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MAC Bats: May 16

In the final weekend of regular season baseball, the stakes are high as seeding for the MAC Tournament has yet to be determined.

Nick Deeg pitcher

Ball State 10, Toledo 1

The Cardinals (34-17, 18-5 MAC) had their way in the first game of the series against the Rockets (17-34, 4-19 MAC) as they reeled off ten unanswered runs after allowing a Darryn Davis RBI-double in the top of the first inning. BSU’s William Baker and Chase Sebby had a full day of work as the former went 3-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs while the latter went 3-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Drey Jameson had a strong showing with eight strikeouts and six hits allowed in seven innings pitched.

Bowling Green 4, Northern Illinois 3

In a surprising upset, the Falcons (16-32, 8-17 MAC) outhit the Huskies (17-34, 13-12 MAC) and overcame a couple of defensive errors to pick up the victory. BG opened the scoring in the second inning as R.J. Williams put down a RBI-single and Tyler Haas scampered across the plate for an unearned run. NIU responded in the bottom of the inning with a Josh Mutter RBI-single and added two more runs in the fifth inning with RBIs from Nick Drobushevich and Jake Dunham. Bowling Green took back the lead for good in the seventh inning as Brad Croy delivered a two-RBI single while Griffin Parrill and Jeremy Spezia combined to shutout the Huskies over the final four innings.

Central Michigan 6, Miami 2

The winning streak of the Chippewas (41-12, 20-5 MAC) has now hit 13 games as they racked up 13 hits in the win against the RedHawks (36-15, 15-9 MAC). CMU had a 4-0 edge after four innings of play as Miami walked in a run in the second inning while Zachary Heeke and Griffin Lockwood-Powell drove in three runs in the fourth inning. However, the ‘Hawks didn’t go out quietly as a Kyle Winkler two-RBI single cut the deficit in half before Warren hit a two-run single of his own in the bottom of the inning. The Chips had a sizable advantage on the mound as they only issued one walk in the game compared to seven from Miami.

Kent State 9, Eastern Michigan 7

The Eagles (11-41-1, 6-19 MAC) battled valiantly, but the Flashes (28-22, 15-8 MAC) proved to be too much as they used a pair of home runs to pick up the win. KSU opened the game with five runs in the first inning, which was capped off by a three-run homer from Collin Mathews. EMU responded in the third inning with three runs of their own as Alex Wolanski delivered a solo shot while John Rensel Jr. and Zachary Owings also recorded RBIs. RBIs from Kent State in the fourth and sixth innings put the score at 7-3, but a pair of RBI-doubles in the eighth inning from Taylor Hopkins and Cameron Cruz cut the deficit down to two runs. KSU’s lead was restored to four runs in the ninth inning as Pavin Parks hit a two-run jack, but EMU made a go of it with two outs in the final inning as Hopkins scored two more runners and the winning run was brought to the plate before a fielder’s choice ended the comeback bid.

Ohio 8, Western Michigan 6

In what turned out to be a very exciting game, the Bobcats (17-31, 11-13 MAC) used strong pitching late to get past the Broncos (17-30, 10-13 MAC). Ohio held a 4-0 lead after three innings as Trevor Lukkes delivered a home run in the second inning and Tanner Piechnick did the same in the following inning. The lead was quickly erased in the bottom of the third as Justin McIntyre and Blake Dunn drove runners in addition to a couple of unearned runs. Nate Grys delivered a solo homer in the fifth inning to give WMU its first lead of the game. However, Sebastian Fabik and Piechnick scored more runners for the ‘Cats in the seventh to regain the lead before Grys knotted things up once more with another solo shot. Rudy Rott came up clutch in the eighth inning with a two-RBI single while Brett Manis played excellent baseball in relief as he allowed just one hit in the final three innings of the game.