The Eastern Michigan University baseball team (13-23, 4-8 MAC) lost its fourth straight game on Tuesday when the Eagles visited the Bowling Green State University Falcons (12-19, 5-7 MAC) by a score of 4-2.
Center fielder turned relief pitcher Austin Wilson (0-1) earned his first collegiate decision in Tuesday’s game, even though it was a loss. Wilson pitched for three innings and allowed three runs on three hits while striking out three batters.
Starting pitcher Adam Hornstra pitched five innings against the Falcons, giving up one run on three hits and striking out none on the afternoon. Hornstra was replaced by Wilson in the sixth inning.
Bowling Green scored the first run of the game in the second inning when catcher Tyler Griener singled to center field, scoring one run. The Falcons led 1-0 after two innings.
Innings three through seven saw no runs scored by either the Falcons or the Eagles.
In the top of the eighth inning the Eagles took the lead when Mike Mioduszewski reached base on a fielding error. The error also allowed John Rubino and Justin Peterson to score, putting the Eagles up 2-1.
Wilson gave up all three of his runs in the eighth inning, dealing the pitcher his first collegiate loss and ending the game between the two MAC conference foes.
The beginning of the end came when Falcon’s pinch hitter Greg Basalyga singled to center field and earned an RBI when Addison Rospert crossed the plate and tied the game.
The next Falcon at bat saw first baseman Randy Righter hit a two-run home run to left field, scoring Basalyga and putting the Falcons up 4-2 going into the ninth.
Eastern Michigan couldn’t get the bats going in their last chance at the plate and the game ended with the score of 4-2. The Eagles have now lost their last four games going into Wednesday’s game against the University of Michigan.
Eagle’s right fielder Justin Peterson went 2-for-5 at the plate on Tuesday. John Rubino, Mitchell McGeein, David Lett and Mike Mioduszewski all earned one hit in the game. Mioduszewski also earned the Eagled only RBI.
The Eastern Michigan University baseball team will travel to Ann Arbor on Wednesday April 15, to take on Washtenaw County rivals The University of Michigan Wolverines (21-15, 6-6 BIGTEN). The last time the Eagles and Wolverines met was on April 7 when Michigan beat Eastern Michigan by a score of 18-4.
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