The Eastern Michigan University (13-21, 4-7 MAC) men’s baseball team were beaten in the first two games of a weekend series by the Central Michigan University Chippewas (23-12, 9-2 MAC) by scores of 16-6 and 18-3.
Senior starting pitcher Charlie Land (2-5) was handed his fifth loss of the season on Friday when the Eagles lost by a score of 16-6. Land gave up 10 runs on 10 hits and earned five strike-outs in four innings pitched.
Central Michigan took control of the game in the second inning when the Chippewas exploded for six runs, putting them up 7-0 after two innings. Central Michigan added three more runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Central had taken a commanding 9-0 lead before the Eagles could even get on the board in the seventh inning. It was Jackson Martin who earned the Eagles first run on the evening when he homered to left field and was Martin’s first of the season. That brought the Eagles to a 9-1 deficit.
The Chippewas answered back in the bottom of the seventh inning with five more runs of their own, bringing the score to 15-1.
The eighth and ninth innings saw a combined five runs scored for Eastern Michigan, including home runs from Austin Wilson and Mitchell McGeein. The home runs were Wilson’s first and McGeein’s ninth of the season.
Wilson went 2-for-4 at the plate, earning three RBIs. McGeein went 3-for-5, batting in one and Jackson Martin went 2-for-4, batting in one as well.
Starting pitcher Jake Andrews (2-3) was taken for his third loss of the season on Saturday in an 18-3 loss to the Chippewas. Andrews gave up 11 runs on 10 hits and earned two strike-outs in two innings pitched.
Andrews was the victim of a line-drive that struck him in the head in the second inning, forcing him out of the game. Andrews was taken to a local hospital where he was treated, and according to the team he is in stable condition. The Eagles pitcher walked off the field under his own power after the play.
For the second day in a row the Chippewas earned a majority of their runs in second inning, taking the eagles for seven runs and putting them up 10-0 after two innings.
Pitcher Brent Mattson came in to relieve the injured Jake Andrews. Mattson pitched five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and struck-out none.
The Eagles finally scored their first run of the afternoon in the fifth inning off of a John Rubino ground-out that scored Jackson Martin, but the Chippewas had already taken a 12- run lead and ended the fifth inning with a score of 14-2.
The Chippewas tacked on four more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the boys from Mt. Pleasant up 18-2 after eight innings. The Eagles scored one more run in the ninth thanks to a John Montgomery double that scored Mitchell McGeein.
The Eagles dropped the second game of the weekend series 18-3.
Offense wasn’t a strong point for Eastern Michigan on Saturday evening, but Mike Mioduszewski, John Montgomery, Mitchell McGeein, John Rubino, Jordan Peterson and pinch hitter Luke Devenney earned a hit on the night.
Eastern Michigan University baseball will finish out their weekend series against the Central Michigan University Chippewas on Sunday with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant.
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