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Central Michigan 4, West Virginia 1
MOUNT PLEASANT - Sophomore Jordan Foley pitched his first career complete game to lead Central Michigan to a 4-1 win over West Virginia Friday afternoon, the 2,000th in program history.
Foley gave up just one earned run on seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out four to improve to 3-0 on the year and keep his earned run average under one at 0.99.
The Chippewas' (5-8) offense gave Foley all the run support he would need in the first inning as freshman Logan Regnier led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced to third on a single by sophomore Pat MacKenzie.
Sophomore Nick Regnier put the Maroon and Gold in front with his team-best 14th RBI of the season on a sacrifice fly to plate his younger brother and MacKenzie, who also advanced on the sacrifice fly, came around to score on a RBI groundout by senior Jordan Adams for a 2-0 advantage.
CMU went ahead 3-0 in the top of the third when sophomore Alec Ornelas led off the inning with a triple to right field and came around to score on a RBI single by MacKenzie.
The Mountaineers (6-7) were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third when Max Nogay singled to lead off the frame and later scored on a wild pitch.
Despite the slight momentum swing towards WVU, freshman Zack Fields quickly turned things back around for the Chippewas when he led off the top of the fourth with his first career home run - a solo shot to left field.
Foley worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the next inning and again worked out of trouble in the seventh when he prevented runners on second and third from scoring with with his final strikeout of the game.
Logan Regnier recorded his fifth multi-hit game in his last six contests as he and MacKenzie both went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Fields also went 2-for-4.
The Chippewas will look for their third-straight win tomorrow afternoon when they take on Chicago State (1-9) at 1 p.m. Senior Pat Kaminska will take the mound for CMU looking for his first win of the season.
Eastern Michigan 10, Cincinnati 4
CINCINNATI, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — In its first game against the University of Cincinnati in 30 years, the Eastern Michigan University baseball team exploded for a nine-run fourth inning en route to a 10-4 win at Marge Schott Stadium Friday, March 8. Seven Eagles (4-9) posted at least one RBI and Neil Butara won for a second straight start.
Cincinnati (4-6) held a 2-1 lead until EMU sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine runs on eight hits in the fourth. The home squad came back with a pair in the bottom of that inning, but strong relief work from Devon Bronson ensured that Butara evened his season record at 2-2.
Two freshmen, Mitchell McGeein (2-for-4) and Nick Rotola (2-for-3) put together their first-career multi-hit outings, with each scoring a run and McGeein earning an RBI. Adam Sonabend notched his first home run as an Eagle and Daniel Russell (1-for-5) and Sam Ott (2-for-4) recorded two RBI apiece.
Butara pitched five innings while allowing four runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked a trio of Bearcats' hitters. Bronson posted his best outing of the young season Friday, tossing three scoreless innings while fanning two. Taylor Dimmerling also pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Seven different UC players tallied at least one base hit, but Taylor Schmidt (2-for-4) was the only one with two. On the mound, starter Andrew Strenge (1-3) was touched up for five runs on four hits, while reliever Thomas Gentile bared the brunt of EMU's fourth-inning attack. Gentile allowed five runs and five hits in just 0.1 innings.
The Bearcats got on the board first with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Butara walked Forrest Perron and Justin Glass. Ian Happ then drove in Perron with a single up the middle and Jeff Murray knocked in Glass on a groundout.
Sonabend went yard with one down in the second to halve the UC lead to 2-1. Except for a single and a walk in the second and third, Butara kept the basepaths clean and set the Eagles up to take the lead.
In the fourth, the Green and White batted around before the first out was made. The scoring began when Jamie Simpson plated Ott on an RBI single. John Rubino then reached on an error by the UC shortstop and drove in Sonabend and Lee Longo on the play. McGeein singled to left to score Simpson and a Russell two-RBI double followed to plate McGeein and Rubino.
Finally, Ott brought Rotola home on yet another single and Longo used a sacrifice fly to get Russell across for the ninth run of the inning and a 10-2 EMU lead.
UC tried to get itself back in the game in the bottom of the fourth as Schmidt smashed an RBI triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the Eagles' lead to 10-4. EMU was in no danger of surrendering its lead throughout the remainder of the game, as Butra sent the Bearcats down in order in the fifth and the bullpen allowed just two runners into scoring position over the last four innings.
The middle game of this three-game series takes place Saturday, March 9, beginning at 1 p.m.
Coastal Carolina 5, Ball State 3
Ball State's baseball team suffered a 5-3 loss at Coastal Carolina Friday.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 5-7 overall, while the Chanticleers improve to 5-8 on the season.
Jon Cisna started on the mound for Ball State and pitched 6.2 innings, allowing only two earned runs. Tyler Jordan, who was charged with the loss, and Matt Johnsen completed the game for the Cardinals.
Ball State jumped out to a 3-0 lead through six innings with one run in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
The Cardinals scored their initial run when Elbert Devarie scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk.
In the fifth inning, Devarie walked and scored on a triple by Blake Beemer down the right field line.
Ball State's lone run in the sixth came on a run-batted-in single by T.J. Weir, which scored Sean Godfrey.
The Cardinals allowed Coastal Carolina two runs in the seventh and three runs in the eighth to secure the victory for the Chanticleers.
Ryan Spaulding managed a 2-for-4 performance, including one double, to lead the Cardinals offensively.
The Cardinals will face Ohio State Saturday at 11 a.m. at the CCU Invitational.
Memphis 7, Buffalo 4
MEMPHIS, TN - The Buffalo baseball team looked well on its way to its seventh win of the season Friday evening, but the host Memphis Tigers scored all seven of its runs in the bottom of the fifth and held off the Bulls (6-5) for a 7-4 win. Mental mistakes, to the tune of three errors and five walks in the first 4.2 innings alone, allowed the Tigers (8-4) to score five of the seven runs unearned.
The Bulls were able to open up the scoring right away, with a run in the top of the first off a two-out rally. Tyler Mautner hit a two-out single, and moved up to second on a misplay from the outfielder on the hit. That would set him up for a score as Alex Baldock hit his fifth double of the season to left field that brought in Mautner.
Two more runs would come across in the third inning to push the UB lead to 3-0. After a one-out walk drawn by Jon Mestas, Jason Kanzler split the left center field gap for a run-scoring double. He would move to third on a groundout, and Baldock again came through with a two-out conversion, singling his second hit of the day to left that brought Kanzler trotting home. The Bulls would not get past second base for the next five innings, though, and Memphis would strike back in the fifth.
UB starter Mike McGee had a promising start to the game, facing just one batter over the minimum through the first three innings thanks to some crafty play by both himself and his defense behind him. In the first inning, he recovered from a leadoff walk and error to strike out the next three batters. In the second and fourth innings, he induced double plays to stifle the Tigers. The fifth inning would not be as kind to the sophomore.
The Tigers leadoff batter drew a walk in the fifth and then stole second. An error by the UB infield put runners on the corner still with no outs. A suicide squeeze would bring in the first run and move the runner over to second with one out. A hit batter put two runners on, and a double steal would move them both into scoring position. Another walk would load the bases, and the Bulls nearly escaped unharmed but could not turn the 5-2-3 double play to end it. McGee's day would end after walking home a run on a 3-2 count to make it 3-2 Buffalo.
Cory Folk could not provide enough relief, as the first Tiger he would face would clear the bases with a double that moved him all the way to third on another UB error. Two more run-scoring hits in a row would end Folk's brief day, and Tyler Wilson was able to end the frustrating fifth inning that ended with Memphis up 7-3.
After being held in check for most of the game, the Bulls came back in the ninth with a brief rally. Hits by Jimmy Topps and Jon Mestas put two runners in scoring position with just one out, but only a sacrifice fly from Kanzler would be the only offense the team could muster.
Buffalo struck out a season-high 15 times in the game, but still out-hit the Tigers 10-6. The UB bullpen was outstanding to close out the game, as Wilson and Ben Hartz combined to pitch 3.1 innings and allowed just one hit and no walks over that stretch. Mestas and Baldock led the team with three hits apiece in the game, with Baldock and Kanzler each driving in a pair of runs.
The two teams will be back at it again tomorrow, playing a doubleheader ahead of poor weather in the forecast. Game one will start at 2 pm EST, with game two to follow 45 minutes after the end of game one. Anthony Magovney and Mike Burke will get the ball for UB.
Charlotte 5, Kent State 4
Charlotte, N.C. – Kent State (2-10) looked like they would cruise to victory in the opening game at Charlotte (10-2) behind a dominant pitching performance by Tyler Skulina. However, the Golden Flashes' bats went silent in the last four innings and the 49ers were able to walk-off on a base hit.
Tyler Skulina lived up to his All-American status, going seven innings with eight hits, two runs and one walk while striking out nine Charlotte batters.
"Tyler Skulina was outstanding," head coach Scott Stricklin said of his ace. "He deserved to win. He just seemed to put it in cruise control once we got the lead."
Kent State grabbed a lead right off the bat when Derek Toadvine singled to start of the game and came around to score on a passed ball. They scored another run in the third. Alex Miklos led off with a single and stole second. He got to third on a passed ball and came in to score on a Jason Bagoly single.
Kent State was able to tack on two more runs in the fourth to get a 4-0 lead. Sawyer Polen led off the inning in a familiar fashion, singling and stealing second base. He later came around to score when Toadvine reached on fielder's choice. After Toadvine stole another base, he came around to score on a single by Evan Campbell.
After that, the Golden Flashes' bats when silent, as they did not register a hit through the final four innings.
"We didn't swing the bat well," Stricklin said. "We didn't get a hit in the last four innings of the game. We just squandered a great opportunity to get a win.
"Our mindset completely changed. We were really aggressive in the first four innings of the game. We scored four runs and stole five bases. We got a lead and guys got back on their heels. I don't know why."
Charlotte plated one run each in the fourth and fifth innings. They tied it up in the bottom of the eighth on two singles, a walk and a throwing error. In the bottom of the ninth, Brian Clark (0-1) issued a walk to open up the inning but was able to get a fly out from the next batter. However, the runner was able to come home and score the winning tally on a base hit down the left field line to grab the victory for the 49ers.
Toadvine finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. He was the only Golden Flashes to register multiple hits. Evan Campbell continued his hit streak, going 1-for-4, and Sawyer Polen reached safely for the 16th straight game, dating back to last season.
Kent State has a chance at redemption Saturday at 3:00 pm. They send Taylor Williams to the mound, who has given the Flashes a great chance to win in every start this season.
"We feel great about our chances tomorrow," said Stricklin. "Taylor Williams always gives us a chance to win. He's got outstanding stuff, he really competes, and he brings up the level of everybody else on the field.
"We're excited to get back out there tomorrow and try to get a win, and just try to get going in the right direction."
Southern Illinois 8, Northern Illinois 3
CARBONDALE, Ill. - A seven-run rally by Southern Illinois in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Salukis past Northern Illinois to defeat the Huskies, 8-3.
"We had a chance to create some separation for ourselves with the lead during the game," said Head Coach Ed Mathey. "We worked the count at the plate and we carried a lead into the eighth inning. We allowed a couple of walks and a single to score SIU's first run really created some momentum. We could not end the inning unfortunately and that cost us.
"That being said, we played good baseball and Jordan (Ruckman) put his team in a good position to win the ball game. We executed in some hit and run situations and that helped us gain the advantage early. We played clean defensively for most of the game and but some late errors really cost us. We have to put this behind us and move forward tomorrow."
The Huskies scored the first run of the game in the third inning when designated hitter Chris Divarco (Long Grove/Carmel Catholic) drove in Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College), who led the inning with a walk to give NIU a 1-0 lead.
Northern Illinois added another run in the sixth inning when Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney), who reached base on an infield single to the shortstop, crossed home plate on a pair of wild pitches. The Huskies third and final run came one inning later on a single by Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) to score Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township). Northern Illinois ended the seventh with 3-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Jordan Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) hurled a career-high 6.2 innings, scattering five hits and surrendering only one run in the effort. Jordan also struck out one batter and walked two to earn a no decision.
Southern Illinois scratched seven runs across the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Salukis a final 8-3 lead.
Both Wells and Klonowski finished 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Huskies, with Wells adding an RBI to his credit. Wells also had a stolen base in the contest, his fourth of the season, putting him just four steals shy of setting the all-time record at Northern Illinois.
Due to anticipated rain in Carbondale Sunday, the Huskies and the Salukis will play a doubleheader Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. NIU will then have an extra days rest before taking on Murray State Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
Florida Atlantic 4, Toledo 3
BOCA RATON, FL - Mark Nelson collected a RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel Florida Atlantic to a 4-3 victory over Toledo on Friday under the lights at FAU Stadium. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 3-8 on the season.
The Owls (9-5) plated the game-winning run in their final at-bat to hand UT its fourth one-run loss of the season. Each of Toledo's last five games has been decided by one tally.
FAU took advantage of two hits, one walk and one costly Toledo infield error in the ninth to capture the first contest in this weekend's three-game series.
Florida Atlantic's Sean Murrell led off the final frame with a free pass before a Toledo miscue put runners on first and second base with no outs. The home team then strung together back-to-back hits from Geoff Jimenez and Nelson to secure the series-opening win.
Sophomore RHP Adam Tyson (1-1) was tagged with the setback, allowing one run on three hits in 1.1 innings.
Senior DH Matt Delewski (3-for-5, RBI) continued to swing a hot stick and led the Rockets with a game-high three hits. Junior LF Tyler Grogg (2-for-4, RS) and junior RF Jacob North (2-for-3) also collected multi-hit efforts for the Midnight Blue & Gold.
Toledo also received a quality start from senior LHP Kyle Shaw in a no-decision. The southpaw hurler allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with four punchouts with 6.2 innings.|
UT drew first blood on a two-out RBI double off the bat of sophomore 3B Anthony Smith (1-for-4, RBI) in its opening at-bat.
After FAU knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first frame, Toledo recaptured the advantage on a RBI single by Delewski in the third inning.
The home team then plated single tallies in the fifth and seventh innings to assume their first lead of the non-league matchup, 3-2. Florida Atlantic scored its second run of the evening on the strength of a two-base hit by Nathan Pittman. Two frames later, FAU benefitted from two additional Toledo errors to build a one-run cushion.
The Owls' lead did not last long though as Toledo countered with one run in the eighth inning to once again draw the teams even. The 2012 MAC West Division champions produced the equalizer without the luxury of a hit. The visitors utilized two walks and a FAU error to tie the score and set the stage for the bottom of the ninth inning.
FAU's Kevin Alexander (2-1) credited with the victory in relief, yielding one unearned run on one hit in 2.0 innings.
Offensively, Ricky Santiago (2-for-4) and Nelson (2-for-5, 2 RBI) led the victors with two hits each.
Florida Gulf Coast 5, Western Michigan 2
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Western Michigan dropped the first game of a three-game series against No. 23/29 ranked Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 5-2. WMU scored a run in the first and second innings, but let FGCU back in the game with defensive lapses.
Getting the start on the mound for the Broncos was junior LHP Steve Laudicina (0-4), who tossed six innings, struck out three and scattered six hits, putting WMU in position to win the game. Unfortunately, the defense was shaky behind Laudicina, committing four errors. Four of the five runs against the southpaw were unearned.
"Laudicina was electric and deserved a better outcome," commented WMU head coach Billy Gernon.
"Our defense let us down tonight and we all know you can't give anyone, especially a good team like FGCU, extra outs. I'm disappointed but remain optimistic as to what this team can achieve."
At the plate, junior Theo Piccirilli and sophomore Jared Kujawa each had two hits. Kujawa also tallied an RBI. WMU totaled nine hits as a team.
The Broncos (3-11) got on the board in the first when sophomore Andrew Sohn poked a two-out single to center field. Senior Patrick Duncan followed with a single of his own down the right field line, advancing Sohn to third. Kujawa then drove a 1-1 count to center, scoring Sohn.
In the bottom of the first, FGCU's leadoff hitter singled over the head of the third baseman. The next batter laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing the runner to second. Laudicina however got the three and four hitters to ground out to end the inning.
Freshman Hunter Prince led off the second for Western Michigan with a shot up the middle. Junior Steve Buglione put down a sac bunt to advance Prince to second and fellow freshman, Brandon Cable, scored Prince, hitting a liner that bounced off the glove of the right fielder.
FGCU (11-3) tied the game with two runs in the fifth and pulled in front with three runs in the sixth. WMU was charged with two errors in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Junior right-hander Ricky Knapp (4-0) went eight strong innings in the win for the Eagles, allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits and no walks with six strikeouts. Harrison Cooney tossed a hitless ninth to get the save.
The two teams square off again tomorrow in game two at 2 p.m. Starting for Western Michigan will be senior LHP Mike Moyer (2-1, 1.56).
The Rockets and Owls will continue their three-game series tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (0-1) is slated to start on the mound for UT.
SC Upstate 11, Akron 2
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The University of Akron (0-10) baseball team lost to the University of South Carolina Upstate (9-3) by a score of 11-2 on Friday night at Harley Park.
Freshman JT Brubaker was the starting pitcher for Akron, and his record fell to 0-4 in the loss. Brubaker tossed 2.2 innings with three earned runs and eight hits allowed.
Brubaker was relieved in the third inning by Andrew Fanning, who posted 4.1 innings pitched with no earned runs and three hits allowed. Fanning has not allowed a run in 10 IP out of the bullpen. The bullpen's streak of innings without an earned run was ended at 15.1 innings due to Joe Cochran allowing an earned run in the eighth inning.
"Two big innings really hurt us. Those innings consisted of tentative pitching and an error in each," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said Friday. "[Andrew] Fanning threw well for us. He stayed in the zone, and hit with all his pitches, which kept [USC Upstate] off balance."
Akron lead USC Upstate 2-1 heading into the second inning. Matt LaRocca and Joey Havrilak each connected on RBI singles in the second. LaRocca finished with two base knocks with a single in the third inning.
Junior Devan Ahart registered two base hits and a run scored in the loss. The native of Oakland, Mich., improved his batting average to .297 with the pair of hits, and earned his first run scored of the season.
Matt Rembielak continued to contribute out of the two-hole in the lineup, as the sophomore tallied a base hit and a run scored. Rembielak has four hits and two runs scored over the past four games played.
UA and USC Upstate will continue the three game series on Saturday with a 1 p.m., scheduled first pitch. The probable starting pitcher for Akron is southpaw John Valek II. Links to live stats and the video stream are available for the game tomorrow on the Akron baseball schedule page.