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MAC Bats: April 9

Seven teams were in non-conference action yesterday as CMU hung 24 runs in their game.

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Ball State 12, Butler 5

The Cardinals (21-11, 5-2 MAC) are picking up some steam as 12 hits helped power their way to their second consecutive win. William Baker had himself a day with three hits, three RBIs, three runs scored and a walk while BSU’s hurled 18 strikeouts in the contest. The Cards return to action this weekend as they host Eastern Michigan in a weekend series.

Central Michigan 24, Oakland 10 (8 innings)

The Chippewas (24-8, 7-2 MAC) pummeled Oakland with two seven-run innings to get back to their winning ways. The top of the order did the most damage for the Chips as Zach Heeke and Zavier Warren accounted for four hits, seven walks, seven runs scored, and six RBIs. Next, CMU hits the road to take on Kent State this weekend.

Kent State 2, Canisius 13

The up-and-down season for the Flashes (13-17, 3-4 MAC) continues as they got outhit 14-4 yesterday. The offense struck out on ten occasions and compounded that on defense with five unearned runs. KSU now turns its attention to arguably the best team in the MAC as it hosts CMU this weekend.

Miami 7, Wright State 6

In the opening game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic in Cincinnati, the RedHawks (25-6, 7-2 MAC) held on to an early lead as they closed the game with three innings of shutout baseball. Cristian Tejada led the way for the ‘Hawks with three hits, two runs scored, a RBI and a walk as Cole Gnetz and Shane Smith shined on the mound late with four strikeouts, three walks, and one hit allowed over the last two innings. Miami squares off against Cincinnati Wednesday as it hunts for its third straight win in the Classic.

Northern Illinois 10, UIC 15

The Huskies (10-22, 6-3 MAC) simply were unable to contain the offense of the Flames as UIC registered 23 hits in the contest. Dylan Lonteen and Jordan Larson were able to put down three hits each as NIU held an 8-6 lead after four innings, but nine UIC runs over the last three innings broke the back of Northern Illinois. NIU hits the road this weekend to take on Western Michigan (8-20, 2-5 MAC).

Ohio 8, Ohio State 10

The Bobcats (8-22, 3-6 MAC) had the Buckeyes on the ropes with a 7-3 lead after five innings of play, but OSU came storming back with three runs each in the eighth and ninth innings to complete the comeback. Cole Revels made some serious noise with a grand slam in the fourth inning, but the pitching staff was unable to close the door on Ohio State as a wild pitch, a three-run homer, and two different two-out hits spelled doom for the Green and White. Ohio hosts Toledo this weekend.

Toledo 9, Dayton 12

Speaking of the Rockets (10-18, 1-6 MAC), any momentum that they had with picking up their first MAC win of the season quickly dissipated as they gave up 12 runs on four hits and four errors yesterday. Chris Myers and Ryan Thompson helped supply the offense for UT with six hits, six RBIs, and three runs scored between them while the defense struggled mightily with 15 walks, nine stolen bases, and four hit batsmen on top of the four defensive errors. Toledo hits the road Wednesday to take on Youngstown State.