Eastern Michigan stays alive in MAC baseball tournament with five-run, ninth-inning rally
One out away from the end of its season, the Eastern Michigan baseball team put together a five-run, ninth-inning rally against Northern Illinois and won its Mid-American Conference tournament game 12-11 in extra innings on Friday.
Tucker Rubino's RBI double in the 10th inning gave the Eagles the victory and earned a rematch against top-seed Kent State later this afternoon at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
It was the ninth-inning rally, which put the Eagles ahead 11-10, that gave Rubino the chance to win the game.
Singles by Zack Leonard (3-for-6) and Ben Magsig were sandwiched between a pair of groundouts, leaving the Eagles trailing by four runs with runners on second and third and two outs.
Sam Ott (2-for-4) drove in both runners with a single to center and, after a Daniel Russell single, would score himself on a Lee Longo (3-for-5) single to center. Kyle Peterson (2-for-3) then doubled to the center field fence, scoring Russell and Wally Gerbus, who pinch-ran for Longo.
Eastern's Kristian Calibuso blew the save opportunity when Northern Illinois' Kevin Smith hit an RBI, pinch-hit single to tie the game at 11-11 in the bottom of the ninth. But after Rubino's RBI double in the top of the 10th, Calibuso earned the win by stranding the Huskies' Jamison Wells' on third base in the bottom of the 10th.
Video interviews, courtesy of MAC-Sports.com:
Coach Jay Alexander:
Winning pitcher Kristian Calibuso: