The Eastern Michigan University (17-27, 7-11 MAC) baseball team traveled to East Lansing on Wednesday afternoon, and left East Lansing with a loss, falling to the Michigan State Spartans (27-17, 9-6 BIGTEN) by a score of 13-4.
Starting pitcher Brent Mattson (1-2) took his second loss of the season on Wednesday when he took the mound against a strong Spartans team. Mattson struggled against the Spartans, pitching for only two and one-third innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.
Five pitchers took the mound for the Eagles against the Spartans, including Michael Marsinek, Devon Bronson, Augie Gallardo and Austin Wilson. Eastern Michigan pitchers gave up a combined 14 hits in the loss on Wednesday.
The Eagles trend of giving up too many runs, as well as not being to score enough of their own continued on Wednesday when the Eagles could only muster four runs on eight hits
All four of the Eagles earned runs were scored in the seventh inning. By the seventh inning Eastern Michigan was already down 8-0.
The Eagles first run crossed the plate when Jordan Peterson singled to third base, allowing Jackson Martin to score. The second score came when Mitchell McGeein flied out to center field, and David Lett scored.
Mike Mioduszewski then singled to right field, earning an RBI when Jordan Peterson scored, and then John Rubino scored on a throwing error by Spartans right fielder Alex Tropp.
Mioduszewski has been one of the most consistent batters for the Eagles this season and holds a batting average of .303, earning 46 hits and batting in 26 runs. Only one Eastern Michigan player sits above Mioduszewski in batting average and that is John Montgomery (.306)
After cutting the Spartans lead in half in the top of the seventh inning, relief pitcher gave up five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and putting the game out of reach for the Eagles, at a score of 13-4.
Right fielder Jordan Peterson went 3-for-5 at the plate on Wednesday and also earned one RBI. Second baseman John Rubino also went 3-for-5 and designated hitter Adam Dennison went 1-for-3.
The Eastern Michigan University baseball team will try to put Wednesday’s loss behind them when they travel to Oxford, Ohio for a weekend series against fellow MAC opponent the University of Miami (Ohio). Miami (Ohio) holds a record of 9-31 overall, with a conference record of 7-11.
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