4

Game 3: Ball State wins 8-4

Scott Baker has been pitching well as of late, but the Rockets knocked nine runs against him in less than three innings of work in the series opener. Zach Plesac had 10 hits against him, but was able to record seven strikeouts in his complete game on Sunday.

Top Performers:

Ball State:

Ryan Spaulding- 5/9, 6 R, 5 RBI, 7 BB, 1 HR

T.J. Weir- 8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Toledo:

Dan Zuchowski- 7/13, 4 R, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB

Ryan Wilkinson- 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Chippewas Still Leaders of the MAC, Takes Two of Three in Bowling Green

Game 1: Central Michigan wins 7-6

Game 2: Central Michigan wins 16-2

Game 3: Bowling Green wins 17-8

The Chippewas couldn't pull off the sweep as the bullpen fell apart in the series finale, but Jordan Foley and Pat Kaminska still pitch up to their expectations to take the series in BGSU.

Top Performers:

Central Michigan:

Tyler Huntey- 8/14, 5 R, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB

Pat Kaminska- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Bowling Green:

T.J. Losby- 4/8, 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB

Andrew Lacinak- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Huskies Win First Conference Series in Ypsilanti

Game 1: Northern Illinois wins 10-2

Game 2: Northern Illinois wins 5-3 (10 innings)

Game 3: Eastern Michigan wins 8-4

Northern Illinois takes advantage of a pitiful pitching staff in Eastern Michigan, making the Eagles have to rely on their offense to be competitive in this series. A serious lineup shake in the EMU offense led to them winning only their second MAC game this season.

Top Performers:

Northern Illinois:

Tommy Hook- 6/11, 5 R, 2 RBI, 1 3B, 2 BB

Eli Anderson- 8.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K

Eastern Michigan:

Austin Wilson- 5/12, 1 R, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 2 BB

Ryan Lavoie- 5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Updated MAC Standings

EAST Team W-L GB
T-1 Kent State 9-3 -
Akron 9-3 -
3 Buffalo 7-4 2.5
T-4 Bowling Green 5-7 4
Miami 5-7 4
6 Ohio 1-11 8

WEST Team W-L GB
1 Central Michigan 10-2 -
2 Ball State 9-2 .5
T-3 Northern Illinois 5-7 5
Toledo 5-7 5
5 Western Michigan 4-8 6
6 Eastern Michigan 2-10 8

MAC Team W-L GB
1 Central Michigan 10-2 -
2 Ball State 9-2 .5
T-3 Akron 9-3 1

Kent State 9-3 1
5 Buffalo 7-4 3.5
T-6 Bowling Green 5-7 5
Miami 5-7 5
Northern Illinois 5-7 5
Toledo 5-7 5
10 Western Michigan 4-8 6
11 Eastern Michigan 2-10 8
12 Ohio 1-11 9

Players of the Weekend

East:

(Buffalo) Matt Pollock- 7/13, 3 R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB

(Akron) John Valek- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

West:

(Ball State) Ryan Spaulding- 5/9, 6 R, 5 RBI, 7 BB, 1 HR

(Ball State) T.J. Weir- 8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

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