Eastern Michigan pounds out 12
hits in win over BGSU
By Phil Stanton
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Baseballs were flying out of
the stadium like eagles, hit by Eagles.
Second-ranked Eastern Michigan had three of its
12 hits leave the yard in its 11-4 victory over Bowling Green on
the second day of the Mid-American Conference Tournament
Thursday at VA Memorial Stadium.
The Falcons will face Ohio in an elimination game
at 9 a.m. Friday. The winner will have to beat EMU twice to
advance to the MAC Championship Game, with the first meeting
Friday at 4 p.m.
The Eagles scored in six of their eight innings
at the plate. After BGSU got consecutive two-out RBI doubles
from Derek Spencer and Mark Galvin in the top of the first, EMU
answered with an RBI single from Jeff Davis in the bottom of the
frame and a run-scoring base hit from Josh Ivan in the third to
tie it at 2-2. Steve Bradshaw belted a two-run with one gone in
the fifth and Davis followed with a solo shot as the Eagles took
a 5-2 advantage.
Galvin doubled and scored in the sixth for the
Falcons. That was answered by Jim Gulliver, who went deep in the
bottom of the frame to make it 6-3. Ryan Shay singled and scored
in the top of the seventh for BGSU, but Zach Leonard’s two-run
double highlighted a four-run outburst in the bottom of the
seventh to put the game away.
Dan Puls pitched the final 2.1 innings for the
Eagles with two hits, no runs, one walk and three strikeouts to
record his first save.
Matt Shoemaker (5-3) earned the win, working 6.2
innings with seven hits, three earned runs, three walks and four
Bradshaw finished with three hits, including two
doubles and a homer, three runs and two RBI. Galvin had three
hits for the Falcons.