Sunday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/29/2012
Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Toledo 3, Ball State 1 (Game 1)
Toledo 10, Ball State 3 (Game 2)
Central Michigan 7, Akron 1 (Game 1)
Central Michigan 10, Akron 9 (Game 2)
Ohio 11, Bowling Green 0 (Game 1)
Bowling Green 8, Ohio 7 (Game 2)
Kent State 7, Western Michigan 1
Miami 6, Buffalo 5
Northern Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 1

Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Offices

Toledo 3, Ball State 1 (Game 1)
Toledo 10, Ball State 3 (Game 2)

TOLEDO, OH - Toledo retained sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a doubleheader sweep against Ball State on Sunday at Scott Park. The Rockets prevailed 3-1 in today's opener and 10-3 in the nightcap to improve to 23-21 overall, 12-6 in the league.

 UT received outstanding pitching, clutch hitting and timely defense against the Cardinals (11-29, 6-12 MAC) to ultimately sweep the weekend series and claim its ninth conference win in its last 10 games.

 In today's opener, senior RHP Matt Kuna (5-1) was outstanding over 6.0 innings to pick up his fifth victory of the spring. Kuna allowed one run on four hits with six strikeouts to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

Senior RHP Lincoln Rassi came on in relief and yielded only one hit with three punchouts over the final 3.0 frames to collect his third save of the spring. The Rockets' hard-throwing right hander overpowered BSU to preserve the two-run victory.

Offensively, freshman LF Anthony Smith (2-for-3, RS) was the lone player on either team with a multi-hit effort.

The Cardinals also received a solid starting effort from RHP Chris Marangon (1-5) in a losing effort. Marangon gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with five strikeouts in a complete-game performance.

The Rockets opened the scoring with one run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore C James Miglin. The wheels were put into motion in the opening frame on the strength of back-to-back singles from freshman RF Dan Zuchowski and senior CF Ben Hammer, before Miglin flew out to center field to bring Zuchowksi home with the game's first run.

UT added to its lead and finished off its scoring the very next frame with a pair of tallies to make the score 3-0. The home team took advantage of a well executed suicide squeeze bunt by freshman SS Nate Langhals and a two-out, BSU infield fielding error that allowed a UT runner to score all the way from second base to establish an insurmountable advantage.

BSU could only must one run in the third inning on a run-scoring single up the middle by Mitch Widau. The visitors pounded out three hits in the at-bat and had runners on first and second base with two outs, but UT's Kuna recorded a strikeout to limit the damage to one run.

UT threatened to extend its lead further in the sixth inning after junior 3B Wes White led off with a double, but the third-year Rocket was left stranded on base to keep the difference at 3-1.

In the seventh, Ball State came within inches of making the division showdown real tight. The visitors had runners on first and second base with two outs when Wes Winkle ripped a ball through the right side of the infield that would have scored one run. Fortunately for UT, senior 2B Joe Corfman dove to his left and robbed Winkle of a hit, ending the inning and preserving the two-run victory.

In today's second game, junior RHP Mike Hamann (2-4) showed the form that made him second-team All-MAC in 2010, surrendering one unearned run on only three hits with five strikeouts in 7.0 innings to collect the triumph. Hamann has also won consecutive starts for the first time this spring.

All nine Toledo starters had a hit against a trio of BSU pitchers, including senior DH Matt Delewski (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Zuchowski (2-for-4, 2 RS, 3 RBI), White (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Miglin (2-for-4, RS) and Langhals (2-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) with multi-hit efforts.

UT exploded out of the gates for a second straight contest, registering a pair of tallies in the first frame. The Rockets benefitted from a sacrifice fly by Hammer and a run-scoring single off the bat of Delewski. Toledo's effort was also aided by a BSU infield throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to help the home team build an early cushion.

The Rockets continued to put up good at-bat in the second inning and took advantage of RBI singles by Langhals and Zuchowski to push their margin to 4-0.

Toledo looked poise to extend its margin even further in the third frame, as it had runners on first and second base with no outs. Unfortunately for them, they were victimized by a strikeout and a double play to keep the lead at 4-0.

UT would not be denied in the fourth inning, though, breaking the game open with five runs to stretch its advantage to 9-0 and sending BSU starter Jacob Brewer to the showers. The Rockets sent 10 batters to the plate and pounded out five hits with the aid of two BSU errors to establish a comfortable lead. Zuchowski started the inning with a two-run single up the middle, followed by RBI hits off the bat of Delewski and White.

Toledo then pushed its margin to double figures in the sixth inning on another RBI single by White to make the score 10-0.

BSU finally broke up the shutout in the seventh frame on a RBI double by Blake Beemer. The Cardinals were giving extra life in the inning, as they were aided by a UT infield throwing error and a ball that lost in the sun to tally only their second run all weekend.

Ball State then concluded the scoring in the eighth inning with a pair of runs on a run-scoring single up the middle by Widau to set the final difference at 10-3.

BSU's Jacob Brewer (0-4) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

The Toledo will now take the four days off to focus on spring semester exams before returning to the diamond next weekend, May 4-6, with a three-game series vs. Buffalo.

Central Michigan 7, Akron 1 (Game 1)
Central Michigan 10, Akron 9 (Game 2)

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron baseball team was swept by Central Michigan in a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field on Sunday.

The Chippewas (20-25, 9-9 MAC) used three home runs to take a 7-1 opener, and won an offense-laden series finale, 10-9.

With the losses, Akron falls to 17-27 overall and 10-8 in the conference.

Game One Recap

Three Central Michigan home runs propelled the Chippewas to a 7-1 win in Sunday's opener.

Freshman Pat Dyer (3-3) took the loss for Akron, allowing five runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Matt Rembielak led the Zips at the plate, going 2-for-3.

Pat Kaminska (3-2) allowed just four hits to earn the win for CMU. Kaminska allowed just one unearned run in 6.1 innings. Jordan Adams hit a pair of solo home runs, while Tyler Hall hit a two-run long ball.

The Chippewas took Dyer deep in both the third and fourth innings. Hall smacked a two-run shot to right center in the third to open the scoring and Adams connected for a solo shot to left center in the fourth.

UA had halved the early CMU lead with a run in the bottom of the third. Jared Turocy reached on catcher's interference to start the frame and Rembielak bunted his way on in the next at-bat. After Devan Ahart bunted the runners over, Joey Havrilak plated Turocy with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Adams's second solo homer of the game put the Chippewas on top 4-1 in the top of the sixth. The visitors then added another run in the seventh, this time via a Jordan Dean sacrifice fly.

Reliever Myles McVeigh issued a pair of singles and walk to load the bases with one out in the eighth. Brendan Liberti then came in and walked the first two batters he faced to force home a pair and make the score 7-1.

Game Two Recap

Central Michigan claimed a back and forth battle in Sunday's series finale, scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and holding on to down Akron, 10-9.

Senior Sam Watkins and sophomore Brady Stewart each collected three hits for Akron, while freshman Matt Rembielak drove in three. Senior Scott Foster (3-4) took the loss on the mound, allowing two runs in 2.1 innings of relief.

Dietrich Enns (1-3) tossed 5.2 innings out of the bullpen to take the win for the Chippewas. Enns allowed three runs and struck out five. William Arnold led CMU at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI.

With the game tied 9-9 in the top of the eighth and the bases loaded, UA made the call to the bullpen for redshirt freshman Andrew Fanning. Fanning got pinch hitter Reid Rooney to hit a chopper to the right side, but second baseman Tyler Begun's only play was to first and Arnold came across with what would be the game-winning run.

Akron scored three runs in both the first and second inning, helping neutralize three early runs by the Chippewas. Stewart hit a one-run single in the first, and Watkins drove in a pair with his base knock to left in the second. All three of Central Michigan's early runs were unearned. CMU took advantage of an error on Jared Turocy in left to score one in the first. In the second, starting pitcher Alex Loftin's errant throw to first on a grounder back to the mound let in two.

Loftin went four innings and allowed six runs, with three being earned. The righty struck out three, walked two, and gave up seven hits.

The early scoring continued as CMU fought back to tie the game 6-6 on Arnold's two-run double in the fourth.

Rembielak had the first of his two run-scoring singles in the bottom of the fifth. The base knock to center scored Samuel Trecaso and Darius Washington, giving UA an 8-6 lead.

The Chippewas jumped in front with three tallies in the top of the sixth. Singles by Eric Wrozek and Pat MacKenzie started the frame. Foster then allowed a Tyler Hall two-run double to center, knotting the game at eight. Arnold would then drive in Hall with a single down the right field line.

The Zips tied the game a final time in the seventh. Rembielak recorded the big hit once again, this time driving in Trecaso with a single to left center.

After CMU took the lead on Rooney's groundout in the eighth, closer Jon Weaver allowed just one hit over the final two innings to close out the game.

Ohio 11, Bowling Green 0 (Game 1)
Bowling Green 8, Ohio 7 (Game 2)

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University baseball team split a doubleheader with the visiting Ohio Bobcats on Sunday afternoon, falling in game one before taking game two in walk-off fashion. Ohio used a seven-run ninth inning to take command of game one, going on to post an 11-0 win to even up the series at one win apiece. The Falcons would bounce back in game two, as Fred Sharp would scamper home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth for an 8-7 victory. With the split, the Falcons earn the series win, taking two-out-of-three from the second place Ohio Bobcats.

Game One
Ohio got off to a quick start in the first game of Sunday’s double-dip, taking a 1-0 lead after just one inning against Falcon hurler Ethan McKenney. Dan Schmidt singled home Tyler Wells with two outs in the first inning to put the Bobcats ahead for good in the game.

Ohio would add a run in the top of the third and two more in the sixth to knock McKenney out of the game after five-plus innings pitched. The Falcons continued to give the opposition extra outs on Sunday, committing three errors in the first game.

The Falcons struggled to get the bats going in game one, as Ohio outhit the Falcons 18-8. Andrew Kubuski was the lone bright spot for the Falcons in the game, going 3-for-3. He also walked one time as he was on base all four times in game one.

Ohio pitcher Jason Moulton stifled the Falcon attack, going all nine innings for a complete game shutout. He improved to 5-2 with the win, while McKenney fell to 1-7 with the loss.

Game Two
Patrick Martin was just what the doctor ordered in game two, as he gave the Falcons stability from the mound in game two. After struggling to get the offense going in game one, the Falcons were helped by a first inning error on the Bobcats. On that play, Lancaster would reach first after the throw from the third baseman pulled Jake Madsen off the base at first. Jake Thomas, who had walked to leadoff the game, would come all the way around from second base to score the first run of the game on that play.

Martin would retire the first nine Bobcat batters in order in game two. The Bobcats would get an unearned run off of Martin in the fourth, knocking two hits in the inning. With Ohio runners on first and third and nobody out, Jake Madsen would hit a fly ball to left field. After Kubuski recorded the out on the fly out, he would gun the runner down at home, attempting to score from third to give the Falcons two outs. Martin would get out of the inning from there, and the game would remain tied at one.

The Falcons would break their offensive drought in the bottom of the fifth, as Kubuski and Losby would single with one out to get the inning started. After they both advanced a base on a wild pitch by Ohio starting pitcher Seth Steich, Patrick Lancaster singled both runners home. He would advance to second on the throw home from Bobcat centerfielder Ethan Newton. The next batter, Jeremy Shay, would belt a two-run home run to deep left field, giving the Falcons a 5-1 lead after five innings.

Ohio would take the lead in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits and one Falcon error to take a 6-5 lead. The big blow of the inning was a two out, three-run home run by freshman outfielder Tyler Wells, putting Ohio on top.

The Falcons would take lead back in the bottom of the eighth, when T.J. Losby would get a big two-out double to score two Falcons, giving Bowling Green a 7-6 lead.

Ohio would even up the score in the top of the ninth. But, with a runner on third base and one out, Jesse Rait would gun down Newton at home to end the top of the ninth with a double play. Newton had been trying to score on a fly ball to right, but Rait’s throw would be right on the line, and catcher Jeremy Shay would apply a perfect tag to keep the score tied at seven.

The ninth inning would go the Falcons way, as Jeremy Shay led things off with a single through the left side. After a Pitzulo single,—a high chop over the first baseman’s head—Logan Walker was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out.

Ohio veteran skipper Joe Carbone would bring Newton into the infield from his usual centerfield position, giving the Bobcats a fifth infielder. Brandon Howard would line out to the shortstop for the first out of the inning, leaving the bases loaded. With Jake Thomas up, Bobcat pitcher Tyler Stage would throw a ball in the dirt. The ball would get away from Ohio catcher Cody Gaertner, and pinch-runner, Fred Sharp would hustle home for the game-winning run.

The Falcons and Bobcats each had 11 hits in game two of the doubleheader, as the Falcons took the series with the thrilling, walk-off, wild pitch win.

Shay, Losby, and Lancaster each had two RBI in game two, while Kubuski, Losby, and Shay had multi-hit games for BGSU.

With the split on the afternoon, the Falcons move their overall record to 18-25 on the season. The Falcons now stand at 7-11 in Mid-American Conference play. Ohio is 23-20, 12-6 in the MAC with today’s split.

The Falcons will take a break for final exams during the week, and will resume MAC play next weekend at Eastern Michigan. The first pitch between the Falcons and Eagles will take place on Friday night (May 4) at 6 pm.

Kent State 7, Western Michigan 1
KENT, Ohio – Sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Tyler Skulina (Strongsville, Ohio) dominated for eight-plus innings to earn his team-leading sixth pitching victory while the top of the batting order gave him plenty of support as the Kent State baseball team completed a Mid-American Conference interdivision weekend sweep in dominating fashion with a 7-1 triumph over West Division foe Western Michigan Sunday (April 29) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (27-17, 15-3 MAC) won their fifth conference series of the 2012 season in six tries with the sweep of the Broncos (17-23, 7-10 MAC). Kent State posted its third MAC series sweep of the season. The Flashes rumbled to a 16-5 win over the Broncos Friday (April 27) in the series opener of the three-game weekend set before blanking Western Michigan, 4-0, Saturday (April 28). Sunday's win marked Kent State's fifth straight MAC triumph. The Golden Flashes have won 19 of their last 26 games – including eight of their last 10. Kent State went 11-1 against the MAC West Division in 2012 – the best interdivision record in program history. The weekend series win allowed Kent State to maintain its hold on first place in the race for the conference's regular season championship and number one seed in the 2012 MAC Tournament, which will be held May 23-26 all All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.
"We played really well this weekend," said eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "All three of our starting pitchers had great stuff. Our bullpen was good when we needed them. We played great defensively. We executed when we needed to execute offensively. It's never perfect – that's what we're striving for. This weekend is about about as close to perfect as you can get, though."
Skulina baffled the Broncos over 8.1 innings – the deepest outing of his career – and carried a shutout into the ninth. He struck out six while giving up one earned run on six hits and a walk and improved to 6-2 on the season. Skulina did not allow a runner to advance past first base until Western Michigan junior first baseman Patrick Duncan hit a one-out RBI double to left field in the top of the ninth inning. Freshman right-handed reliever John Birkbeck (Canton, Ohio) came on to record the final two outs and help Kent State limit Western Michigan to just two runs over the final 24 innings of the three-game weekend set.
 "My arm felt good and everything was in sync," said Skulina. "I was in the zone today. The key was just getting ahead in the count. Without that, hitters can sit on my fastball. If I get the first-pitch strike, they don't know what is coming. We're starting to come together as a team, and you couldn't ask for a better day or weekend."
While Skulina was masterfully on the mound, Kent State's offense continued to roll. The Golden Flashes collected 14 hits, marking the ninth time in 10 games Kent State has tallied 10 or more base knocks. The top of Kent State's batting order accounted for 11 of those 14 hits Sunday, with redshirt junior designated hitter Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio) lead the way with a double, three singles, two RBIs and a run scored. Junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) tallied a double and two singles, drove in a run and scored three more. Senior catcher and 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) collected a double and a single and scored two runs. Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) added two singles and a run scored. Freshman left fielder Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.) also contributed two base hits and an RBI to Kent State's cause.
"Rider, Lyon, Roberts and Hamilton were all great," said Stricklin. "They got on base and got some RBIs. We had great at-bats all the way through. We've got some tough outs in our lineup. It's got to be a little unnerving for opposing pitching staffs to face our guys, because we have a lot of good hitters.
Kent State landed the first punch in the bottom of the second courtesy of an unearned run. Roberts led off the frame with a base hit through the left side and moved to second on a single to center by Hamilton. Sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) followed with a base knock to center. It appeared as though the single would simply load the bases, but Western Michigan freshman center fielder Jordan Tillman was unable to get a handle on the baseball, giving Roberts ample time to race to home plate for the game's first run.
The Flashes made it 3-0 with two runs in the fourth. Roberts once again got things rolling – this time with a double to left. Hamilton followed by smashing a base hit into center to drive in Roberts. Hamilton advanced 90 feet to second on the relay throw to the plate, then moved up third on a fly out to center. After freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners for Kent State, Miklos capitalized with a base hit through the left side to plate Hamilton.
Kent State upped its advantage to five runs in the ensuing frame. Western Michigan opted to lift freshman right-handed starting pitcher Will Nimke in favor of sophomore righty Monty Porter, but Rider and Lyon welcomed Porter to the contest by legging out back-to-back infield singles. Roberts moved them both up 90 feet on a ground out to third by Roberts, and Hamilton followed with a single through the right side that scored Rider. Lyon then tagged up and scored Kent State's fifth run courtesy of a sacrifice fly to right by Sutton.
The Flashes tacked on their final two runs in the seventh. Porter gave way to sophomore right-handed reliever Patrick Borlik on the mound for Western Michigan, but Lyon led off the frame with a double down the right field line and scored on a base hit back up the middle by Roberts. Hamilton moved Roberts to third with a single up the middle, and Western Michigan conceded Kent State's seventh run on a 6-4-3 double play.
Western Michigan tallied its lone run in the top of the ninth when senior right fielder Jack Scanlon hit a leadoff base hit to right on scored one out later on Duncan's double.
Nimke was saddled with the pitching loss for the Broncos, falling to 2-3 on the season. He gave up three runs – two earned – on seven hits over four innings while striking out three.
Kent State takes a break from game action for the next four days for finals week but heads to Athens, Ohio, for a key MAC East Division showdown against second-place Ohio next weekend (May 4-6).

Miami 6, Buffalo 5
BUFFALO, NY - For the third straight game this weekend, the Bulls (12-27, 5-11 MAC) ran out to a quick lead on Sunday, but two defensive errors led to four unearned runs and allowed the Miami (OH) Redhawks (22-23, 7-11 MAC) to come from behind and spoil the home team's attempt at a series sweep, winning 6-5.

In the first inning, the leadoff batter for Miami reached on an error and would advance to third on a single off of UB starter Mike Burke. After allowing a sacrifice fly to bring in the runner, Burke would settle down and escape the inning without further harm.

The offense would pick up its starter in the bottom of the first, starting with a leadoff double by Matt Pollock. Two batters later, Dan Scahill lifted a fly ball to right field, but the outfielder could not pick the ball out in the cloudless sky and it fell harmlessly, with Scahill winding up on second and Pollock on third. A sacrifice fly from Tom Murphy evened the score, and the team would run out to the lead thanks to a searing line drive home run to right center field by Thomas Richards.

Another run would come in the second inning after a single from Mike Scarcello. After the sophomore stole second, he would come in and score on a triple from Jason Kanzler. The Bulls would have a handful of other opportunities to score, but were held off the board until the ninth inning.

Burke ran into trouble in the fifth inning, allowing a leadoff triple. He managed to work around it and get two quick outs, but with a chance to get out of the inning there was another error, bringing in the run and extending the fateful inning just one extra batter. That would be all Miami would need, as Kevin Bower hit a home run to right field to tie the score at 4-4. The Redhawks would add a run in the seventh to take the lead.

The Bulls threatened in the eighth after a double from Murphy to lead off the inning. A walk to Richards put a pair of runners on with still no outs, but a failed attempt to bunt the runners over and two more quick outs stifled the rally attempt.

Miami would score another two-out run in the top of the ninth, and it would prove to be vital. In the bottom of the ninth, Buffalo put runners on first and third with only one out, and Scahill would provide a clutch single through the left side to bring in Pollock. Needing only a hit to tie the game, UB could not convert.

Next up will be a pair of mid-week games at Niagara before continuing a push towards the Mid-American Conference tournament with three games over the weekend at Toledo.

Northern Illinois 3, Eastern Michigan 1
YPSILANTI, Mich (— A beautiful Sunday afternoon was spoiled by a 3-1 Eastern Michigan University setback to Northern Illinois University, April 29, at Oestrike Stadium. The Eagles (19-23; 10-8 MAC) nearly made up a two-run deficit against the Huskies (13-30; 7-11 MAC) after loading the bases in the ninth, but ultimately fell short to drop their second consecutive Mid-American Conference series.
Despite taking the loss, Ryan Lavoie (3-2) posted a quality start for the Eagles, going 7.1 innings and giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits. The freshman righty needed less than 70 pitches to make it through the first six innings and finished the day tossing a total of 76. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Tony Manville (2-6) was just as sharp for the Huskies in a winning bid. He allowed only one earned run on seven hits over 7.1 innings. Manville walked a pair and fanned five. Kyle Glancy worked a turbulent 1.2 innings in which he walked two and hit a batter, but still managed to earn his 10th save of the year.
Ben Magsig went 1-for-4 with his second triple of the season and drove in the lone EMU run. His three-bagger was the 20th this season for the Eagles. The senior infielder also drew his 39th walk of 2012 and 106th in his career to tie him with Tony Palazzolo (2000-03) for seventh on the EMU all-time career walks list.
Lee Longo put together a nice afternoon at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance. Adam Dennison was 1-for-4 to give the redshirt freshman catcher a hit in every game of the series. He also scored a run.
Sam Ott (0-for-2) reached base twice with a pair of walks and Daniel Russell (1-for-3) also drew a base on balls.
NIU's Jamison Wells (2-for-3) posted another multiple-hit game at the top of the lineup and added an RBI and a run scored. Jordan Huffman had the other Huskies' RBI in a 1-for-3 afternoon and Joe Battaglia was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
Russell notched the game's first hit in the second inning when he used a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line to reach first. He advanced to third on a bloop single by Longo, but did not end up scoring.
Lavoie started the game on a tear, sending down the first nine batters he faced in just 26 pitches. Williams and Lavoie combined for a fine defensive play to end the third inning. The EMU second baseman scooped up a ground ball, spun around and threw a strike over to Lavoie covering first base to retire Alex Beckmann.
It took until the sixth inning before the first runs were scored. Battaglia started off the frame with a double down the left field line. Then on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Wells, Lavoie sailed a throw to first base over the head of Longo, allowing Battaglia to score from second. A sharp single by Huffman then plated Wells and gave NIU a 2-0 advantage.
The Huskies tacked on another run in the top of the eighth on a trio of singles and an RBI knock by Wells. Jordan Glover came into the game in relief of Lavoie and recorded the final two outs to keep the NIU lead at 3-0.
Magsig got the Eagles on the board in the bottom of that frame when he cranked a three-base hit to straightaway centerfield. Dennison, who singled to lead off the inning, came in to score to make it a 3-1 contest.
The Green and White made Glancy work for his save in the bottom of the ninth. Russell drew a walk and Longo was hit by a pitch to lead off. Bo Kinder then used a pinch-hit sacrifice bunt to move Russell and Longo up to second and third.
After Dennison swung at strike three for the second out, Magsig reached base on balls to load the bases for Brent Ohrman. Ohrman sent a bouncing ball up the middle, but second baseman Alex Klonowski was there to flip over to first to seal a series defeat for EMU.
The Eagles continue their seven-game homestand Tuesday, May 1, when they host Hillsdale College. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.