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MAC Bats: April 7

Ball State broke CMU’s big streak in a big way as several MAC teams earned lopsided victories yesterday.

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Ball State 10, Central Michigan 0

The Cardinals (20-11, 5-2 MAC) pummeled with five runs in the fifth inning as they snapped the Chippewas’ (23-8, 7-2 MAC) nine-game winning streak. Mack Murphy, John Ricotta, and Aaron Simpson each recorded two RBIs in the contest as Chayce McDermott was dealing with eight strikeouts and four hits allowed in six innings of play. BSU is now a game back of the lead in the conference and hosts Butler on Tuesday while CMU is at Oakland that day.

Eastern Michigan 4, Bowling Green 0

Taking their first series win of the season were the Eagles (7-24-1, 2-7 MAC) as they used dominant pitching and timely hits to get past the Falcons (11-16, 5-4 MAC). Justin Meis tossed seven innings and 103 pitches with seven hits allowed, three strikeouts, and two walks while Holden Cook sealed the deal with two hits allowed and four strikeouts. Nate Jones scored three runs as Shane Easter and Cameron Cruz supplied three RBIs between them. EMU is at Oakland on Wednesday while BG is at IPFW on the same day.

Kent State 15, Western Michigan 3

The Flashes (13-16, 3-4 MAC) took out some frustration on the Broncos (8-20, 2-5 MAC) as they put on a hit parade with 17 hits. A majority of the offense came from the top of the order as Cam Touchette and Pete Schuler accounted for six runs scored and five RBIs between them. The pitching staff for KSU was solid with eight hits, two earned runs, nine strikeouts and five walks. Kent State hits the road to take on Canisius College Tuesday while WMU is at Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Northern Illinois 5, Ohio 1

The Huskies (10-21, 6-3 MAC) are now one game back of the lead in the MAC after wrapping up a series sweep over the Bobcats (8-21, 3-6 MAC). Ohio scored an unearned run in the first inning to take the lead but NIU responded in the bottom of the inning with five runs, four of which were unearned. OU was able to generate ten hits on the day, but Northern Illinois was effective in getting out of jams as Ryan Anderson and company stranded nine Bobcats on the bases. NIU hosts UIC on Tuesday as Ohio hosts Ohio State that day as well.

Toledo 7, Miami 5

Snapping the RedHawks’ (24-6, 7-2 MAC) six-game winning streak and earning their first MAC victory were the Rockets (10-17, 1-6 MAC) as they used 13 hits and seven free bases to pick up the win. After getting down 3-1, Miami’s Cristian Tejada delivered a two-run home run in the to tie things up but the Rockets answered with four unanswered runs as Thomas Eitniear, Mark Mohnickey, and Zach Schwartzenberger recorded RBIs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings respectively. Each team had two errors that led to scores, but UT held Miami’s offense to eight hits and three earned runs. Toledo hosts Dayton Tuesday and Miami hosts Wright State in Cincinnati that day.