Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Northern Illinois 1, Eastern Michigan 0
Toledo 5, Ball State 0
Akron 7, Central Michigan 0
Buffalo 9, Miami 3
Bowling Green 4, Ohio 3
Kent State 16, Western Michigan 5
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Northern Illinois 1, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)— A pair of unfortunate ninth-inning errors by Eastern Michigan University spoiled a brilliant complete-game outing for starting pitcher Neil Butara (3-4), as Northern Illinois University stole the series opener, 1-0, Friday, April 27, at Oestrike Stadium. The two teams combined for just five hits in a game which lasted one hour and 54 minutes
The Huskies (12-29; 6-10 MAC) broke the scoreless tie with two down in the top of the ninth when a short throw by third baseman Ben Magsig skipped away from first baseman Lee Longo. Longo had a chance to throw Alex Jones out at home, but his toss was also off target, allowing him to score from second base.
Butara threw his first-career complete game for the Eagles (18-22; 9-7 MAC) in a nine-inning, 105 pitch performance. The junior right hander scattered just three hits while striking out four and walking four. He was not charged with an earned run. Butara was the second EMU pitcher (Steve Weber) in the last week to go the distance on the hill.
The Green and White was shutout for the first time this season and fell to 8-4 at home and 3-7 in games decided by one run.
EMU registered two of the contest's five hits and put just one runner in scoring position against NIU starter Taylor Nawrocki (4-4), who went eight innings while striking out seven, walking two and allowing a pair of hits. Nawrocki retired 22 consecutive hitters from the first until the eighth inning.
Kyle Glancy pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season for the Huskies.
Magsig hit a single to finish the day 1-for-4, while Adam Dennison was 1-for-3. Brent Ohrman went 0-for-4 to snap his career-best 23-game hitting streak.
Jones (1-for-3), Troy White (1-for-1) and Joe Battaglia (1-for-3) recorded the only base knocks for the Huskies.
Magsig led off the first inning with a sharp single to left field. Ohrman then drilled a shot to the deepest part of the ballpark in centerfield. However, Jamison Wells made a great running catch to rob Ohrman of a sure-double and RBI to keep the game scoreless.
Butara was dialed in from the first pitch as he retired 10 of the first 11 hitters he faced. White singled with two out in the third, but Jeff Zimmerman was fooled by a Butara offering for strike three. Then after hitting Wells with a pitch in the sixth, the Euclid, Ohio native induced his second double-play ball of the evening off the bat of Jordan Huffman.
In the eighth, Adam Dennison gave the EMU offense a chance at breaking through for the game's first run when he singled up the middle with two out, but John Rubino popped up to second base to end the inning.
Jones led off the NIU ninth with a walk. With two gone and Jones at second after being sacrifice bunted into scoring position, Alex Beckmann hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground ball to Magsig. Magsig's throw over to first base was short of its target and allowed Jones to round third and score the go-ahead run.
The Eagles did not have an answer for NIU pitching in their final at-bat as Glancy sent them down in order.
The series will continue Saturday afternoon, April 28, at 1 p.m. Please check periodically for scheduling changes as inclement weather in expected.
Toledo 5, Ball State 0
TOLEDO, OH - Sophomore LHP Ryan Wilkinson tossed a three-hit gem and led Toledo to a 5-0 shutout victory over Ball State in Friday's Mid-American Conference series opener at sunny Scott Park. With the win, the MAC West Division co-leading Rockets improve to 21-21 overall, 10-6 in the league.
Wilkinson (6-2) went the distance for the first time in his UT career and faced only 29 batters to earn his squad-best sixth victory of the spring. The Munster, IN native kept the Cardinals (11-27, 6-10 MAC) guessing at the dish all afternoon and finished with a collegiate-best nine strikeouts. He retired the opposition in order on five occasions and the most batters he faced in an inning was four in the third and seventh, helping the Rockets pitch their first blanking of the season.
T.J. Weir (2-7) was the hard-luck loser, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits with seven punchouts in 7.0 innings.
The Rockets did a bulk of their damage in the first inning, taking advantage of a balk with a runner on third base and a BSU throwing error on a failed run-down with a runner on third base to register three runs. UT sent seven batters to the plate in its initial at-bat and also received a RBI groundout off the bat of junior 3B Wes White to establish a lead it would not relinquish.
UT added to its advantage the very next frame on a sacrifice fly by freshman RF Dan Zuchowski to make the score 4-0.
Toledo threatened to blow the game open in the sixth inning, as the home team had runners on first and second base with two outs, but BSU's Weir induced a fly out to right field to stall a potential scoring opportunity.
The difference remained the same until the eighth frame when the Midnight Blue & Gold tacked on an insurance run on the strength of a RBI single by freshman SS Nate Langhals to make the final score 5-0.
Senior 2B Joe Corfman was the lone UT player with more than one hit against a pair of BSU hurlers, going 2-for-3 with one run scored and two walks.
The division rivals will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Senior RHP Matt Kuna is slated to take the hill for the Rockets.
Akron 7, Central Michigan 0
AKRON, Ohio – Senior pitcher Andrew Brown hurled seven scoreless innings to lead The University of Akron baseball team to a 7-0 win over Central Michigan at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field on Friday, setting the UA record for career innings pitched in the process.
Brown (6-5) scattered eight hits and struck out four in the outing, moving his career innings pitched total to 338.0. Ross Liersemann had previously held the record with 334.0 innings in his career from 2003-06. Senior Danny Fawcett came on to finish out the contest, tossing two innings of no-hit relief.
Redshirt Freshman Joey Havrilak batted 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Akron (17-26, 10-6 Mid-American Conference) at the plate. Sophomore Darius Washington and freshman Matt Rembielak each drove in two.
Zach Cooper (4-4) gave up seven runs in seven innings in a losing effort on the mound for the Chippewas (18-25, 7-9). Cooper had allowed just four earned runs in his first five conference starts prior to Friday. Pat MacKenzie went 3-for-4 at the plate for CMU.
The Zips wasted little time getting to Cooper, batting around to put up six in the bottom of the first. Havrilak started the rally with a one-out double to right center and scored when Sam Watkins's grounder sneaked through the right side. Three straight walks by Cooper then kept the inning moving, with the final free pass forcing home Watkins. Washington's bases-loaded grounder then hopped over Jordan Dean at short to bring in Tyler Begun and Brady Stewart and Rembielak put UA ahead 6-0 by ripping a two-out, two-run single to right center.
Brown did not have his best stuff early, but battled to keep the Chippewas off the board. Back-to-back two-out hits gave CMU a pair of runners in the first, but Brown wrung up Sam Russell to end the frame. Brown would not allow a CMU runner past second all-game long and stranded 10 Chippewa base runners. All eight hits he surrendered came after he had recorded the first two outs of the inning.
Akron added an insurance run with a pair of two-out hits in the sixth. Devan Ahart singled to right and swiped second. Havrilak then sent a matching single to right to bring Ahart in for a 7-0 lead.
Fawcett sat down all six batters he faced to close out the game. The senior righty got good defense from all three UA outfielders, with Jared Turocy making a diving catch in left for the final out in the ninth.
Akron and Central Michigan continue the weekend series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field. Freshman lefty Pat Dyer will take the mound for Akron, with CMU giving the nod to junior Pat Kaminski.
Buffalo 9, Miami 3
BUFFALO, NY - The Bulls did a little bit of everything well Friday afternoon, beating Miami (OH) 9-3 at Amherst Audubon Field. Behind seven strong innings from starter Cameron Copping and the highest run total so far in its 15 Mid-American Conference games, Buffalo never trailed and picked up a crucial East Division win.
"From the first inning to the ninth, I thought it was the most complete game we've played all year," head coach Ron Torgalski said. "We were focused from the offensive side and delivered with runners in scoring position, moved runners over when we needed to, got some hits with two outs, we read the balls in the dirt well and stole a couple bases. We were locked in today offensively."
The Bulls were on point right away, with Matt Pollock leading off the game with a double. A sacrifice bunt from Jason Kanzler and a walk to Dan Scahill put runners on first and third, and Miami starter Brooks Fiala's wild pitch moved Scahill to second and scored Pollock. With two outs, Thomas Richards smoked a double to right center that scored Scahill standing up and gave Copping a 2-0 lead after just the first inning.
Another run was tacked on in the third thanks to an aggressive Kanzler, who led off the inning with a single and stole second despite the Redhawks pitching out to try and nail him. After putting himself in scoring position, Scahill hit a liner that eluded the stretched arm of Miami's first baseman, extending Buffalo's lead.
A wild streak by Copping lead to three Miami runs in the top of the fourth, but in the bottom of the frame the offense defending their senior starter with three runs of its own. Alex Baldock led off with a walk, and Mike Burke punched one of his three hits on the day through the hole in the left side of the infield. Mike Scarcello came through with one of his three total sacrifices on the day to move both runners into scoring position with only one out. Another wild pitch from Fiala scored Baldock to put UB back up. Jon Mestas drew a walk and moved up on yet another wild pitch, and Pollock converted with a two-run double to bring the team ahead 6-3.
The Redhawk pitching staff's wild streak struck again in the sixth inning, with Mike Burke leading off with a single, moving to third on a sacrifice followed by a hit from Mestas, and scoring on a wild pitch from reliever Joe Neff.
Copping earned another quality start in conference play after throwing seven innings and allowing just two earned runs. The senior struck out three batters and allowed five hits on the day, pitching out of jams in the fifth and seventh innings.
River McWilliams came in as a reliever in the eighth inning and struck out the first batter he faced. After walking the next batter, he induced a double play, the defense's second in the game.
In the eighth inning, Scahill came through again to pad the lead and hit a two-run double that scored Mestas and Burke. After going 3-29 over the past eight games, the senior rebounded in a big way with his two hits and three RBI.
"He (Scahill) came up big today," Torgalski said. "He went through the same thing last year where he had a slump and he was able to come out of it and get hot at the end of the season. We're hoping he's turned the corner and he'll do that again this season."
The offense was opportunistic thanks to strong starts, with the leadoff hitters reaching in six of the team's eight innings on the day.
"These guy realize we're only a few games out of the playoff race now and this is a huge weekend," Torgalski said. "You have to win games at home and hopefully we take advantage and win two more games this weekend."
Bowling Green 4, Ohio 3
The Bowling Green State University baseball team defeated Ohio University on Friday afternoon, defeating the Bobcats 4-3. The game moved quickly through the first 5.5 inning, until controversy slowed the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out and the bases loaded for the Falcons in the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Howard flied out to right field. Patrick Lancaster and Andrew Kubuski would move up on the play, from second and third respectively. Kubuski’s run would have given the Falcons a 4-0 lead, but the Bobcats appealed to second base, and Lancaster was ruled out for leaving early, and the inning ended with the Falcons leading 3-0.
After the controversial bottom of the sixth in which the Falcons were given no runs, Ohio would come out and get three runs on four hits in the top of the seventh to tie the game at three.
The game would get interesting at that point, as the umpires would huddle up, pull out the rulebook, and rule that the Falcon run from the bottom of the sixth should have, indeed, counted. The run was added to the scoreboard, giving Brandon Howard the RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, Andrew Kubuski a run scored, and the Falcons a 4-3 lead.
Ohio coach Joe Carbone, interpreting the rulebook in a different manner, would place the game under protest from that time on—after the third out in the bottom of the sixth inning, at a 3-0 game.
The Falcon duo of Patrick Martin and Nick Bruns would end up closing out the game, keeping the score at 4-3. Nick Bruns would come on for the final out of the ballgame, recording his sixth save of the season.
The Falcons got off to a fast start in the game, as they would put a run on the board with two outs in the bottom of the first, courtesy of an Andrew Kubuski single to score Jeremy Shay.
Starter Matt Malewitz, who received the win, kept the Bobcats under control on the afternoon, allowing just three runs through 6.2 innings pitched. He scattered nine hits, struck out five, and did not walk a single Bobcat.
With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, the Falcons would get three straight singles with one out to load the bases for Jeremy Shay. Shay would hit a fly ball to right field, scoring Brandon Howard on the play for a 2-0 lead. With T.J. Losby up, Jake Thomas would steal second base. On the throw to second from the Ohio catcher, Brian Bien would take off for home, giving the Falcons a double steal and a 3-0 lead after five innings.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 17-24 overall, 6-10 in the MAC. Ohio falls to 22-19 on the year, and 11-5 in the MAC. The two teams will meet at Steller Field on Saturday afternoon, at 1 pm, for game two of the three-game set.
Kent State 16, Western Michigan 5
KENT, Ohio – Senior southpaw ace David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) struck out five over seven innings to up his career total to 300, and five batters achieved multi-hit game games and nine earned RBIs as the Kent State baseball team rolled to a 16-5 win over interdivision foe Western Michigan Friday (April 27) in the Mid-American Conference weekend series opener at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (25-17, 13-3 MAC) recorded their third straight MAC triumph with the victory over the Broncos (17-21, 7-8 MAC) and have won 17 of their last 24 games.
"We were locked in offensively," said eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "We got some big hits and had some great at-bats early in the game to force their number one starting pitcher to have a high pitch count. David Starn was outstanding after shaking off a slow start."
After surrendering four runs on five hits over the first three innings, Starn settled in and gave up just two singles over his final four innings of work. Starn stands alone in Kent State history as the program's only pitcher to ever reach the 300-strikeout mark. He earned the mound victory to improve to 5-3 on the season. Starn allowed four runs – two earned – on seven hits while putting together his deepest start since tossing seven innings in a 4-2 victory over Northern Illinois on March 23.
"He started to throw his fastball more," said Stricklin of Starn's adjustment to a slow start. "They did a good job of sitting on his off-speed stuff, and he made the decision to start throwing more fastballs."
Junior center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) crushed his fifth home run of the season and eighth of his career to go along with a single and three runs scored. Sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) hit his third career round tripper – a two-run shot – and added a single. Junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) hit a triple and a single, drove in three runs and scored two more. Freshman left fielder Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.) posted a double and a single and contributed two RBIs while freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) added a triple and a single, drove in a run and scored another. Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) collected his team-leading 20th double of the season and is now two hits away from breaking the school's career record, currently held by Andrew Davis (2004-07).
"We made some big hits up and down the order," said Stricklin. "It was good to see the bats continue to be productive."
Western Michigan landed the first punch with two runs in the top of the first inning. Redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Thoma legged out an infield single to third, then advanced to third on a fielder's choice and a throwing error by Rider that allowed senior third baseman Ryan McMillin to reach safely. Both Thoma and McMillin scored by way of a double down the left field line by junior first baseman Patrick Duncan to make it 2-0 in favor of the Broncos.
The Flashes did not waste any time responding to the challenge, though. Campbell singled through the right side to lead off the home half of the first, and Rider followed with a double to left. Senior catcher and 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) coaxed a walk to fill the bases. Roberts capitalized with a two-RBI single to right to plate Campbell and Rider and tie the game. Miklos gave Kent State a 4-2 lead one out later by driving home Lyon and Roberts with a double to right center.
Kent State made it a four-run ballgame with two more scores in the second. Polen led off the frame with a single back up the middle. Sophomore second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) followed by drawing a walk. Toadvine was knocked off the bases on a fielder's choice that allowed Campbell to reach, but Polen scored on the play thanks to a throwing error by Western Michigan freshman shortstop Andrew Sohn. Campbell, who advanced to second on Sohn's error, moved to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Western Michigan senior left-handed starting pitcher Casey Webber. Campbell increased Kent State's lead to 6-2 when he scored on an RBI ground out to second by Rider.
The Broncos got two runs back in the top of the third to make it a 6-4 affair. Sophomore left fielder Vinnie Booker smacked a leadoff double down the left field line and scored, moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt by Thoma and scored on a double to right by senior right fielder Jack Scanlon, who scored one out later on a two bagger to right center by Duncan.
Kent State was undeterred by Western Michigan's comeback efforts, though. Rider coaxed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out to second by Lyon, then scored when Roberts served up a sacrifice fly to right.
Kent State broke the contest open with three runs more runs in the ensuing frame to increase its lead to 10-4. Sutton drove a one-out single through the right side and scored when Polen crushed a triple to center, chasing Webber from the game. Polen moved scored on a passed ball one later, and Campbell made it a three-run frame when he hit a solo shot to right off of Western Michigan freshman right-handed reliever Nick Bradley.
The Golden Flashes continued to increase the gap with three more scores in the seventh. Roberts nearly hit a one-out, inside-the-park home run but settled for a triple. Western Michigan tapped into its bullpen again, this time calling upon junior righty Chris Bossenberry. Roberts then scored on a passed ball to make it 11-4. Redshirt junior designated hitter Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio) drew a walk to set the table for a two-run homer to right by Sutton one out later.
Kent State plated its final three runs in the eighth. Toadvine got the inning started with a single to center, then scored on a pinch-hit double to left by fifth-year senior Joe Koch (Austintown, Ohio). Koch advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a pinch-hit double to right center by freshman Jeff Revesz (Grove City, Pa.), chasing Bossenberry from the mound in favor of freshman lefty Matt Nestor. Junior pinch hitter Jason Bagoly (Austintown, Ohio) drove in Kent State's 16th run one out later with a single to right center that allowed Revesz to score.
Western Michigan got an unearned run back in the top of the ninth, but Kent State junior righty Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) did his job of shutting the Broncos down over the final two frames to seal the deal.
Webber was tagged with the pitching loss for Western Michigan, falling to 2-4 on the season. He fanned five in 5.1 innings but allowed nine runs – seven earned – on eight hits and three walks.
Duncan led the Broncos at the plate with a double and a single to go along with three RBIs.
Kent State aims for its fifth MAC series win in six tries Saturday (April 28) as it battles Western Michigan in the second contest of the three-game weekend set. Junior righty Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) makes his 11th start on the hill of the 2012 season for the Flashes. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.