Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/8/2012
Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Ohio  3, Northern Illinois  1
Central Michigan  7, Toledo 3
Akron  4, Bowling Green  3
Kent State 6, Buffalo 3
Eastern Michigan  13, Western Michigan  9
Ball State  4, Miami 3

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ohio  3, Northern Illinois  1
DeKALB, Ill. - It was a pitchers dual at Ralph McKinzie Field Saturday afternoon as Northern Illinois and Ohio combined for four runs with the Bobcats taking game two of the series, 3-1. Senior hurler Jake Hermsen threw 138 pitches with over seven innings in the contest, with seven strikeouts in the loss.

"Jake threw the ball well and pitched himself out of a couple of jams, including late in the seventh inning, and we'll take that from him every start," said Head Coach Ed Mathey. "When you're not hitting the ball well or producing runs, it magnifies all the small little things along the way. Our pitchers did a great job today but our hitters need to step up and figure out a way to get the job done. We've  got to come back tomorrow and win a baseball game."

Ohio (15-15, 5-3 MAC) got on the board early in the first inning as Ethan Newton lead the inning with a single and advanced to second on a ground out. He stole third base and advanced home on a throwing error by the catcher to make the game 1-0. The Bobcats added another in the top of the fifth on an RBI single to increase their lead, 2-0.

In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Huskies (8-22, 2-6 MAC) put their rally caps on as Troy White extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single through the left side to break up pitcher Jason Moulton's no-hitter. After hitting a deep fly ball in the second inning that got caught in the wind to the warning track in right centerfield, Michael Kane singled down the right field line to advance White to third.

Alex Beckmann continued Northern Illinois' streak of hits with an RBI single through the right side and was promptly sent to second on a wild pitch that also advanced Kane to third, cutting the lead, 2-1. Brett Frantini made contact in the Huskies next at-bat that sent the ball on a rope to left field but was caught by Tyler Wells for the second out of the inning. 

Moulton would load the bases on a walk when Jamison Wells stepped up to the plate and setup Alex Jones with the sacks juiced. Sean Kennedy entered as the Bobcats pitcher in an attempt to quell NIU's tying effort and did so when Jones grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.

With pitch count well over 100, Hermsen continued to battle in the top of the seventh with one out. He loaded the bases and walked in an unearned run to lift Ohio 3-1, but got himself out of the jam by striking out the final two batters for his sixth and seventh punch outs of the game.

Hermsen finished the game with seven innings on the mound, eight hits allowed, seven strikeouts, four walks and two earned runs.

Alex Klonowski stepped onto the mound in the final two innings and picked up where Hemsen left off, by fanning two batters and not allowing a baserunner. He helped his own cause in the ninth with a leadoff single through the left side and went to second as Beckmann drew a walk. Neither Huskie would advance any further however as the Bobcats ended the NIU rally to take the ball game, 3-1.

Northern Illinois and Ohio will close their series tomorrow afternoon for an Easter Sunday showdown, beginning at 1:05 p.m. Tony Manville (1-4) will start on the bump for the Huskies.

Central Michigan  7, Toledo 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - Junior Pat Kaminska was impressive in his first career start Saturday, helping Central Michigan take game two of its series versus Toledo, 7-3.

Kaminska gave up three runs - one earned - on five hits and a walk in 7.1 innings en route to the Chippewas (14-17, 5-3 MAC) clinching the series over the Rockets (12-18, 3-5 MAC).

"Pat has to be congratulated," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "He did a great job throwing up those zeros for a long time. Our team played really well defensively again today, and 12 hits over eight innings gave us an opportunity to score. Both teams threw very well and it was just a well-played game that we were able to chip away to get the win."

The Chippewas struck early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Redshirt freshman Nick Regnier led off with a single and scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game, while senior Tyler Hall singled and scored on a groundout by senior Sam Russell for a 2-0 CMU lead.

Kaminska started his day in dominate fashion for the Maroon and Gold as the righty retired the first nine batters in order through the first three innings and didn't allow a hit until there was one out in the fourth.

The Rockets cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth with a RBI single from Dan Zuchowski that plated Matt Delwski, but the Chippewas returned the favor with a single run in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-1 lead.

Three infield singles led to a RBI for junior Jordan Dean when Tom Lally scored in the bottom of the seventh and Russell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, allowing the Chippewas to extend their lead to four, 5-1.

A walk, error and single loaded the bases for the Rockets and chased Kaminska from the game when Jaksa opted to bring in senior left-hander Ryan Longstreth. Senior Eric Wrozek then made his second error of the inning at third bases, allowing two runs to score, and Toledo pulled within two, 5-3.

The Chippewas bounced right back, however, getting a sacrifice fly from Regnier that scored junior Jordan Adams and a bases-loaded walk to senior Tyler Hall for the final run.

Longstreth stayed on in the ninth and retired the Rockets in order to earn his first save of the season.

Regnier finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the leadoff spot and each of CMU's two through four hitters - Dean, Hall and Arnold - finished the day with two hits.

CMU will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon with junior lefty Rick Dodridge on the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.

Akron  4, Bowling Green 3
AKRON, Ohio – Senior Sam Watkins ripped a two-out, two-run double down the left field line to complete a 4-3 Akron comeback win over Bowling Green on Saturday at Canal Park.

UA (12-17, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth, before scoring three off of BGSU (11-19, 2-6) closer Nick Bruns (1-1). Sophomore Darius Washington was plunked to begin the inning and moved to second on a Samuel Trecaso groundout. Junior Jared Turocy then legged out an infield single to put runners on the corners with one out. Freshman Matt Rembielak made it a one run game with his double down the right field line, scoring Washington and putting the winning run at second. After a Devan Ahart flyout, Watkins pulled an 0-1 offering from Bruns over the head of third baseman Logan Walker to give UA its second win in the series.

Senior Scott Foster (2-3) collected the relief win, allowing just one hit in 2.2 innings of work. Freshman starter Pat Dyer allowed three runs in 6.1 innings. Rembielak and sophomore Tyler Begun both had two hits and an RBI for Akron. Turocy and redshirt freshman Joey Havrilak both tallied a pair of base knocks.

Bowling Green starter Ethan McKenney allowed one run in 7.2 innings to take a no-decision. Jeremy Shay and Jesse Rait led the Falcons at the plate with two hits each.

The Zips created early momentum by turning double plays in both the second and third innings. Watkins snagged Andrew Kuns's liner and doubled up Andrew Kubuski at first in the second. In the third, Washington gunned down Brian Bien as he tried to go from first to third on Rait's single to right. Rait was thrown out at second trying to advance on the throw.

Begun's double over third base drove in Rembielak in the bottom of the third to give UA a 1-0 lead. Rembielak had reached on an infield single and moved to third on an Ahart sacrifice bunt and a Watkins ground out.

Dyer induced another huge double play in the sixth to keep the Falcons off the board. Two hit batters and a sac bunt had runners on first and third with one out. TJ Losby then grounded into a 543 twin killings to end the threat.

Bowling Green would finally get on the board with four hits seventh inning. Kubuski and Kuns started the frame with back-to-back singles and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. Shay then put BGSU ahead with a pinch hit double to right center. Rait's single up the middle in the next at-bat forced Dyer from the game. Foster then struck out Jake Thomas with a pitch in the dirt that catcher Brady Stewart was unable to block down, allowing Shay to score from third.

Akron goes for the series sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Canal Park. Senior Alex Loftin will take the mound for Akron, while BGSU will send out lefty Patrick Martin.

Kent State 6, Buffalo 3
KENT, Ohio – Another day, another game, another late-inning heart stopper for the Kent State baseball team.
Kent State recovered from a 3-0 deficit after six innings to tally three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth before sweating out a top of the ninth that featured a bases-loaded, no-out nail-biting finish to complete a 6-3 come-from-behind victory over Mid-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo Saturday (April 7) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (17-13, 8-0 MAC) have won nine of their last 12 games and won their third straight MAC series courtesy of the victory over the Bulls (7-18, 1-6 MAC). Kent State pulled out a 5-4 walk-off thriller Friday (April 6) in the three-game weekend series opener against the Bulls. Eight of Kent State's last 10 games have been decided by three runs or less, with the Golden Flashes coming out victorious in five of those contests. The Flashes maintained their grip on first place in the race for the MAC East title.
"Maybe that's just the kind of team we're going to be," said eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "Maybe we're just going to find ways to win, and that's fine with me, as long as we're winning. You'd like to get a little more comfortable with some more runs and hits early on in games but to start out 8-0 is huge."
Kent State right-handed junior starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) and Buffalo redshirt senior righty Jeff Thompson were locked in a scoreless duel through five innings, with Bores striking out eight of the first 23 batters he faced. Unfortunately for the Golden Flashes, things began unravel for Bores and his defense in the top of the sixth.
Junior second baseman Jon Mestas got things started for Buffalo with a leadoff single that rocketed off his bat and back to the mound and ricocheted off of Bores' leg. After being examined by Kent State's trainers and coaches, Bores remained on the hill and struck out junior catcher Tom Murphy for the first out of the inning, but senior right fielder Dan Scahill broke the scoreless deadlock by sending a double into left center to score Mestas. After Scahill moved up to second on a wild pitch, sophomore designated hitter Thomas Richards made it 2-0 with an RBI double to left. Bores got sophomore shortstop Michael Burke to lift a fly ball into center, but Kent State junior center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) could not get a handle on it, allowing Richards to race home and give the Bulls a three-run advantage. Kent State called upon redshirt freshman righty Eric Dorsch (Gibsonia, Pa.) to get the final two outs of the frame, but the damage was done.
The Flashes could not capitalize on a two-out walk by senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) in the home half, but Dorsch kept it a three-run affair by retiring in the side in the top of the seventh.
Kent State tapped into its late inning magic in the bottom of the frame. Junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) sparked the rally with a leadoff double to right center. Sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) followed with a single through the right side but was knocked off the bases on a fielder's choice that put junior designated hitter Jason Bagoly (Austintown, Ohio) on. Roberts tagged up and scored Kent State's first run when freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) lifted a sacrifice fly to right. Stricklin called upon redshirt freshman pinch hitter Blake Bellman (Wooster, Ohio) to keep the inning alive, and Bellman delivered a single into center to put two on with no outs. After Bellman was replaced on the basepaths by freshman pinch runner Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.), Stricklin again opted to send a pinch hitter to the plate, inserting redshirt junior Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio). Hamilton did not disappoint, ripping a triple to left center to score Bagoly and Miklos and tie the contest up at three-all.
Dorsch retired the side again in the top of the eighth to set the table for another dramatic victory for the Golden Flashes. Rider reached first on a fielding error by Mestas to get the home half started, and senior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) followed by cracking a single through the right side. That set the stage for Roberts to crush a 2-0 pitch by Buffalo senior right-handed reliever Kevin Crumb over the wall in left-center for a three-run homer and a 6-3 Kent State lead.
"George has been very good, and I'm also very proud of the way he's come along defensively," said Stricklin. "His overall game has come around. He's hitting for some power. He's a gap-to-gap type hitter, and lately, he's really swung the bat well."
Stricklin asked senior righty Ryan Mace (Tallmadge, Ohio) to close out the win in the top of the ninth. It was rough going for Mace at first as he issued a walk to Burke, beaned sophomore third baseman Michael Scarcello with a pitch and handed out a free pass to redshirt sophomore first baseman Ryan Tulloch to load the bases with no outs. Mace dug deep, though, striking out junior center fielder Jason Kanzler and junior left fielder Matt Pollock and getting Mestas to fly out to right to cement the victory for the Flashes and earn his second save of the season.
"Ryan's a senior and we trust him," said Stricklin of Mace working out of the jam in the ninth. "We know he's going to get the job done. He's a strike thrower who rarely walks people, but he buckled down."
Dorsch earned the pitching victory to even his record at 1-1, striking out two in in 2.2 perfect frames of work.
"Eric is a guy who is really tough to hit because he's so tall and his release point is so far out front," said Stricklin. "He's throwing the ball close to 90 miles-per-hour, and it's really tough to hit. We've been encouraging him to be aggressive on the mound and throw strikes."
Roberts led the Flashes with two hits – including the game-winning round trippper – to match Campbell with a team-high 15 multi-hit games this season. 
The Golden Flashes shoot for their third MAC series sweep in as many tries in 2012 as they battle Buffalo on Techno Sunday (April 8). First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan  13, Western Michigan  9
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- There was no shortage of offense for the second straight day as Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan combined for 22 runs and 30 hits. Eastern Michigan took the game by a 13-9 final, to go up 2-0 in the series.

Western Michigan led twice in the game, 3-1 after two innings and 5-4 after four. The Eagles scored four runs in the top of the fifth and stayed in front the rest of the game.

WMU committed four errors and Eastern Michigan had three.

The Broncos totaled 18 hits, Zach Thoma leading the team, going 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Dan Shutes collected three hits and drove in three runs. Caleb Caton doubled twice and Ryan McMillin also had an extra-base hit in his final at bat, extending his current hitting streak to 21 games.

Starting pitcher Steve Laudicina (3-2) took the loss, going just 4.1 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned). The sophomore left-hander was touched for seven hits and walked four, while striking out four.

Brent Ohrman had a big day for the Eagles, batting 4-for-5 with a double and five runs scored. Former Bronco Jamie Simpson drove in three runs, scoring two on a triple in the fifth. EMU right-handed starter Steve Weber (3-3) went five innings to earn the win.

Western Michigan was without its everyday right fielder Jack Scanlon, who is still nursing a hamstring injury and senior first baseman Troy Forton, who tweeked a muscle in batting practice before the game.

Freshman Jared Kujawa was impressive in his first start in right field and Caton worked behind the plate. Kujawa gunned down a runner at home after making a catch in the top of the third. The Eastern Michigan player was tossed from the game after barreling over Caton, and Caton managed to hold onto the ball.

The Broncos (14-13, 5-2 MAC) and Eagles (12-18, 5-3 MAC) square off in the series finale tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Ball State  4, Miami 3
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team posted its first series victory of the season Saturday afternoon as the Cardinals recorded a 4-3 victory over Mid-American Conference rival Miami at Ball Diamond. Senior third baseman Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) posted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead, scoring the eventual game-winning runs.

Sophomore right-hander T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) picked up his first win of the season working 6.1 solid inning of shutout baseball. Weir allowed just seven hits while striking out seven on a career-high 116 pitches. He was one of four Cardinals' pitchers on the afternoon that held the RedHawks to three runs, all in the ninth inning.

Ball State (7-20, 3-5 MAC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning against right-hander Brooks Fiala. Senior Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) and Weir posted back-to-back one out singles to get the Cardinals started. Sophomore Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) gave the Cardinals the early lead as he lined a two-strike pitch into center field to plate Widau for the 1-0 lead.

Ball State added another run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Godfrey led off with a single and quickly stole second base. Junior Blake Beemer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) put the Cardinals in front 2-0 as he doubled off the right field wall plating Godfrey.

Miami threatened in the top of the seventh inning as Dan Walsh singled and Scott Slappey lined a double off the wall in left field to put two in scoring position ending Weir's afternoon. Left-hander Jon Cisna (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) entered the game in a pressure-packed situation and worked his way out of the jam. Cisna recorded a strikeout of Ryan Brenner before getting a fly ball to right field stranding both runners in scoring position leaving the Cardinals with a 2-0 lead.

The RedHawks made some noise again in the eighth inning as Cisna walked two batters after getting the first out. He settled in and recorded a big strikeout before getting pinch hitter Jacob Wolf to fly out to left field stranding two more runners.

Ball State got a pair of crucial insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after Fiala got two quick outs. Beemer kept the inning going as he was hit by the first pitch he saw. Issler hit the first pitch he saw high over the left field wall for his first home run of the season and third of his career giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Miami kept battling in the top of the ninth inning as Walsh led off with a single and Brennan drew a walk to put two aboard with one out. Bryce Redeker posted a run-scoring double to make it a 4-1 game before sophomore left-hander Devin Wilburn (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) came on in relief. Kevin Bower made it a 4-3 game with a two-run single into right field before Wilburn ended the threat with a ground ball to the shortstop to pick up his first save of the season and second of his career.

Fiala (2-4) was a hard-luck loser as he posted a complete game working 8.0 innings and allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out two batters.

Ball State and Miami will conclude its three-game MAC series Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond.