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Who’s in first?: Chippewas and Cardinals battle for first at halfway point

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As the mid-way point of the 2022 Mid-American Conference baseball season approaches, what do the standings look like?

At first glance of the standings, it is hard to not notice the top two teams: the first-place Central Michigan Chippewas and the second place Ball State Cardinals. 

For the Chippewas, the bats have not been destroying opposing pitchers, as one would assume a first place team would. However, the Chippewas are being led by second baseman Mario Camilletti, who boasts a .375 batting average, along with a team high 30 hits and nine doubles. 

Meanwhile for the Cardinals, pitching has been the driving force, as they have a team earned-run average of 4.62, ranked second in the MAC. Junior, left-hander, Tyler Schweitzer leads the Cardinals with a 3.24 ERA, fourth best in the conference. 

After the top two teams, the MAC is a traffic jam, with teams ranked three through 11 separated by only three games in the standings. 

Currently in a three-way tie for third place are the Miami Redhawks, Eastern Michigan Eagles and Kent State Golden Flashes. The Redhawks are currently batting .283 as a team, ranked second in the conference to Kent State. Senior catcher Cole Andrews is currently top ten in the conference in hits with 33. 

The fourth place Eagles come in with a team that is top five in batting average, ERA, and fielding percentage. Senior infielder Daniel Warkentin has a top-10 batting average in the conference, batting .367. On the mound, freshman Adam Falinski is currently ranked tenth in the conference with a 4.67 ERA. 

The Kent State Golden Flashes currently are in fifth place with a team that knows how to hit the baseball. As of now, the Golden Flashes have the best batting average in the MAC, at .296. Bowling Green native Kyle Jackson dominates the team batting average, hitting .386 with 34 hits and four home runs. 

After the top five, the MAC has some bright spots, but questionable teams. After the Toledo Rockets and Ohio Bobcats, the bottom of the conference is there for a reason. 

Most notably at the bottom of the standings are the hometown Bowling Green Falcons. The Falcons are riding high from a weekend series against Akron, in which they won three of four. However, the Falcons are trying to bounce back from a recent stretch of games in which they lost 14 straight. 

Adam Furnas and Jack Krause have been the notable leaders for the Falcons at the plate, with Furnas leading the team with a .353 batting average, and Krause with a top five conference slugging percentage at .635. Junior Kyle Gurney is tied for fourth in the MAC in home runs with five, three of which came this past weekend. 

With much of the season left to play out for every MAC team, a lot can change and standings may dramatically move around. 

For a look at all statistics and standings related to MAC baseball, visit

For those curious about the Falcons, visit

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