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College notes: EMU hitter eats right, rakes at plate

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Jordan Peterson doesn't usually eat breakfast, but he grabbed a light early meal at the hotel before Sunday's game at Northern Illinois.

And he might just be a devoted breakfast eater from now on.

Peterson, a senior leadoff man and outfielder for the Eastern Michigan baseball team, had a game for the ages in the 14-3 victory over Northern Illinois.

How's this for one day's work: three home runs, including a grand slam, and two in one inning, and nine RBIs.

"That was the first day I did eat breakfast at the hotel," Peterson said, with a laugh. "Maybe I should start doing that.

"It was crazy. Obviously, I've never done anything like that before.

"I didn't really think anything of it until after the game. And after the game, I was like, 'Wow, that really happened.'"

Alexander, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, isn't exactly known for his power.

He had three home runs his freshman year, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona. He had one his sophomore year, after transferring to Eastern Michigan. And he didn't have any in 2016, which was cut short to just five games because of a torn labrum that required surgery.

Interestingly, that year away from the game led to much more down time, and thus more time in the weight room, and led to several personal-best showings in there. Specifically, his legs are stronger.

Entering Sunday, he had three home runs and 19 RBIs through 47 games. After Sunday, he had six home runs and 28 RBIs through 48 games.

"All my teammates were kind of like shocked. They were kind of like, 'What is going on?'" said Peterson, who singled out the razzing he got from his roommate and No. 2 hitter, Mike Mioduszewski. "I was like, 'Dude, I don't know."

No surprise, the performance earned Peterson Mid-American Conference West Division and College Baseball News player-of-the-week honors.

Peterson added two hits, including an RBI double, in Tuesday's lost to nationally ranked Michigan.

Eastern Michigan (21-32, 12-9 MAC) will close the regular season at home this weekend with a three-game series against Toledo.

Great Lakes Shootout

A dozen current and former area college golf stars got a shot of a lifetime Tuesday, participating in the Great Lakes Shootout at Travis Pointe Country Club with a single exemption into next week's LPGA Tour Volvik Championship on the line.

The format was nine holes of stroke play, with a three-hole elimination.

And the last woman standing was former Ohio State golfer Rachel Rohanna, who currently plays on the Symetra Tour.

Rohanna made note of the irony — the former Buckeye earned the exemption in Wolverine territory.

"Ann Arbor's not too bad of a place. So far, everybody seems to be very nice," she said Tuesday, with a smile. "It's very unusual, because people in Columbus don't treat the Wolverines very nicely. I'm really excited to play here next week."

Rohanna hit an approach two 2 feet on No. 18 to make birdie and defeat former Michigan State player Allyssa Ferrell, who had a par.

Among other players Rohanna beat out: Former MSU players Lindsey McPherson, Christine Meier and Liz Nagel, and former Ohio State player Emma Jandel, also from the Symetra Tour; former Grand Valley State player Sarah Hoffman; and collegiate players Sarah Burnham (Michigan State); Chloe L. Guschewski (Wayne State), Kelsey Murphy (Eastern Michigan), Brooke Sharpe (Detroit Mercy), and Emily White (Michigan).

This and that

■Wayne State baseball (31-19) earned an at-large bid into the Division II NCAA Tournament and will play Quincy (32-20) at 8:30 Thursday in Midland, with Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Northwood hosting the Midwest Region. Northwood (43-11) plays at 10 a.m. Thursday against Kentucky Wesleyan (27-22).

■Eastern Michigan women's basketball has given recruiting-coordinator duties to assistant coach Abi Olajuwon, the daughter of former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon. She arrived at Eastern last May after serving as recruiting coordinator at Cal State-Fullerton. She played at Oklahoma, and in the WNBA.

■Oakland women's basketball signed 5-foot-6 point guard Carah Burdette to a national letter of intent, the fifth member of the 2017-18 class, which includes Alabama transfer Lakyesha Stennis. Burdette comes from Lexington, Ky., where she averaged 15.9 points as a senior.

■Wayne State is looking for a cross country and women's indoor/outdoor track and field coach. Detroit native Rondell Ruff is out after two seasons.

■Former St. Mary's head women's soccer coach Kai Edwards has joined the Michigan staff as an assistant.