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MAC Baseball: Week 4 Previews and How to Watch

Note: I'll start posting these earlier in the week, since weekday games are starting to happen more often than not.

Greg Fiume

Akron (4-5)

John Valek is that dude. 1.23 earned run average through 14.1 innings shows he's off to a damn decent start. Sure that's just a small sample size, but it's early March, which means everybody has a small sample size.


Austin Peay Fri. 4:30 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sat. 1 p.m.
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sun. 1 p.m.

Ball State (9-3)

This is actually a huge series for Ball State. Kentucky jumped up Baseball America's rankings to No. 23 after Alabama, Texas A & M, Arkansas and Florida all dropped out of the polls. The Wildcats really beat up on Eastern Michigan last week, let's see how the Cardinals handle business.


at #23 Kentucky Fri. 4 p.m.
at #23 Kentucky Sat. 2 p.m.
at #23 Kentucky Sun. 1 p.m.

Bowling Green (2-7)

High Point has a dangerously good pitching staff. Their starting pitchers have a combined 2.71 earned run average and hold their opponents to a .158 batting average. The Falcons May be fifth in the MAC with a .275 average, but that number could slip up after this weekend.


at High Point University Sat. 1 p.m.
at High Point University Sat. 4 p.m.
at High Point University Sun. 1 p.m.

Buffalo (6-1)

Buffalo is easily the best batting team in the MAC, hitting a combined .291/.403/.471. They also have the best pitching staff in the MAC, leading in ERA (1.71) and opponent's batting average (.188). The Bulls don't have to run away with three straight wins here to still be amongst the top of the MAC.

*Stats as of March 4.

at Georgia Fri. 6 p.m.
vs Western Carolina Sat. 5 p.m.
vs. Northern Florida Sun. 11 a.m.

Central Michigan (4-8)

The Chippewas had a great individual performances last week, sweeping the MAC West's Player and Pitcher of the Week honors. And for has hyped up as CMU's pitching is, they're in for a challenge against a team where most players have an on-base percentage north of .300.


at Central Florida Fri. 6:30 p.m.
at Central Florida Sat. 4 p.m.
at Central Florida Sun. 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan (4-7)

Poor field conditions led to last-minute changes for both EMU and Evansville. The Eagles will now head down to play against Northern Kentucky at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium. I wish my hospital had a baseball stadium.

vs. Northern Kentucky Sat. 12 p.m.
vs. Northern Kentucky Sat. 3 p.m.
vs. Northern Kentucky Sun. 12 p.m.

Kent State (7-3)



at Liberty University Fri. 3 p.m.
at Liberty University Sat. 1 p.m.
at Liberty University Sat. 4 p.m.
at Liberty University Sun. 2 p.m.

Miami (3-6)

Geez, how many other MAC teams are you going to play, Louisville? We've had enough of your shenanigans. Go pick on somebody your own size, will ya?


at Louisville Fri. 3 p.m.
at Louisville Sat. 12 p.m.
at Louisville Sun. 1 p.m.

Northern Illinois (1-8-1)

Good news: You get to see one of the nation's best programs play this weekend!

Bad news: The said program is not from the MAC.


at #5 Oregon State Fri. 7:05 p.m. (CT)
at #5 Oregon State Sat. 2:35 p.m. (CT)
at #5 Oregon State Sat. 5 p.m. (CT)
at #5 Oregon State Sun. 3:05 p.m. (CT)

Ohio (3-6)

I had no idea Farmville was a real place. I thought it was just some crappy Facebook game, but it turns out to be more than just a crappy Facebook game!


at Longwood Fri. 3 p.m.
at Longwood Sat. 1 p.m.
at Longwood Sat. 4 p.m.
at Longwood Sun. 1 p.m.

Toledo (4-6)

The Rockets have just won a pair of games against College of Charleston and The citadel down in Charleston, South Carolina. Maybe they can ride this mini-hot streak and come back to Toledo with a winning record.

at Charleston Southern Fri. 6 p.m.
at Charleston Southern Sat. 6 p.m.
at Charleston Southern Sun. 2 p.m.

Western Michigan (4-7)

It seems like Spring Break never ends for the Broncos. They've been in Florida since late February, where they've played in the Snowbird Classic on February 28, and will still be there for the Snowbird Classic again! They even got to play against the Detroit Tigers Prospects at Joker Merchant Stadium this passed Wednesday.



vs. Northeastern Fri. 11:30 a.m.
vs. Main Fri. 2 p.m.
vs. Georgetown Sat. 11 a.m.