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EMU Makes Comeback, Completes Weekend Sweep of Ohio

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To say first basemen Rudy Rott is on fire would be an understatement. Rott provided three hits, including two home runs and six RBIs in Sunday’s game for the Bobcats. But, a wild 12-11 walk-off win for the Eastern Michigan Eagles completed the series sweep.

With Ohio leading 11-10 after the seventh, EMU tied the score in the eighth and then came up with a walk-off victory to seal the weekend sweep in the ninth. Jordan Peterson hit a one-out single to left and scored the tying run one out later on an infield single to third by freshman pinch hitter Zachary Owings.

After the Bobcats were retired in order, Marquise Gill sent a one-out base hit to right. Brennan Williams delivered a walk-off single right back up the middle to complete the sweep of Ohio.

The Bobcats started with a five-spot in the first inning.

Nick Bredeson hit a one-out single up the middle. Ty Black followed with a single of his own and Michael Klein singled to center, scoring Bredeson.

Rott came to the plate and hit a double to left center, scoring Black and Klein. Connor Callery walked and shortstop Tyler Finkler singled to left, scoring Callery and Rott.

Starter Brent Mattson threw just 0.2 innings with five earned runs on five hits.

Eastern Michigan retaliated with a six-run bottom of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. John Montgomery led off the frame with a home run to center, then Williams came up with a three-run blast two outs later.

Ohio tied the score in the fifth thanks to a one-out solo shot to right by Rott, but Montgomery put the Eagles back in the lead with another leadoff homer in the bottom of the inning. The Bobcats came up with a four-run sixth inning to retake the lead, 10-7.

Spencer Ibarra started with a leadoff single. Tanner Piechnick followed with a single and Black loaded the bases with a walk. Ibarra scored on a fielder’s choice by Klein and Rott launched his second homer of the game, his fourth of the weekend and sixth in the past seven games.

Still, Eastern Michigan would not go away. The Eagles plated three more runs in the home half of the sixth to tie the game.

Freshman third baseman Nick Jones hit a leadoff double to center, then, after Gill was hit by a pitch, Gill scored one out later on a double to right by sophomore second baseman Max Schuemann. Gill and Schuemann both scored when Peterson tied the game with a two-RBI single to center.

Ibarra gave Ohio an 11-10 lead in the seventh with a one-out solo shot to right but the Eagles completed their comeback in the eighth and ninth innings.

Ibarra went 2-for-5 with two runs scored for the Bobcats. Jake Roehn suffered the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 1.2 innings of work.

The Bobcats wrap up their six-game away stretch against Marshall in a neutral-site game on Wednesday at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.