YPSILANTI — It all boils down to the final three-game series.
The Eastern Michigan University 2013 baseball season is coming closer to a conclusion and for Eagles baseball coach Jay Alexander and his squad it all comes down to a season finale against the University of Toledo. If the Eagles are going to get a seed to play in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament they have to win the series against the Rockets.
Last weekend, the Eagles baseball team traveled to DeKalb, Illinois to play Northern Illinois University in what Alexander described as a important three games for his team.
The Eagles won the weekend series against the Huskies 2-1 and created more drama for the Eagles against the Rockets at home inside Oestrike Stadium.
The Eagles success against the Huskies-hit the ball and hit the ball hard.
The Eagles scored 30 runs in the three game set, hit for a team average of .336 against the first place Huskies in the West Division of the league.
Alexander said his offense is as good as anybody in the league but at times he sits in the dugout watches his batters have bad approaches in the batter’s box.
before the trip to Northern Illinois University, Alexander believed that if his team could step up to the plate against the improved pitching staff of Northern Illinois University and have good appearances at the plate there would be a positive result.
The Eagles hitting woke up against the Huskies pitching staff but Alexander and his coaches also needed the Eastern Michigan University pitching staff to make an appearance.
They did show up and the staff did an okay job, giving up 21 runs to the Huskies but most important the bullpen came in and did a good job at protecting the lead for the Eagles.
Alexander is confident that his team will not be taking the Rockets lightly and it will take a superior effort from all phases of the Eagles baseball team- to get the victories needed.
Alexander and the Eagles were in a state of shock two weeks ago when they were swept away by Ball State University .
Alexander said after the series that Cardinal baseball coach Rich Maloney told him that his team is starting to put things all together at the right time of the season.
Alexander agreed and he also said, there is nothing wrong with the Eagles getting hot right now just before the tournament.
So the season’s climax against the University of Toledo begins Thursday May 16,2013 at 6 p.m. at the friendliest baseball stadium in the Mid-American Conference-Oestrike Stadium.
There will be another night game schedule against the Rockets, Friday night at 6 p.m. and finally, the 2013 baseball season comes to an end Saturday afternoon May 18, 2013 at 3 p.m. and the Eagles will be celebrating Senior Day.
Alexander and the Eagles will be hoping to extend the season with MAC baseball tournament but for that to happen the Eagles have to arrive at the plate with a purpose and hit the ball hard and in between the Rocket outfielders and the rest of the phases will fall into place.
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.