MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ohio baseball team was one of only four teams to qualify for the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
However, the Bobcats were unable to win a game to keep their season alive.
Ohio’s 2022 campaign came to a close last week at the MAC Tournament, held at Ball State.
Ohio, the No. 4 seed, lost to No. 1 Ball State in the opening game, 6-4.
The Bobcats, needing a win to stay alive, lost to Toledo 13-5 on Friday.
Ohio closes the season at 29-24.
The Bobcats had a big start in the elimination game against Toledo. Mason Minzey lifted a grand slam home run to right field in the top of the first inning, giving Ohio a 4-0 lead.
The Rockets rattled off 10 unanswered runs before the Bobcats were able to score again.
Toledo answered with four runs of its own to tie the game after an inning, 4-4. The Rockets added on three runs in the second to lead 7-4. A three-run bottom of the sixth put Ohio down 10-4.
Ohio got a run back on Isaiah Peterson’s solo home run in the seventh, but Garret Pike’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth restored a 12-5 lead for the Rockets.
AJ Rausch was 3 for 5 with a run for Ohio, while Peterson scored two runs.
Pike led Toledo by going 3 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs. John Servello also hit a home run, going 2 for 3 with four runs and two RBIs.
Hudson Boncal (2-4) took the loss for Ohio, giving up six runs — five earned — in 1 1-3 innings.
Camryn Szynski (4-2) got the win for Toledo, pitching 5 innings. He gave up four earned runs on three hits and six walks, striking out eight.
Ohio pushed the No. 1 seed and home team Ball State in the opener. The game was tied at 4-4 before Hunter Dobbins hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Dobbins was 3 for 5 in the game.
Ohio trailed 3-0, but tied the game at 3-3 thanks to Will Sturek’s two-run home run in the top of the fourth.
Spencer Harbert’s solo shot gave the Bobcats a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Ohio held that lead until Zach Cole scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Sam Klein (4-2) got the win for Ball State, pitching the final inning. Ryan Brown gave Ball State 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two.
Brett Manis (4-3) took the loss for Ohio, giving up the two-run home run. It was the only hit he allowed in an inning of work, as he also walked two.
Edward Kutt IV started and pitched 5 2-3 innings for the Bobcats. He allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three.
Chace Harris pitched two innings of relief, giving up a run on three hits and a strikeout.
Central Michigan would eventually claim the MAC Tournament title. The Chippewas lost to Ball State, 9-7 on Friday.
Central Michigan climbed back, beating Toledo 10-7 on Saturday morning in an elimination game.
The Chippewas then beat Ball State twice to claim the title. They beat the Cardinals 12-3 on Saturday afternoon before winning 11-7 on Sunday afternoon.
Central Michigan is 42-17 and will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in a row.