Brendan Kleiman homered for the third consecutive game, leading Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in a close 9-8 loss against Northern Illinois in their season finale. Despite holding a lead at various points, EMU's pitching couldn't hold off Northern Illinois's offense. Key players included Cory Taylor, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and two stolen bases, and Blake McRae, who reached base for the seventh consecutive game. The game marked the 75th season of EMU baseball and ended the season with the Eagles maintaining a .300 batting average.

By the Numbers
  • EMU recorded 10 hits, reaching double-digits for the 28th time this season.
  • The team swiped three bases, bringing their season total to 78, ranking second in their conference.
State of Play
  • EMU led 7-3 in the seventh inning before losing their advantage.
  • Kleiman's ninth-inning homer tightened the score to 9-8, but the Eagles couldn't complete the comeback.
What's Next

With the season concluded, EMU shifts focus to the off-season, using this time to prepare for the next year. Fans are encouraged to follow the team’s updates on their social media accounts.

Bottom Line

EMU's season finale showcased their offensive strengths but highlighted pitching struggles. Their .300 team batting average is a positive takeaway as they look to build on for future seasons.