Baseball travels to Athens for the matchup with Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team returns to the streets at Bob Wren Stadium in Athens, Ohio, Friday through Sunday, April 9-11, to face Ohio University. The first place on Friday is scheduled for 5:00 p.m., while the double header on Saturday is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The finals on Sunday will take place at 1 p.m.
Fans can hear the action on WOUB radio or follow the action via live statistics. Links for both can be found on the EMUEagles.com baseball schedule page. In addition, updates will be posted to the team’s Twitter account, @EMU_Baseball.

CAPTAIN CASHES IN: Senior captain Nick Jones spearheaded the Eagles’ offensive efforts in his series against Miami April 2-4. Jones scored a team-strong batting average of 0.308 with four hits and led with two runs and four total bases to the top of the team. Additionally, his .308 slugging percentage and .357 on-base percentage took second place on the team. The senior also recorded one of two multi-hit games of the weekend for the Eagles.
In addition, the player, who was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, extended his basic streak to eleven games after the first two competitions against Miami, but was unable to maintain it in the third game in the series. After reaching game four, Jones tries to start the series again.

Go this way: In his game against Miami from April 2-4, Senior Eli Gora showed impressive discipline and drew four runs across the series. This number is the highest eagle drawn in a series this season (Jared Kauffman, Western Michigan). The senior finished the race with a team high of 0.400 percent on the base.
Additionally, the Ohio native added two hits that took the second-best spot on the team and scored two runs that were synonymous with team lead in the series.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: The real newcomer from east Michigan, Nick Chittum, made his debut against Miami on April 3. The Michigan state RHP prospect and the No. 4 overall player according to the Prep Baseball Report had a great inning of work on their first appearance. Throws 1.0 inning of scoreless baseball against the RedHawks. Despite giving up and scoring two walks, the freshman kept his composure and took the outs.

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT: Jared Kauffman, a junior from east Michigan, was the main culprit behind the Eagle Offensive in his series against Miami April 2-4. The Ohio native, who scored the team’s second-best two goals, finished the race with two RBIs at team level to lead the Greens and Whites.

FOUNDATION DAY: In their second double-header game against Miami on April 3, the Eastern Michigan baseball team had a real “bullpen day” with seven pitchers hitting the mound over the seven innings of the competition.
Luke McGuire started the game for EMU and took the first inning. He was followed by Justin Reinkall in the second, who was one of three pitchers who did not allow a walk in this game.
The following five pitchers together do not allow runs, only give up two hits, and give up four walks over the next five innings. John Holt threw the third, followed by Holden Cook in the fourth, who put zeros on the board, didn’t allow runs, hits, or walks, and knocked you out. Nick Chittum made his debut in the fifth, followed by Luke Russo in the sixth, who posted two career-high strikeouts and team leadership and never gave up walks in the game. Tyler Helgeson finished seventh.

MOST AND SIMPLE: Junior Justin Meis started at home for the first time in 2021 and threw his second-longest outing of the season (6.0 innings). He retired the RedHawks in order of consecutive innings (2nd and 3rd) while also counting a season-high eight strikes and not giving up a stroll in his looks.

DOUBLE GAMES: To open the series against Miami on April 2, the Eastern Michigan defense turned four doubles games in high-time, finishing them all in four consecutive innings (4, 5, 6, and 7).
The previous season high for the WWU were three double games in one game, on March 21 in Akron. While three were completed they were not in consecutive innings.

BAULT-ING IT: Christian Bault, one of two Eagles who recorded a multi-hit game against Miami April 2-4, made his second such performance this season and the team’s 18th. The American native of Maineville, Ohio put together one of the team’s best offensive games on April 4th, finishing the game with two groundstrokes, one RBI, one run, and two runs in the final game against the RedHawks.

FELDMAN WALKS AWAY: At his start on Friday night against Miami on April 2, veteran hurler Davis Feldman threw 7.0 innings for the second time this season, hit five, and gave up a season deep walk against the RedHawks.
Feldman’s 2.60 ERA is the lowest of all starters for green and white, and he leads the team in innings (34.2) and strikeouts (32).

MADE FOR MACTION: Nick Jones, a senior in east Michigan, had an impressive start to the conference. After just three hits in the first eleven games of the season in non-conference action, the Battle Creek, Michigan native leads the team in the MAC game with 14 hits, two of which were extra-based, and drove in a second-best four runs through the first 12 games of the league game.
Jones ’17 hits and a batting average of .258 lead the Greens and Whites.

A RUNNING PROBLEMS: In 21 games in 2021, Eastern Michigan found itself eight times in one run, setting a 3-5 record in those games.
The Eagles started with two wins in one round from February 27 to 28 in the US state of Alabama (2: 1, 4: 3) and won on March 29, 5: 4 against Western Michigan.
However, Eastern fell to Bellarmine, March 2-1, March 6 and March 10-11, March 7, Akron, March 2-3, March 20, and Miami, 3-4 and 4-5, March 2nd and 4th. April.

WHAT DID OHIO DO ?: The Bobcats start the weekend with a session record of 0.500, an 11:11 record in the season, and a 5-7 mark in conference play.
To start the conference game, Ohio shared the streak with Central Michigan and Toledo while playing one game in four meetings with Bowling Green.

LAST MEETING: Eastern and Ohio last met on the Easter weekend April 19-21, 2019. The Bobcats played a game on Friday and a double header on Sunday and won all three wins (6-1, 8-2 and 6-3) at Oestrike Stadium .

SERIES HISTORY: Eastern Michigan leads the all-time streak between the two sides at 69-58. Ohio has won the last four games between the two teams, including the series from April 19-21, 2019 at Oestrike Stadium. EMU won the series before April 13-14, 2018 in Athens.
In the last five series in Athens, every two games were decided to one, with Eastern winning three of the five sets (2006, 2008, 2018).

#MACTION MATTERS: The Mid-American Conference announced that due to the circumstances sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, conference tournaments would be eliminated for eight sports, including baseball. The result? The regular season MAC champion receives the conference’s automatic bid to an NCAA regional. As the conference also adjusts a 40-game schedule made up of four-game series, any competition is proving to be crucial to staying in the hunt for the league crown.

MAC PRESEASON POLL: Eastern was selected to finish ninth overall in the Mid-American Conference preseason poll, as announced by the league office on Feb.17. EMU finished the season with 36 points, while Central Michigan finished first with 111 points and first place for the second year running with four votes in first place. Kent State received five votes in first place, finishing the CMU just ahead of the CMU with 110 points.

MAC Baseball Preseason Survey

1. Central Michigan (4) – 111 points
2. Kent State (5) – 110 points
T3. Miami (1) – 96 points
T3. Ball State – 96 points
5. Northern Illinois (1) – 72 points
6. Western Michigan – 63 points
7. Ohio – 56 points
8. Toledo – 45 points
9. Eastern Michigan – 36 points

10. Bowling Green – 28 points
11. Akron – 13 points

AT THE HORIZON: Eastern Michigan returns to Oestrike Stadium Friday through Sunday April 16-18 to host the Ball State Cardinals. The games take place on Friday at 6 p.m., on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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