Baseball gets off to slow start in Florida
On its two-week road trip in Florida, the Eastern Michigan University baseball team managed to only pick up wins in two of its seven games.
To kick off the season, the Eagles took on the Missouri Tigers in a four-game series. The first game came against preseason consensus All-American Tanner Houck of the Tigers. The Eagles picked up the first win of the season in a 6-2 win behind senior John Montgomery’s three RBI’s on Friday, Feb. 17. The following day, the Eagles faced off in a double-header against Missouri. The Tigers put on an offensive spectacle in the first match in a 27-9 loss for Eastern Michigan behind an eight-run fifth inning. In part-two, the Eagles were edged out by the Tigers in a 6-5 loss as Missouri collected two runs at the end to steal the game. The series closed on Sunday, Feb 19 at Fort Myers, Florida. Eastern Michigan dropped its third-straight in its 7-2 loss to end the series against Missouri.
EMU stayed in Fort Myers for a couple days before facing off against Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, Feb 22. Eastern Michigan fell in a 12-5 game against the Eagles of FGCU. Montgomery collected three hits as his batting average hit .500.
The next game on the road trip was against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. The Eagles dominated in a 12-7 win. Montgomery and Jordan Peterson each hit a homerun to help the Eagles over the Bonnies.
A game against Dartmouth was Eastern Michigan’s seventh game so far. The Eagles fell 8-4 in Florida as Dartmouth collected five runs in the sixth inning.
The Eagles were then set to close the trip in Florida with a three-game series against the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. The games are set on Feb. 26 and 27 before coming back to Ypsilanti.