MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. —- Finally good weather and Eastern Michigan University baseball.
Central Michigan University opened up the game in the sixth inning by scoring five runs and defeated Eastern Michigan University 10-1, at Theunissen Stadium, under the sunny sunshine and the clear blue sky that reached beyond the horizon.
Eastern Michigan University pitching did not have an answer to Central Michigan University first baseman Cody Leichman , he had five hits and three RBI’s against the Eagles.
Eastern Michigan University opened the first inning against the Chippewa by getting the first two on base with no outs but Central Michigan University starting pitcher Taylor Lehnert got out of the jamb without giving up a run or a hit.
“It probably had a lot to do with me, they have a freshman on the mound, he is pretty good but I made a decision to go with to let my third hitter hit and it did not pay off,’ Eastern Michigan University baseball coach Jay Alexander said about the Eagles first inning. “Sometime it does and sometime it don’t but in that situation get guys over and get two runs in it would hover been a lot bigger than getting zero.”
Lehnert threw a complete game for Central Michigan University only giving up just five hits and one run securing his third win of the season.
Alexander placed the ball in the glove of his starting right hand pitcher Brain Valente, who worked 3 2/3 of an inning giving up seven hits and four earned runs before being replaced by Joe Battistelli to get the last out of the inning.
“We are a little up and down right now. We got some freshman we got to play we are trying to struggle to find that guy in the second spot of the rotation,” Alexander said after the game. “Losing (Steve) Weber and (Kendall) Lewis who were supposed to be back this year that is hurting us a lot.”
Alexander said that his club is a group of guys that fight for everything that happens out on the diamond.
‘We are fighters, those kids are fighting hard and they are playing hard,” Alexander said. “Today’s game is uncharacteristic of us not being able to put anything together. They had the momentum and we did not steal it back.”
Alexander played small ball to gain the momentum from the Chippewa and giving Eagles right fielder Sam Ott a chance to hit away, but Ott lifted a fly ball onto the teeth of the wind blowing straight in from left field and the ball became an out. Next up to the plate the Eagles dh Lee Longo, he popup to the shortstop for the second out.
The rally came to an end when Eagle catcher Adam Sonabend could not get a ground ball through the infield.
The Eagles could only get five hits including two hits from lead-off man Daniel Russell and infielder Jamie Simpson to lead the offense for the Eagles.
The Eagles defense did not play sharp either against the Chippewa in the sixth inning by making two costly errors.
Alexander believes that his defense is a continue project for the season but will get better with time and by plying in games.
“It has uncharacteristically Johnny (Rubin) is our best defender but he got some errors though but he has errors that balls that he is getting to and nobody else could and he is still young,” Alexander said about his defense. “One of our issues is our guys are making all of the errors are young they are freshman and we need them to play older they are very talented and they can do the job.”
Alexander and the Eagles will be back Sunday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium for the rubber game of the series beginning at 1 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.