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Kent State 3, Louisville 2
Louisville, Ky. – Head Coach Scott Stricklin said starting pitcher Casey Wilson needed to last five to six innings and the bullpen needed to show their abilities to get a win at Louisville (9-2) on Sunday (Mar. 3), and that's just what they did.
The Flashes were able to hold on to a slight lead to earn a 3-2 victory over the fourth-ranked team in the nation in the teams' final meeting.
"Casey Wilson was really big for us and had a great start against a really good offensive team," Stricklin said. "Then the bullpen, which we know is going to be really good for us, stepped up today. That was really good to see."
Louisville got on the board first, scoring one run in the bottom of the third. But Kent State was able to answer back with one of their own in the fifth. T.J. Sutton put down a base-hit bunt and Cody Koch singled to right, setting up a RBI opportunity for Sawyer Polen. Polen singled through the right side to tie the game.
The Flashes added two more runs in the very next inning. Evan Campbell bumped his hit streak up to 11 games with a single to lead off the inning. Jason Bagoly later reached on an error and Troy Summers came in to pinch run for him and stole second. With two on, Tommy Monnot doubled to score two.
However, the Cardinals would not go down easy. They were able to load the bases in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, but the Flashes bullpen was ready to prove their worth.
Brian Clark allowed the bases to get loaded in the seventh on a walk and two singles, but struck out two straight to end the threat. Clark allowed a run to score on a double in the eighth, but with bases loaded again and two outs, he got out of the jam.
In the bottom of the ninth, Louisville looked ready to walk-off. Clark walked the leadoff batter and allowed a single and sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. He then issued an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. Clark sat the next batter down looking before the Kent State coaching staff went to the bullpen to call on Eric Dorsch to close the game. Dorsch struggled in his two appearances this season, but did his job, getting the final batter to line out to end the game and earn himself the save.
Wilson (1-2) went 5.1 innings with five hits, two walks and one strikeout while only allowing one run. His performance reassured his position as the third starter on what has now shown to be a tough three-man rotation for the Flashes.
"He did a really good job," Stricklin said. "The exciting thing for us is to see Casey pitch like that on Sunday and we know we've got Taylor Williams and Tyler Skulina on Friday and Saturday. That makes us feel really good as a team and the direction that we're moving."
T.J Sutton had his second multi-hit day in a row, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Derek Toadvine picked up two hits in his four at-bats.
Clark pitched 3.1 innings in relief with five hits, one unearned run, five walks and six strikeouts.
The win gives Kent State a lot of momentum heading into their next weekend series against Charlotte beginning on Friday (Mar. 8). Although the Golden Flashes still have some areas to work on, and despite a less-than desired record, Stricklin still believes the team is continually improving.
Buffalo 3, Longwood 2
FARMVILLE, VA - One of the strongest pitching performances of the early season was more than enough to offset a slow day offensively for UB, as the Bulls (6-5) earned a 3-2 win in the rubber match of a three game weekend series at Longwood (4-5). Mike Burke earned his second win of the season after allowing just two runs in seven innings, and River McWilliams earned his third save of the season.
After the Lancers scored in the bottom of the first, the Bulls tied things up in the very next inning. Mike Scarcello led off with a double down the left field line, and he would move to third on a single from Ryan Tulloch. The Lancers would turn a double play, but Scarcello would come home on the play.
The Bulls would take the lead for good in the fourth thanks to Tulloch's second hit of the day. A leadoff walk for Alex Baldock and a single from Thomas Richards got the team in business quickly, and a Scarcello sacrifice bunt would put them both in scoring position with only one out. Tulloch would score Baldock, but the Bulls would hold the runner at third. Richards would be stranded, as Longwood turned a double play to end the inning.
Buffalo's final run would come in the sixth, when Richards drove in Tyler Mautner on a one-out double into the left center gap. Richards and Tulloch were the lone Bulls to record multiple hits on the day, as the team had eight hits overall.
The offense was able to have a relative off day thanks to Burke's performance. The junior righty struck out six and walked only one batter en route to his second straight quality start. He now lowers his season earned run average to 3.66 and is 2-0. For the game, Burke pitched to four or few batters in six of his seven total innings.
He was lifted in the eighth for McWilliams, who kept Longwood hitless for two straight innings and earned his third save of the season. He had three saves in all of last season, and his six career saves move him into the top four on the career record list.
Next up for the team is a three-game series next weekend at Memphis. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Tigers are 7-3 for the season coming into today.
Eastern Michigan 11, Kansas 6
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team earned a split in its four-game series versus Kansas University Sunday, March 3, with an 11-6 victory at QuikTrip Park. Four EMU hitters posted three knocks on the afternoon as the squad improved to 3-7 on the season.
The Eagles took a 7-1 lead in the fifth, but the Jayhawks (6-5) battled back to within a pair, 8-6, with four runs in the sixth. Head Coach Jay Alexander's squad answered with a trio of tallies in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
After recording just three hits in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Eagles' offense snapped back to form with 16 Sunday. The middle of the order remained red hot as batters three through six all registered three hits.
Sam Ott went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs scored. He finished the weekend 7-for-16 (.438) with five RBI and five runs scored. Lee Longo (3-for-5) crossed the plate three times and chipped in with an RBI. Longo also notched a double and a triple on the afternoon.
Adam Sonabend (3-for-5) registered a pair of RBI with a run scored and Jamie Simpson (3-for-4) had an RBI and scored a run. Sonabend finished the weekend batting .500 (7-for-14) and Simpson hit at a .462 clip (6-for-13). Mitchell McGeein (1-for-4) also blasted his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth.
Taylor Dimmerling (1-0) earned a victory on the mound in four innings of relief. He gave up just one earned run (three unearned) and three hits while striking out three, walking two and hitting two batters. Paul Schaak started the game for the Eagles and struck out six while allowing a pair of earned runs in 4.2 innings of work.
Drew Morovick (0-1) took the loss for the Jayhawks, who were plagued by command issues all afternoon. As a staff, KU issued five walks, hit two batters and uncorked five wild pitches.
Offensively, Jordan Dreiling went 1-for-2 and Jacob Boylan was 1-for-4 with a trio of RBI.
Eastern Michigan loaded the bases in the second inning after Morovick struck out the first two batters he faced. Simpson singled up the middle and McGeein and Nick Rotola both walked, but Marquise Gill bounced out and the scoring threat was ended.
In the third, the Eagles capitalized on another scoring opportunity and plated a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead. Morovick again retired the first two batters he faced, but then surrendered four singles in-a-row. Ott and Longo started it off with pokes through the infield, while Sonabend and Simpson drove them in with singles of their own.
Kansas halved the EMU lead, 2-1, with one out in the bottom of the third as Dakota Smith squared up his first home run of the season.
The Green and White took a 7-1 lead in the fifth by remaining composed at the dish while benefiting from reliever Connor Murray's inability to locate his pitches. Ott led off with a double and Longo walked to chase Morovick from the game.
Murray then took to the hill and proceeded to hit Sonabend and load the bases with Eagles. A wild pitch brought Ott in and a passed ball allowed Longo to cross the plate. After Simpson was plunked, Murray uncorked yet another wild pitch and Sonabend scored.
Still in the fifth, KU brought in Junior Mustain to face McGeein. Mustain was able to find the strike zone, but McGeein turned on a pitch for a two-run blast.
Schaak hit two batters in the bottom of the fifth including one with the bases loaded. That miscue made it a 7-2 game. The Eagles came back with a run in the sixth as Rotola broke through for his first-career RBI with the bases loaded.
The Jayhawks worked their way back into the game thanks to a four-run sixth inning. Three of KU's runs were unearned as Dreiling reached base on a fielding error by John Rubino with one out. The inning was highlighted by a two-RBI double by Boylan which cut EMU's lead to two, 8-6.
EMU's offense was once again up to the task in the seventh, scoring three times to take an 11-6 lead. Longo sent a double to left to score Rubino for the first run. Ott then scored on a wild pitch and Sonabend knocked in Longo with a single.
Following a rough sixth inning, Dimmerling settled in nicely over the last three frames, allowing only two baserunners en route to locking up the victory.
Kentucky 9, Akron 2
The Eagles now head to Columbia, Mo. for a pair of weekday games against the University of Missouri Tuesday-Wednesday, March 5-6.
Northern Illinois 2, Minnesota 1
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Junior Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) pitched a two-hit complete game versus Big-10 foe Minnesota as he struck out eight and led Northern Illinois over the Golden Gophers, 2-1. Klonowski also finished 2-for-4 at the plate and scored the winning run in the Huskies first ever win over Minnesota.
“That was a fantastic performance,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey, “Minnesota is a good ball club and Alex went out and made pitches and he was in the zone early. His fastball, his changeup and his breaking ball was good today and the one lone ding in the game was a homerun in the third inning. Alex responded after that and when he got into trouble, he made some very good pitches. It was only fitting that he finished the game with a chance to go the distance. I thought he had some great stuff going in the ninth too.”
Northern Illinois improved to 2-9 on the year, while Minnesota fell to 6-5 in 2013. The win by NIU is the first ever against the Gophers and the program’s first over a Big Ten team since March 18, 2012 against Illinois, 3-0. It was NIU’s first complete game since Jake Hermsen’s versus Central Michigan May 5, 2012, a 3-1 Huskie loss.
The Huskies left three on base path in the second inning but the assertive play continued in the third as Jameson Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) led the inning with a bunt and Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) singled through the right side to put Wells in scoring position. Wells would score on a fielder’s choice RBI by Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Minnesota tied it up in the bottom of the third as Ryan Abrahamson hit a first pitch solo home run to left centerfield to tie it up.
The Huskies scratched the winning run across home plate in the top of the sixth when Klonowski hit a leadoff single and was sacrificed to second by Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb). Klonowski advanced to third on a hit-and-run ground out by Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) and scored on a single by Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) to give Northern Illinois a 2-1 lead.
Klonowski continued to pitch with conviction through the tie and with the lead as he continued to keep his pitch count low in the later innings of the game. With the lead in his back pocket, Klonowski tallied his sixth strikeout of the game.
Minnesota threatened with a rally in the eighth inning following a leadoff walk and small ball attempts on sacrifice, the Kearney, Mo. native put the ball in play to let the defense end the inning and keep the Huskie lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, oozing with confidence with a 2-1 lead, Klonowski struck out the final two Golden Gopher batters of the ball game looking to give him a complete game, the juniors first-ever as a Huskie. He finished with a career-high eight strikeouts in 118 pitches. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Klonowski and Wells would go on to be named to the Dairy Queen Classic All-Tournament team for their overall play. NIU finished the game with three sacrifice bunts, one by Ruzich and two by Sisler.
Northern Illinois will return to action Friday afternoon against Southern Illinois for a three-game series in the first stop of the NIU’s spring break trip.
"As the weather starts to warm up, I think our team is going to as well," he said. 'I think it's a slow start, wins and losses-wise, but it's a very tough schedule and we haven't played well. We haven't been healthy. But, we're getting closer to being healthy; we feel like we're moving in the direction we need to be moving."
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Akron (0-9) baseball team fell to No. 8 University of Kentucky (10-1) by a score of 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium in the three game series finale.
"As we play these top ranked teams, we continue to learn how to hit against very good pitchers, and how to pitch to very good hitters," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the loss. "We've learned how precise and consistent we need to pitch, and how easily runs can be scored if we don't work ahead and don't repeat good pitches. We've seen guys throwing with high velocity and command of 3 pitches. We've gotten more hits the last two games, but obviously not enough runs."
Freshman JT Brubaker made his third start of the season at pitcher for the Zips, and turned in 3.2 innings pitched with seven earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Brubaker's record fell to 0-3 in the loss.
"We gave away two outs in the second inning with a dropped throw at first base and a missed foul pop up to a good hitting team. Mistakes we can ill-afford. It got away from JT, and he learned he needs to go to shut down mode and not let it snowball. A freshman experience," Rembielak said after Sunday's game.
The Akron bullpen had another strong day in quieting down the Kentucky offense, as three pitchers combined for 4.1 scoreless innings. Matt LaRocca registered two innings pitched with two strikeouts, Andrew Fanning pitched 1.1 innings with two strikeouts, and Joe Cochran recorded an inning of work with one strikeout. The bullpen has tallied 8.2 straight scoreless innings dating back to the fifth inning of Friday's loss to Kentucky.
Overall, the Zips had much more success Sunday than Friday and Saturday against the Wildcats' pitching staff. The offense totaled 11 hits and two runs scored, opposed to the combined 12 hits and two runs scored in the two games prior at Hagan Stadium.
Junior Tyler Begun continued to swing the bat well. The native of Mayfield Village, Ohio had two hits and a run scored on the afternoon. Begun recorded six base hits in the weekend series vs. Kentucky.
Centerfielder Devan Ahart had his strongest game to date, registering three hits and driving in two runs against Kentucky. Ahart is now second on the team in hits (9) and first on the team in RBI (4).
Gerrad Rohan connected for two base knocks on Sunday, doubling his season total to 4 hits. Brady Stewart, James Sheltrown, Anthony Bova, and LaRocca each recorded a base hit in the 9-2 loss to Kentucky. Bova also scored a run during the game.
Akron will travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers in a mid-week 3 p.m., matchup on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Stadium. Live stats will be available through Dayton University's athletic website, DaytonFlyers.com.
Tennessee Tech 8, Bowling Green 5
COOKEVILLE, Tenn.—The Bowling Green State University baseball team was defeated 8-5, in a game originally suspended due to snow on Saturday evening. The contest became official after six innings when overnight snow made the field unplayable on Sunday. With the loss, the Falcons drop to 2-6 on the season.
After the first pitch of the contest was delayed for nearly four hours due to snow, the teams finally took the field in temperatures well below freezing with the wind chill.
Tennessee Tech grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a single to right field. The second run was turned away at home plate on the play, thanks to an outfield assist from Jesse Rait. The next batter would hit a one-hopper behind the first base bag, but Patrick Lancaster would make the diving stab and crawl to the base for the out.
The Falcons tied the contest in the top of the second, thanks to an RBI single by freshman Aaron Loconsole. The hit, and subsequent RBI, came in the first plate appearance of Loconsole’s career. The Falcons would get two more runs with two outs to pull ahead 3-1.
Pitching with the lead, RHP Mike Frank would toe the rubber in the bottom of the second, setting the Golden Eagles down in order.
The Orange and Brown would add a single run in each of the third and fourth innings. In the top of the third, senior Matt Pitzulo would draw a two-out walk to start a mini-rally. After a Pitzulo stolen base, Logan Walker would drive him home to put BGSU on top 4-1.
Rait’s RBI double in the fourth would bring Lancaster home all the way from first to give the Falcons a four run lead, at 5-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Frank found himself in a jam, facing runners on second and third with just one out. Frank would freeze the next batter to get a called third strike and the second out of the inning. The next hitter would slap a ground ball that the Falcons could not field cleanly, opening the floodgates for a big TTU rally. The next five batters would get on base, and after six straight unearned runs, the Falcons found themselves trailing 7-5.
A leadoff single would be erased on a double play in the fifth for the Falcons, and Tennessee Tech would tack on another single run in the bottom of the fifth.
Trailing 8-5 in the top of the seventh, the snow began to come down too hard to continue play. After a brief 15 minute delay, the umpires decided that the game would be suspended until Sunday.
With overnight snow fall and snow still falling on Sunday morning, the decision was made to call the suspended game. Due to NCAA rules, the game will be considered official after six innings. The third game of the series was also canceled.
The Falcons will now travel to Florida for their spring break trip, playing four games beginning on Wednesday. The Orange and Brown will be back in action on Wednesday night at nationally-ranked Florida Gulf Coast University. The contest is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Ohio State 8, Central Michigan 1
DeLAND, Fla. - Central Michigan closed the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament Sunday afternoon with a 8-1 loss to Ohio State.
The Chippewas' (3-7) defensive miscues were costly as four errors resulted in three unearned runs by the Buckeyes (6-4) en route to their second-straight loss.
With the game still scoreless in the top of the third, Ohio State's Tim Wetzel doubled to right center and later came around to score on an error by senior Jordan Adams. The Buckeyes made it 2-0 in the third with a RBI ground out by Craig Nennig.
CMU was able to cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth after sophomore catcher Alec Ornelas tripled to right field to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Noel Santos.
Unfortunately, it would mark the only run the Chippewas could muster in the contest as they left nine men on base. Ohio State opened up the game with three runs apiece in the seventh and eighth innings.
Senior Rick Dodridge suffered his first loss of the season, pitching 6.1 innings and giving up five runs - two earned - on five hits and two walks. Brian King earned the win for Ohio State, striking out seven in seven innings.
The Chippewas' bats produced just six hits in the contest, with Ornelas' 1-for-3 performance leading the way.
CMU will be back in action Tuesday evening for the first of two games versus Bethune-Cookman. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and freshman Taylor Lehnert will take the mound for the Chippewas.
UMass 7, Ohio 6
CARY, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team dropped its final game of the Irish Classic Sunday afternoon as it fell 7-6 to Massachusetts at the USA Baseball Training Facility.
Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) suffered the loss as he came on relief. Despite the loss, Barber was sharp as he went 3.2 innings, allowed three hits and struck out three of the 15 batters he faced. Ohio starter Connor Sitz (Columbus, Ohio) was touched up for five earned runs and eight hits.
UMass' Jordan Pace picked up the win for the Minutemen as he came on relief. Pace finished the afternoon as he went 1.1 innings, allowed no runs and struck out one.
Offensively Ohio tallied 10 hits, which marked the third time this season the Bobcats have posted double figure hit totals. Senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) led the way as he went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Freshman Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) also chipped in as they tallied a pair of hits.
UMass outscored Ohio 4-1 over the first two innings of play, but Ohio fought as it plated one in the third and then four runs on three hits in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
Both Schmidt and Wells collected RBI doubles in the inning, but the biggest play came when senior catcher J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) reached base on a throwing error by UMass pitcher Dan Stoops. Stoops' throwing error allowed Schmidt to score from third and Squires all the way in from second base to give the Bobcats a 5-4 lead.
The Minutemen responded with a pair of runs in the fifth to even the score at six. Both teams remained scoreless until the ninth when UMass reclaimed the lead as it scored one run to take a 7-6.
Ohio will remain in North Carolina until Wednesday night. The Bobcats open a two-game series with High Point on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
South Florida 9, Toledo 8
TAMPA, FL - South Florida scored six runs in its final at-bat to earn a 9-8 victory over Toledo in Sunday's series finale at USF Baseball Stadium. With the tough loss, the Rockets fall to 2-6 on the season.
The Bulls (5-6) batted around in the bottom of the ninth inning and pounded out six hits against UT sophomore RHP Andrew Marra (0-1) to win the rubber match in this weekend's series finale.
USF took advantage of a two-run double by Levi Borders (2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI) in its final at-bat, followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of Nik Alfonso (2-for-4, RS, RBI) and a game-clinching, bases-clearing three-run triple by James Ramsay (2-for-6, RS , 4 RBI) to secure the come-from-behind triumph.
South Florida's Steven Leasure (1-0) was credited with the victory, working the final 1.0 frames to record his first win of the season.
Air Force 8, Western Michigan 3
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Western Michigan lost a tough game against Air Force, 8-3. The game featured some rough infield conditions that were evident in the seven errors between the two teams.
For the Broncos, Andrew Sohn and Kurt Hoekstra each went 2-for-4 on the day with a pair of singles.
David Brennan got the start on the bump for the Broncos. The right-hander tossed two innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. Monty Porter entered the game out of the bullpen in third inning, pitching three innings and allowing four runs on four hits for Western Michigan in the loss.
Air Force got out to an early lead in the first when the lead-off hitter doubled to center field. Three batters later he scored on a single, giving the Falcons an early 1-0 lead.
The Broncos briefly tied the game in the top of the third with an RBI single by Sohn, but the Falcons scored two in the bottom half of the inning to maintain the lead at 3-1.
In the fourth inning, Western Michigan took advantage of some fielding miscues by Air Force. Steve Buglione reached base on an error by the second baseman. Patrick Duncan followed up with a double down the right field line, advancing Buglione to third on the play. Hunter Prince stepped up to the play and hit a ground ball to the second baseman, who misplayed another ball, scoring Buglione and Duncan.
Air Force scored five runs in the sixth inning on six hits and one error. Western Michigan could not come up with an answer back, and was unable to catch up to the Falcons.
The Broncos are now 2-10 on the season and will face off against some of the Detroit Tigers top prospects on Tuesday, March 5, in Lakeland, Fla. The exhibition game will begin at 1 p.m.
Senior DH Matt Delewski (3-for-5, RS, RBI) paced UT offensively for a third-straight contest with three hits, while junior LF Tyler Grogg (2-for-4, RS, 3 RBI), senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-6, RS) and freshman 2B Deion Tansel (2-for-3, 2 RS, RBI) had two hits each. Delewski finished the non-conference weekend with a stellar .786 batting average (11-for-15) with four runs scored and three RBI.
The Rockets seemed to be in control of today's series finale behind a fantastic start from junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson. The southpaw hurler gave up only one run on seven hits with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings in a no-decision.
For a third-straight game, Toledo struck first with four runs in its opening at-bat. The Midnight Blue & Gold sent 10 batters to the plate and collected three hits to build an early cushion. Their effort was also aided by two batters getting hit by a pitch and a Bulls error. The big hit in the frame was a two-run single by sophomore 3B Anthony Smith (1-for-4, 2 RBI).
The score remained the same until the sixth inning when UT's Grogg registered a two-run single to extend its margin to 6-0.
South Florida finally solved UT's Wilkinson in the bottom of the sixth frame, receiving a RBI single by Anthony Diaz. The damage could have been a lot worse as the home team had the bases loaded, but Wilkinson recorded a groundout to limit the damage on only one run.
Following a solo home run by South Florida's Ramsay in the seventh, Toledo countered with a RBI single by Delewski in the eighth to make the score 7-2.
The team also plated single runs in the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth respectively to set the stage for the dramatic ending. USF manufactured its run on a RBI single by Mendez, before UT countered with a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Grogg.
The Rockets will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 5 when they travel to Port Charlotte, FL to compete against Georgetown in the Snowbird Classic at 5:30 p.m.