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MAC Bats: April 17

Kent State knocked off Pittsburgh as four teams saw action yesterday.

Baseball and golfballs put Kent State in the top 50 of the Capital One Cup.
Baseball and golfballs put Kent State in the top 50 of the Capital One Cup.

Bowling Green 5, Michigan 10

The Falcons (12-20, 5-7 MAC) are in a free fall right now as their losing streak hit four games yesterday. BG battled Michigan to a 2-2 tie after five innings of play but a five-run sixth inning for the Wolverines put the road team in a hole that they were unable to claw their way out of. Jeff Scott and Brad Croy certainly did their part with three runs scored and three RBIs respectively. Bowling Green returns home this weekend to host Western Michigan in a series that will be big for both teams going forward.

Eastern Michigan 3, Michigan State 5

In a game that turned out to be a pitching duel, the Eagles (8-29-1, 3-9 MAC) came up short as the Spartans allowed six hits and zero earned runs in the contest. Drake Peggs walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning for EMU’s first run, while a wild pitch and a RBI from Nate Jones that inning cut the deficit to 4-3. However, MSU added a run in the bottom of the inning for a two-run advantage that they maintained until the end of the game. Eastern Michigan hosts Ohio this weekend.

Kent State 9, Pittsburgh 8

The Flashes (16-18, 5-5 MAC) have no shortage of talent as they survived an offensive surge from the Panthers with a walkoff RBI-single from Pavin Parks for an impressive win. Parks also had a solo home run in the first inning to give KSU an early 3-1 lead, but Pittsburgh responded with four runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead. Kent State had an answer of their own with a five-run fourth inning as the team recorded RBIs in five straight at-bats. A two-run homer in the fifth inning and a run scored in the eighth inning tied the game for Pitt and set the stage for Parks’s heroics. KSU looks to sustain this momentum this weekend as it hits the road to take on Northern Illinois.

Toledo 11, IPFW 7

The Rockets (13-21, 2-8 MAC) now boast a three-game winning streak as they used five runs in the eighth and ninth innings to get past the Mastodons. The game was tied 5-5 after five innings of play, and UT broke that tie with a sacrifice bunt RBI from Thomas Eitniear in the seventh inning. However, IPFW responded with two-runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead once more. It was all Toledo from there as a Brad Boss homer and a wild pitch gave UT the lead while another wild pitch and a Darryn Davis home run in the ninth sealed the deal. Austin Calopietro and Aric McAtee had strong showings in relief as they gave up just one hit and no runs between them in the last three innings of the game. UT now has a lot of momentum, and will need it this weekend as it hosts a very good Central Michigan team.