The two teams will be back at it tomorrow morning, playing a pair of nine-inning games starting at 11 am EST. Anthony Magovney will get the ball in game one, and Mike Burke will pitch the second game.
Miami (10-10, 3-0) registered 32 hits on the day, 17 in the opener and 15 in the nightcap. Alex Johnson, Dan Walsh and John Crummy all had three hits in game one, while Kevin Bower reached that total in the second. Elble finished the doubleheader 3-for-8 with three runs scored and a career-high four RBIs.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first to start the day, the RedHawks tallied nine unanswered runs over the first four innings. An run on an error in the first made the score 2-1, then Miami took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Honchel and a sacrifice fly by Bower in the second.
A five-run third, highlighted by a two-run single by Walsh and two more sacrifice flies, broke the game open. Miami added a run in the fourth when Walsh singled in Elble for one his career-high four runs batted in.
Eastern Michigan (9-13, 0-3) tried to rally with two runs in the fifth, but the RedHawks got one back in their half of the inning on an RBI single by Scott Slappey, then added two more in the sixth, the latter on an double down the left field line by Johnson.
The Eagles got one in the eighth and one in the ninth, while Miami tallied its final run in the eighth for the victory. Mac Thoreson pitched six solid innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and five hits. He walked three and struck out three in improving to 1-3 on the season.
Miami jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two when Slappey drove in Honchel with a single to center. The RedHawks could have tallied more but Elble grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, making his game-winner in the seventh even more dramatic.
The Eagles quickly rallied, using a walk, steal and single -- all with two outs -- to tie the game, but Chad Sedio and Max Andresen both singled in the second, setting up Miami for a 2-1 lead.
Eastern Michigan took the lead with a pair of runs in the second and kept the lead for starter Brian Hill (1-1) until the seventh. The Eagles' hurler got the first out before giving up back-to-back singles to Bower and Johnson. After the second out, he hit Crummy to load the bases, setting up Elble for a 2-2 drive that found the gap over a diving left fielder. Walsh followed with a triple to deep right center, making the score 6-3.
Eastern closed the gap with a run in the eighth off Ryan Powers. The sophomore gave up a leadoff double and later threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner to score, but he buckled down to retire six straight for his first save. Shane Kriss (1-0) earned his first career win by pitching a perfect seventh before the Miami rally.
Miami starter Nathan Williams held the Eagles in check for most of the contests, allowing three runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings. He walked three and struck out five in the no-decision.
The doubleheader win gave Miami a sweep of the opening MAC weekend for the second time in three years. Last season, Eastern Michigan won two of three from the RedHawks in Ypsilanti.
Miami wraps up its current homestand Tuesday at 6 p.m. against local rival Xavier. Visit MURedHawks.com or follow @MiamiOHBaseball for updates as expected severe weather could force changes.
Northern Illinois 3, Kent State 0
CHICAGO – Junior Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) hurled a complete game shutout Saturday night versus Kent State, striking out eight and walking three, to lead Northern Illinois (5-15, 1-1 MAC) to a 3-0 victory over Kent State (7-12, 1-1 MAC) at UIC’s Les Miller Field, 3-0. It is the first complete game shutout for the Huskies since April 10, 2011 versus Miami (Ohio), courtesy of Jeremy Gonzales.
“The story of the night is Eli, he did a heck of a job tonight to lead his team victory,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey, “The guys did well defensively behind to hold Kent State and the three runs were enough for the victory tonight against a very good Kent State team. It wasn’t easy in the cold tonight but it was clean game defensively tonight and Eli did a job of battling through the elements.”
Anderson tied a career-high for strikeouts with eight in the contest, last doing so, ironically, at UIC May 2, 2012. He did not allow a hit in his final four innings of work and only allowed one base runner over the final four. The Glenview native found himself in two early jams, loading the bases in the fourth and placing runners on second and third in the fifth.
In the fourth frame with one out and the bases loaded, Anderson fanned both Zarley Zalewski and Cody Koch to end the inning’s scoring threat. In the fifth inning, he forced Evan Campbell to swing on the first pitch and lined him to shallow right field where Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) held the runner from tagging up and scoring. Anderson then struck out George Roberts swinging to end the stanza.
Despite reaching 100 pitches after seven innings of work, Anderson appeared in the eighth inning and only allowed one runner in the frame. With his pitch count at 118 entering the ninth inning, he only threw seven pitches to retire the side in order and earn his second victory of the season and his first complete game of his career. Of his 125 pitches, 78 went for strikes. Northern Illinois has now thrown three complete games this season.
Offensively, Northern Illinois jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb) drove home Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) from second base on a single through the left side.
Hook scored from second base again in the third inning when Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) ripped a ball off the glove of the third baseman that trailed into left field and gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
With Anderson continuing to hold the Golden Flashes at bay through six, the Huskies capitalized and forced Kent State to use its bullpen after a double by Micah McCulloch (Rochelle/Rochelle Township) and two-straight walks. With a full count on him, Hook walked to allow pinch runner Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia) to score NIU’s final run of the game, 3-0.
Klonowski finished the game 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI while Hook finished 1-for-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI.
Due to anticipated weather in Chicago, tomorrow’s series finale with Kent State has been moved noon tomorrow. The game will again be played at Les Miller Field.
Ohio 9, Toledo 3 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Toledo 5, Ohio 2 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
ATHENS, OH – Toledo split a doubleheader against Ohio on Saturday in Mid-American Conference action at Bob Wren Stadium. The Rockets (9-12, 2-1 MAC) registered a 5-2 victory in the nightcap after suffering a 9-3 setback in the opener. With the triumph in today’s finale, UT won two of the three games against the Bobcats (4-18, 1-2 MAC) to claim the weekend series for the fourth time in six occasions under head coach Cory Mee.
Junior C James Miglin (6-for-9) led the reigning MAC West Division champions with six hits in today’s twinbill, including a career-high five hits in the finale. Senior CF Ben Hammer (4-for-7) and senior DH/1B Matt Delewski (4-for-9) also enjoyed good performances at the plate this afternoon, finishing with four hits each.
In Game Two, junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (2-1) went the distance for the first time this spring to record his second victory in 2013. The southpaw hurler allowed two runs (all earned) on four hits with three punchouts to tally his second career complete game. Wilkinson was simply brilliant all afternoon and retired the side in order on six occasions, including setting down 14 consecutive batters during the middle innings.
Offensively, Miglin (5-for-5, RS, RBI) singlehandedly outhit the Bobcats with his career-high five hits, while freshman RF Ryan Callahan (3-for-5, RS, 3 RBI), junior 3B Wes White (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and Hammer (2-for-4, RS) also totaled multi-hit efforts against a quarter of Ohio pitchers. In total, the Rockets equaled their season high with 15 hits.
After spotting the Bobcats two runs in the second frame, UT countered with three tallies in the fourth to assume a lead it would not relinquish. The big hit in the inning was a two-run blast to left field off the bat of Callahan. It was the Delta, OH native’s team-tying best second round tripper of the season.
The Rockets added to their lead the next inning on a run-scoring single by Miglin to close the book on Ohio starter Connor Sitz (0-3) and make the difference 4-2.
The score remained the same until the ninth inning when Callahan was credited with a one-out, RBI single to set the final margin at 5-2.
Ohio’s Sitz was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs (all earned) on eight hits with one strikeout in 4.1 frames.
In today’s opener, the Bobcats scored the final nine runs to post the six-run victory. The home team did a bulk of their damage in the fifth and sixth innings, plating eight tallies to avoid the weekend sweep.
Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (1-2) was saddled with the setback, surrendering four runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
Delewski (3-for-4, RS) led UT offensively with a game-high three hits, while senior RF Any Mix (2-for-4) and Hammer (2-for-3, 2 RBI) also recorded multi-hit efforts. In addition, junior LF Tyler Grogg went 0-for-4 with two runs scored to snap his career-high 14-game hit streak.
For a second-consecutive contest, Toledo drew first blood with a single run in its opening at-bat. Delewski was credited with a sacrifice fly to give the visitors the early advantage. The Rockets’ effort was aided by an Ohio error and two wild pitches.
UT added to its margin with single tallies in the third and fourth innings on a sacrifice fly by sophomore DH Anthony Smith (0-for-3, RBI) and a RBI single by Hammer to build a 3-0 cushion.
Toledo’s Slack cruised through the first four innings on the hill, giving up only one hit before Ohio roughed him up for four runs in the fifth. The first six Bobcats reached base in the inning and five came around to score, helping the home team establish a 5-3 advantage and end the afternoon for Slack.
Ohio continued to put up good at-bats in the sixth frame, plating three runs to push its lead to 8-3. The monster hit in the inning was a two-run home run by Scott White (2-for-4, RS, 2 RBI).
The Bobcats then wrapped up the scoring with an insurance tally in the eighth to make the final difference 9-3.
Nate Squires (2-for-4, RS), Jake Madsen (2-for-3, 3 RS, 2 RBI) and White paced Ohio with two hits each.
The Bobcats’ Marck Paliotto (1-4) earned his first victory of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with three punchouts in 5.0 innings.
Teammate Sean Kennedy came on in relief and closed out the win, surrendering only four hits over the 4.0 scoreless frames to record the save.
Toledo will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 26 when it travels to Columbus for a non-league game against Ohio State. The first pitch from Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. – Western Michigan opened up the first game of the doubleheader scoring four runs in the first inning to help boost starting pitcher Steve Laudicina to his first win of the season.
Laudicina tossed six and one thirds innings, allowing three runs on ten hits, striking out six.
Second baseman Theo Piccirilli was hit in the back to lead off the game for the Broncos. Vinnie Booker, who started in left field, bunted Piccirilli to second on a sacrifice attempt. Western Michigan’s shortstop, Andrew Sohn, singled through the left side and stole second base, putting runners on second and third. Jared Kujawa drew a walk to load the bases for Steve Buglione, who laced the first pitch he saw to left field for the Broncos’ first run. Patrick Duncan then drove a fastball to right field to score Sohn. WMU took a three run lead when first baseman Hunter Prince drew a bases loaded walk, bringing in Kujawa. Bowling Green’s pitcher, Mike Frank, faced all nine batters in the Bronco lineup in the first. Western Michigan scored four runs in the first on three hits and two walks.
Bowling Green added three hits in the bottom of the first, plating one run on a sacrifice fly to left field.
After putting up three hits in the first inning, the Broncos didn’t add the fourth hit until the seventh inning when Piccirilli drilled a double down the left field line.
The Falcons battled back in the seventh inning, loading the bases with one out. BGSU collected a pair of hits off of Monty Porter, who entered in relief of Laudicina, and cut the score to 4-3. Gabe Berman was called in with bases loaded and was able to get the first hitter he faced to popup to second and finished the inning with a huge strikeout to get the Broncos out of a jam.
Berman tossed two and two thirds innings without allowing a hit and striking out two batters, earning his first save of the season.
In game two, Patrick Borlik (2-1) took the mound for the Broncos, facing off against BGSU’s Trevor Blaylock (0-4).
BGSU got on the board early, scoring two runs on three hits in the first. After the leadoff hitter singled up the middle, the Falcons added an RBI double to the right center gap followed by an RBI single to center field.
Western Michigan fought back when Prince led off the third inning with a single to right field. Brett Sunde reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman, putting runners on first and second. Piccirilli showed good patience at the plate and drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Booker grounded to third base and the ball rolled under the glove of the third baseman, scoring a run. Sohn then added a two run single to right field. WMU scored three runs on two hits to take the lead.
The Broncos added another run in the top of the fifth when Booker reached on a bunt single. Buglione laced a pitch to right field for a single, scoring Booker. WMU put a hit-and-run on and Duncan ripped a pitch into right field with Buglione advancing to third.
In the eighth inning Dan Schutes, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Caton, knocked a pitch into center field just out of the reach of a diving center fielder, for his first hit of the season.
Bowling Green threatened in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on first and third with one out due to a couple throwing errors by the Broncos. Pat Haynes came in to relieve Borlik in the ninth. With runners on the corners, Haynes picked off the runner at first but it allowed the runner at third to score, to make it 4-3. The Falcons would fall short to the Broncos by the same score, giving WMU the series sweep.
Borlik managed eight and a third innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Borlik improves to 2-1 on the season. Haynes picks up his second save of the season.
The Broncos opened up conference play with a three game sweep of the Falcons bringing the teams overall record to 7-15. Western Michigan is scheduled to play again on Wednesday, March 27, against the University of Michigan. The game will be played in Ann Arbor at 3:00 p.m.