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MAC Bats: April 30

Kent State and Miami got back to their winning ways yesterday.

Eric Lauer talks on the mound (Andrew Mascharka)

Kent State 9, Dayton 6

The Flashes (22-20, 9-7 MAC) used a four-run sixth inning to get past the Flyers in a tightly contested game yesterday. After Dayton drew first blood with two runs in the second inning, KSU responded in the bottom of the inning with a score off of a wild pitch. UD increased its lead to 4-1 in the following inning and Kent State answered once more in the bottom of the third inning with a Pavin Parks RBI-single and a Justin Kirby walk to bring a runner home.

The middle innings of the game was dominated by Kent State with scores off of a balk and a wild pitch in the fifth inning while while another wild pitch and a three-run home run from Parks gave the Flashes a 9-4 lead. Dayton attempted to make a comeback with two runs in the eighth inning and brought the winning run to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, but a strikeout brought the game to a close. KSU now hosts Toledo in a weekend series.

Miami 7, Xavier 4

The RedHawks (32-12, 12-6 MAC) got the taste of losing out of their mouths yesterday with 13 hits against local foe Xavier. Jordan Stephens kicked off the scoring with a RBI-single in the third inning, but Xavier retaliated with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Miami offense then took over as a Mackay Williams solo shot in the fourth inning, a hit batsman resulting in a score and a Parker Massman RBI-single in the fifth inning, and a Stephens RBI-single in the sixth inning pushed the lead to 5-2.

Xavier didn’t go out quietly, however, as a RBI-single in the bottom of the sixth inning cut the deficit down to two runs before a Charlie Harrigan two-run homer put the score at 7-3. XU got a run back in the eighth inning with a solo home run with two outs and managed to get the winning run to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning, but Andy Almquist got a strikeout to pick up the win for the ‘Hawks. Miami is not done with its nonconference games this week as it hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.