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MAC Bats: April 5

CMU and Miami kept rolling and EMU earned its first MAC win in yesterday’s action.

Kenneth Bailey

Central Michigan 5, Ball State 4

The Chippewas (22-7, 6-1 MAC) earned their eighth consecutive win as their pitching helped them get past the Cardinals (19-10, 4-1 MAC). After five innings of play, CMU held a 5-1 lead but BSU closed the gap to one run in the seventh inning with a runner walked in and two sacrifice fly balls. Cameron Miller entered the game for the Chips in the eighth inning and closed the door on the Cards for his fifth save of the season with two 1-2-3 innings and three strikeouts. Zach Gilles had a strong outing at the plate as he went 2-3 with two walks, a RBI, and a run scored.

Eastern Michigan 3, Bowling Green 1

Winless in MAC play no more are the Eagles (6-23-1, 1-6 MAC) as they win a defensive battle with the Falcons (10-15, 4-3 MAC). Zachary Owings delivered the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the opening inning while BG responded in the fourth inning as Jake Wilson found home plate on a double play. The runs in the fifth and seventh innings were self-inflicted by Bowling Green as Cameron Cruz lined out to drive in an unearned run and a wild pitch sent Shane Easter home respectively. Scott Granzotto pitched a complete game for EMU with six hits, eight strikeouts, a walk, and an earned run.

Kent State 9, Western Michigan 5

Offense was not a problem in this game as each team recorded 12 hits, but the Flashes (12-15, 2-3 MAC) were able to string them together for runs in the win over the Broncos (7-19, 1-4 MAC). A five-run third inning put KSU’s lead at 7-1 as Justin Kirby and Pavin Parks drove in runners with singles while Kian O’Brien delivered a three-run home run with one out. WMU was able to work its way back in the game with RBIs from Ethan Hajdukovic and Drew Devine in the seventh inning with a two-RBI triple from Nate Grys in the ninth inning. A strikeout and a groundout ended the Broncos’ comeback bid.

Miami 10, Toledo 6

The RedHawks (23-5, 6-1 MAC) looked impressive as they tallied 15 hits while the Rockets (9-16, 0-5 MAC) could only muster six. A four-run fifth inning blew the game open for the ‘Hawks while a three-run eighth inning put the game out of reach as Will Vogelgesang registered four hits while Cole Andrews and Cal Evers each put down three hits with the former scoring two runners. Freshman Sam Bachman picked up his fifth win of the season with three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in 5.2 innings of work. Miami’s Shane Smith kept a lid on UT’s offense the rest of the way with one earned run allowed on one hit with two strikeouts and two walks.

Northern Illinois 7, Ohio 6

In what will be a big series for both teams, the Huskies (8-21, 4-3 MAC) survived a late rally from the Bobcats (8-19, 3-4 MAC) to take the first game. Ohio jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning with RBIs from Treyben Funderburg and Cole Revels, but NIU answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs, with three of those runs coming off of a Kam Smith homer. Northern Illinois added runs in the third and eighth innings to take a commanding 7-3 lead into the final inning. The ‘Cats weren’t done yet however as Rudy Rott delivered a three-run shot of his own with no outs to keep OU in the game. Three consecutive outs preserved the win for NIU.