OXFORD, Ohio — It is official, spring can begin!
The 2013 Eastern Michigan University baseball season is rolling along and the Eagles rolled into Miami University to open up the 2013 Mid-American Conference baseball season against the Redhawks.
Eastern Michigan University and fifth year coach of the Eagles Jay Alexander will be looking to get back to Avon, Ohio and the shore of Lake Erie and repeating an appearance at the conference tournament but first the Eagles will have to get through a tough Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule.
So far this season, the Eagles have travelled from the Atlantic to the Pacific and detoured to the state of Texas to play a series against the University of Kansas because of a snow storm that hit the state of Kansas.
The Eagles have faced the Fighting Camels of Campbell University under the blue sky of South Carolina before crossing the Rocky Mountains and arriving to play Washington State University; the Eagles are a well travelled team.
The Eagles open the Mid-American Conference schedule with an overall record of 9-10 but the Redhawks used the pitching skills of Brooks Fiala and shutout the Eagles 4-0 to get the win against the Eagles.
Fiala threw a complete game and extended his scoreless innings to 25.2 by scattering just six hits, striking out six and walking three to secure his third victory of the season.
Alexander started Neil Butara and he worked 6.1 innings giving up eight hits, striking out three and the four runs scored by the Redhawks were all earned runs.
Relieving Butara on the mound Alexander called on Paul Schaak from the bullpen. Schaak worked 1.2 innings, struck out three batters and only gave up one hit.
The Redhawks scored two runs in the fourth inning when designated hitter John Crummy hit a double scoring Redhawks’ second baseman Ryan Elble who had singled off of Butara.
Elble led the Redhawks at the plate getting three hits and left fielder Matt Honchel connected twice including his fifth double of the season after battling Butara with an 11-pitch at bat.
The Redhawks scored their final run when Miami first baseman Kevin Bower lifted a sacrifice fly scoring Honchel in the seventh inning.
Eastern Michigan University offense got a multiple hit game from left fielder Dae Bowden who stole his second base of the season.
Eagles’ shortstop John Rubino extended his career-best seven game hitting streak, designated hitter Lee Longo, first baseman Jamie Simpson and third baseman Mitchell McGeen all contributed at the plate.
The Eagles did get runners in scoring position in the fifth and the sixth innings but failed to score in the fifth when center fielder Daniel Russell lifted a fly ball to third base and in the sixth inning catcher Adam Sonabend struck out ending the threat for the Eagles
Eastern Michigan University left seven runners on base against Fiala and the Redhawks.
Eastern Michigan University and Miami University will continue the three-game series Saturday afternoon with a double hitter at McKie Field with the first pitch schedule to cross home plate at noon.
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.