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MAC Bats: April 16

CMU and Toledo got back to their winning ways as eight MAC teams saw action on the baseball diamond.

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Ball State 3, Indiana 14

The Cardinals (23-13, 7-3 MAC) were overmatched against the Hoosiers as they allowed five home runs against IU Tuesday. Chase Sebby was a lone bright spot for Ball State with one hit, one RBI, and a run scored. BSU now have a big weekend series at Miami that starts on Friday.

Central Michigan 10, Cornerstone 5

The Chippewas (26-10, 8-4 MAC) used seven innings of shutout baseball to get a win and build some momentum heading into the weekend. Garrett Navarra had a strong outing with two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored, and two walks in addition to his pitching duties while Blake Cleveland had a pair of RBIs of his own. CMU now hits the road this weekend to take on a struggling Toledo team.

Eastern Michigan 1, Dayton 4

A three-run ninth inning from the Flyers (all of which were unearned) doomed the Eagles (8-28-1, 3-9 MAC) as they attempt to claw their back up the MAC standings. Jeff Timko led the way offensively as he had three hits, a RBI, and a run scored. EMU now turns its focus to a road game at Michigan State Wednesday.

Miami 5, Cincinnati 15

After coming in at #28 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll this week, the RedHawks (29-7, 10-2 MAC) allowed 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Cincinnati to snap their most recent winning streak. Cristian Tejada and Reid Norberg each had a pair of hits and a RBI as Miami only mustered five hits on the night. The ‘Hawks have to right the ship quick as they host Ball State this weekend in a matchup of arguably two of the top three teams in the MAC this season.

Northern Illinois 6, Iowa 8

The Huskies (11-25, 7-5 MAC) put up a good fight against the Hawkeyes but were unable to string hits together as the teams combined for 27 hits. The offense surely didn’t disappoint as Tommy Szczasny went 4-5 with a pair of RBIs while Dylan Lonteen racked up a trio of hits to go with two runs scored and a RBI. NIU returns home Wednesday as it hosts Trinity Christian.

Ohio 3, Marshall 4 (11 innings)

In what proved to be a tightly contested game, the Bobcats (10-24, 5-7 MAC) registered one hit over the last three innings while the Thundering Herd drove in a runner that found his way to scoring position after a wild pitch by Ohio in the 11th inning for the win. Levy was responsible for all three runs as he put down a two-RBI single in the sixth inning and walked with the bases loaded on a full count in the eighth inning. The Green and White now hit the road to take on EMU in what should be an interesting series for both squads.

Toledo 19, Oakland 8

The Rockets (12-21, 2-8 MAC) now boast the MAC’s longest winning streak at two games thanks to a nine-run third inning last night against Oakland. Riley Campbell had a full day at the plate as he went 3-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored, and a walk while Brad Boss and Chris Myers each had three RBIs. UT now has a road game Wednesday at IPFW.

Western Michigan 1, Valparaiso 11 (7 innings)

After a Cooper Marshall home run in the first inning, it was all downhill for the Broncos (11-22, 4-6 MAC) as Valpo held them to three hits and recorded 12 hits of its own. The pitching staff for WMU struggled mightily as it issued 15 free bases compared to just six strikeouts. Western Michigan is at Bowling Green this weekend as both teams are desperate for MAC wins and momentum.