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MAC Bats: April 26

The top teams rolled while EMU scored a big win yesterday.

Kenneth Bailey

Ball State 4, Bowling Green 2

The Cardinals (26-15, 10-4 MAC) used a three-run third inning to get past the Falcons (13-24, 6-10 MAC) in the opening game of their series. BG got on the board in the third thanks to a Dylan Dohanos RBI-single, but BSU answered back in the bottom of the inning with a RBI-single from Aaron Simpson and a two-run home run from Ross Messina. Simpson added another run in the seventh inning with Simpson hitting a RBI-double, but Bowling Green made things interesting with a RBI from Neil Lambert. However, Nick Floyd closed out the game for the Cards with four consecutive outs.

Central Michigan 5, Western Michigan 4

The Broncos (13-24, 6-8 MAC) opened up the game with a three-run first inning, but the Chippewas (29-12, 11-5 MAC) made a late rally and won on a walked-in run in the ninth inning. Nate Grys opened the game with a three-run double, and WMU added one more run in the third inning with a RBI-single from Sean O’Keefe. CMU finally answered in the following inning as Griffin Lockwood-Powell hit a homer and followed it up in the seventh inning with a RBI-double. The Chips knotted the game up in the eighth inning with a two-RBI double from Zach Heeke, which set up the walkoff walk from Evan Kratt in the final inning.

Eastern Michigan 6, Toledo 5

We had another walkoff win in this one as the Eagles (9-32-1, 4-12 MAC) used a Jeff Timko RBI-single to get past the the Rockets (15-25, 3-11 MAC), who tied the game in the top of the ninth inning with RBI-single from Trace Hatfield. EMU opened the scoring in the third inning with a RBI-single from John Rensel Jr., but Toledo answered back with RBIs in the fourth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 lead. The Eagles took back the lead in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a Nick Jones RBI-single and a RBI-double from Nate Jones. UT took the lead once more with a Brad Boss two-RBI single. In the eighth inning, EMU responded with another RBI by Nate Jones and a score off of a defensive error to set the score at 5-4 heading into the ninth.

Kent State 12, Ohio 3

The Flashes (20-19, 8-6 MAC) earned their fourth consecutive win as they dominated the Bobcats (14-25, 8-8 MAC) with 17 hits and seven hits allowed. KSU exploded for eight runs in the first five innings as Collin Mathews, Ben Carew, and Pavin Parks each hit a homer. Connor Wollersheim had a good start on the mound as he went six innings and threw seven strikeouts while issuing three free bases.