Ball State 3, Purdue 9
The Cardinals (30-17, 14-5 MAC) dropped their second straight game as they were unable to generate runs in the final six innings against the Boilermakers. Ryan Peltier was a bright spot for Ball State with two hits (including a RBI-double) while Justin Conant recorded two hits and a walk in three plate appearances. BSU’s pitching gave Purdue extra opportunities to score on offense with five wild pitches, four walks, and a hit batsman. Ball State returns home to host Ohio in an intriguing weekend series.
Bowling Green 3, IPFW 1
The Falcons (14-30, 6-15 MAC) picked up a nice win in a defensive battle that saw them use seven different pitchers in the contest. BG kicked off the scoring early with Dylan Dohanos putting down a two-RBI double in the first inning and Tyler Haas following that up with a RBI-double of his own in the following inning. IPFW was unable to get anything going offensively until the eighth inning with a RBI-single and got the tying run to the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings, but BG got the outs necessary to escape with the win. The Falcons host Kent State this weekend in its final home stand of the season.
Central Michigan 14, Oakland 3
The hottest team in the MAC continues to roll as the Chippewas (35-12, 16-5 MAC) reeled off their seventh straight victory in a rout of Oakland. CMU used six different pitchers in the game as they allowed five hits and struck out ten batters. Griffin Lockwood-Powell and Zavier Warren helped power the offense as they each had two RBIs, two runs scored, a hit, and a walk. Central Michigan hosts Concordia on Wednesday.
Miami 7, Cincinnati 6 (10 innings)
The RedHawks (34-13, 13-7 MAC) won in walkoff fashion as Cole Andrews delivered a home run in the bottom of the tenth to down the rival Bearcats. Cincinnati reeled off four runs in the first inning, but Miami answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-RBI double from Andrews. UC added a couple of unearned runs in the fifth inning to make the score 6-3, and the ‘Hawks responded once more with a walked-in run and a two-RBI single from Andrews in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Miami hosts Western Michigan this weekend in what should be a pretty good matchup for both teams.
Western Michigan 3, Pittsburgh 14
The Broncos (16-27, 9-10 MAC) held their own in the early part of the contest but Pitt had some favorable matchups against relievers and took advantage as it cruised to victory. Nate Grys led the way offensively for WMU with a homer, a single, and two runs scored. Tyler Thorington didn’t pitch poorly in the start with one hit allowed against 15 batters faced but free bases doomed the Broncos as they issued 11 walks and hit three batters as a pitching staff. WMU will have to clean up some things ahead of their series with Miami.