Buffalo Travels to Kent State For Big MAC East Showdown
|Game 1: Fri. 6 p.m.||Kevin Hughes vs. Eric Lauer|
|Game 2: Sat. 6 p.m.||Anthony Magovney vs. Nick Jensen-Clagg|
|Game 3: Sun. 1 p.m.||Mike Burke vs. Brian Clark|
The Golden Flashes, tied with Akron, are in first place in the MAC East division with Buffalo trailing by only two and a half games. Kent State's all-time record against the Buffalo is 40-5. Not that this record will reflect what will happen this weekend, but it's easy to say that the Golden Flashes has their number.
Speaking of MAC East, Bowling Green Heads to Akron
|Game 1: Fri. 3 p.m.||Mike Frank vs. John Valek|
|Game 2: Sat. 1 p.m.||Brett Fitzwater vs. JT Brubaker|
|Game 3: Sun. 1 p.m.||Andrew Lacinak vs. Myles McVeigh|
Akron has had an impressive season, thus far. And at home, Akron's batting statistics are well above their norm with slash lines of .298/.385/.376 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage).
Toledo Hosts Miserable Bobcats Team
|Game 1: Fri. 3 p.m.||Jake Roehn vs. Ryan Wilkinson|
|Game 2: Sat. 1 p.m.||Jake Rudnicki vs. Sam Shutes|
|Game 3: Sun. 1 p.m.||Jake Miller vs. Kyle Slack|
Ohio just lost a mid-week home game against University of Rio Grande. They're an NAIA team. I almost want to ignore the fact that they still have Mitch Longo (.355/.429/.492) and just say that the Bobcats will never reach ten wins on the season, let alone get to six.
Western Michigan Continues Road Trip to Muncie
|Game 1: Fri. 3 p.m.||Steve Laudicina vs. Scott Baker|
|Game 2: Sat. 1 p.m.||Chad Mayle vs. TJ Weir|
|Game 3: Sun. 1 p.m.||TBA vs. Zach Plesac|
The Broncos are coming off of a disappointing weekend at Buffalo, coming back to Kalamzaoo with a sweep. Speaking of sweeps, the Ball State/Western Michigan series has been decided by sweeps for the past three years. Western Michigan took the last two series over the Cardinals.
Northern Illinois Hosts Conference Leaders Central Michigan
|Game 1: Fri. 4 p.m.||Jordan Foley vs. Anthony Andres|
|Game 2: Sat. 2 p.m.||Pat Kaminska vs. Eli Anderson|
|Game 3: Sun. 2 p.m.||Nick Deeg vs. Alex Klonowski|
The Saturday pitching matchup looks like it should be one to keep an eye out for, even if Anderson isn't as good as he was a year ago. But looking at this series as a whole, this has a David vs. Goliath feel to it.
Eagles Host RedHawks at Home
|Game 1: Fri. 6 p.m.||Seth Varner vs. Sterling Sharp|
|Game 2: Sat. 3 p.m.||Nathan Williams vs. Ryan Lavoie|
|Game 3: Sun. 1 p.m.||TBA vs. Jake Andrews|
The Eagles are coming off of an impressive extra-inning victory over Michigan, making it their seventh straight win over the neighbors hailing from the Big Ten. But since moral victories and momentum are nothing but cute words with no real value in baseball, they're really going to have to do some work over the weekend, especially since this is their second-to-last 3-game home series for the season.