On May 11, in the final game of Mid-American Conference play at Oestrike Stadium for the 2014 campaign, the Eastern Michigan University men’s baseball team suffered a 15-1 loss to Central Michigan University. The Eagles (17-33, 4-20 MAC) took an early 1-0 lead before the Chippewas (32-20, 17-7) rattled off 15 consecutive runs.
Senior Sam Ott tallied three of the Green and White’s four hits, while also scoring the Eagles lone run. The three-hit game was the third of the season for Ott as week as the 19th multi-hit game of the 2014 campaign. Fellow senior Lee Longo brought his hitting streak to four games with a base hit that scored Ott in the first inning. On the bump, freshman Tyler Russell (0-3) suffered the the loss for the Eagles by allowing seven runs on 10 hits in five innings.
The Chippewas collected 15 runs on just 20 hits as five different CMU players collected three hits apiece. Tyler Huntey led the Central sluggers with three hits, and scored three times while knocking in four runs and picked up a solo homer in the ninth inning. CMU starter Nick Deeg (4-4) earned the win for the Chippewas when he lasted seven innings and gave up just one run on three hits to go along with his six strikeouts.
Ott started things off for the Eagles with a base hit to right before junior John Rubino placed a bunt down the third base line to advance his teammate into scoring position. As he has done all season, the MAC’s leading hitter came through with a single up the middle to bring home Ott and give EMU the 1-0 advantage after one inning of play. However, the lead was short-lived as the Chippewas tied the game in the second before adding another two runs in the third to grab a 3-1 cushion.
Following a scoreless fourth inning, CMU collected 11 runs in the next three innings to break the game open. Huntey’s solo homer in the ninth sealed the blowout for the Chippewas.
The Eagles look to bounce back when they wrap up their 2014 home campaign as well as the final non-conference game of the season when they host the University of Notre Dame Tuesday at Oestrike Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. and the game can be heard live on Eagle All-Access.
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