Sunday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/6/2012
Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Central Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 0
Miami 4, Akron 3
Bowling Green 9, Eastern Michigan 3
Buffalo 6, Toledo 2
Kent State 13, Ohio 4
Western Michigan 9, Ball State 7

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Central Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 0
DeKALB, Ill. – For the first time in 59 games, the Northern Illinois baseball team was shutout Sunday afternoon against Central Michigan, falling, 7-0. Central Michigan pitcher Dietrech Enns hurled a three-hit, 118 pitch complete game.

“Enns pitched a heck of a game for Central Michigan and we have to give him credit for his performance,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey after the game. “We gave away some opportunities in the game with runners on base and didn’t help our cause much swinging on the first pitch.”

The Huskies accounted for three hits in the game, one each by Connor Schomig (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South), Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) and Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park, Ill./Victor J Andrew). Schomig broke up Enns no-hitter in the bottom of the sixth inning with his leadoff single, followed by Wells single but Northern Illinois was unable to take advantage of the situation.

Kyle Glancy (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) entered the game in the eighth inning and finished the contest with two shutout innings, surrendering a walk, a hit and striking out two batters. CMU’s Enns hurled all nine innings with seven strikeouts, three walks and three hits. Tony Manville (New Lenox, Ill/Mt. Carmel) took the loss in 4.2 innings pitched, striking out four with four earned runs.

The Huskies were last shutout May 7, 2011 at Eastern Michigan, a 1-0 loss to the Eagles. 

Northern Illinois (14-34, 7-14 MAC) will return to the diamond after this week’s final exams for a weekend series at Western Michigan, starting May 11 in Kalamazoo.

Miami 4, Akron 3
OXFORD, Ohio -- Max Andresen hit his first career home run and added a sacrifice fly for a third RBI, lifting Miami to a 4-3 win and series sweep over Akron Sunday at McKie Field. Dan Walsh had three hits, while Scott Slappey added a pair of singles.

The RedHawks (25-23, 10-11) won for the fourth straight and fifth time in six games, while Akron (17-30) has now lost five straight and six of seven. With two weekends left in the regular season, the teams are tied for seventh and eighth in the race for the final Mid-American Conference Tournament berth.

Andresen's blast over the right-field wall came after a two-out walk to Slappey in the second. The RedHawks open a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Walsh led off with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Andresen lifted a fly ball to left.

Akron answered back with two runs during a wild fifth. A one-out double was followed by a single by Brandon Winter, cutting the score to 3-1. On the play, Winter took second on the throw home, then advanced to third when Andresen's throw was kicked loose on the tag attempt. A third straight hit cut the deficit to one, but Charles Zubrod worked out of a second-and-third jam with two short flyouts.

Miami answered right back with a manufactured run in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff walk to Ryan Brenner resulted in another manufactured run. After a stellar defensive play on a line drive to third, he stole second, went to third on a groundout and bolted home on a wild pitch.

But the Zips had some fight left, scoring a run in a wild eighth inning. Nathan Williams, the third RedHawk pitcher, walked the leadoff batter and was replaced by Brandon Adkins. The junior righty struck out the first batter he faced, but issued a second walk of the inning. After a passed ball moved runners to second and third, Adkins registered a second strikeout, but the ball trickled away from Andresen. The freshman made a heads-up diving back to the plate to tag out Brady Stewart, who was trying to score from third. Another wild pitch brought home the Zips third run of the day and moved the tying run just 90 feet away, but Adkins caught Dan Burant looking to end the threat. 
 
Matt Rosinski pitched the ninth, capitalizing on a game-ending double play after an infield error, for his seventh save of the year.
Zubrod, making his first career conference start, improved to 3-3 with the win. He pitched one batter into the sixth, allowing two runs on six hits. He waked one and fanned two. Akron starter Alex Loftin suffered the loss, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings.

Miami returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Cincinnati in the final non-conference game of the season. The teams were supposed to meet in the Queen City on Tuesday, but the game had to be cancelled over a scheduling conflict.

Bowling Green 9, Eastern Michigan 3
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)— An emotional pregame celebration to honor the 2012 Eastern Michigan University baseball graduates was followed by a disappointing 9-3 setback to Bowling Green State University Sunday afternoon, May 6, at Oestrike Stadium. The Eagles committed a season-high six errors and surrendered four unearned runs in the final home contest of the season.
 
Prior to the start of Sunday's game, the EMU baseball family recognized its eight seniors: Jordan Glover, Matt Hitt, Bo Kinder, Kyle Klein, Ben Magsig, Brent Ohrman, Tucker Rubino and Collin Taylor.
 
The Eagles (22-24; 12-9 MAC) still claimed the series victory, 2-1, and remain a game behind the University of Toledo for top spot in the Mid-American Conference West Division. The Falcons (18-27; 7-13 MAC) salvaged the final game after posting a four-run first inning.
 
Ryan Lavoie (3-3) only lasted a third of an inning in his shortest start of the season. The freshman gave up four runs (three earned) on a pair of hits and two walks. Jordan Glover fared much better in his 5.2 innings of long relief, scattering four hits and not allowing an earned run.
 
Offensively, Rubino and Ohrman each notched 2-for-5 afternoons with Ohrman also adding an RBI. Lee Longo (0-for-3) and Kinder (1-for-4) had the other EMU RBI. Magsig (0-for-3) walked twice during the game and has now reached base in 30 straight contests.
 
Bowling Green reliever Nick Bruns (3-2) pitched his way to a victory in five innings of work. He allowed an earned run with three hits, five strikeouts and two free passes. Ben Singer locked up his first save of the season, pitching the final two innings and striking out one.
 
The Falcons drew first blood with four runs in the opening frame. After Lavoie walked the first two batters and threw a wild pitch to put runners at second and third, Patrick Lancaster reached base on an infield single and advanced to second on a Rubino throwing error. The arrant throw allowed two runs to score. An error and a single accounted for the other two runs and Lavoie was chased from the hill following the final tally.
 
During the top of the first, an unfortunate incident occurred when Andrew Kubuski dove back in toward second base head-first on a pick-off attempt. Kubuski lay on the infield until he was carted off in an ambulance and taken to a local hospital for observation. Kubuski later returned to Oestrike Stadium for the bus ride home with the team. According to BGSUFalcons.com, he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and a broken nose.
 
EMU clawed back in the bottom of the first with two runs to cut the deficit to 4-2. Ohrman hit a single with nobody out to plate Magsig, who led off with a walk. Longo then hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to drive in Rubino. The Eagles loaded the bases again on a Dae Bowden walk, but Kinder swung through strike three to end the threat.
 
With two outs and a runner on second in the top of the third, Longo made a fine defensive play on a ground ball headed for right field to keep the BGSU lead at a pair of runs.
 
Eastern Michigan looked poised to add some more runs to their total in the fourth as Klein singled and Magsig drew his second free pass of the afternoon to put runners at first and second with one out. However, Rubino sent a chopper to third on a 3-2 count which turned into an inning-ending double play.
 
Bowling Green widened its advantage to 5-2 with a run in the sixth. Jeremy Shay made it all the way to third base on a fly ball which was dropped by Ohrman in centerfield. He then scored when Hitt dropped the ball on a tag attempt at home plate.
 
The Green and White got that run right back in its next at-bat as Daniel Russell doubled down the right field line and Kinder singled up the middle to drive him in and make it a 5-3 affair. The Falcons answered with a run of their own in the seventh for another three-run lead, 6-3.
 
Continued sloppy defense led to three more Falcons' runs in the ninth. Brandon Howard singled in the inning's final run. Two of the BGSU tallies in that frame were unearned as Joe Battistelli committed EMU's sixth error of the game.
 
Singer gave up a single to Rubino, but otherwise put the Eagles away in the bottom of the ninth to earn the two-inning save.
 
The Eagles continue MAC play with a three-game road stint against the University at Buffalo, May 11-13, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo 6, Toledo 2
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo suffered a 6-2 loss to Buffalo in Sunday's Mid-American Conference series finale at Scott Park. With the setback, the MAC West Divison leading Rockets drop two of three games to the Bulls this weekend and fall to 24-23 overall, 13-8 in the league.

Junior RHP Mike Hamann (2-5) shouldered the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Hamann had won two of his last three starts and surrendered only one earned run over his last 14.0 frames of work.

Senior RHP Tyler Scott came on in relief of Hamann and was brilliant over the next 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits with one punchout.

Offensively, senior 1B Mark Lapikas (2-for-4) and senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-4) were the only Rockets to tally more than one hit against a trio of UB (14-30, 7-13 MAC) hurlers. In all, seven starters totaled a hit in today's rubber match, but the Midnight Blue & Gold was victimized by leaving 12 runners on base.

The Bulls jumped on the scoreboard first on the strength of a three-run home run by Jason Kanzler (2-for-4, RS, 5 RBI) in the top of the third inning. The visitors strung together three straight one-out hits against Hamann, capped by Kanzler's fourth roundtripper of the season to give them the early lead.

UT quickly countered with one run in the bottom of the third frame on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior DH Matt Delewski. The home team benefitted from three walks in the inning to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Buffalo added to its advantage with a pair of runs in the fifth inning to end Hamann's afternoon. The Bulls sent seven batters to the plate and received run-scoring hits from Kanzler and Dan Scahill to extend their margin to 5-1.

The Rockets threatened to tighten the score in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on second and third base with two outs, but UB hurler Michael Burke recorded a fly ball out to keep the four-run lead.

The score did not change until the top of the ninth frame when UB's Kanzler picked up his game-high fifth RBI of the afternoon on a run-scoring double to make the difference 6-1.

UT tried to mount an attack in its final at-bat and pounded out a pair of hits against Buffalo closer River McWilliams, including a sacrifice fly by sophomore C James Miglin. Unfortunately for the home team, they were unable to produce any more runs and dropped their first MAC series in the last four weekends.

UB's Burke (4-6) earned the victory in a strong start, yielding one run on six hits with three strikeouts in 7.0 innings.

Matt Pollock (2-for-5), Alex Baldock (2-for-4) and Kanzler paced the Bulls' attack with two hits each.

The Rockets will return to action on Wednesday, May 9 when they travel to East Lansing, MI to battle Big Ten member Michigan State. The first pitch against the Spartans will be at 3:05 p.m. from McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field.

Kent State 13, Ohio 4
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (23-24; 12-9 MAC) dropped its series finale to Kent State by a count of 13-4 Sunday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio starting pitcher Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) suffered loss on the afternoon after he went 6.2 innings, allowing 12 hits and eight earned runs. The junior captain also struck out four.

Offensively, Ohio was outhit 20-8 and gave up 13 runs - the most it has given up at home at year. Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) and freshmen Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) all collected two hits apiece. Newton did not steal a base and is still looking for his record-breaking 43rd career steal.

Five Kent State players totaled three hits, including shortstop Jimmy Rider as he set the Mid-American Conference all-time record for hits with a single in the first inning.

Kent State loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning, but Streich was able to work out of the bases loaded jam and limit the Flashes to just one run in the frame.

Ohio tried to answer in the bottom half of the frame. Newton led off the frame with a single up the middle to extend his on-base streak to 26 games, but would be later thrown out on a steal attempt. The Flashes would then retire the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Kent State added another in the top of the second off the bat of Sawyer Polen, which scored Alex Miklos from second, extending its lead to 2-0.

Following the Flashes' second run of the afternoon, Streich would settle in to retire the next seven batters and appeared to be in control as he went into the fifth inning, but in the fifth the Flashes would add three more runs to take a 5-0 lead.

KSU would extend its lead to 9-0 in the top half of the seventh as it scored four runs on five hits. Ohio fought back in the bottom part of the frame as it put two runners in scoring position with just one out, but could only manage a pair of runs, cutting the Flashes lead to 9-2. Freshman Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Newton both drove in runs in the frame.

In the eighth, Ohio made one last charge as it loaded the bases with no outs, but could only manage to score a pair of runs to make the score 10-4. KSU added a run in the top half of the inning. The Flashes tacked on two more runs in the top half of the ninth to secure the win.

The `Cats are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Xavier for a 4:00 P.M. non-conference matchup.

Western Michigan 9, Ball State 7
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team mounted a late rally and had the potential game-winning run at the plate in the ninth inning, but dropped the regular season home finale to Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan 9-7 Sunday afternoon at Ball Diamond.

The Cardinals recognized their senior class prior to the game in Ross Overstreet (Greenfield, Ind./Lincoln Trail), Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) and Cal Bowling (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown).

First baseman Billy Wellman (Portland, Ind./Jay County) was the offensive catalyst for the Cardinals as he hit a career-high two home runs in the loss while posting three hits and driving in three runs. Wellman, who leads the team with four home runs, is the first Cardinal this season to post multiple home runs in a game and the first since Kenny Mahala did last year against Bowling Green (April 10).

Western Michigan (20-24, 10-10 MAC) came out of the gate quickly against sophomore right-hander Jacob Brewer (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's). Brewer last just two thirds of an inning before exiting as he was charged five runs on three hits while walking three batters as the Broncos scored five run in the first frame.

The Cardinals (11-32, 6-15 MAC) struck for their first run in the bottom of the second inning against WMU right-hander Will Nimke. Wellman led off the inning by drilling the first pitch he saw high over the left field wall to make it a 5-1 contest.

The Broncos tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth inning against left-hander Devin Wilburn (Selma, Ind./Wapahani). After a leadoff walk, Wilburn allowed three straight singles including run-scoring hits by Jack Scanlon and Ryan McMillin to make it a 7-1 WMU lead.

Ball State answered back in the bottom of the fourth inning as once again it used the long ball. Freshman Brandon Estep (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) led off the inning with a single before Wellman crushed the second pitch he saw over the left center field wall for his second home run of the afternoon and fourth of the season to make it a 7-3 deficit.

After WMU added a run in the seventh, Ball State pulled within two by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Estep led off the inning with a walk and moved to second as Wellman singled through the right side. Sophomore T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) posted the Cardinals' third home run of the game as he crushed one over the scoreboard in left center field to make it an 8-6 contest. The three home runs are the most in a single game this season for the Cardinals and the most since hitting four against Bowling Green (April 10).

The Broncos tallied an important insurance run in the top of the ninth inning to take a three-run lead and would need all of the runs to claim the victory. The Cardinals tried for a walk-off rally in the bottom of the ninth inning as Issler was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean) singled to put two aboard.

After two outs, Estep lined a run-scoring single into left field to narrow the gap to 9-7 with his second hit of the afternoon. Western Michigan went to the bullpen to face Wellman in a potential walk-off situation and left-hander Matt Nestor got him to fly out to the warning track in straight away center field to record his first save of the year.

Brewer (0-5) picked up the loss as he only last two-thirds of an inning and allowed five runs. Five Cardinal relievers combined to work the final 8.1 innings and allowed four runs. Bowling returned from injury to make his first appearance since April 6 and tallied 1.1 innings of no-hit baseball while striking out two batters. Nimke (3-3) picked up the victory as he allowed four runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings of work.

Ball State closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule Wednesday afternoon as it travels to Valparaiso to take on the Crusaders at 3 p.m. (CT).