The men’s baseball team (12-19, 4-5 MAC) took a tough loss at the University of Michigan (19-13, 4-5 BIGTEN) on Tuesday evening, giving up 18 runs on 20 hits, losing the game 18-4.
Eastern Michigan University had the upper hand going into Tuesday’s game. The Eagles had won seven of their last eight games against the Wolverines and looked to keep the streak against Michigan and their winning streak on the season going.
Starting pitcher Adam Hornstra (0-2) had a rough start against the Wolverines, lasting three innings, giving up six runs on six hits and striking out none. Hornstra was dealt his second loss of the season.
The Wolverines started the game strong, scoring three runs in the first and second inning and putting the Eagles in an early 6-0 hole by the end of the second inning.
The Eagles started to chip away at the deficit by scoring two runs thanks to RBIs from Jackson Martin and David Lett, bringing the score to 6-2 through three and a half innings.
The Wolverines added to their lead when senior Jackson Glines hit a solo home run off of relief pitcher Brent Mattson. It was Glines’ first home run of the season.
A triple in the bottom of the fourth inning led to another run being scored for the Wolverines, bringing the score to 8-3 at the end of the fourth inning.
Relief pitcher Brent Mattson didn’t have much success holding the Wolverines down and ended his night giving up seven runs off of nine hits and earning two strikeouts in three innings pitched.
Michigan pulled further ahead in the game after a five-run sixth inning, which included a three-run home run by Johnny Slater, making the score 13-4.
In the seventh inning, the Wolverines scored four more runs including another three-run home run that brought the score to a more than demanding 17-4.
The Wolverines added one more run to finish the game out with a score of 18-4.
Eastern Michigan will play the University of Michigan two more times before the season ends. But the Eagles go into five straight games against in-conference opponents in their next five games before meeting the Wolverines again.
“The approach is always the same,” said Eagles coach Van Ameyde. “You just move on. There’s no reason to hit the panic button over today’s game.”
The Eastern Michigan University baseball team will look to bounce back in a game against Bowling Green State University on Wednesday, April 8. The Bowling Green Falcons go into the game with a record of 9-17 and a conference record of 3-6.
Follow Robert Sherman on Twitter: @r__sherman