Bobby Jones recorded his first career complete game, but Eastern Michigan University's baseball team fell short in a 5-4 loss to Northern Illinois University. The Eagles, initially trailing 4-0, began closing the gap in the fifth inning and continued their effort into the ninth, eventually falling one run short of a comeback. Key performances included Jones' pitching over eight innings, Blake McRae's two RBIs, and Brendan Kleiman's solo home run.

By the Numbers
  • Jones' eight innings pitched tied his career-high.
  • McRae earned his 10th multi-RBI game of the season.
  • Glenn Miller recorded his 10th sacrifice bunt of the season.
Yes, But

While Jones pitched impressively, allowing only two earned runs from five hits, the Eagles' offense fell short when it mattered most. The team left potential runs on base in key innings, highlighting missed opportunities.

State of Play
  • Miller's 10 sac bunts rank second in the MAC and 17th nationally.
  • Vance tied a team-high with three walks in the game.
  • The Eagles out-hit Northern Illinois seven to five.
What's Next

Eastern Michigan will face Northern Illinois again in the second game of their three-game series, scheduled for Friday, May 17. The team aims to leverage lessons from their close loss to even the series.

Bottom Line

Eastern Michigan came close but couldn't surmount Northern Illinois' early lead. Stellar individual performances provided highlights, but converting those into a win remains the challenge.