YPSILANTI, Mich. — The gray overcast sky that hover above Oestrike Stadium finally gave up and left the Huron River Valley leaving behind a good day for Eastern Michigan University baseball.
After waiting 90 minutes to get the first pitch across the plate, the Eagles defeated Central Michigan University 8-7 in dramatic style and taking two games of the three game weekend series against the Chippewas.
Eagles’ center fielder Brent Ohrman provided plenty of excitement; he delivered the winning hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and that he is a tough and durable player.
In the fourth inning Ohrman chasing down a fly ball that caught the jet stream and carried to the warning track. Ohrman attempted to make the catch of the fly ball and proceeded to drive his right shoulder into the center field wall.
Eastern Michigan University baseball coach Jay Alexander went out to center field with the medical staff to check his player’s status.
Alexander said they were concern that he might have a neck or head injury but Ohrman told his coach and the medical staff he felt fine and he wanted to stay in the game.
It turned out to be a good decision made by Alexander allowing Ohrman to continue playing.
Ohrman walked up and stepped in the batter’s box in the ninth inning with Eagle third baseman Ben Magsig standing on first base after singling off of the Chippewas’ closer and losing pitcher Detrich Enns.
“We are fortunate to have a hitter like Magsig at the top end of the line up,” Alexander said. “You always have a chance to win and looking back at it we had an opportunity early and we didn’t and it was Magsig battling and his on base percentage is .600 it is ridiculous.”
Ohrman turned on an Enns fastball lifting the ball into the blue sky and just inside the left field foul pole for the game winning hit, his first home run of the season.
“Ohrman came through what are you going to do!” Alexander said about Ohrman.
“That is the thing we do well, swing the bat,” Alexander said after the game about the Eagle offense. “That is why I was disappointed earlier that we didn’t score and bunt guys over. We squandered away at bats.”
Central Michigan University took the lead in the third inning scoring four times but Chippewas baseball coach Stan Jaksa feeling confident about his starting pitcher Rick Dodridge even after the Eagles started to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the third inning.
Eastern Michigan University starting pitcher Ryan Lavoie hoping to catch last Sunday afternoon’s magic performance against the Chippewas but after a rocky start, he settled down in the second inning retiring the Chippewa in order.
Lavoie lost the command of the strike zone and struggled in the third inning and after Central Michigan University first baseman Nate Theunissen sent the ball into deep center field that Ohrman injured his shoulder.
“For the most part Lavoie was just okay,” Alexander said about his starting pitcher. “The first inning he struggled tremendously because he did not get ahead of hitters. The second inning he comes out and he dominates he get ahead of hitters bam bam bam I think it was a one-two-three inning and he is about to be the guy we thought he could be and the third inning he came out and it is like oh my God what happen!”
Alexander called upon the Eagles’ relief pitching staff to settle down the Central Michigan University hitters.
Middle relief responsibility went to Jordan Glover and responded and worked four innings but ran out of strikes and ran into trouble; the Chippewas scored three runs in the seventh inning and wiped away a lead from the Eagles.
Eagle pitching coach Andrew Maki came quickly from the dugout and summoned Paul Schaak to contain and end the Chippewas rally.
Schaak did the job facing three batters and placed the fate of the game into the capable right arm of the Eagles’ closer Joe Battistelli.
Not only did Battistelli slam the door shut but he also earned his second victory of the season.
“That is how he was looking and that is why he was our Friday guy,” Alexander said. “He is a cocky guy on the mound and he feels like he can get anybody out. He started leaving the ball up and we moved him to the pen and since them he is taken it more serious and he has been dominate we need a guy like Joe with all the stuff he has curveball change up and fastball in the 90’s to get us through the game.”
Eastern Michigan University will continue the battle of baseball bragging rights in the county when the Eagles travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan and face the University of Michigan at Fisher Stadium Wednesday night, April 18, 2012 starting at 6 p.m.
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.