CHILLICOTHE, Ohio. — Eastern Michigan University baseball coach said after his team lost 8-0 against the Kent State University in the semi-final game of the Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament being hosted by Chillicothe, Ohio and played at VA Memorial Stadium this season did not meet his approval and he left the field disappointed.
“It is a let down and make no mistake about it we set out for two goals,” Alexander said in front of the dugout after the game. “One was to win the MAC Conference and one to win the conference tournament championship we did not accomplish neither one of those goals.”
“It was a fun ride and we worked hard through out but we did not accomplish our goals so I am not happy about that those were our goals and we did not reach them.” Alexander said.
The game turned into an old fashion pitcher duel between Eastern Michigan University starting pitcher Robert Wendzicki and Golden Flashes stating pitcher Andrew Chafin but in the seventh inning with two strikes on pinch hitter Nick Hamilton, Wendzicki located a curve ball to close and hit Hamilton and the Golden Flashes took care of business.
“Yeah it always does a two out walk all that stuff leads to not good for us and we let it happen,” Alexander said about the seventh inning. “We talked about that stuff all year and it is a shame.”
“He pitched outstanding, he pitched just as good as there guy did and it is unfortunate we could not over come a little adversity,” Alexander said about his starting pitchers performance. “You got to feel for Robert at this point because he has nothing to show for the quality game that he pitched.”
Wendzicki threw 100 pitches giving up five hits and three earned runs before Alexander took him out of the ball game with two out in the seventh inning.
“It is up there, it is one of the best,” Wendzicki said after the game about his performance. “Coming back after two days rest, we did a lot of rehab and I told him that I was ready to go where ever you need me.”
The bullpen did not respond to the situation and relief pitcher Tim Combs faced one batter and walked him. Combs seemed to be struggling to find the strike zone
Alexander once again made the familiar trip from the dugout to the mound and made the call for Neil Butara who got the side retired but not until he gave up the grand slam to Evan Cmpbell.
Eastern Michigan University offense struggled but in the second inning the Eagles loaded up the bases but could not get that elusive run scoring hit.
Eagle starting catcher Matt Hitt battled with Chafin and fought hard but Hitt watched a 3-2 fast ball split the plate ending the rally and killing the momentum.
“Extremely disappointed because when you take a 0-2 right down the middle that is bad baseball,” Alexander said about the inability not to get a good at bat with the bases loaded. “It is absolutely bad baseball, it is disgusting to watch because we talked about that stuff all of the time. We had the momentum there and that is the only way you are going to get him off of the rope.”
“You do not prepare to swing the bat nothing good is going to come out of it and it killed our momentum,” Alexander said. “That said he can get out of anything he wants.”
Chafin went the distance for the Kent State Golden Flashes striking out six and walking two while giving up six hits.
Eastern Michigan University did win 37 times this season and that is the most victories in program history but Alexander would have like to continue adding on to the history book at Eastern Michigan University with just one more win – a champion victory would have been a good ending closing this season.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.