Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Miami 4, Toledo 1
Eastern Michigan 13, Ohio 6
Northern Illinois 14, Akron 4
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 4, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo allowed four runs in the first inning and suffered a 4-1 loss to Miami on Easter Sunday in Mid-American Conference action at soggy Mercy Field. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 10-4 overall, 3-3 in the conference.
UT junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (2-2) was the hard-luck loser in today’s series finale, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits with two strikeouts in 8.0 frames. Wilkinson settled down following a rough start and retired 21 of the next 25 batters, but it was too little too late for the lefty hurler and the 2012 MAC West Division champs.
The RedHawks’ (12-11, 5-1 MAC) Nathan Williams (3-1) limited Toledo to a season-low four hits to post the complete-game victory. Williams went for the distance for the first time this season to earn his team-tying best third win. The right-handed pitcher got better as the contest went on, as he sat down the final 14 UT batters.
Offensively, senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-4, RBI) collected two of Toledo’s four hits in the cross-division matchup, while senior LF Tyler Grogg (1-for-4) and senior DH Matt Delewski (1-for-4, RS) collected the other two hits.
For a second-straight game, Miami scored four runs in its opening at-bat. The visitors took advantage of three UT errors and received a clutch two-run single off the bat of Nate Bowles to assume a lead they would not surrender. Three of the four runs in the inning came as a result of Toledo miscues and were unearned.
The Rockets retaliated with their lone run in the third on a RBI double off the bat of Hammer. After the first two outs were recorded in the frame, Delewski belted a triple to the gap in right-center field before Hammer followed with a two-base hit to collect his 15th RBI of the spring.
The RedHawks’ Bowles (2-for-4, RS, 2 RBI) and Matt Honchel (2-for-4, RS) led the visitors with two hits each.
The Rockets return to action on Tuesday, April 2 when they host Kent State in non-league action at Scott Park. The first pitch from the corner of Parkside Blvd. and Hill Ave. is slated for 3:05 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 13, Ohio 6
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team clinched a series victory against Ohio University Easter Sunday, March 31, with a convincing 13-6 win at Oestrike Stadium. The Eagles (12-14; 2-4 MAC) pounded out 16 hits and four EMU players turned in multiple-hit outings.
The Green and White scored in all but two innings en route to winning a Mid-American Conference series for the first time in 2013. The Bobcats (5-21; 2-4 MAC) tried to fight back from a 10-1 deficit with a four-run seventh, but fell well short and dropped a second straight MAC series.
The top of EMU's lineup was lethal Sunday as hitters one through four combined to go 10-for-17. Sam Ott led the way with a 3-for-5 day which included his second homer of the year and a season-high five RBI. Ott also notched his 10th double of the season and was one-of-five Eagles to record a two-bagger.
Daniel Russell (3-for-5) had one of those doubles and also scored three runs out of the leadoff spot. John Rubino had a nice afternoon in the two-hole, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Lee Longo (2-for-3) and Jamie Simpson (1-for-2) also registered doubles, with Longo recording an RBI and Simpson driving in two.
Austin Williams (1-for-3) earned RBI in each of the three games this weekend with two Sunday. Finally, Dae Bowden went 2-for-5 out of the No. 9 spot and hit his second triple of the year.
Paul Schaak (2-1) earned the victory and pitched six strong innings before hitting his wall in the seventh. The junior lefty's final line was 6.1 innings pitched with five earned runs, eight hits and four strikeouts.
Connor Sitz's (0-4) struggles continued on the hill for the Bobcats in a three-inning, five-earned-run outing. Sitz was the only pitcher on the Ohio squad to record a strikeout on the day. Offensively, Ohio cranked out 12 hits, with Jake Madsen (3-for-5) and Cody Gaertner (3-for-5) setting the pace.
Schaak needed just five pitches to get through the top of the first. His offense rewarded him with a one-run cushion in the bottom of the frame as Longo singled home Russell, who led off with a base hit.
Ohio tied the score, 1-1, in the second. Tyler Wells singled and was followed by Kyle Dean, who cranked a shot to the centerfield wall for an RBI double.
Rubino hit a looping fly ball to just the right spot in left-center field for a one-out double in the third. Ott then poked a line-drive off the right-field wall for another two-bagger while scoring Rubino to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
The doubles kept coming as Simpson nearly had has fourth homer of the year but settled for a two-RBI double off the top of the wall. Bowden capped off the four-run inning with an RBI single past a diving Ben Otto at third base to make it 5-1 Eagles.
Eastern Michigan's offense continued to click in the fifth as Williams smacked the first pitch he saw through the left side and plated Adam Sonabend and Longo to make it a 7-1 contest. Russell preserved the six-run lead with a great running catch to deny Wells an RBI and extra bases in the top of the sixth. Schaak then struck out Gaertner for his fourth of the day to end the frame.
Ott tacked on two more runs with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the sixth. The junior turned on a 1-0 offering and cleared the right-field wall. Later in the inning, Longo came around to score on a fielding error by Otto and made it a nine-run contest, 10-1.
The Bobcats slashed into their deficit with a four-run seventh. An Otto double scored the inning's first run and a Nate Squires two-RBI single chased Schaak from the mound. Reliever Mike Marsinek also allowed a run before making the third out. Suddenly, it was a 10-5 game.
EMU squashed any thoughts of an Ohio comeback with two more runs in the seventh. Ott hit a seeing-eye single through the infield and scored two with the bases loaded and the Eagles went back up by seven, 12-5.
The Green and White scored a final run in the eighth on a passed ball and Ohio added another in the ninth to put the final score at 13-6 for the home club.
The Eagles take a break from MAC play to host Michigan State University in a midweek contest Wednesday, April 3 at Oestrike Stadium.
Northern Illinois 14, Akron 4
AVON, Ohio – Pressure – the burden of physical or mental distress, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Northern Illinois (8-17, 4-2 MAC) did not carry a burden or feel distress versus Akron (4-20, 2-4 MAC) on Easter Sunday as it scored 11 of its 14 runs with two outs to sweep the series and defeat the Zips, 14-4. It was the most runs scored by the Huskies this season and the first road sweep since April 13-15, 2012 at Miami (Ohio).
“That second inning was huge and I told the team that after the game. Akron had already scored and had recorded two outs on us. Ruzich got a hit and the guys started rolling from there to get four runs that inning,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “Our hitters really put the pressure on the pitchers and on the defense in the game and that allowed us to have some pretty big innings offensively.”
Akron kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as it gained its first lead of the weekend with one run on a single through the left side for a 1-0 Zips lead.
With their backs against the wall and trailing in the game, the Huskies responded in the top of the second as Connor Schomig (Darien/Hinsdale South) worked a full count on pitcher Pat Dyer with runners on first and second. Schomig singled with a shallow bloop single on the edge of the right field line to tie the game, 1-1.
The Huskies took the lead as Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) tripled to left centerfield to clear the bases and increase Northern Illinois’ lead, 3-1. A hustle-it-out chopper single by Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) scored Wells from third to make it a 4-1 game.
In the fifth inning with Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) on third base and two outs, Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) hit a line drive to left center field that went in and out of the glove of Jared Turocy to score Tenhagen and give the Huskies a 5-2 lead.
One frame later, Northern Illinois loaded the bases with no outs on a single by Wells and two hit by pitches, Hook and Klonowski. Wells and Hook scored on consecutive wild pitches to make it 7-2 and Jeff Zimmerman’s (Tinley Park/Andrew) second triple of the weekend increased NIU’s lead, 8-2. The Huskies tacked six more runs on with two men down as Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) doubled, and Duckhorn, Hook and Zimmerman singled to give NIU a 14-2 lead.
All told, the Huskies scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning, the most by NIU in an inning this year. The Zips scored two more runs in the bottom of the ninth to end the game, 14-4
NIU combined for 18 hits in the game, four of those from Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney). He reached base in every plate appearance and also pitched five innings, with eight strikeouts, one walk and only five hits allowed with two runs. Klonowski finished the weekend 9-for-12 (.750) at the plate this weekend.
With Wells and Zimmerman collecting triples, it was the first time since March 17, 2011 that NIU has two-or-more triples in a game.
The Huskies will return to action Thursday when it hosts Milwaukee in the team’s home-opener at Ralph McKinzie Field. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m.