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Mid-American Bandwagon, ep. 33: The opening pitch of baseball and softball— and closing games of basketball— are nigh

Illustration: James H. Jimenez; photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, James H. Jimenez, Kenneth Bailey

Happy Friday folks! We hope you’re all staying warm out there... we know that much of MAC land has been under an ungodly amount of snow and ice this past week. Spring is right around the corner!

There was a lot that happened this week in the MAC, and we’re happy to cover it all for you.

In this weeks’ A block, the boys discuss the start of baseball season (proof that spring is, in fact, not far away) as well as the incredible start to the softball season for Bowling Green Pitcher Payton Gotshall. Payton was recognized by the NFCA as the National Pitcher of the Week after her incredible performances against Cleveland State last weekend. Congrats Payton!

In baseball news, Zach and Sam discuss the preseason MAC poll, as well as the recent retirement of longtime Ohio baseball coach Rob Smith. Baseball is scheduled to get underway this weekend, though it seems doubtful that the weather will allow for it. In basketball news, there was another milestone this week: Ball State senior forward Oshlynn Brown became only the second player in Cardinals WBB history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The fourth year standout did it in style too, posting a double double in the Cardinals win over Miami last Saturday.

In this weeks’ hoops breakdown, the boys discuss the week that was on the hardwood. On the women’s side of things, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green continued their incredible form as of late, as both pre-season afterthoughts continue to climb the conference standings. On the men’s side, Bowling Green seems to have regained their early season form with two big wins over Toledo and Ball State this week. On the other end of the spectrum, Miami continued their recent slide, as RedHawks have now lost five of six after two losses this week.

To close out the show, the boys break down the standings and the potential match-ups if the conference tournaments were to start today, give their performances of the week, and preview the biggest games in the week ahead.

As always, thanks for stopping by folks. Listen below, or subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. Have a great weekend everybody!