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MAC Bats: April 21

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Another weekend in the books, and Ball State and Central Michigan are just a game back of Miami in the MAC standings.

Mid-American Conference

Ball State 6, Miami 1 (Game 1)

Miami 7, Ball State 5 (Game 2)

The Cardinals (24-14, 9-4 MAC) won the series but the RedHawks (30-9, 11-4 MAC) managed to avoid getting swept in order to maintain their lead in the MAC standings. In the first game, BSU was able to string runs together as Aaron Simpson went 3-5 with two RBIs and a run scored while Miami stranded 12 runners on the bases in the game. Ball State had a 5-2 lead after four innings in the second game, but the ‘Hawks rallied with two unearned runs in the sixth inning and a walked-in run in the seventh inning while Will Vogelgesang scored the two winning runs off of a single in the eighth. Miami hosts Xavier Tuesday while BSU hits the road to take on Indiana that day.

Bowling Green 4, Western Michigan 3 (Game 1)

Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green (Game 2)

The win for the Broncos (13-23, 6-7 MAC) at the end of the series with the Falcons (13-22, 6-9 MAC) puts them within striking distance of the top of the MAC at four games back. BG came up clutch in the ninth inning of the first game as Jake Wilson registered a RBI-single with one out to tie the game and Ty Suntken ended it with a two-out RBI-single for the walkoff win. After a two-run first inning for the Falcons in the second game, it was all Broncos as the pitching staff held BG scoreless the rest of the way while Blake Dunn hit a sixth inning home as Sean O’Keefe and Nate Grys accounted for three RBIs in the eighth inning. WMU returns to action this coming weekend in a road series against Central Michigan while Bowling Green begins a five-game road stand against Wright State on Tuesday.

Central Michigan 7, Toledo 1 (Game 1)

Central Michigan 18, Toledo 3 (Game 2)

The Chippewas (28-11, 10-5 MAC) are now a game back of the MAC lead after taking the series over the Rockets (14-23, 3-10 MAC). CMU’s pitching dominated the first game as Cameron Brown went six innings with seven strikeouts and four hits allowed while Grant Frazer only allowed one hit over the last three innings. The offense for the Chips took over of the second game as Jacob Crum went 4-5 with five RBIs, four runs scored, and a walk. CMU hosts Davenport in a doubleheader on Tuesday while Toledo starts an eight-game road trip that day against Dayton.

Kent State 10, Northern Illinois 3

The Flashes (18-19, 7-6 MAC) took the series against the Huskies (12-27, 8-7 MAC) with consecutive wins and now find themselves three games back of the MAC lead. Kent State blew the game open in the fifth inning with five runs as Cam Touchette, Pete Schuler, and Collin Mathews registered RBIs while Kian O’Brien notched a two-RBI triple in the inning. KSU hosts Canisius Wednesday as NIU hits the road to take on Illinois State Tuesday.

Ohio 8, Eastern Michigan 2 (Game 1)

Ohio 6, Eastern Michigan 3 (Game 2)

Earning the lone sweep this weekend were the Bobcats (13-24, 8-7 MAC) as they took down the Eagles (8-32-1, 3-12 MAC) to be three games back of the MAC lead. After EMU tied the first game up in the second inning off of a RBI-single from Taylor Hopkins, Ohio broke the game open with five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, capped off by a two-RBI single from Cole Revels. The second game was defined by the long ball and pitching as Aaron Levy, Sebastian Fabik, Rudy Rott, and Tanner Piechnick each recorded a homer while Kenny Ogg pitched a complete game with eight hits, six strikeouts, three earned runs, two walks, and a hit batsman.