Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Georgia Tech 3, Akron 0
ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Akron (0-1) baseball team fell to No. 21 Georgia Tech (1-0) on Friday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium by a score of 3-0.
The Zips received a strong start from sophomore Jon Pusateri in his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last season. Pusateri pitched 4.1 innings with four strikeouts, and allowed one earned run.
John Valek came out of the bullpen in relief of Pusateri in the fifth inning with the score 2-0. The freshman southpaw, Valek, tossed 3.2 innings with one earned run allowed and struck out one batter.
UA was stymied on offense due to the starting performance of Georgia Tech's Buck Farmer, who registered 14 strikeouts in 8.0 innings of work.
Despite the impressive outing for Farmer, Akron tallied a total of four hits. Brady Stewart, catcher, recorded two base hits for Akron, while the other two hits were split between Grant Alvarez and Joey Havrilak.
Akron will play the second game of this opening weekend three game series on Saturday at 2 p.m., at Russ Chandler Stadium. Sophomore Pat Dyer will be the starting pitcher for Akron tomorrow, and he will be matched up with Georgia Tech's Dusty Isaacs.
Middle Tennessee 1, Ball State 0
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Ball State baseball team dropped a 1-0 pitchers' duel Friday afternoon in its season opener at Middle Tennessee.
Ball State's T.J. Weir was the only player in the game with multiple hits as the pitching staffs combined to allow only nine total hits at Reese Smith Jr. Field.
The game went scoreless into the eighth inning before Middle Tennessee (1-0) broke through with a Johnny Thomas RBI single to grab the lead.
Ball State (0-1), playing the first game of Rich Maloney's second stint as head coach, put the leadoff runner on base in the ninth with a Wes Winkle walk. But Winkle was then caught stealing and Middle Tennessee reliever Paul Mittura retired the next two batters to close out the game.
Mittura took over for Middle Tennessee starter Hunter Adkins, who pitched into the ninth inning, allowing four hits and striking out seven batters to earn the win.
Ball State starter Chris Marangon did not surrender a run either. The senior right-hander scattered four hits over six and one-third innings. The Cardinals used three pitchers in relief of Marangon with Tyler Jordan suffering the loss after allowing the eighth-inning run.
Weir gave the Cardinals their best chance to score. The junior third baseman worked his way into scoring position in the fifth inning with a one-out double and again in the seventh with a two-out single followed by a wild pitch. But Adkins managed to strand him at second base both times.
Middle Tennessee scored the game's lone run with a two-out rally in the eighth. Ball State intentionally walked power hitter Trent Miller, who then stole second and scored on the single from Thomas.
Ball State right fielder Sean Godfrey had one of the Cardinals' four hits on the day, while freshman catcher Sam Tidaback recorded his first collegiate hit in his first career game.
Ball State and Middle Tennessee will be back in action Saturday for the second game of this weekend's three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET) with a live radio broadcast by WCRD on ballstatesports.com.
Bowling Green 9, Western Kentucky 8 (10 innings)
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—The Bowling Green State University baseball team defeated Western Kentucky University 9-8 on Friday afternoon, hanging on for the extra-innings victory. The win came on the heels of a WKU comeback, as the Falcons led 8-1 after just two innings on Friday afternoon. The non-conference matchup was held at Nick Denes Field. With the win, the Falcons improve to 1-0 on the year, winning their first opening day game since 2006.
The Falcons got out to an unexpectedly quick start for the first time on a baseball field in 2013, scoring three runs in the top of the first. BGSU had only scored three combined runs in opening days from 2010-2012 (one run in each of the last three years in the first game).
After striking out the first two Falcons, WKU starter Justin Hageman walked the next four batters, leading to the first Falcon run. After the four walks, Logan Walker capitalized on a pitch to his liking, singling to left field, giving the Falcons a 3-0 lead after the top of the first. All nine Falcons came to the plate in the first inning.
WKU would get their first run of the game in the bottom of the first on a double to right field, scoring Scott Wilcox.
The Falcons would knock Hageman out of the game in the second inning, as he did not record an out in the inning before being replaced.
Jake Thomas led off the second inning with a walk, and he was followed by a Jesse Rait single. After Andrew Kubuski and T.J. Losby singles, the Falcons led 4-1 and WKU coach Matt Myers made the pitching change.
New pitcher Austin Clay struggled to find the strike zone out of the bullpen, walking the first two Falcons he faced. Logan Walker and Trey Keegan followed with RBI groundouts, giving the Falcons a commanding 8-1 lead after the top of the second. The Falcons, again, batted around in the second inning.
Cody Apthorpe was strong in his four innings of work on opening day before reaching his pitch limit. The redshirt junior out of Windham, Ohio struck out five batters, while walking just one. Apthorpe allowed just two earned runs, as well.
Following a Losby two-out single in the third, WKU pitchers settled in. A combination of Clay and Ian Tompkins proceeded to retire 21 straight batters, that span reaching all the way into the 10th inning.
With the Falcon offense going quiet, the Hilltoppers took the opportunity to climb back into the game. With the help of some control issues by the Falcon pitching staff, the Hilltoppers scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it 8-6.
The first two WKU batters reached in the eighth on singles. They were then advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Crabtree. Following a huge strikeout by Nick Bruns, the Hilltoppers tied it on an RBI single by Scott Wilcox.
Facing a tied game, the Falcons would work out of a jam in the bottom of the ninth to face extra innings. Bruns would retire the first two batters of the ninth, but a single followed by an error put the winning run on third base. However, Bruns would take the flip from Jeremy Shay on a grounder to first to beat the WKU runner down the line, forcing an extra inning.
In the 10th, the first two Falcons were retired before a Keegan walk would snap the streak of 21 consecutive batters retired by Hilltopper pitchers. Patrick Lancaster would pinch run for Keegan, and on the first pitch from new pitcher Taylor Haydel, Lancaster swiped second. The stolen base would prove to be big, as Brian Bien would ground one up the middle for a single. When the WKU shortstop failed to keep it on the infield, Lancaster was able to come around third and score the go-ahead run.
Nick Glanzman would make his first career appearance at third base, replacing the pinch runner Lancaster. Ben Singer would toe the rubber for the Falcons in the 10th, looking for his second career save.
Singer retired the first two batters, before a single and walk put runners on first and second with two outs. After a mound visit from pitching coach Rick Blanc, Singer would get Hilltopper 1B Ryan Huck to pop up. Jeremy Shay made the catch on the ball blowing back into fair territory, securing the win for the Falcons.
The Falcons and Hilltoppers will meet again on Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch coming at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m CT. Mike Frank will be opposed by Tim Bado on the mound.
North Carolina A&T 6, Buffalo 3 (Game One)
North Carolina A&T 6, Buffalo 5 (Game Two)
GREENSBORO, NC - The Buffalo baseball team started its 2013 season Friday with a pair of games at North Carolina A&T. The Bulls (0-2) lost game one 6-3, then lost game two 6-5 on a walk-off hit from the Aggies (2-0).
The host built a 3-0 lead through the first three innings before the Bulls could get on the board. Alex Baldock led off the top of the fourth with a triple over the center fielder's head, and Tyler Mautner instantly converted with an RBI single to cut into the deficit. Mautner returned from a shoulder injury that scrapped his freshman season and recorded a hit in each game.
Buffalo would get only one more hit from that point until the eighth inning, while the Aggies scored two more to go up 5-1. In the eighth, Matt Pollock led off with a single and he was driven in by a two-run home run from Thomas Richards.
Mike McGee pitched three innings as the starter and took the game one loss. Cory Folk pitched five innings out of the bullpen and struck out four.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams trading leads throughout the game. Buffalo scored the opening runs in the second inning, loading up the bases on a hit batter and a pair of walks with only one out. Another hit batter would bring in the first run, and Jimmy Topps would bring in another run on a sacrifice fly after entering the game as an injury sub for Pollock.
After NC A&T matched the score in the bottom of the second, Baldock scored on a pass ball in the third and Jon Mestas would come in on an error in the fourth. The Bulls would finally scored a conventional run later in the fourth, when Jason Kanzler drove in Topps on a single through the left side of the infield.
The team held a thin 5-4 lead going into the eighth inning before a UB error would bring in the tying run. After a double for the Aggies to lead off the inning, the Bulls misplayed a sacrifice bunt attempt to bring in the unearned run. After being set down in order in the top of the ninth, a single and two walks for NC A&T loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. After a fielder's choice, the game-winner would come across on a single.
River McWilliams was the hard-luck loser after allowing two runs (one earned) in 3.1 innings out of the 'pen. Anthony Magovney had a solid start for UB, pitching five innings and allowing three earned runs.
The two teams will be back at it Saturday at 1 pm. If the game is postponed due to poor weather, the two teams will play at 1 pm, Sunday.
Louisiana-Lafayette 12, Central Michigan 6
LAFAYETTE, La. - Sophomore Nick Regnier doubled his home run total from a year ago in just one game, but a seven-run inning by Louisiana was too much to overcome as Central Michigan dropped its season opener Friday night, 12-6.
Regnier's first home run of the night tied the game in the top of the fifth when he hit a no-doubt shot over the left field fence on a 1-2 pitch from Ragin Cajuns' (1-0) starter Chase Traffica. Senior Tom Lally was hit by a pitch to start the inning and junior Noel Santos walked before both coming around to score on the Regnier bomb.
The sophomore added a two-run blast in the top of the ninth inning and ended the evening 3-for-5 with five RBI.
The Chippewas (0-1) lost all momentum in the bottom of the fifth, as sophomore Matt Trowbridge gave up a double to Seth Harrison to start the inning and walked back-to-back hitters to load the bases and finish his night after just four-plus innings of work.
Redshirt freshman Blake Louscher came on to make his debut in the Maroon and Gold, but the lefty's first pitch was wild and allowed Harrison to score from third. After a four-pitch walk reloaded the bases, a passed ball allowed another Louisiana runner to cross the plate and put the Chippewas down, 5-3.
The Chippewas' struggles continued in the next inning when junior Joe Ucho gave up hits to the first four batters he faced and the Ragin' Cajuns went on to bat around and score seven runs in the inning to grab a 12-6 lead.
"We made some mistakes defensively tonight," head coach Steve Jaksa. "We had some spacing issues and we didn't cover the bunt very well. We put ourselves in a tough spot and giving up a seven spot is usually too much to overcome."
Sophomore Cody Leichman and freshman Zack Fields, both making their CMU debuts, helped plate a run in the top of the eighth has Leichman singled to center and stole second before Fields hit a RBI double to left field in his first plate appearance.
Senior Jordan Adams also finished the night with three hits, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base. Trowbridge suffered the loss for the Chippewas, giving up five runs - four earned - on seven hits and three walks, while striking out six in the four-plus innings of work.
The Chippewas and Ragin' Cajuns will continue their series Saturday with a doubleheader at "Tigue" Moore Field with game one of the doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Campbell 8, Eastern Michigan 2 (Game One)
Eastern Michigan 10, Campbell 6 (Game Two)
BUIES CREEK, N.C. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team opened up the 2013 regular season with a doubleheader split against Campbell University Friday, Feb. 15. The Fighting Camels (1-1) claimed game one, 8-2, but the Eagles (1-1) roared back with a 10-6 win in the second contest.
The Eagles cut into a 4-0 Fighting Camels' lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning of game one, but the home team roared back with four additional tallies in the bottom of the inning en route to an 8-2 victory.
Neil Butara (0-1) took the loss in the opener despite only being charged with a pair of earned runs over five innings. Each EMU infielder committed an error, which translated into six unearned runs for the Camels. Jamie Simpson (1-for-3) and Austin Williams (0-for-2) had the RBI for the Green and White.
Campbell's starter Ryan Mattes (1-0) fanned six EMU batters over eight innings of work while giving up two earned runs. Matt Nadolski (2-for-4) and Elijah Trail (3-for-4) each earned a trio of RBI in the victory.
After being held to just five hits in the first game, Eastern Michigan's bats came alive in the nightcap behind a stellar pitching performance from starter Kendall Lewis (1-0). The Green and White put up three runs in the fourth and fifth inning and weathered a late offensive outburst from the Camels for a 10-6 victory.
The EMU offense struck for 15 hits, four of which came from transfer Adam Sonabend, who went 4-for-4 with four RBI in game two. On the hill, Lewis pitched six innings while striking out three and Joe Battistelli struck out the side in the ninth to shut the door on Campbell and earn the save.
Hector Cedeno (0-1) took the loss in 4.1 innings of work for Campbell. Camels' pitchers allowed six walks, while the EMU pitching staff gave up seven bases on balls.
The final contest of the three-game set is slated for Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. Be sure to check EMUEagles.com for schedule changes as inclement weather is expected in the Buies Creek area.
Butara started the game off retiring the first three batters he faced, but the story in the second inning was much different. Trail split the outfielders for a two-RBI double and eventually came in to score all the way from second base on a fielding miscue by Simpson.
Campbell added a fourth run in the second when the Eagles tried to catch Nick Ray swiping third base. Sonabend's throw was misplayed by Williams, allowing Ray to cross the plate.
Mattes retired the first nine batters he faced until Daniel Russell led off the fourth inning with a walk. Later in that inning, Sam Ott hit a laser labeled for right field, but Ray snagged the liner and stepped on first base to double off Russell and end the threat.
Campbell nearly made it a 5-0 game in the bottom of the fourth when Trail tried to score from second base following an error by Nick Rotola at second base. Simpson was able to scoop the ball up and fire home to nab a sliding Trail for the third out.
EMU halved the Campbell lead, 4-2, with a pair of runs and two triples in the fifth. Adam Sonabend recorded his first knock in an EMU uniform to lead off. Simpson then stepped up to the plate and drilled a three-base hit to the deepest part of the ballpark to make it 4-1. It became a 4-2 contest when Williams grounded out and recorded the RBI. Dae Bowden one-hopped his first hit of the season off the outfield wall for the Eagles' second three-bagger of the frame, but Rotola struck out, leaving Bowden on base.
The Camels broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth with four unearned runs for an 8-2 advantage. With two out and a runner on, John Rubino misplayed a ball to put runners at the corners. David Olson drew a walk to load the bases. He was followed by Nadolski, who cleared the bases with a double to the left-centerfield wall. Nadolski also scored on Trail's third RBI of the afternoon.
Eastern Michigan hitters continued to struggle as Mattes sent them down in order in the sixth and seventh innings. In the eighth, Mitchell McGeein notched his first-career hit on a single through the left side, but Russell went down on strikes as Mattes tallied his sixth strikeout of the game.
The day's second contest saw Campbell jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Michael Felton. Leadoff man Ben McQuown made it a 2-0 game in the third inning with a solo homer off of EMU starter Lewis.
After being held to three singles during the first three innings, the Eagles' bats woke up in the fourth while taking advantage of sloppy play by the Camels. A Lee Longo RBI double drove in Ott, who reached on an infield error to lead off the frame. Sonabend then squared up his second straight hit to score Longo. The junior catcher scored Eastern Michigan's final run of the inning on a wild pitch as the Eagles took their first lead of the day, 3-2.
Cedeno registered just one out in the fifth inning before being pulled for reliever Heath Bowers. With Marquise Gill already across home plate, Sonabend and Simpson recorded back-to-back RBI singles to grow the EMU lead to 6-2. The Eagles loaded the bases with two out on a McGeein walk, but Bowden went down on strikes.
Lewis, who last appeared in a game in 2011, appeared to be in midseason form during the middle innings. The senior righty sent Campbell down in order in the fourth and sixth innings, while working himself out of a mini jam with two on and one out in the fifth. He finished his season debut earning the quality start with six innings pitched, two earned runs, three hits and three strikeouts.
A sacrifice fly by McGeein plated Ott in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to five, 7-2. In the bottom of the inning, reliever Ben Dartnell faced some control problems and walked the bases loaded. The Camels were able to push across a pair of runs as Ryan Lavoie walked the first batter he faced and let loose a wild pitch. The inning ended on a double play and left the Eagles ahead, 7-4.
EMU's bats responded with a two-spot in the eighth. Russell led off the inning with a base on balls and Rubino followed with a single. Sonabend then came through once again with his fourth hit of the game, a two-RBI single.
Campbell refused to go down quietly. The home squad notched two more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Ray double and a Ben Fish groundout to make it a 9-6 affair.
In the ninth, Rubino added an insurance marker with his first RBI of the season. Battistelli sealed the 10-6 victory for the Eagles, giving up just one single and striking out the side.
Virginia Tech 10, Kent State 9 (Game One)
UNC-Wilmington 7, Kent State 6 (Game Two)
Wilmington, N.C. - Kent State (0-2) mounted a five-run comeback in their opening game and led through six innings of the second, but let both wins slip away as they committed a combined nine errors. The Flashes began the season with a 10-9 loss against Virginia Tech (1-0) and a 7-6 extra-innings loss to host UNC Wilmington (1-0).
"We played defensively about as poorly as you could play," said ninth year head coach Scott Stricklin. "We didn't make routine plays, we extended innings, we gave them a lot of extra opportunities, both teams, and if we play defense like that we won't win very many games."
However, down 6-1 in the second inning against Virginia Tech, Kent State batted back to tie the game at seven in the eighth inning. In the second game versus UNC Wilmington, the Flashes led most of the way, bolstered by a great starting pitching performance by Taylor Williams, who went 6.1 innings before allowing a hit.
"We had a chance to win both games against really good teams," Stricklin added, "so that's the positive that I left with the players. I'm very confident that we're going to play better than that."
On the offensive end, Kent State had four batters pick up four hits on the day, with all but one starter not recording a hit. They out-hit the teams by a combined 26 to 12.
"I thought offensively we were pretty good for both games," Stricklin said, "so that was encouraging. It was good to see some guys swing the bat pretty well, and I think we competed for the most part at the plate."
However, the hits for the most part came at the wrong times, as the Flashes left 25 men stranded and are hitting just .162 with runners in scoring position through two games.
Kent State 9, Virginia Tech 10
The Hokies jumped on the board early, scoring six runs in the first two innings, including a three-run homerun in the second set-up by a two-out Flashes' error. Kent State was able to answer with one of their own in the first on a RBI single by George Roberts, and again in the second after a two-RBI single by Derek Toadvine.
Kent State starting pitcher Tyler Skulina seemed to settle in after the first two innings, allowing just one other run through his total five innings pitched, as neither team plated a run in the fifth, sixth or seventh.
Down two in the bottom of the eighth, the Golden Flashes capitalized on a Hokie error to tie the game. With runners on first and second, Jeff Revesz reached on a fielding error that allowed both runners to score, tying the game at seven each.
But, Virginia Tech would not go down easy. A walk and a double gave the lead back to the Hokies in the ninth. They added two more runs on to the lead after scoring on a throwing error and a RBI single.
Alex Miklos made things exciting once again with a rocket-shot over the wall in left-center to bring the Flashes within one, but that was all they could muster as they took the 10-9 loss.
Skulina finished the game with seven runs allowed, yet only three earned, while walking four and striking out five. Miklos finished 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI. Toadvine also went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Sawyer Polen had the Flashes' third multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
Michael Clark pitched three innings in relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out three. Josh Pierce (0-1) picked up the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks in one inning.
Kent State 6, UNC Wilmington 7 – 10 Innings
Kent State went up 2-1 in the third inning and increased that to 4-1 after the sixth, looking to take the win behind a brilliant debut pitching performance from Williams.
The junior college transfer went seven innings, allowing just one hit and one earned run while striking out five and walking only two.
"We knew Taylor would be good. He did outstanding," said Stricklin. "He's a great athlete on the mound and he throws strikes and fields his position. He really pitched well. He deserved to win."
The Flashes' defense didn't help the pitching staff, though. Five of the Seahawks' seven runs were unearned, coming off of six errors by the Flashes, most on routine plays.
Kent State entered the bottom half of the ninth inning looking to grab their first win of the season on a 6-4 lead. But, the inning started off with an error and one more followed, allowing UNC Wilmington to plate two and send the game into extra innings.
The Flashes got a leadoff single in the ninth by Zarley Zalewski and a walk later on by T.J. Sutton, but the runners could not get across the plate.
In the bottom of the tenth, the first Seahawk at the plate smacked a shot to center field to walk off with a 7-6 victory.
In his first career game, Zalewski, a freshman, went 4-for-5 with a double. Tommy Monnot also had a good showing at the plate, finishing 3-for-6 with a double and three runs scored.
Eric Dorsch (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs (one earned), two hits and one walk in one inning of work.
Northwestern 8, Miami 1
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Senior Brooks Fiala fanned seven batters over six innings, but the effort wasn't enough as Miami fell 8-1 to Northwestern Friday afternoon in its 2013 season opener. Fiala left the game after allowing just two runs on seven hits with the performance marking the sixth time in his career that he has struck out seven or more in an outing.
Miami managed just three hits during contest, two of which came in the first inning. Sophomore Matt Honchel started the season with a double to left field, then Kevin Bower delivered an RBI single to center two outs later.
Northwestern answered right back in the top of the second, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and single. Fiala registed a strikeout, but the leadoff runner stole third to put runners on the corners. Another strikeout nearly helped the RedHawks escape, but a two-out single knotted the game at 1.
A leadoff double and two sacrifice bunts, the latter on a perfect squeeze, gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead in the sixth, before they added two more runs in the seventh. Reliever Ryan Powers gave up two hits and a leadoff walk, with an error on a failed pickoff attempt adding to the damage.
The Miami bullpen continued to struggle as Brandon Adkins gave up an unearned run in the eighth and Wynston McMartin allowed three runs on three hits in the ninth.
Alex Johnson provided Miami's only other hit off Northwestern starter Zach Morton (1-0), a fourth-inning single to left. Fiala took the loss to fall to 0-1.
Action continues at the First Pitch Invitational tomorrow when Miami faces Michigan State at 4 p.m.
Texas Tech 8, Northern Illinois 0
LUBBOCK, Texas – Northern Illinois combined for eight hits and zero errors on opening night while three freshman pitchers combined for four scoreless innings and one hit at Texas Tech in the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic. NIU fell to TTU, 8-0, and will return to the diamond tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. versus Brigham Young.
“We saw some good things tonight out of our new guys and I was very proud of the way that they played. A couple of our guys swung the bat very well, Joe (Battaglia) and Jeff (Zimmerman) were a couple of guys who hit well tonight,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “We played very well defensively, not giving up any errors so I was very happy with that as well. On the other hand, we have to force the action at the plate and make more contact with the ball. We have to do better offensively but credit to Texas Tech, their pitchers made good pitches when they needed too. They’re a good ball club.”
True freshman pitchers Bobby Kuntzendorf (Yorkville/Aurora Christian), Jon Savarise (Lincolnshire/Stevenson) and Justin Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) combined did not surrender a run in four innings of work, only allowing one hit with four strikeouts and two walks.
Kuntzendorf, who stepped onto the mound in the third inning, held the Red Raiders scoreless in the fourth inning. He would finish his debut with two innings pitched, one strikeout, one walk and zero hits surrendered.
“Bobby came into the game with the bases loaded and zero outs and he came in and he competed for two innings, throwing strikes to the batters,” added Mathey. “He and the rest of the freshman did a great job today in relief.”
In the fourth inning, Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) singled through the right side for his first hit as a Huskie and quickly advanced to third after a double by designated hitter Joe Battaglia (Westchester/St. Joseph) to left centerfield. Northern Illinois would go on to strand three runners on base in the inning following Brian Sisler’s (DeKalb) walk and a ground out by Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College).
Following a single by Connor Schomig (Hinsdale/Hinsdale South) in the top of the seventh inning, the Red Raiders committed the first error of the game to allow the junior leftfielder to advance to second. Sisler earned his second walk of the game and Connor Duckhorn (Hinsdale/Cowley County CC) reached base on another error by Texas Tech but the Huskies were again unable to take advantage, leaving the bases loaded.
Savarise entered in the sixth inning for relief duties after a solid inning by Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick) in the fifth. Savarise allowed the only hit by the freshman hurlers, but added a strikeout and a walk to his tally. Ruckman fanned two batters without surrendering a walk in his debut during the seventh.
At the plate Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) finished the evening 2-for-4 with a double and walk from the leadoff spot. Battaglia also batted 2-for-4 with a double. Sisler finished 1-for-2 with two walks.
“Moving forward, we need to do a better job offensively with runners in scoring position,” closed Mathey. “BYU is probably the most experienced team in this tournament and we’ll need convert those chances to compete with them.”
Northern Illinois (0-1) will make a short turn around as it takes one BYU at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. Jordan Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) will take the mound for NIU. Fans can follow on GameTracker and Twitter at @NIUscores.
Toledo 3, Delaware 1 (Game One)
La Salle 8, Toledo 7 (Game Two)
CARY, NC - Toledo (1-1) opened its 2013 season at the Ron Fraser Classic on Friday by splitting a pair of games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The Rockets claimed a 3-1 victory against Delaware (1-1) in tonight's nightcap after dropping an 8-7 decision to La Salle earlier in the day.
Sophomore 3B Anthony Smith (4-for-8, RS) paced UT offensively with four hits in the two neutral-site contests, while junior C James Miglin (3-for-8, 2 RS, 2 RBI) totaled three hits.
In tonight's nightcap, the Rockets benefitted from an outstanding start by senior LHP Kyle Shaw to earn their first win of the spring. The southpaw hurler yielded only three hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 scoreless innings to collect the victory. Shaw, who sat out last spring with an arm injury, stymied the Blue Hens and faced 22 batters, recording only one walk.
Freshman RHP Caleb Shillace came on in relief of Shaw and worked 2.2 quality frames, giving up one run on two hits with two punchouts.
Senior LHP Ben Hammer then closed out the two-run triumph, fanning the only batter he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning to tally the save.
Offensively, Miglin (2-for-3, RS) led Toledo with a multi-hit effort.
Toledo opened the scoring on a solo home run off the bat of freshman RF Ryan Callahan (1-for-5, RS, RBI) in the third frame. It proved to be a lead they would not relinquish.
The score did not change until freshman 1B Tyler Baar (1-for-4, 2 RBI) delivered a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning to extend UT's margin to 3-0.
Delaware made the situation interesting in its final at-bat, sending nine batters to the dish and had the game-tying run at the plate, but Toledo's Hammer recorded a punchout to preserve the victory.
The Blue Hens' Adam Davis was saddled with the setback, giving up one run (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings.
In today's opener, the Explorers scored four runs in the top of the ninth frame to collect the one-run win.
Senior RHP Jared Locke (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits in 0.1 innings.
Smith (3-for-5, RS) fueled the Rockets attack with three hits. Senior DH Matt Delewski (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and senior RF Andy Mix (2-for-4, RS) also tallied multi-hit efforts in the season opener.
Junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson drew the start in today's season opener and yielded four runs on six hits with three punchouts over the opening 6.0 innings in a no-decision.
The Rockets exploded out of the gates and scored three runs in their first at-bat on the strength of a two-run double by Miglin.
La Salle retaliated with a single tally in the second frame and three runs in the fourth to make the difference, 4-3. The visitors on the scoreboard took advantage of
three hits and one UT fielding error to assume a one-run bulge.
LU's advantage did not last long though, as Toledo countered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to establish a 7-4 cushion. The Midnight Blue & Gold sent seven batters to the plate against a pair of La Salle hurlers and received two-run hits from sophomore SS Nate Langhals (1-for-4, RS, 2 RBI) and Delewski.
Toledo maintained the lead until the ninth when La Salle plated four runs on five hits to capture the one-run victory. The first four LU batters reached base and came around to score against a trio of UT pitchers to spell doom for the Rockets. The big hits in the inning were a two-run pinch-hit double from JT Crits (1-for-1, 2 RBI) and a two-run single off the bat of 3B Dan Klem (1-for-5, 2 RBI).
LaSalle RHP Alec Baum (1-0) was credited with the win, allowing no runs on one hit in 3.0 relief frames.
The Rockets are scheduled to battle Albany and Villanova tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. and
5:30 p.m., respectively.
Pepperdine 11, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan baseball fell in its 2013 opener, 11-1, at Pepperdine Friday in Malibu, Calif.
The Broncos took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but then would be held scoreless the rest of the afternoon. Leadoff batter Vinnie Booker took first base after being hit by a pitch and would score unearned, thanks to a throwing error by the Waves. Sophomore Andrew Sohn recorded an RBI, driving in Booker from third on a groundout.
Pepperdine entered the game ranked No. 40 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. The Waves totaled 11 hits off four Bronco pitchers and made use of four Bronco errors.
Junior left-hander Steve Laudicina went three innings in the start and took the loss. He allowed six runs, only three earned, and six hits. He walked three and struck out one.
Sophomore Nick Bradley was the first out of the bullpen and threw 1.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs. Freshmen Derek Schneider and Pat Haynes made their collegiate debuts. Schneider tossed an inning and a third. Haynes had the most success, hurling two hitless frames.
Also making their first appearance in a Bronco uniform were freshmen Kurt Hoekstra, Brett Sunde, Drew Farmer, Hunter Prince and Brandon Cable
Scott Frazier got the win on the mound Pepperdine, going seven innings and limiting WMU to three hits.
Booker singled in the third. Theo Piccirilli and Caleb Caton each had a pinch hit single.
The Broncos and Waves face off again tomorrow in a doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The teams conclude the series Sunday with a 3 p.m. first pitch.