It was a rough outing for the Eastern Michigan baseball team as they lost both games of a double header to Kent State in Kent, OH on Sunday. The Eagles lost the first game 8-6, and the second 12-4.
Eagles pitcher Jake Andrews started the first game of the afternoon. Andrews gave up nine hits, five runs and earned five strikeouts on 89 pitches and he also took the loss on the game. Andrews and the rest of the Eagles looked strong through the fifth inning, holding a 2-1 score.
The game then went back and forth throughout the next few innings, with the Eagles being down 5-3 at one point in the seventh inning. But thanks to a John Rubino double that scored two, the Eagles tied the game at 5-5. Jordan Peterson then came up to bat, hitting a double that also drove in a run, giving the Eagles a 6-5 lead going into the seventh inning stretch.
The eighth inning saw two Kent State runs batted in, bringing the score to 8-6 and giving the Eagles their first loss on the afternoon.
Junior Mitchell McGeein went 1-for-4 with a two run home run in the sixth and Junior Austin Wilson went 1-for-2 with one hit and two RBI’s as well.
The Eagles misfortune followed the team into their evening game where pitcher Augie Gallardo was taken for six runs on seven hits in 5 and 1/3 innings pitched, giving the junior his first loss on the year.
Eastern went up 3-0 in the second inning off of hits by Tony DiLeo and Michael Mioduszewski and a sacrifice fly by Austin Wilson. After the second inning, Kent State took control of the game scoring eight straight runs, three on starting pitcher Gallardo, and then five straight on relief pitcher Devon Bronson. Kent State was up 8-3 at the end of sixth inning.
Kent State added four more runs in the ninth inning to close out the game, and giving the Eagles their second loss on the day.
The Eagles leave the weekend series with a record of 9-16 (2-4 MAC) keeping Eastern in last place in the MAC West Division.
The Eagles will head to South Bend, Indiana to take on Notre Dame (16-10, 3-9 in the ACC) on Tuesday March 31 before coming back to Ypsilanti and taking on the Michigan State Spartans (12-12, 2-3 in the Big Ten Conference at Oestrike Stadium on April 1.
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