Baseball takes one at Bowling Green in Saturday’s doubleheader

GAME 1 | Bowling Green 2, Eastern Michigan 1
GAME 2 | Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 3

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team shared a doubleheader Saturday with Bowling Green State University on April 30 inside Oestrike Stadium. With Saturday’s lone win, the Eagles (18-25, 12-15 MAC) can’t lose the series to the Falcons after winning Game 1 of the series on Friday night.

In the first game, freshman Adam Falinsky (Howell, Michigan-Detroit Catholic Central) had worked it all out Saturday, whipping up 11 Bowling Green batters in seven innings of work, but it wasn’t enough as the Eastern Michigan Eagles lost to the Falcons 2-1.

In addition to his 11 strikeouts, Falinski (4-5) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on eight hits without allowing a free pass to Eastern.

Offensively, the Eagles were led by juniors Matt Kirk (Milford, Ohio-Milford (Toledo)), who went 1 for 3 that day with a brace. Senior Brady Huebbe (Peru, Ill-Las Salle-Peru (northern Illinois)) scored the only RBI for EMU in the loss.

In the second game, senior Taylor Hopkins (Mason, Ohio-Archbishop Moeller) racked up four hits to help propel the Eastern Michigan Eagles past the Bowling Green Falcons, 6-3.

Senior Zak Fruit (Dundee, Michigan-Dundee) (4-4) started on the mound and picked up the win for Eastern. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on seven hits, allowing two walks and striking out six. Junior Trevor House (Okeana, Ohio-Ross) also made an impact on the mound for the Eagles, pitching two shutout innings while allowing no hits, no walks and three strikeouts, marking his second save of the season.

In addition to his four hits, Hopkins had an RBI to lead the Eagles. Kirk also had a standout performance on the flat, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Huebbe also assisted for Eastern Michigan, collecting one hit in four trips to home plate while adding a home run and an RBI.

What do you mean Arrived – Game 1
The Eagles immediately got on the board, starting their scoring with a run late in the first inning. Senior Taylor Hopkins came on to score the only run of the inning for Eastern Michigan and put them on the board. The Eagles were unable to hold onto the lead, as Bowling Green scored twice in the remaining six innings to claim a 2-1 victory.

Game Notes – Game 1
Falinski fanned 11 Falcons batters. The 11 Ks equals a season high for Falinski and equals the most an eagle thrower has scored in a contest this season (Falinski – 11; Luke Russo (Howell, Mich.-Howell) – 11)
The Eastern Michigan pitchers held Bowling Green to just 1 for 8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.
The Eastern Michigan pitchers faced 29 Bowling Green batters in the game, allowing seven ground balls and three fly balls while striking out 11.
Kirk led the Eagles to the plate, going 1 for 3 with a brace. The extra hit was Kirk’s team-leading 30th of the season.

How it went – Game 2
The Eagles were trailing 1-0 in the first inning when they first scored on the board. Eastern Michigan scored three times, all on a three-run homer from Kirk’s at-bat.

The Eagles then held the Falcons scoreless before extending their lead in the third inning. Eastern Michigan scored a run on Huebbe’s first home run to make it 4-1 in favor of the Eagles.

Bowling Green cut Eastern Michigan’s lead to 4-3 before the Eagles took the lead to 6-3 in the eighth inning. Hopkins’ single highlighted a two-run out in the frame for the Eagles. The score remained 6-3 for the rest of the game as Eastern Michigan held on for the win.

Game Notes – Game 2
Hopkins had four hits on the day for Eastern Michigan. The four base hits tie a career high for Hopkins (4 vs. St. Bonaventure, May 1, 2021). Additionally, the shortstop is only the fourth Eagle this season to score four hits in a contest (Aaron Dolney (Plymouth, Michigan-Detroit Country Day (Nebraska))Kirk and Warkentin).
Fruit retired six Falcons batters.
Kirk led the Eagles at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. The home run was the Mid-American Conference leading outfielder’s 12th round of the season. The left fielder now has 39 RBI on the year, a mark that’s tied for fourth in the MAC. Additionally, this is Kirk’s 11th multi-RBI game of the season.
The Eagles’ power output was led by Kirk, who compiled two extra hits in the ballgame. The pair of extra hits were Kirk’s team-leading 31st and 32nd of the season. The pair of hits also extends Kirk’s hitting streak to six games.
Huebbe’s third-inning homer was the senior’s seventh of the season, a mark that ranks fourth among the Eagles.
Eastern Michigan’s highest scoring inning was the first one when they went for three runs.
The Eagles beat the Falcons to a 12-7 clip. EMU are 14-4 when beating their opposition.
The Eastern Michigan pitchers held Bowling Green to just 1 for 7 (.143) with runners in scoring position. EMU pitchers faced 36 Bowling Green batters in the game, allowing five ground balls and 12 fly balls while striking out nine

Historical Notes
Falinski’s 11 punches in Game 1 are tied for second most in modern EMU statistical history (1999-Pres.) for strikeouts in one outing (Falinski – 11, Russo – 11 , and Ryan Lavoie11).
With Huebbe’s hit Saturday, the senior has recorded 97 career hits (51 hits with Northern Illinois). The center back is just three hits shy of 100 career hits.

Following
Eastern will look to win the series against Bowling Green on Sunday, May 1 in the series finale. The first pitch at Oestrike Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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