Baseball's tournament run comes to an end against Ohio

The Eastern Michigan baseball teams' magical run fell short in the MAC Championship game in Avon, Ohio against the Ohio Bobcats on Sunday in a 7-4 loss. 

The Eagles needed to defeat the Bobcats twice on Sunday to obtain the championship due to the tournament being a double elimination tournament. The Eagles went into the game as the number three seed compared to the number five seeded Ohio Bobcats. 

Junior pitcher Brad Allen got the start for the Eagles as he surrendered a single run in his first seven innings pitching, but gave up three in the eighth. Sam Delaplane came in to relieve but gave up three runs in the eighth to put the Eagles up 7-4.

The Eagles had  the edge in both the amount of hits (12) and the amount of Bobcat errors (3) but failed to reach home plate in the 7-4 loss. Sophomore Max Schuemann continued his dominant tournament with his 3-5 day including a double while senior Mike Mioduszewski hit a solo homerun in his lone hit of the the day. Seniors Jordan Peterson and John Montgomery concluded their EMU careers as both collected a pair of hits. 

The loss came after a four-game win streak to take the Eagles to the championship game. To kick off the tournament, the Eagles fell to the Western Michigan Broncos 6-5 to take their first loss of the tournament. The Eagles rebounded against the Northern Illinois Huskies in a narrow 8-7 win in Avon. 

Eastern Michigan then set its sight on the Broncos as the team looked to seek revenge from a round one loss. The Eagles offense exploded for a 12-6 win  against Western Michigan to advance and play another Michigan directional school in Central Michigan.

EMU's next challenge was to beat Central Michigan twice to advance to the MAC Championship game. In game one, the EMU pitching pitched a near-shutout in a 9-1 victory over the Chippewas. In the next win or go-home game, the Eagles beat CMU 4-2 to advance to play Ohio in the finals.

The Eagles compiled a 27-35 record on the year, the highest amount of wins since the 2011 season. The EAgles had three players land on the all-tournament team in Schuemann, freshman Nick Jones, and sophomore Davis Feldman.


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