Eastern Michigan University's baseball team fell to Northern Illinois University in a dramatic 15-14 game that lasted 11 innings on Friday, May 17th. Brendan Kleiman led the Eagles by hitting a home run for the second game in a row, collecting three hits, and driving in three runs in his best scoring performance of the season. The Eagles led by as much as 8-3 before Northern Illinois battled back to take a 15-14 victory in the 11th inning.

By the Numbers
  • Eastern Michigan recorded 10 walks, setting a season-high.
  • The game marked Eastern's third extra-innings contest of the season, with a 1-2 record in such games.
  • EMU's Brendan Kleiman extended his hitting streak to five consecutive games.
Yes, But

While EMU's offensive performance was strong, tallying double-digit runs, hits, and RBIs, their pitching struggled to maintain the lead, allowing Northern Illinois to score 15 runs and ultimately win the game.

State of Play
  • EMU currently stands third in the MAC for stolen bases with 75 on the season.
  • Brendan Kleiman's performance was a highlight, but the team's bullpen faltered under pressure.
What's Next

The Eagles will conclude their season with their final game against Northern Illinois on Saturday, May 18, starting at 1 p.m. CT.

Bottom Line

Eastern Michigan's offensive highlights were overshadowed by a faltering defense, culminating in a narrow extra-innings loss that underscores both the team's strengths and areas needing improvement.