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MAC Bats Preview: Buffalo and Kent State Meet Up For East Division Showdown

Ohio just lost to an NAIA team. How do they expect to win a series at Toledo?

Brandon Cable and the Broncos will take on Ball State in Muncie, IN.
Brandon Cable and the Broncos will take on Ball State in Muncie, IN.
Kaleb Carter

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.

Current 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
3 Akron 9-3 1
4 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