Baseball Bows out of MAC Tourney

MOUNT PLEASANT - The No. 2-seeded Miami RedHawks eliminated the Central Michigan University baseball team from the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon, 6-0.

The Chippewas were the No. 1 seed and are hosting the four-day gala event at Theunissen Stadium. They fall to 33-24 for the season while Miami advances by upping its overall mark to 35-20.

Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Chippewas in the bottom of the first. The RedHawks plated two runs when John Slone belted an RBI double to the gap in left-center, scoring leadoff batter Jason Brown. Slone came home after a sac fly and an RBI single by Sam Sellery.

The Chippewas had plenty of chances to claw their way back into the game. They stranded two runners in each of the first five innings, leaving 10 on base for the entire game.

Central Michigan scattered 10 hits but couldn't tally the key hit to plate any runs. Miami, on the other had, smacked 16 hits in scoring its six runs. The RedHawks sealed the deal by scoring two runs in each of their last two at bats.

T.J. Johnson got the nod on the mound and took the loss. He falls to 6-5 for the season after going six and two-thirds innings and fanning two batters. His counterpart, Graham Taylor, went the distance against CMU. It was his fifth complete game this year as he whiffed eight batters and walked none.

Jim Geldhof led the Chippewas offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. But, it was Miami's leadoff batter, Brown, who set the pace for the RedHawks. He went 4-for-4 with a sacrifice, and scored two runs. Slone batted 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs on the afternoon.

Miami advances in the tournament to face the loser of the Eastern Michigan/Northern Illinois matchup on Friday, May 28, at 1 p.m.

The tournament lasts through Saturday, May 29, with the tournament champion receiving the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.


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