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YPSILANTI, Mich.—The Bowling Green State University baseball team was defeated in midweek action on Wednesday night, falling to Eastern Michigan by a final score of 4-1. The Falcons scored first, but a three-run sixth inning for the Eagles proved to be the difference. EMU improved to 13-19 with the win, while the Falcons overall record dropped to 9-18.
"Our offensive approach wasn't very good tonight, and we never got much going," head coach Danny Schmitz
said. "We had some solid pitching performances and did some good things that we can build on, but now we must turn our attention to a big series at Ohio this weekend." Jevon Boyd
received his first career start in the game on the mound, picking up a no-decision in four innings of work. He allowed just one run and one hit, while striking out two. He was relieved by Trevor Farrell
, Wes Rickenberg
, Tony Landi
, and Rob Zenas
The Falcons scored their lone run in the top of the first, as Brandon Howard
reached base on an Eagle error. After a walk to Trey Keegan
, both runners moved into scoring position on stolen bases. Matt Smith
then drove Howard in with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Orange and Brown a 1-0 lead.
Bowling Green didn't get their first hit of the game until the top of the sixth, when Matt Smith
tripled with two outs. The Falcons ended the game with three hits, but were outhit by the Eagles 5-3.
Five straight Eastern Michigan batters reached base in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs to pull away from the Falcons. A single to right field started the three-run inning for the Eagles and a walk put a second runner on base. Two straight wild pitches gave EMU a 2-1 lead, and then a walk and two singles gave the hosts a 4-1 lead.
The Falcons threatened in the top of the seventh, as Nick Glanzman
and Tyler Greiner
both singled to left field with one out. However, EMU reliever Matthew Beaton entered the game and got two Falcons looking at strike three to end the threat.
Bowling Green will return to the diamond this weekend, continuing Mid-American Conference play with a three-game series at Ohio University. The Falcons enter the weekend at 3-6 in MAC play, just one game out of a MAC Tournament spot. The weekend series in Athens will begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m.