Eastern Michigan baseball loses MAC title to Central Michigan; U-M loses to Penn State
Two strikes and the Eagles are out.
Needing one win in its final two games against Central Michigan to win the Mid-American Conference West Division title, the Eastern Michigan baseball team couldn’t get it done at Oestrike Stadium.
The Chippewas’ Jake Sabol limited the Eagles to one earned run on six hits while picking up a complete-game victory in a 5-2 Central Michigan win Saturday.
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The win in the regular season finale gave Central Michigan (29-25, 17-9) its second straight MAC West title and the No. 2 seed in next week’s MAC Tournament. Eastern Michigan (34-20, 16-11) will be the No. 5 seed.
Eastern Michigan committed two of its three errors during Central’s four-run third inning. Chippewas' leadoff hitter Tyler Hall, who went 3-for-4, had an RBI single and scored a run during the rally.
“It was just a very poorly played game when something was at stake,” Eastern coach Jay Alexander told Eagles All-Access. “I’m a little puzzled about the kind of team that I have right now.”
Eastern Michigan starter Corey Chaffins allowed five runs (three earned) on 11 hits through 6 2/3 innings.
Brent Ohrman and Rucker Rubino each went 2-for-4 for Eastern Michigan. (Boxscore)
MORE BASEBALL Penn State 11, Michigan 8: The Wolverines ended their season with a 17-37 record. Sean Deegan had a two-run double in Penn State’s six-run fifth inning and hit a two-run home run in the sixth. Michigan rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull within 9-7, but the Nittany Lions put the game away with two runs in the top of the ninth. Michael O'Neill and Brett Winger each had two hits and two RBIs for Michigan. (Details)