Ball State 3, Eastern Michigan 2
The Cardinals (22-11, 6-2 MAC) emerged with their third straight win in what turned out to be a defensive battle against the Eagles (7-26-1, 2-8 MAC). BSU took advantage of some walks in the first inning as John Ricotta delivered a two-RBI double to open the scoring before EMU cut the deficit in half with a two-out RBI single from John Rensel Jr. in the fourth inning. The Cards extended their lead in the seventh inning thanks to a solo home run by Ricotta, but the Eagles rallied in the ninth inning with a RBI-single from Taylor Hopkins and had runners in scoring position before consecutive outs ended the contest. Drey Jameson and Kyle Nicholas combined for 11 strikeouts and one walk as the pitching staff won the day for the Cardinals.
Kent State 10, Central Michigan 4
There wasn’t a hotter offense than the Flashes (14-17, 4-4 MAC) yesterday as they registered three home runs in a somewhat surprising win over the Chippewas (24-9, 7-3 MAC). First, Alex Ronnebaum blasted a three-run homer in the third inning to give Kent State a 6-1 lead and delivered a two-run shot in the fifth inning to set the score at 9-2. Michael Turner rounded out the scoring with a solo home run in the sixth inning as KSU outhit CMU 13-4. Zach Schultz picked up the save with two strikeouts and one hit allowed in three innings of work.
Miami 12, Bowling Green 4
The RedHawks (27-6, 8-2 MAC) picked up their third consecutive victory thanks to a five-run ninth inning that put the game out of reach for the Falcons (12-17, 5-5 MAC). The ‘Hawks had their way on offense with 18 hits, 12 free bases, and four stolen bases as Cristian Tejada led the way with four hits. Meanwhile, Shane Smith kept the lid on BG’s offense with six strikeouts, four hits, and a walk in the last 3.2 innings of play.
Ohio 16, Toledo 5
Speaking of dominating offenses, the Bobcats (9-22, 4-6 MAC) recorded some loud hits with a solo home run and a grand slam as the Rockets (10-20, 1-7 MAC) couldn’t do much offensively. Rudy Rott opened the scoring for the ‘Cats with his solo homer in the third inning as OU went on to score 14 runs in four innings, which was capped off by Aaron Levy’s sixth inning grand slam. Edward Kutt IV had a great start on the mound with six strikeouts, four hits, and a walk in eight innings while EMU’s pitching staff issued 17 free bases.
Western Michigan 9, Northern Illinois 4
The Broncos (10-20, 3-5 MAC) used four unearned runs to get past the Huskies (10-23, 6-4 MAC) in the opening game of their series. In the sixth inning, NIU had an opportunity to get out of the inning with no damage done, but an error by the first baseman kept the inning alive for the Broncos as Cooper Marshall and Blake Dunn each put down a two-RBI single after Logan Hudson’s RBI-single to break the game open. Credit should be given to the Bronco relievers as Will Mullen and Dane Armbrustmacher combined for five innings of shutout baseball with six strikeouts.