Hugo hits Grand Slam as Eagles fall to Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. ( – Junior logan hugo achieved the Eagles’ second grand slam of the season, as the Eastern Michigan University baseball team fell to Michigan State University, 9-8 in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, May 14 at McLane Stadium.

Senior Isiah Lindsey (Nunica, Michigan/Spring Lake/Lake Michigan/Lansing CC) He was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going three innings, allowing one run on one hit, walking one and striking out three.

Glenn Miller‘s (Pentwater, Michigan/Pentwater/Spring Arbor) three extra-base hits were the highlight of a 3-for-5 day and included two doubles, a home run and two RBIs.

Brendan Kleiman (Olney, Maryland/Sherwood/Frederick CC) He also helped the Eagles, recording two hits in four trips to the plate and adding a double, a walk and an RBI.

As a step
Trailing 2-0 in the second inning, the Eagles put runs on the board with Kleiman’s RBI double, his sixth of the season.

The Spartans extended their lead to 5-1 before the Eagles offense got back to work, cutting into that lead in the third. Eastern got a run against Miller lead off home run, which brought the score to 5-2 in favor of the Spartans.

Eastern Michigan kept the Spartans off the board before rallying to take a 6-5 lead into the fourth. The Eagles got a grand slam from Hugo (Essexville, Michigan/Essexville Garber) to cash in for four runs in what was the Eagles’ second-base homer of the season.

Eastern Michigan lost the lead they had built in the fourth, but got back on the scoreboard in the eighth trailing 9-6. The Eagles drove in two runs in the frame, the big hit being an RBI double by Miller, his third hit of the contest, bringing the score to 9-8 in favor of Michigan State.

The Eagles were unable to get any closer as neither team scored again in the game.

Game notes
» Miller crushed a ball to left field in the first inning for his first home run of the season and the fourth of his Eastern Michigan career. The long ball marked Miller’s seventh extra-base hit of the season, the Eagles’ 14th RBI and 56th hit of the season. The senior finished the game with three hits, all going for extra bases for his fourth three-hit outing of the season.
» Hugo left the field with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth for his 11th home run of the season, raising his RBI total to 30. The grand slam marked Eastern’s second of the season and first since Aidan Arbogast (Livonia, Michigan/Stevenson/Mid-Michigan/Kellogg CC) he hit a huge home run against Ohio University in a 15-6 victory. Arbogast finished that game with seven RBI, the Eagles’ highest mark this season. Hugo finished the game with four RBIs, his highest mark of the season.
» Eastern tied a season high with eight walks in the game. Tuesday night marks the eighth time the Eagles have walked eight times, most recently doing so against BGSU on May 10.
» Giano Zuccaro (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Berea Midpark/Charleston) He was patient at the plate, working three walks a day. Zuccaro’s three walks tie a career-high for the Charleston transfer, as he also worked three against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as a member of the Golden Eagles on March 10, 2023. Additionally, three walks mark the most by an individual Eagle this season as The outfielder’s three walks were considered the sixth time an Eagle has done so in 2024.
» liam baker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) He pitched 2.2 innings, allowing zero earned runs. The outing marked the 11th of Baker’s season in which he did not give up an earned run and the second consecutive time he did so, as he also did not allow an earned run against Bowling Green State University on May 10. Baker has totaled zero earned runs in 11 of 19 appearances in the 2024 campaign.
» Lindsey struck out three batters and allowed one earned run in three innings of work. The appearance is considered Lindsey’s second with three or more strikeouts and his 11th allowing one earned run or less.
» Kleiman had two hits, marking his 12th multi-hit game of the season. Kleiman’s first hit of the game was an RBI double, bringing his double count to six and marking his 21st RBI of the year.

Historical notes
» Tuesday night’s game was recorded as the 141st all-time between the Eagles and Spartans; After the result, the Eagles posted a record of 58-81-2 when playing Michigan State.
» The game against MSU marked Eastern’s 394th against a Big Ten opponent; After the result, EMU compiles a 146-243-5 when facing Big Ten opponents.

Until next time
The Eagles will face Northern Illinois University in their final series of the 2024 season on Thursday, May 16-18.

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