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MAC Bats: April 24

Kent State rolled yesterday as two teams saw action on the baseball diamond.

The Kent State baseball team looks to defend it's MAC crown after last years CWS run.
The Kent State baseball team looks to defend it’s MAC crown after last years CWS run.
Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Kent State 10, Canisius 1

The Flashes (19-19, 7-6 MAC) flexed their muscles in Wednesday’s game against Canisius as they hung six runs in the eighth inning en route to their third consecutive victory. Kent State quickly took a 4-0 lead after three innings thanks to a second inning home run by Pavin Parks and a three-run third inning powered by a two-RBI double from Michael Turner and a RBI-double from Parks. Canisius picked up an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, but KSU was opportunistic in the bottom of the inning with six unearned runs of their own.

Parks and Ben Carew supplied the offense with two hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored each as the former also had a walk. The pitching staff was very effective with six hits allowed, nine strikeouts, and five free bases issued as Peyton Deats picked up his third win of the year. Kent State hits the road this weekend against a hot Ohio team in what should be one of the best series in the MAC.

Toledo 2, Michigan State 4

The winning streak for the Rockets (15-24, 3-10 MAC) came to a halt yesterday as they were unable generate much offense against the Spartans with seven hits. UT was able to take an early lead as John Servello recorded a RBI-double in the first inning, but MSU took the lead in the fourth off of a sacrifice fly and a score off of a wild pitch. Two more scores off of a wild pitch in the following inning gave Michigan State a 4-1 lead. Brad Boss cut the deficit down to two runs in the sixth inning with a RBI-double and had a chance to do some damage with the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth inning, but a strikeout ended the comeback bid.

The pitching staff contributed to their own demise as it walked 11 batters, threw five wild, pitches, allowed five hits, and hit a batter. Chris Myers was one of the bright spots on offense as he went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Toledo now has a road series against Eastern Michigan in what should be a battle of two teams that are desperate for some league wins.