YPSILANTI — Well it comes down to just one game for Eastern Michigan University baseball team.
Eagles coach Jay Alexander and his team defeated the University of Toledo Friday night at Oestrike Stadium 10-4, so Saturday afternoon’s game against the Rockets is for the series but also for a bid to 2013 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament beginning Wednesday morning May 23,2013.
Alexander and the Eagles needed the experience and the right arm of senior Joe Battistelli and he threw six innings and earning his third win of the season but most important it keeps the Eagles fate in there own hands.
Alexander said after the game Battistelli outing was his best of the season.
Battistelli threw 81 pitches and he had command of his curveball and Alexander said that it was impressive pitch from the bench.
“Outstanding we talked about it earlier he has to have the mind set to come in and relax,” Alexander said. “So right before he took the mound I said ‘listen just stay focused and do what you go to do’ do not try to do nothing special we just need for you to do your best.”
The Eagles scored six runs in the seventh inning to break open the game.
The Eagles offense led by the three hits off of the bat designated hitter Lee Longo, he also knocked in four runs for the Eagles.
In the big sixth inning Eagles right fielder Sam Ott was given an intentional pass to first base by Rocket relief pitcher Kyle Slack and loading up the bases for Longo.
“We have been working on that and I’m not kidding you working on his mind set,” Alexander said about Longo. “He is capable making sure that he can hit the ball hard. But he gets too amped up. He kept telling me that his mind is all ready on cruse control.”
Alexander sais that a key part of the game is that the Eagles kept the Rockets lead off man off of the bases.
“Keep there lead off guy off of the bases we have a chance to win,” Alexander said. “We got more two hits. We had five situations we had a guy in scoring postion we scored them every time.”
The Eagles want to take advantage of playing the biggest game of the season at Oestrike Stadium Alexander said.
“The success forn us wilol come if we are patient and if he is around the plate,” Alexander said about Saturday’s starting pitcher for Toledo Ryan Wilkinson. “Making sure that we don’t chase his pitches if we do that we will be fine.”
The season comes down to the last game of the season for the Eagles and if the Eagles can get just one more win – Alexander and the Eagles will be looking fine.
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.