Roundup: Baseball splits; softball begins in Florida

The Eastern Michigan University baseball team started its season with a win against Kansas University in the first game of a double header Monday, taking the first game, 3-1, but dropping the second, 9-5.

The games were played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn., after weather conditions forced the move from the original location of Lawrence, Kan.

The first game belonged to EMU pitcher Corey Chaffins. The junior right-hander struck out eight in seven innings, while giving up just one run on three hits to earn the win. Matt Skirving was the offensive leader in the game for Eastern, going 3-for-6 with two RBI, two runs scored and two walks. The sophomore catcher also hit a bases-empty home run.

In the second game, Kansas’ Cameron Selik pitched six innings, struck out five and gave up one run (unearned). Robby Price and James Stanfield had provided plenty of offense for Selik, driving in two runs each.

Eastern now travels to Mobile, Ala., this weekend to compete in the Coca-Cola Classic event. Action starts at 6 p.m. Friday against South Alabama.

Softball team ready to start season

The EMU softball team starts its season this upcoming weekend when it travels to the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Eagles will look to grow upon the results of last season, which saw the team narrowly miss making the MAC Tournament, losing their last game to Bowling Green, 6-3.

“The seniors want to get this team back to the MAC tournament,” coach Karen Baird said in a press release. “Last season, we were growing. After beating Louisville and having a great stretch at the end of the year, they realized that we are a strong team.”

The first opponent for EMU is against Big East Conference opponent Villanova on Friday. Game starts at 8:15 p.m.

Michigan football broke rules, NCAA alleges

Following a five-month investigation, the NCAA has alleged the University of Michigan football program committed potential major violations.

One of the allegations cited in the report by the NCAA claims U-M used five staff members in coaching roles not allowed under the rules. The report also claims the program regularly monitored workouts that were supposed to voluntary, as well as having exceeded the time limits on training and practice sessions mandated by the NCAA.

The university has 90 days to respond

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