Saturday's MAC Baseball Recaps

Updated 2/16/2013

Saturday's MAC Baseball Results (2-16-13)

Georgia Tech 10, Akron 3
ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Akron (0-2) baseball team took a 10-3 loss from Georgia Tech (2-0) on Saturday afternoon in Russ Chandler Stadium.
 
Akron starter Pat Dyer had a rocky first start to the season in the loss. Dyer went 1.1 innings with four runs allowed and four walks. His record fell to 0-1 for the season. Georgia Tech's starter Dusty Isaacs earned the win.
 
The Zips scored their first run of the season in the top of the fourth inning when Joey Havrilak scored from third on a wild pitch. Havrilak's fourth inning run brought the score to 4-1 with Georgia Tech leading. The native of Washington, Pa., went on to finish the game with two runs scored and one base hit.
 
Georgia Tech rallied for five runs against Akron in the bottom of the fourth, which put Akron in a deep 9-1 hole. Reliever Michael Steensen was tagged for the damage, as he went 2.2 innings with five earned runs and six hits allowed.
 
UA added a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, but was too little, too late to earn the win. James Sheltrown and Brady Stewart each recorded a pair of base hits. Sheltrown also added two RBI, while Stewart scored one run.
 
Devan Ahart, Grant Alvarez and Matt LaRocca had one hit a piece in the contest. The whole Akron offense became more comfortable this afternoon, as they registered eight total hits compared to Friday's four total hits.
 
The final game of this three game series will be played on Sunday with a 1 p.m., first pitch. Freshman JT Brubaker is the probable starting pitcher for the contest. 
 
Ball State's baseball team suffered an 11-6 loss at Middle Tennessee State Saturday in its opening series of the season.
 
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 0-2 on the season, while Middle Tennessee State improved to 2-0.  The two teams will complete the three-game series with a Sunday 1 p.m. (CT) game at MTSU.
 
Middle Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings, and added two in the bottom of the sixth to maintain a 5-0 advantage.  The Cardinals rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh to tie the contest at 5-5, but the Blue Raiders managed a sixth run seventh to seal the victory.
 
Clay Manering suffered the loss after pitching only 2/3 of an inning and allowing one earned run.  Nestor Bautista started the game and pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs.  Ball State used a total of six pitchers in the game, and allowed 11 hits, while striking out three.
 
Ryan Spaulding led the Cardinals with three hits and two runs-batted-in in four at-bats.  Sean Godfrey and Cody Campbell tallied two hits apiece, while Brandon Estep managed a two RBI single in a pitch hitter appearance.  Billy Wellman and Campbell drove in Ball State's other runs.
 
Bowling Green 3, Western Kentucky 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ky.—For the second straight day, the Bowling Green State University baseball team defeated Western Kentucky University by one run. The 3-2 win at Nick Denes Field on Saturday afternoon moves the Falcons to 2-0 on the young season.
 
Making his first appearance in a Falcon uniform since the 2011 MAC Tournament, redshirt junior Mike Frank went five solid innings to start the game. The only run that he surrendered on the afternoon was a leadoff home run in the second inning.
 
WKU’s home run came on the heels of T.J. Losby’s solo home run to left field to get the scoring started in the top of the second inning. The home run was Losby’s fourth career, and first of his young season.
 
In the top of the third, freshman Trey Keegan notched his first career hit, when he singled up the middle off left-handed hurler Tim Bado.
 
The starter Frank pitched out of trouble in the bottom of the fourth to keep the game tied at one. With two runners on and nobody out, junior catcher T.J. Losby picked off the WKU runner at second base, with shortstop Brian Bien applying the tag. Frank would then get a fly out and a ground out to end the inning.
 
Patrick Lancaster’s double with two outs in the top of the sixth snapped a streak of 11 consecutive batters retired by Hilltopper pitchers. Lancaster would beat the throw home on Jeremy Shay’s single to right, giving the Brown and Orange a 2-1 lead.
 
WKU would respond in the home half of the sixth. With two out and runners on second and third, WKU’s Devin Kelly would single to shallow right field. Charging the ball, Lancaster would field it and throw towards home. On the receiving end, Losby caught the ball, and dove back to the plate to beat the runner home and keep the score tied at two.
 
The Falcons immediately responded in the top of the seventh, again with two outs and nobody on. Freshman Matt Smith drew a walk, which was followed by a Keegan single up the middle. In similar fashion to Friday, Bien would poke a single—the eventual game-winner—up the middle. Smith would come around to score his first collegiate run, giving the Falcons the 3-2 lead.
 
After the first two runners reached base against Brett Fitzwater, the Falcons would go to junior RHP Ethan McKenney to put out the fire. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, McKenney proceeded to get a strikeout and groundout to hold the lead at 3-2.
 
The Hilltoppers would get a one-out base runner in the bottom of the eighth, a double off the bat of Ryan Huck. Following a wild pitch that moved him to third, McKenney would get a huge strikeout, getting the batter to look at it on the 3-2 count. The junior righty would get a ground ball to short to end the inning, keeping the score at 3-2.
 
McKenney would complete his three inning save with three straight groundouts in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Falcons the victory.
 
The Falcons and Hilltoppers will meet in game three of the series tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch coming at 2 p.m. EST/1 p.m. CST. Trevor Blaylock will get the start for the Falcons.
 
Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Central Michigan 3 (Game 1)
Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Central Michigan 4 (Game 2)

LAFAYETTE, La. - Central Michigan seemed poised to earn its first win of the 2013 season Saturday night at "Tigue" Moore Field, but four runs by Louisiana in the bottom of the ninth gave the Ragin' Cajuns a Saturday doubleheader sweep and series victory.
 
The Chippewas (0-3) were unable to take advantage of sophomore Jordan Foley's gem or the three runs they scored in the top of the ninth as the Ragin' Cajuns' (3-0) Ryan Leonards singled to left field with the bases loaded for the walk off 5-4 win.
 
With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth, an error on the Cajuns allowed Alec Ornelas to reach and junior Noel Santos singled to push Ornelas to second. Both runners advanced on a failed pickoff attempt and freshman Logan Regnier recorded her first career triple down the right field line to plate both runners and give CMU a 3-1 lead.
 
After sophomore Nick Regnier was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners with one out, senior Jordan Adams singled through the middle to bring the younger Regnier across the plate.
 
Sophomore Dylan Rheault, who replaced Foley to start the eighth, hit the leadoff batter in the ninth and gave up back-to-back singles to allow Louisiana to pull within 4-2. Fellow sophomore Sean Renzi came on to try to get out of the jam, but a bases-loaded walk cut the Chippewas' lead to just one and Leonards plated the winning runs in the next at bat.
 
Renzi suffered the loss for the Chippewas as Foley's seven innings of one-run ball in which he struck out seven resulted in a no decision.
 
Game One 
Despite outhitting the Louisiana, the Chippewas left nine on base and were unable to overcome an early deficit in losing the doubleheader opener, 5-3.
 
The Chippewas had an early scoring chance when sophomore Pat MacKenzie walked with one out and later advanced to third, but senior Jordan Adams struck out to end the inning.
 
The Ragin' Cajuns struck first off senior starter Pat Kaminska with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and Tyler Girouard extended the lead to 3-0 with a solo home run to start the second.
 
CMU started to rally in the top of the fourth when Adams, sophomore Cody Leichman and redshirt freshman Cody Leichman hit consecutive singles to load the bases. Freshman Zack Fields flew out to left to drive in Adams and sophomore Tyler Huntey drove in Leichman with a RBI groundout in the next at bat to pull the Chippewas within one, 3-2.
 
Louisiana displayed its team speed in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on a single sacrifice fly. After a single by Jace Conrad and double by Michael Strentz, Chace Compton flew out to deep center and both players raced home to push the lead to 5-2.
 
Fields recorded a RBI double in the second-straight game to pull the Chippewas within a pair of runs in the top of the eighth and CMU pushed the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but a groundout by sophomore Nick Regnier ended the game.
 
The Chippewas and Cajuns will conclude their series tomorrow at "Tigue" Moore Field at noon. 
 
Virginia Tech 8, Kent State 1
Wilmington, N.C. -  Kent State (0-3) tallied ten runs, yet was unable to get enough runs across, losing 8-1 to Virginia Tech (2-0) Saturday (Feb. 16) afternoon.
 
"We couldn't put things together," Coach Scott Strciklin said after the game.  "We'd have a couple of good at-bats in a row, but then have a bad at-bat.  We swung the bat well again, we just left too many guys on base."
 
Virginia Tech jump on the board early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first.  Kent State answered right back in the top of the next inning, tying the game after Alex Miklos doubled and came home on a two-out base hit by Jason Bagoly.
 
However, the Hokies plated two more in the third to take the lead for good.  They added five insurance runs in the sixth inning, including a one-out three-run homerun that ended Kent State starting pitcher Casey Wilson's day.
 
The Flashes came close to scoring in the 5th and 8th innings, but were not able to bring runners home, leaving men on the corners in both.
 
Defensively they showed improvement, only committing two errors whereas they had nine through the first two games.   They stayed hot at the plate, now out-hitting their opponents 36-25 through three games.
 
Stricklin has no worries about the team fixing the early-season kinks and playing to the level everyone, including themselves, expects them to be at, despite now starting the season 0-3.
 
"It's a matter of getting better as a team overall, and I think we're going to get there," he said.  "It's only a matter of time."
 
T.J. Sutton was the only Golden Flash to have a multi-hit day.  He finished 2-for-4.  Freshman Justin Wagler had a triple in his one at-bat.
 
Wilson (0-1) got the loss as the starter, going 5.1 innings while allowing 11 hits, seven runs, two walks and striking out two.
 
Kent State gets a rematch with UNC Wilmington on Sunday (Feb. 17) after they suffered a 7-6 extra-innings defeat from the Seahawks in their second game this season.
 
"We're excited to play again,"  said Stricklin.  "We are excited to get back out there and end the weekend on a positive note.  We're going to get better, we just have to be more consistent."
 
Game time is set for 12:00 pm.
 
BYU 5, Northern Illinois 3
LUBBOCK, Texas - A late rally for Northern Illinois brought the Huskies within two runs of Brigham Young but NIU was unable to get over the hump and fell to the Cougars, 5-3. Senior Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) continued his hot start to the season, finishing 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run.
 
"I really liked our energy and our enthusiasm today coming off of a late game yesterday against Texas Tech," said Head Coach Ed Mathey, "we were able to get string some hits but it really came down to the little things to finish the job and score those runners on base. We can't have mental errors and we need to drive the ball away from the defense. BYU is a veteran club and our young guys really took it to them. We're pleased with the effort, but with the result today. We need to come out with that same energy tomorrow in our double-header. If we do that, we'll be successful."
 
Freshman Jordan Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) made his NIU debut on the mound and became the first true frosh to start for the Huskies on opening weekend since 2009 (Chris Wakefield). Ruckman hurled six innings for NIU, surrendering five hits , five earned runs, three strikeouts and two walks.
 
"Jordan did a heck of a job today and was good in his debut," added Mathey, "he threw some strikes out there and had BYU swinging. Outside of a couple of lapses that allowed runners to advance on the base path, he was good today."
 
BYU (2-0) gained a 4-0 advantage after four innings of play but the Huskies cut the the deficit to three runs after a sacrifice fly by Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo.) in the sixth inning that sent Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) home to make it 4-1.
 
The Huskies continued to battle to the eighth, where a single by Ruzich and a double by Wells put runners on second and third base. Connor Duckhorn (Hinsdale/Cowley County College) grounded out to second base to score Ruzich for the second time and Wells reached home following a balk by pitcher Brennon Anderson to make it 5-3.
 
The promise continued in the ninth inning after a leadoff infield single by first baseman Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew), who went to second following a wild pitch by closer Matt Milke. With a full count on him, freshman Brandon Mallder (Bridgeview)/St. Laurence) walked and was substituted by Connor Schomig (Hinsdale/Hinsdale South) to add a little more speed on the base path with runners at first and third. Northern Illinois was unable to capitalize on the opportunity however as the game ended, 5-3.
 
In closing, the skipper said "we gave ourselves a chance today, we just need to finish those opportunities and take advantage of them."
 
Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) finished the final two innings on the mound for NIU, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts and zero walks.
 
Ruzich accounted for a team-high two runs in the bottom of the batting order, with Wells scoring the other at the top of the lineup. Duckhorn (second) and Klonowski (third) drove in runs from the top third of the batting order. Zimmerman led the team with two hits, including a double.
 
The Huskies (0-2) will play two on Sunday as they face Northern Colorado tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. and close the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic with Texas Tech in the afternoon at 3 p.m.
 
Belmont 5, Ohio 1 (Game 1)
Valparaiso 1, Ohio 0 (Game 2)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Ohio University baseball team (0-2) dropped a pair of games on Saturday as it opened its 2013 campaign. The `Cats dropped their first game of the season to Belmont 5-1 and then were shutout 1-0 by Valparaiso in game two at E.S. Rose Park.
 
"I thought we played exceptionally well defensively today," head coach Rob Smith said. "Obviously we're disappointed about the losses, but give Belmont and Valparaiso credit, they both played well and got great outings from their starters. I think there were some positives to take away from today's games and we're looking forward to getting back to work on Monday."
 
In game one against Belmont, Ohio fell behind early as the Bruins scored three runs on five hits in the bottom of the first inning. Belmont sophomore pitcher Austin Coley kept the Bobcats in check for the first five innings of the game as he held Ohio without a hit.
 
In the bottom half of the fifth, Belmont increased its lead to 4-0 thanks to a two-out double by Matt Beaty. Ohio's offense began to get going in the sixth as it collected a pair of hits from freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) and sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio), but the `Cats were unable to capitalize on the hits as they stranded a pair of runners.
 
Belmont struck again in the sixth to make the count 5-0. Ohio added a run in the eighth as senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) came around to score thanks to an RBI single into right field by Madsen.
 
Freshman Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss after he allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. Madsen highlighted the Bobcats' offensive effort as he went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. As a team, Ohio was outhit 13-4 by the Bruins.
 
In game two against Valparaiso, Ohio received a strong effort from senior starter Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) as he held the Crusaders to just four hits in 5.0 innings of work. He also struck out five in the losing effort.
 
"Marck (Paliotto) did a nice job in his first start of the year," Smith said. "He gave us a chance to win."
 
Valpo starting pitcher Cole Webb was equally effective in his first start of the season as he struck out four allowed just one hit and one walk in 8.0 innings of work to earn the win.
 
The lone Crusader run came off the bat of John Loeffler in the top of the 4th inning. Tanner Vavra led off the frame with a double down the left field line. Morman followed with a bunt down the third-base line. With runners at first and third and no one out, Loeffler grounded into a 6-4 fielder's choice that plated the Crusader second baseman.
 
Ohio returns to action next week as it heads to Greenville, N.C. to take on Illinois (Feb. 22), Boston College (Feb. 23) and New Mexico State (Feb. 24).
 
Pepperdine 7, Western Michigan 2 (Game One)
Pepperdine 7, Western Michigan 1 (Game Two)

MALIBU, Calif.- Western Michigan baseball fell 7-2 in game one and 7-1 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at Pepperdine. The Broncos will look to avoid a sweep in the four-game series tomorrow.
 
GAME ONE
Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead early, scoring a run in the second and third innings. Western Michigan got a run back in the top of the fourth, but the Waves tacked another run to its total in the bottom of the fifth. WMU scored its second run in the top of the seventh and Pepperdine put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
 
Pepperdine (2-0) had eight hits in the game, five off of Bronco starter Mike Moyer. Moyer fanned six over 4.1 innings, and allowed three runs in the loss.
 
Monty Porter surrendered three runs in an inning and two-third before Chris Bossenbery closed out the game, tossing the final two innings and holding Pepperdine to one hit.
 
Western Michigan (0-2) had four hits in the game. Jared Kujawa and Hunter Prince each had a double, while Patrick Duncan and Andrew Sohn singled. Duncan and had the team's lone RBI.
 
GAME TWO
Western Michigan hung around in game two, trailing 2-1, until Pepperdine scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull away.
 
Both runs off of Bronco start Patrick Borlik were unearned, as the junior right-hander hurled six innings before giving away to David Brennan who finished the game.
 
Borlik had three strikeouts and scattered three hits in what was one of the best pitching performances by a Bronco in the first three games against the Waves, despite taking the loss.
 
WMU's only run came in the top of the fifth, cutting a 2-0 deficit in half. Freshman Drew Farmer got on with a leadoff walk, and moved over to third after a pair of groundouts. Sophomore Andrew Sohn delivered a two-out single through the right side.
 
Freshman second baseman Kurt Hoekstra and freshman first baseman Hunter Prince each had two hits in the game. Sophomore Jared Kujawa also singled.