Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 3/27/2013


Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results
Eastern Michigan 4, Concordia 3
Canisius 6, Buffalo 5
Notre Dame 8, Kent State 1
Cincinnati 4, Ohio 1
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 4, Concordia 3
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team battled chilly temperatures and windy conditions to defeat Concordia University, 4-3, in the 2013 home opener Tuesday, March 26, at Oestrike Stadium. The Eagles (10-13) scored four times in the fifth inning to snap a three-game winless skid.
Adam Sonabend came through with a bases-loaded double and Lee Longo added an RBI in the four-run fifth. Concordia (3-14) clawed its way back into the game with two runs in the seventh and an unearned tally in the eighth, but Joe Battistelli sent the Cardinals down in order for his fourth save of the year in the ninth.
Four Eagles posted doubles on the afternoon including Sonabend, Longo, Jamie Simpson and Mitchell McGeein. Sonabend (1-for-4) also scored a run to go along with his three RBI and Longo went 2-for-4 with a run driven in. Simpson (2-for-2) and Marquise Gill (2-for-2) joined Longo as the three EMU players to record multi-hit games.
Head Coach Jay Alexander used seven pitchers in Tuesday's victory, with Taylor Dimmerling (2-0) picking up his second win of the year after throwing a scoreless fifth inning. Redshirt junior Kristian Calibuso made his first appearance on the hill since Feb. 28, 2012, after rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery. Calibuso gave up a hit and a walk but did not allow a run. As a staff, EMU pitchers allowed just three hits while striking out five and walking five.
For the Cardinals, Chandler Sidwell (1-for-5), Thomas Sperry (1-for-4) and Brad Kindred (1-for-3) were the only players to record hits. Sidwell and Kindred also had an RBI apiece. On the mound, Ty Wilson (0-3) took the loss after giving up all four EMU runs in 0.2 innings.
McGeein led off the second inning with a two-bagger down the left-field line but was later gunned down at home on a fielder's choice. Later in the second, John Rubino stole second and advanced to third on a botched caught-stealing attempt. Rubino would not score, however, as Nick Rotola flied out.
Calibuso came on in the fourth inning, when Sperry hit an infield single to load the bases. Ryan Bosanac then worked the count to 3-1 before Calibuso induced a soft groundout to second base to end the threat.
EMU was gifted a baserunner to lead off the fifth as Rubino was plunked by a 0-2 offering from Wilson. Then with runners at the corners and two gone, Sam Ott worked a walk to load the bases for Sonabend. Sonabend turned on a first-pitch fast ball and sent it to right center while clearing the bases for a 3-0 Eagles' lead. Longo made it a 4-0 contest with an RBI single to left in the next at-bat.
The Green and White loaded the bases once again in the sixth. With Rubino on first, Gill singled and Dae Bowden followed with a walk. Jackson Martin then stepped up and was unable to duplicate Sonabend's earlier success. The freshman grounded out as EMU remained ahead by four.
The Cardinals came up with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to halve the Eagles' lead to 4-2. Kindred and Sidwell each notched RBI doubles off of Ben Dartnell. With Sidwell at second, Dartnell secured the third out with an infield popup.
A Longo double combined with a McGeein walk and a pair of wild pitches put runners at second and third with one out, but Concordia's Kyle Adoranti recorded a groundout and a strikeout without giving up a run.
A bobbled ball and an arrant throw over to first base by Gill at third allowed the Cardinals to score a runner from second base and cut the Eagles' lead to 4-3. Battistelli shut the door in the ninth inning and clinched the Eagles' 10th win of the season.   
The Eagles will continue Mid-American Conference play with a three-game set against Ohio University Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, at Oestrike Stadium. Games Friday and Saturday are set for 3 p.m., while Sunday's finale will begin at 1 p.m.
Canisius 6, Buffalo 5
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo baseball team was back in action Tuesday afternoon, playing its first Big Four game of the season down the road at Canisius College. After getting an early lead over the Griffs (16-7), the Bulls (12-11) allowed five unanswered runs and fell 6-5.
The Bulls took a quick 4-0 lead after the first three innings of the game, starting in the second inning. Mike Scarcello singled into the left center field gap to bring home Jon Mestas to get the offense started.
In the third, Jason Kanzler hit a one-out triple and was then driven in on the next at bat by Alex Baldock, and Tyler Mautner followed with a walk. Ryan Tulloch drove in Baldock with a single to center, and Mautner was able to get to third on the hit. Jon Mestas would cap the scoring with a sacrifice fly. The UB scoring would be capped by another sac fly, this time by Scarcello in the sixth inning, to make it a 5-1 game.
Canisius scored three times in the bottom of the sixth, then added single runs in the seventh and eighth to earn the win. Cory Folk followed up his complete game shutout performance with another solid outing, allowing one run and four hits in five innings.
Buffalo is back in action on Friday, traveling west to Kalamazoo for a three-game weekend series against the Western Michigan Broncos.
Notre Dame 8, Kent State 1
GARY, Ind. – Kent State (8-13) could only produce one run and three hits in a midweek matchup with Notre Dame (15-6), resulting in an 8-1 loss for the Golden Flashes on Tuesday (Mar. 26).
Eleven pitchers were used in the game, including five featured by Kent State, but the Golden Flashes were unable to make anything happen against the Fighting Irish outside of the fourth inning.
Kent State took a one-run lead when Alex Miklos led off the fourth with a triple and came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Evan Campbell.  That lead was short-lived, however, as Notre Dame tied the game in the bottom of the inning and then came up with a five-run fifth to put the game away.
Cody Koch and Sawyer Polen each had a single to join Miklos as the only players to get a hit in the game.
Nick Jensen-Clagg (1-2) threw four innings in the start, allowing five hits and four runs with three walks and four strikeouts.  Josh Pierce and Dan Slavik each allowed two runs in relief.  Eric Dorsch was a bright spot on the mound. He went two innings with no hits, no runs, one walk and struck out four.
The Golden Flashes play at home for the first time this weekend as they host Ball State in a Mid-American Conference series matchup.  The series begins Friday at 4:00 pm.  Saturday and Sunday's games are scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Cincinnati 4, Ohio 1
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt went 2-for-3 at the plate, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (4-19) dropped a 4-1 decision to Cincinnati on a cold Tuesday afternoon at Marge Schott Stadium.
Schmidt's (Lynnwood, Wash.) two hits on the afternoon extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games. His 10-game hitting streak is also the longest of any Bobcat this season. Schmidt came into Ohio's midweek matchup going 14-for-32 with nine RBI in his last 10 games.
"Dan (Schmidt) has continued to work hard and I believe that his hard work has paid off," said head coach Rob Smith. "He's made some hard adjustments with his swing, but he has made some great improvement."
Sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also chipped in offensively as he went 2-for-3 at the plate.
"I thought we competed well, especially on the mound," said head coach Rob Smith. "Offensively we had some opportunities, but unfortunately we just ran ourselves out of some great scoring opportunities."
Sophomore Nick Plys (Parma, Ohio) suffered the loss as he made his first career start. Plys finished the game by working 2.0 innings, while allowing three earned runs.
Cincinnati jumped out to the early lead as it plated three runs on two hits in the bottom half of the second inning. Plys would eventually retire the side, but he would not return.
Over the course of the next seven innings, the Ohio bullpen held the Bearcats to eight hits, but just one run thanks to the efforts of freshman Ryan Ferrell (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio), sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio).
Cincinnati's lone run down the stretch came in the seventh, but that would be all the Bearcats would get for the remainder of the game.
In the eighth, Ohio posted its biggest threat of the afternoon as it loaded the bases with nobody out, but the `Cats were only able to come able with one run. In the ninth, Ohio went down in order as Cincinnati secured the win.
Ohio returns to action tomorrow night at 6 p.m. as it welcomes Ohio State to Bob Wren Stadium.