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MAC Bats: April 2

CMU pummeled Notre Dame 17-7 as four teams were in action yesterday.

Nick Deeg pitcher

Central Michigan 17, Notre Dame 7

It was a tight game for the Chippewas (20-7, 5-1 MAC) until late as they ripped off five runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. Zach Gilles had himself a day with four hits, four RBIs, and three runs scored as the offense recorded 12 hits and 13 walks. A lot of the Irish’s offense was powered by the issuing of ten walks by the Chips but the pitching staff clamped down when it mattered as ND could only generate seven hits. CMU has another big test today as it hits the road to take on Michigan State.

Kent State 14, Malone 6

The Flashes (11-14, 1-3 MAC) scored a victory over Division II Malone despite only registering eight hits on the day. Ben Carew delivered three hits, a RBI and a walk as the offense got issued 16 walks and left 17 runners stranded. The pitching staff had their way with the Pioneers as four of the six pitchers that played pitched no-hit baseball. KSU hits the road to take on Youngstown State today.

Ohio 12, Morehead State 3

Meanwhile, the Bobcats (8-18, 3-3 MAC) dominated Morehead State in order to earn their third win in a row. Trevor Hafner recorded three hits, three runs scored, and two RBIs while Rudy Rott and Trevor Lukkes had a pair of hits each. Joe Rock earned the win on the mound with five hits allowed, no earned runs, two strikeouts, and a walk in five innings of action. OU returns to action this weekend in a road series against Northern Illinois.

Western Michigan 2, Michigan State 5

The Broncos (7-18, 1-3 MAC) battled valiantly against the Spartans to be down just 3-2 after eight innings of play, but a two-run ninth inning by MSU put the game away. Drew Devine scored the runs for WMU as he was walked with the bases loaded in the second inning and put down a RBI-single in the sixth inning despite the team being limited to four hits. Western’s pitching staff played admirably as it recorded 12 strikeouts and zero walks, but the ten hits and four earned runs proved to be too much in the end. WMU resumes play as it takes on Kent State in a road stand this weekend.