Falcons secure outright MAC title


YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Bowling Green State University baseball team topped the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 8-6, on Sunday, securing the outright Mid-American Conference championship.

The Falcons are now 29-18 on the season while being 21-6 in MAC play. The title is the first regular season championship for the Falcons since the 2009 season. The pair of wins in Ypsilanti mark the first series win there for BGSU since 1999.

After falling behind 5-1, the Falcons chipped away at the Eastern Michigan lead, scoring one in the third inning and three in the fourth, including a Nathan Archer home run, to tie the game at 5-5.

EMU reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth, but a two-run home run from Garrett Wright in the sixth pushed the Falcons back in front, 7-6. David Silva added a solo shot in the seventh to increase the lead to the eventual 8-6 final.

With two outs in the first, Garrett Wright doubled into the right center gap. Tyler Ross slapped a single into center in the next at-bat to score Wright for a 1-0 BGSU lead.

Eastern Michigan hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead. EMU totaled five runs in the inning for a 5-1 lead.

Wright and Ross nearly repeated their sequence in the third inning. Wright hit a two-out single up the middle before Ross doubled to left field, scoring Wright for a 5-2 score.

With two outs in the fourth, David Silva reached on a throwing error, stole second and scored on a Landon Roque single.

Nathan Archer stepped in for the next at-bat and belted a two-run home run to right center to tie the game up at 5-5.

EMU responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth to reclaim the lead, 6-5.

In the sixth inning, Archer was hit by a pitch to get on base. With two outs, Wright hit a home run to put the Falcons in front 7-6.

David Silva added an insurance run for Bowling Green in the seventh inning, hitting his first home run as a Falcon to push the lead to 8-6.

Nathan Archer brought his season at-bats total to 220 in the game, tying Jon Berti (2010) for second all-time and just four shy of matching the all-time record set by Aric Christman in 2001 (224).

Archer hit a home run in the fifth inning, his 17th of the season and 34th of his career. Archer is now tied for fifth all-time in career home runs with Nolan Reimold.

Archer scored twice in the game, giving him 64 runs scored this season, tying him for fourth all-time in runs scored in a single season with T.J. Blanton (2010).

The two-run home run pushed Archer’s season RBI total to 62, tying him with Reimold for third all-time in program history.

Landon Roque hit an RBI single in the fourth inning, pushing his hitting streak to nine games, the second-longest active streak on the team.6

Leighton Banjoff drew a walk in the second inning to extend his on-base streak to 22 games. The walk marked Banjoff’s 39th of the season, tying him for 10th in the all-time record book for walks in a single season.

Jack Krause drew two walks for his team-leading 41 this season, putting him in a tie for fourth in single season walks in program history with Jason Welch (1990). It was also walks 101 and 102 of Krause’s career, giving him sole possession of eighth all-time.

Garrett Wright was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, the 19th time this season he’s been hit, extending his hold on the program record.

With the win, Perry Miller now has five on the season, matching Nic Good for the most on the team.

Jacob Turner logged the save in the game, his team-leading third for the year.

BGSU will close out the regular season with the Battle of I-75 this upcoming week (May 16-18), including the game at Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, on Friday (May 17) with a 7 p.m. start.

The other two games of the series will be played on Thursday (May 16) and Saturday (May 18) at Steller Field, both with 3 p.m. first pitches.

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