With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of college baseball and the teams of the MAC are well underway with their season as six teams were in action yesterday. Which teams picked up some momentum heading into the month of April.
Bowling Green 15, Youngstown State 5
The Falcons (8-12, 3-0 MAC) had their way offensively against the Penguins as they registered 17 hits as five batters recorded multi-hit games, including Dylan Dohanos as he went 4-6 with two runs and a RBI. Seven YSU errors exacerbated the situation and Gage Schenk picked up his first win of the season with two hits and one run allowed in three innings of work. BG returns to action Friday in a road series at Ohio to continue its four-game winning streak.
Central Michigan 6, Grand Valley State 2
The Chippewas (16-7, 2-1 MAC) took control of the game early as they held a 6-1 lead after three innings of play. Zach Gilles and Jason Sullivan each went 2-4 with a RBI as CMU generated seven hits on the day. It’s interesting to note that the Chips used a different pitcher in each inning to great success yesterday as they struck out Grand Valley 10 times. CMU host Northern Illinois in a weekend series on Friday.
Eastern Michigan 13, Northwestern Ohio 3 (7 innings)
It’s always good to win via run rule and that’s what the Eagles (4-19-1, 0-3 MAC) did in their rout of Northwestern Ohio. Jeff Timko and Zachary Owings provided some power for the offense as they combined for six hits, five runs scored and five RBIs. Jackson Shaver put in four good innings of work with five strikeouts, four hits allowed, a run allowed, and a walk. EMU returns to action today as it hosts Concordia.
Kent State 5, Dayton 12
The Flashes (9-13, 1-2 MAC) were in good shape with 4-1 lead after four innings, but a four-run fifth inning and a seventh-run eighth inning by the Flyers doomed them to their second consecutive loss. KSU had two out in that fifth inning with no damage done, but two hits and two walks by Dayton opened the game up. For the Flyers’ eighth inning, the bases were juiced with no outs thanks to two walks and a hit batsman, and it was all academic at that point. KSU hits the road today for a road game at Indiana.
Miami 1, #11 Louisville 6
Taking on a ranked team is always going to be a tough test and the RedHawks (18-5, 2-1 MAC) were able to string six hits together, but they weren’t able to get runs across the plate while two unearned runs late from the Cardinals put the game away. Charlie Harrigan and Landon Stephens each had a pair of hits for the ‘Hawks, and the pitching staff held its own after the second inning with six strikeouts and three hits allowed. Miami takes on EMU in a weekend series in Oxford on Friday.
Northern Illinois 3, UIC 8
The 2019 season has been up-and-down for the Huskies (7-17, 3-0 MAC) but they had a 3-2 lead after five innings before six runs allowed in the next two innings by the Flames did them in. Despite the eight earned runs, Jake Dunham and Jordan Larson each had two hits while Brendan Joyce recorded two RBIs. NIU hits the road for a series with CMU this weekend.
Ohio 1, Marshall 6
The Bobcats (5-17, 1-2 MAC) were in a good place as things were knotted up at 1-1 after five innings of play but the Herd recorded five runs over the next three innings to take the game over. Hits were hard to come by for the ‘Cats as they only mustered five hits on the day and, outside of two innings, the pitching staff for Ohio matched Marshall seven strikeouts, three hits, and three runs. The Bobcats host Bowling Green in a MAC series this weekend.