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MAC Bats: April 29

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With Miami’s consecutive losses this weekend, Ball State and CMU are on top in the MAC standings.

Sean Godfrey low-fives head coach Rich Maloney (Ball State Photo Services)

Ball State 2, Bowling Green 1

The Cardinals (28-15, 12-4 MAC) won a defensive battle against the Falcons (13-26, 6-12 Eastern MAC) to earn a sweep and remain in first place in the MAC standings. The scoring didn’t start until the seventh inning when Ryan Peltier and Justin Conant both registered with RBIs with two outs. BG made a late rally in the ninth inning with a Riley Minorik sacrifice fly and got the winning run to the plate, but a groundout ended the comeback bid. Both of the starting pitchers played winning baseball as Bowling Green’s Chase Antle went six inning with ten strikeouts, three walks, two hits, and one earned run while BSU’s Kyle Nicholas went seven innings with 11 strikeouts, three walks, and three hits allowed. Ball State hits the road this weekend to take on Northern Illinois while BG travels for a game at Dayton Wednesday.

Central Michigan 11, Western Michigan 8

Speaking of sweeps, the Chippewas (31-12, 13-5 MAC) swept the Broncos (13-26, 6-10 MAC) to maintain their place at the top of the MAC. WMU held a 7-3 lead after four innings thanks to three extra-base hits, but a pair of four-run innings in the fifth and seventh innings tilted thing in a big way for CMU. Zach Warren and Griffin Lockwood-Powell provided the offense with five hits (including a double, triple, and home run), five RBIs, and five runs scored. WMU’s Blake Dunn also had a strong outing as he went 3-4 (a homer away from the cycle) with three runs scored, two RBIs, and a walk. CMU hits the road to take on Bowling Green this weekend as WMU hosts Valparaiso Wednesday.

Eastern Michigan 6, Toledo 5

The Eagles (11-32-1, 6-12 MAC) earned their first sweep of the season as they used a four-run fifth inning to get past the Rockets (15-27, 3-13 MAC). Toledo jumped out to a 4-1 lead after four innings but EMU scored five unanswered runs in the next two innings, including a Nate Jones stealing of home. Brad Boss cut the deficit to one run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, but EMU’s defense came up clutch as it stranded the winning run at third in both the eighth and ninth innings. Jones and Shane Easter went 2-4 with two RBIs while UT’s Zach Schwartzenberger went 3-3 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. EMU travels to Youngstown State Wednesday while Toledo is at Kent State this weekend.

Northern Illinois 13, Miami 3

Meanwhile, the Huskies (14-29, 10-8 MAC) scored an impressive series win over the RedHawks (31-12, 12-6 MAC) to get three games back of the MAC lead. The third game was pretty much dominated by NIU from the start as it held an 11-0 lead after seven and a half innings of play, including six unearned runs in the eighth inning. Nick Brobushevich led the way for the Huskies with four RBIs, two hits, two runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. Miami’s Mackay Williams went 3-4 with a pair of RBIs on the day. NIU now hosts Ball State this weekend in an awfully interesting series, while the ‘Hawks hits the road to take on Xavier Tuesday.

Ohio 1, Kent State 0

The Bobcats (15-26, 9-9 MAC) avoided being swept by the Flashes (21-20, 9-7 MAC) with a dominant eight inning pitching performance from Kenny Ogg. The game’s only run came in the first inning as Treyben Funderburg delivered a two-out RBI-single. Ogg struck out five, walked two, and only allowed five hits while Brett Manis picked up the save with a strikeout and a hit allowed in the ninth inning. Kent State also pitched well enough to win as Zach Schultz and Luke Albright combined for seven strikeouts, two walks, and four hits allowed. Ohio hosts Miami in a series this weekend while KSU hosts Dayton on Tuesday.