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Buffalo 10, VMI 3
LEXINGTON, VA - Spurred on by a strong pitching performance from Cory Folk, and two high-powered innings by the offense, the Buffalo baseball team (3-3) cruised past VMI (1-5) Sunday afternoon, avenging a loss less than 24 hours earlier to the Keydets. Jason Kanzler hit his third home run and extended his hitting streak to 20 games in the process.
With the host Keydets holding a 1-0 lead through the first four complete innings, the Bulls were held to just one hit and three base runners total in that span. That would all be remedied in the fifth inning, though, when UB posted five runs.
After a walk and an error put runners at first and second, a second walk would load up the bases. Jon Mestas continued to build on a strong weekend with a two-run single down the left field line. He would be driven in immediately by Kanzler, who pulled his third home run of the weekend over the left field wall to make it a 5-0 game. Mestas would drive in another run in the sixth inning on a groundout.
The Keydets were stifled throughout the game by Folk, who was not flashy but was confident in his defense. The junior left after six full innings with only two strikeouts, but pitched to contact and would scatter five hits along the way. His only run allowed would come in the third inning.
Zach Stephens would come into the game to relieve Folk and started strong, retiring the side in the seventh and pitching out of a major jams in the eighth and ninth with minor harm taken. He allowed just one earned run and struck out two while walking none and allowing four hits.
With the score at 6-2 heading to the ninth, the Bulls played solid, fundamental small-ball to put up four more runs on just four hits. Mestas led off with a single and moved over on a wild pitch. Kanzler would bring him in on a double, and Kanzler would take third on a seeing-eye single from Alex Baldock. Another walk loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly by Michael Scarcello drove in one. Mike Burke hugged the left field line for a two-run single to cap the team's scoring for the game.
Along with Kanzler, freshman Kyle Brennan and junior Jimmy Topps recorded two hits apiece. Though the calendar might show that the weekend is over, the team will stay in Lexington for one more game tomorrow. With a win, the Bulls will go over .500 for the first time since March 10, 2010.
Miami 8, Michigan State 6
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Miami erupted for four runs in the first inning and three more in the second, then hung on for an 8-6 victory over Michigan State Sunday at the First Pitch Invitational. The win was the second straight for the RedHawks after an 0-3 start to the season.
Eight of the nine starters registered hits for Miami, with Scott Slappey finishing the day 2-for-3. Each of his hits drove in a pair of runs, topping his career best of three RBIs set last April 21 vs. Bowling Green.
After allowing an unearned run in the top of the first, the RedHawks saw their first two batters pop up in the infield. But Matt Honchel singled, before Alex Johnson and Kevin Bower both walked to load the bases. Slappey singled sharply to right to put the RedHawks up 2-1, then Max Andresen laced a double off the wall in right center for two more runs.
Miami added three in the second to break the game open. Dan Walsh and Nate Bowles singled around a strikeout before a walk to Honchel filled the bags. After another K, Bower drew a walk for an easy RBI, before Slappey ripped a double just over third base for a 7-1 lead.
Marking his first career start, sophomore Nathan Williams (1-0) kept the Spartans (3-3) at bay during most of the first six innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned). He walked five and fanned three.
A solo home run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the sixth pulled Michigan State to within 7-3, but Johnson led off the seventh with a blast over a replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster in left.
Brian Thene pitched two scoreless innings, with only one of the seven batters he faced reaching base, before Michigan State made things interesting. Charlie Suich came on to start the ninth and got the first out, but surrendered a hit and walk before an error on a short hopper near second. Closer Brandon Adkins was called upon for the second straight day and retired both batters he faced, but not before a pair of wild pitches made the score 8-5. The Spartans' final tally was conceded on a groundout.
Mike Theodore (0-1) suffered the loss for Michigan State, as he was tagged with five hits and two walks by the 11 batters he faced. He allowed six runs, all earned, in only 1.1 innings.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it heads South for the third straight week. The RedHawks face Mercer in Macon, Ga., in a single game Friday and doubleheader Saturday.
Louisville 2, Akron 1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Akron (0-6) baseball team lost the series finale to No. 4 University of Louisville (5-1) by a score of 2-1 on Sunday in a tightly contested pitchers duel at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Freshman JT Brubaker made the start at pitcher for Akron, and turned in a strong pitching performance. Brubaker tossed 7.2 innings with three strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. He held Louisville batters to four hits in his time on the mound. The native of New Carlisle, Ohio's record dropped to 0-2.
"JT pitched outstanding ball game and kept a very good offense in check. We played great defense behind him, and today ended up being an overall improvement. The best day of the weekend," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the game.
Louisville took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Akron bounced back to tie the game at one in the top of the second. Senior Jared Turocy singled to right field to score Joey Havrilak from second base. Turocy started his first game of the year on Sunday, and finished the day with one base hit and one RBI.
Six different Zips batters recorded base hits in the contest. The top three batters of the lineup – Daulton Mosbarger, Matt Rembielak and Devan Ahart – each earned base hits. Rembielak's hit was his first of the season, and stopped a stretch of 19 hitless at-bats to open the season. Ahart also stole his second base of the season on Sunday.
Brady Stewart continued to swing the bat well against Louisville. He registered a base hit, which pushes his consecutive game hit streak to six games. Stewart leads Akron in batting average (.381), base hits (7) and on-base percentage (.435).
Akron's next series will be against No. 11 University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. The first game of the three game series will be at 4 p.m., on Friday. Kentucky currently holds an overall record of 4-1.
"We're going to continue working to improve in every part of the game. Today's game showed improvements are being made against strong competition. We have another chance at a tough team in Kentucky in the coming weekend," Rembielak said of the day's game.
Bradley 13, Ball State 8
Ball State's baseball team, under the direction of head coach Rich Maloney who tallied his 600th career victory Saturday, suffered a 13-8 loss to Bradley Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.
The Cardinals fall to 3-4 on the season, while Bradley improved to 2-5 on the year. Sunday's game wrapped up Ball State's four game series in Nashville, Tenn., and the Cardinals will now prepare for their spring trip -- a series of eight games in 10 days.
Bradley jumped out to an early 5-1 lead after three innings, and then a six-run fifth inning put the lead at 11-1. The Cardinals responded by outscoring the Braves 7-2 in the final four frames before suffering the 13-8 loss. Bradley managed 13 runs on 14 hits, while Ball State tallied eight runs on nine hits.
Cody Campbell led Ball State with a 3-for-5 performance with three runs-batted-in, a double, a triple and one run scored.
Blake Beemer managed two hits in four at-bats with one RBI and scored three runs from the leadoff spot in the batting order.
Kyle Raleigh suffered the loss, pitching 2.1 innings and allowing four earned runs, while striking out three.
Ball State used six pitchers in the contest -- its fourth game in three days. Matt Johnsen pitched 2.1 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out three.
The Cardinals will face Morehead State to start off their spring trip in a three-game series beginning Friday. The teams will meet Friday at 3 p.m., and play each one game Saturday and one game Sunday.
Murray State 8, Bowling Green 6
MURRAY, Ky.—The Bowling Green State University baseball team was defeated by Murray State on Sunday afternoon, falling by a final of 8-6. With the loss, the Falcons are now 2-4 on the season.
The Thoroughbreds scored five runs in the first inning, thanks in large part to a series of defensive miscues in the inning. Murray State got just two hits in the inning, but three walks, an error, a wild pitch, and a passed ball allowed them to bat around.
Falcon starter Trevor Blaylock would settle in from there, keeping Murray State off the scoreboard in the second and third innings.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard thanks to an RBI single by Jeremy Shay in the third inning with two outs.
In the fourth, things looked bleak for the Falcons, as they only had one runner on with two outs. But, two-out singles by five-straight batters allowed the Falcons to score five runs, jumping ahead 6-5.
Murray State wasted no time regaining the lead, as they tallied three-straight one-out singles in the home half of the fourth. The Thoroughbreds led 7-6 after four innings.
Both pitching staffs settled in from that point on, as the Falcons could not crack the scoreboard for the remainder of the afternoon.
In the fifth, the Falcons had a golden opportunity to tie the game up, as they had two runners on, with two outs. A fly out to center would end the threat.
That started a streak of ten straight Falcons retired by MSU pitching, before a leadoff single by T.J. Losby in the ninth. Following a walk and two flyouts, pinch-hitter Alex Davison would keep the hope alive with an infield single down the third base line.
Murray State would get a groundout to end the game, keeping the bases loaded in the inning. For the game, the Falcons left 12 runners on base.
Bowling Green will return to action on Tuesday at Dayton, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.
Western Kentucky 12, Bowling Green 6
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Central Michigan fell to Western Kentucky 12-6 in game two of a three-game series. Sophomore centerfielder Nick Regnier led the Chippewas with three hits and three RBIs.
Central Michigan (2-4) trailed 5-6 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Hilltoppers strung together five unanswered runs. Ryan Messex singled to left for Western Kentucky to bring in Ryan Huck from third. Matthew Paculan made the score 9-5 in favor of the Hilltoppers with a two run single.
Western Kentucky kept the momentum in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs. Junior pitcher Kenton San Miguel came in to relieve freshman Taylor Lehnert on the mound for the Chippewas, but walked three of the first four batters faced. Scott Wilcox scored on a wild pitch from third, and Anderson Miller singled to bring in Devin Kelly and advance Huck to second.
Central Michigan jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with Nick Regnier reaching base on an error by Western Kentucky that brought home freshman Logan Regnier.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first, the Chippewas retook the lead in the second with a sophomore Tyler Huntey sac fly to score freshman Neal Jacobs, and an RBI single to center by Noel Santos to score freshman Morgan Oliver.
Central Michigan lost its lead in the fourth inning. Huntey walked on a 3-1 count and advanced to second on a balk. Huntey put Central Michigan on top 5-4 thanks to an error at first base off a hit by Santos. Western Kentucky answered though in the bottom of the fourth with two runs.
Nick Regnier went three of four at the plate with three RBIs. Logan Regnier added in two hits and two runs from the leadoff position. Huntley and Santos each had one run and one RBI.
Pat Kaminska (0-2) got the start and pitched 3.1 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs. Taylor Lehnert pitched 1.2 innings, surrendering three hits and three earned runs. San Miguel faced seven batters on one inning of work, and Jimmy McNamara gave up two hits and one run in two innings.
The Chippewas close the three-game series at Western Kentucky Sunday, Feb. 24. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Washington State 13, Eastern Michigan 10 -- Boxscore
Washington State 12, Eastern Michigan 2 -- Boxscore
PULLMAN, Wash. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team departed Washington State University winless after falling in both games of a doubleheader, 13-10 and 12-2, Sunday, Feb. 24. The Eagles (1-5) were swept in the four-game series by the Cougars (5-2).
Eastern Michigan put up a pair of five-run innings in the first game, but the Cougars responded with a four-run eighth inning to sneak away 13-10 winners. Game one saw the arrival of Brian Hill, who pitched in his first game for the Green and White after recovering from injury last season. Hill allowed six earned runs over four innings in a no-decision.
In game two, the Eagles trailed by a 5-2 count until a sloppy sixth inning resulted in Washington State scoring six times and putting the game out of reach.
The Eagles return to action Friday-Saturday, March 1-2, when they take on Kansas University and the University of Iowa at the Rock Chalk Tournament in Lawrence, Kan.
The Eagles clawed back from an early 6-0 deficit in the opener to charge ahead, 10-9, on a three-run homer from Jamie Simpson. The Cougars pulled away for good in the eighth with four runs for a 13-10 win.
Batters one through eight in the EMU lineup had at least one hit and the heart of the order consisting of Sam Ott (2-for-4), Lee Longo (2-for-5) and Adam Sonabend (2-for-5) had two knocks apiece. Sonabend and Simpson each earned three RBI and Daniel Russell knocked in a pair of runs with a two-RBI triple in the third.
Joe Battistelli (0-1) was saddled with the loss as a result of surrendering the winning homer to Jason Monda. Richie Ochoa (1-0) picked up the win for the Cougars, tossing 0.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
Hill struggled in his first two innings pitching in an EMU uniform, giving up six total runs and four earned. A Hill throwing error allowed Trek Stemp to score and make it a 2-0 game. Yale Rosen then singled in Monda for the third run of the first inning. WSU tacked on another trio of runs in the second with a two-run homer by Nick Tanielu and a solo blast from Rosen.
After WSU starter Scott Simon cruised through his first six outs, the EMU bats touched him up for a five-spot in the third to pull within a run, 6-5. Russell's triple with one out drove home Marquise Gill and Dae Bowden for the first two runs. Tucker Rubino chipped in with a sacrifice fly and Sonabend notched a two-RBI single to plate Lee Longo and Sam Ott.
The Cougars regained a three-run lead, 8-5, as Tanielu and Rosen remained hot turned in an RBI knock apiece. Washington State's lead grew to 9-5 in the sixth with an unearned run.
Eastern Michigan's offense was not done quite yet as it put together another five-run outburst in the seventh inning to take the lead for the first time, 10-9. Rubino touched home plate for the first run of the frame on an RBI single from Ott. Ott was brought home two batters later as Sonabend came through with EMU's fourth straight single. With Sonabend and Longo on base, Simpson cranked his first homerun of the season down the left field line to erase the WSU lead and put the Eagles ahead.
Reliever Brian Valente worked a scoreless seventh inning, but was pulled for Joe Battistelli after Ben Roberts hit a solo homerun with one out in the eighth to tie the game at 10 apiece. The Cougars delivered the dagger with two outs in the frame when Monda sent a shot over the right field wall for a three-run homerun.
In the ninth, Ott drew a leadoff walk, but the Eagles were unable to mount a third comeback.
Ryan Lavoie (0-1) took to the mound to start game two, but was taken out after two innings over which he allowed four earned runs and four walks. Overall, EMU pitching surrendered 10 walks. Defense was an issue as well as the Eagles recorded four errors which led to four unearned runs.
Richie (2-0) pulled off the rare feat of winning two games in one day. He pitched just one inning and gave up one hit, but was the pitcher of record during the fifth inning when a win can officially be credited.
Mitchell McGeein hit his first-career home run, a solo shot to left field in the fourth inning. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Ott was also 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
After getting the first two outs in the first, Lavoie struggled to find the strike zone. The sophomore threw back-to-back wild pitches and walked Rosen and Adam Nelubowich to load the bases. Roberts cleared the sacks with a double to left field to start the Cougars off with a 3-0 edge.
Both squads posted a run in the second and fourth innings to make it a 5-2 affair.
Washington State broke the game open with a six-run sixth inning as Ben Dartnell continued to struggle with his command and the EMU defense committed a pair of costly errors. The inning concluded with WSU needing just two hits to plate all six runs.
EMU was unable to muster any more runs for the remainder of the game as Cougars' pitching allowed just seven total hits.
San Diego 14, Kent State 2
San Diego, Calif. – Kent State (1-7) hoped to take some winning momentum into Sunday's (Feb. 24) game, but the Flashes couldn't get into groove, losing in the final game against San Diego (3-4) 14-2.
"It's very disappointing how we competed today," said head coach Scott Stricklin. "For us to lose a game 14 to two is unacceptable. Our coaching staff doesn't feel very good about where we are right now. We've got to get better as a team, and it needs to start now."
The Flashes had the bases loaded in the first three innings, but were only able to muster run one in that span, stranding nine. Evan Campbell had a RBI single in the second and fourth innings to plate Kent State's only runs.
"That just can't happen.," Stricklin said. "We did it three innings in a row. If you leave nine runners on base in the first three innings, you're not going to beat anybody."
San Diego posted eight runs in the second inning on seven hits, a wild pitch, a walk and a hit batter. They added three more in the sixth and one in the seventh to seal the victory.
Kent State struggled at the plate and on the mound in the game. They left 11 runners on base and only one player had a multi-hit game. Five pitchers appeared in the game, with none surviving more than 2.2 innings.
Campbell went 3-for-5 in the game with two RBI. Derek Toadvine had the only extra-base hit for the Flashes, picking up a triple.
Michael Clark got the loss as the starter, lasting 1.2 innings while allowing seven runs, five hits, two walks and two wild pitches. Eli Martin threw two innings with one earned run and a strikeout. He also had two errors. Eric Dorsch closed out the final inning not giving up a hit or a run.
"Overall, our bullpen has been very poor and it's been extremely disappointing," said Stricklin. "That's probably the most disappointed group of players we have right now is our bullpen. Guys have not stepped up, they've not pitched to their capability."
The early-season schedule remains tough for the Flashes, as they head to a top ten-ranked Louisville for three games beginning on Friday (Mar. 1).
Nevada 7, Northern Illinois 4
RENO, Nev. - Northern Illinois outhit Nevada in a series finale pitcher’s duel at Peccole Park, 7-4, but a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth handed the Huskies a 3-1 loss. Junior Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) pitched career-highs in innings pitched (7.1) and strikeouts (6).
“It was a well played college baseball game, both pitchers were throwing strikes and the defense was making plays for the most part,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey, “but baseball is a game of inches and those inches made the difference in a couple plays in the eighth inning. If we have better execution on the base path and at the plate, we take the lead and break the tie, which changes some circumstances of the game. We continued to hit the ball hard and we need to keep doing that and keep plugging away. If we do that, we’ll win ball games.”
The Wolf Pack (5-3) opened the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning, breaking up Klonowski's no-hitter on a single and a couple of bunts to small ball the Huskies to a 1-0 lead. Northern Illinois (1-7) responded quickly to Nevada lead as it equalized the contest in the top of the sixth.
Junior Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) hit a leadoff double and was advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC). Senior third baseman Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) drove Zimmerman home with his first pitch single to score the Huskies lone run.
Klonowski pitched strong in the game in 7.1 innings of work with six strikeouts and three walks. He took full stride in the sixth and seven innings when hurled seven pitches in the sixth and nine in the seventh before finishing the day with 101 pitches (68 strikes) in the eighth frame.
Nevada would take the lead in the eighth inning on a two-run homer by Kewby Meyer to right field to give the Wolf Pack their final 3-2 lead.
Freshman right fielder Brandon Mallder (Bridgeview/St. Laurence) had a big day for Huskies, leading NIU in hits as he finished 2-for-4. He highlighted his day with his first collegiate hit through the right side in the top of the fifth inning. Duckhorn finished 1-for-4 at the plate with his RBI.
The Huskies played errorless baseball once again in the contest, signifying the sixth time this season the defense played without a blemish.
Northern Illinois will return to the field March 1 when it kicks off the Dairy Queen Classic versus Utah in Minneapolis, Minn. First pitch is set for 12:15 p.m. Central. NIU will also take on Dartmouth and host Minnesota.
Virginia 6, Toledo 3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Toledo could not avoid the weekend sweep and dropped a 6-3 decision at No. 25 Virginia on Sunday at Davenport Field. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 1-4 on the season.
For a second-consecutive game, UT was not able to take advantage of a quality starting pitching performance against the unbeaten Cavaliers (7-0). Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (0-1) was outstanding in his collegiate debut, allowing four runs (one earned) on only three hits with two punchouts in 5.0 innings.
As a staff, the Rockets hurlers held high-powered Virginia to a season-low three hits.
Offensively, senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-4) led Toledo with two hits, while senior DH Matt Delewski (1-for-5, 2 RBI) posted a team-high two RBI.
Today's weekend finale was scoreless until the fourth frame when UVa's Kenny Towns registered a RBI groundout to give the home team the early advantage.
Toledo fought back and mustered its first run of the weekend in the fifth on a two-out solo home run off the bat of junior C James Miglin (1-for-4, RS, RBI). The round tripper was the first of the season for Miglin.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they could not sustain the momentum of Miglin's equalizer as Virginia countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of only one hit. With two outs in the frame, UVa's Branden Cogswell and Jared King reached base on a walk and an error to bring teammate Derek Fisher to the dish. Fisher made Toledo pay dearly for allowing the home team to prolong the inning with a three-run home run over the wall in left center to make the score 4-1. It proved to be a lead UVa would not relinquish.
UT tried to claw its way back into the game in the seventh frame, taking advantage of a two-run double to right center off the bat of Delewski to make it a one-run difference, 4-3.
Toledo would not be able to get any closer though, as Virginia tacked on a pair of unearned insurance runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 6-3. The home team benefitted from three walks, one error and on wild pitch in the frame to double up the Rockets.
Virginia's Nathan Kirby (1-0) was credited with the victory, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 relief innings.
The Rockets will return to the diamond next weekend in Tampa, FL with a three-game set at South Florida on Friday-Sunday, March 1-3. From there, Toledo will make its way to Port Charlotte to tangle with Georgetown (March 5) and Valparaiso (March 6) at the Snowbird Classic, before concluding its Spring Break trip with three contests at Florida Atlantic on Friday-Sunday, March 8-10.
Minnesota 9, Western Michigan 2
MINNEAPOLIS- Minnesota broke open a 1-1 tie with three runs in the fifth and went on to a 9-2 victory in the series finale against Western Michigan Sunday. The Gophers took the series three games to one.
Minnesota (4-3) plated a run in the first and WMU tied the count in the third. Jared Kujawa singled through the right side, moved to second on a sac bunt by Brooks Beilke and scored on Theo Piccirilli's single to center field.
David Brennan was effective on the mound through the first four innings, ringing up five strikeouts and picking off a runner at second base, but ran into trouble in the fifth. The Gophers hit three doubles off Brennan in the fifth before he was replaced by Monty Porter.
After taking a 4-1 lead, Minnesota put the game out of reach with five runs in the seventh.
Porter gave way to Patrick Haynes after giving up a pair of hits to start the seventh. Gabe Berman would also make an appearance out of the bullpen, tossing the final inning and a third.
Western Michigan (1-7) scored its second run in the ninth. Freshman Drew Farmer led off with a pinch hit triple to right center and scored on a sac fly by Vinnie Booker.
WMU had just five hits in the game. Jordan Jess got the win for Minnesota, throwing six innings and striking out seven. Brennan (0-1) took the loss for WMU.
The Broncos next then head South for the annual Spring trip to Florida, March 1-10.