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MAC Bats: April 13

After each team played a doubleheader due to an incoming storm, Miami is now two games in the lead of the MAC following a sweep yesterday.

Toledo players meet on the hill (PodKatt)

Ball State 11, Eastern Michigan 5 (Game 1)

Eastern Michigan 7, Ball State 5 (Game 2)

The Cardinals (23-12, 7-3) picked up the series win in the first game, but the Eagles (8-27-1, 3-9 MAC) avoided the sweep and complicated things for Ball State by taking the final game of the series. BSU’s Nick Floyd had some clutch pitches on the mound as he only allowed three hits in the last four innings to pick up the save while late homers by William Baker and Tim Blankenberger put the Cards in the lead for good. In the second game, EMU used two unearned runs off of a fielding error in the third inning to take a 4-2 lead while Mitchell Sparks closed the door on the Cardinals with two runs allowed in 3.1 innings of action. EMU now takes on Dayton Tuesday and BSU has a big road test at Indiana that same day.

Central Michigan 7, Kent State 4 (Game 1)

Kent State 12, Central Michigan 4 (Game 2)

After having been dealt a loss, the Chippewas (25-10, 8-4 MAC) are now two games back of the lead in the MAC while the Flashes (15-18, 5-5 MAC) are in a place where they can compete for one of the top seeds in the conference tournament. In the first game, CMU used RBIs from Jacob Crum and Jason Sullivan on top of a passed ball to score three runs in the ninth inning while Zach Kohn was dominant on the mound with no hits allowed in the last three innings of the game. The Flashes saw the baseball well in the second game as three players had a trio of hits, including Kian O’Brien who had a three-run home run in the first inning. Luke Albright picked up the win with four hits and one run allowed in 6.1 innings of work. KSU hosts Pittsburgh on Wednesday while CMU hosts Cornerstone Tuesday.

Miami 15, Bowling Green 2 (Game 1)

Miami 10, Bowling Green 8 (Game 2)

The RedHawks (29-6, 10-2 MAC) tied the 1971 and 1979 teams for the best 35-game start in program history after their sweep of the Falcons (12-19, 5-7 MAC) this weekend. The Red and White put down 20 hits in the first game as Kyle Winkler led the way with three hits, three RBIs, three runs scored, a HBP, and a stolen base while Spencer Mraz kept BG in check with one hit and 13 strikeouts in 7.1 innings pitched. The second game was more of a back-and-forth contest until MU scored two runs in the eighth thanks to a RBI from Parker Massman and a fielding error by the first baseman, and a Winkler sacrifice fly RBI in the ninth inning. BG scored in the bottom of the ninth off of a sacrifice fly by Ty Suntken but a pop up ended the comeback bid. The RedHawks hit the road to take on Cincinnati Tuesday while the Falcons head up north to square off against Michigan Wednesday.

Ohio 5, Toledo 2 (Game 1)

Toledo 12, Ohio 8 (Game 2)

For the second consecutive week, the Rockets (11-21, 2-8 MAC) won in the last game of the series to avoid getting swept as they downed the Bobcats (10-23, 5-7 MAC) to snap a four-game losing skid. A couple of wild pitches by UT led to Ohio runs as Jack Liberatore emerged victorious in the pitching duel with eight strikeouts, five hits and no runs in 7.2 innings of work. Toledo got some runs in the ninth inning thanks to RBIs from Darryn Davis and Riley Campbell but a pop-up ended the rally. The second game was pretty tight until a catastrophic sixth inning for the ‘Cats, in which two passed balls resulted in runs before RBIs from Trace Hatfield, Davis, and Campbell resulted in a 8-4 lead for the Rockets. OU got three runs back in the bottom of the inning but a Compton home in the eighth inning and scores in the ninth off of a wild pitch and a fielding error gave UT a five-run advantage late. Toledo host Oakland Tuesday as Ohio takes on a good Marshall team on the road that day.

Western Michigan 10, Northern Illinois 4 (Game 1)

Northern Illinois 12, Western Michigan 6 (Game 2)

After yesterday’s action, the Huskies (11-24, 7-5 MAC) are just three games back of the MAC lead thanks to their victory over the Broncos (11-21, 4-6 MAC) in the second game of the doubleheader. In the first game, WMU had their way offensively as Drew Devine led the way with three hits, three runs scored, and two RBIs as the pitching staff held NIU to eight hits and three earned runs in the contest. Northern Illinois turned the tables in the second game as its pitching staff struck out ten Broncos and allowed three earned runs while Nick Drobushevich had himself a day with four hits, three runs scored, two RBIs, a walk, and was a home run away from the cycle. NIU hits the road to take on Iowa Tuesday while WMU is at Valparaiso that day as well.