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MAC Bats: April 28

Amidst all the draft #MACtion, we also had some quality baseball yesterday.

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Ball State 3, Bowling Green 2

The Cardinals (27-15, 11-4 MAC) clawed their way to a win over the Falcons (13-25, 6-11 MAC) yesterday with a late run to earn a three-way tie at the top of the MAC. BSU opened the game with RBI-singles in the first inning from Ross Messina and William Baker, but BG cut the deficit in half in the following inning with a walked-in run. After four scoreless innings, the Falcons finally tied things up with Brad Croy sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, but the Cards had other ideas as Messina delivered a home run in the next inning. BG had the bases juiced with one out in the ninth inning but a double gave the Cardinals the victory.

Central Michigan 6, Western Michigan 1

It was another dominant day for the Chippewas (30-12, 12-5 MAC) as they used 11 hits and strong pitching to get past the Broncos (13-25, 6-9 MAC) to tie for the MAC lead with CMU and Miami. Jason Sullivan had a full day offensively as he went 3-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Getting the win on the mound was Pat Leatherman as he went seven innings, struck out nine batters, and only allowed three hits and three free bases.

Eastern Michigan 5, Toledo 3

The Eagles (10-32-1, 5-12 MAC) emerged victorious after a closely contested battle with the Rockets (15-26, 3-12 MAC) to score their second series win of the season. Toledo opened up the scoring in the third inning with a RBI-single from John Servello, but EMU answered back in the bottom of the inning with a Nick Jones RBI-single. UT took the lead again in the following inning as a run was walked in, but the Eagles retaliated in the bottom of the inning with three runs coming off of hits by Jared Kauffman, John Rensel Jr., and Zachary Owings. Toledo cut the deficit down to one run in the sixth inning with a Brad Boss RBI-single, but EMU added an insurance run in the eighth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Rensel Jr. UT was able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but a groundout ended the chance of a comeback.

Kent State 18, Ohio 11

It was another prolific day for the Flashes (21-19, 9-6 MAC) as they used 20 hits to pound the Bobcats (14-26, 8-9 MAC) into submission to win their fifth straight game. Ohio was able to get an 8-2 lead after three innings, but it was all Kent State from there as a seven-run sixth inning to help power its way to a win. The top of the lineup was particularly strong for KSU as Ben Carew, Cam Touchette, Michael Turner, and Kian O’Brien accounted for 11 RBIs by themselves.

Northern Illinois 6, Miami 3

Perhaps the most surprising result of the day, the Huskies (13-29, 9-8 MAC) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead that the RedHawks (31-11, 12-5 MAC) couldn’t recover from en route to a victory. NIU opened the game with a two-RBI double from Jake Dunham and a RBI-single from Kam Smith, while an unearned run in the second inning extended the lead for the team. Miami finally got on the board in the sixth inning as Landon Stephens delivered a two-RBI triple and Kyle Winkler scored Stephens off of a single to cut the deficit to one run. However, NIU added insurance runs in the ninth with a pair of unearned runs while the’Hawks stranded runners at first and second base in the bottom of the inning to close the game.