Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/10/2013

 

Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results
Bowling Green 7, Ball State 5
Toledo 10, Dayton 2
Penn State 3, Kent State 2
Wright State 10, Miami 2
Illinois State 9, Northern Illinois 3
Michigan State 10, Western Michigan 1
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Bowling Green 7, Ball State 5
MUNCIE, Ind.—The Bowling Green State University baseball team picked up a much-needed win on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Mid-American Conference foe Ball State on the road. The Falcons were able to hang on for the 7-5 win in non-conference action, improving their overall record to 8-19 on the season.
 
The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the Falcons would respond in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own. The Falcons would not collect a hit in the inning, but would take advantage of some BSU mistakes to cross home plate twice.
 
BSU responded quickly in the home half with two wind-aided extra base hits to plate three runs and retake the lead, at 4-2.
 
The Falcons would tie the game at four in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs on two RBI groundouts. In the top of the seventh, the Falcons would string five-straight base hits together, scoring three runs and taking a 7-4 lead. Jesse Rait, Patrick Lancaster, and T.J. Losby served up the key RBI singles in the inning.
 
Ball State would add a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, but senior closer Nick Bruns would slam the door for his fourth save of the season.
 
Ethan McKenney was awarded with the win, going 1.2 innings and striking out two batters.
 
With the victory, head coach Danny Schmitz now stands at 596 career victories, just four away from the 600-win milestone. With the save, Nick Bruns (13 career) creeps closer to the all-time saves record, just four shy of the mark set by Neil Schmitz (17 career) from 2001-04.
 
The Falcons will be back in action this weekend in a crucial MAC matchup at Toledo. First pitch on Friday will be at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday will both begin at 1 p.m.
 
Toledo 10, Dayton 2
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 10-2 triumph over Dayton on Tuesday at Scott Park. With the win, the Rockets improve to 12-18 on the season.
 
UT scored seven runs in its first two at-bats to record its second win against the Flyers (7-20-1) this spring. The Midnight Blue & Gold also posted a 6-1 victory over the reigning Atlantic 10 regular-season and tourney champions on March 12 at Woerner Field.
 
Senior RHP Jared Locke (1-2) shrugged off a rough first inning and put together a solid pitching performance to record his first win of the spring. Locke allowed two runs (all earned) on six hits with three strikeouts in a season-high 5.0 frames. The Dundee, MI native gave up both runs on four hits in UD’s opening at-bat.
 
Freshman RHP Kevin Kline, sophomore RHP Adam Tyson and senior LHP Ben Hammer came on in relief of Locke and did not allow a single hit over the final 4.0 innings to close out the impressive home victory.
 
Offensively, junior LF Tyler Grogg (3-for-4, 3 RS, 2 SB) led the Midnight Blue & Gold with a game-high three hits, while senior 1B Matt Delewski (2-for-3, 3 RS), senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-5, 5 RBI), senior RF Andy Mix (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and sophomore SS Nate Langhals (2-for-4, RS) also recorded multi-hit efforts against four Dayton pitchers.
 
The visitors did all their damage in their opening at-bat, taking advantage of a RBI single by Jared Broughton (1-for-4, RBI) and a run-scoring groundout by Aaron Huesman (1-for-4).
 
The Rockets quickly retaliated with a three-run single off the bat of Mix and a RBI single by Delewski in the bottom of the first frame to assume an advantage they would not relinquish.
 
UT added to its lead with three runs in the second inning on the strength of a two-run single by Hammer and a sacrifice fly by Delewski.
 
The score remained the same until the fourth frame when Hammer belted a two-out RBI double to make the difference 8-2.
 
Toledo then finished off the scoring with a two-out, run-scoring double by sophomore DH Anthony Smith (1-for-3, RS, RBI) in the sixth and a pinch-hit RBI single off the bat of freshman 1B Tyler Baar (1-for-1, RBI) in the eighth to set the final margin at 10-2.
 
UD Joe Wahl (1-4) was saddled with the loss, yielding four runs (all earned) on three hits in 1.0 inning. The Flyers did not have a single player with more than one hit in the non-league matchup.
 
The Rockets will look to win their third-consecutive contest tomorrow when they travel to Kent State. The first pitch is slated for 5:00 p.m. at Schoonover Stadium.
 
Penn State 3, Kent State 2
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Kent State (14-16) could not get enough going offensively in a 3-2 loss at Penn State (7-21) Tuesday (Apr. 9) night, despite playing nearly perfect baseball against the Nittany Lions at home last week.
 
"We just didn't play with very much intensity early in the game and fell behind," head coach Scott Stricklin said.  "I think our pitching staff did a good job of limiting their runs, but offensively we just didn't do anything to be able to win that game."
 
Penn State took a 2-0 lead in the first on a walk and three base hits.  Kent State scored a run in the third inning after Alex Miklos tripled and came home on a sacrifice fly by Zarley Zalewski.  The Golden Flashes tied the game in the fourth when T.J. Sutton hit into a RBI groundout to score Evan Campbell after Campbell led off the inning with a base hit.
 
But, that was all the runs Kent State could produce in the game, despite having three runners in scoring position, including a runner on third with no outs, through the last five innings.
 
On the mound, Spencer Bryant went 2.2 innings in the start with two runs on four hits and two walks.  Aaron Tadian (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing one run on three hits while striking out one.  Eli Martin and Eric Dorsch combined for three scoreless innings with three hits, a Martin walk and a Dorsch strikeout to finish out the game.
 
George Roberts was the only Golden Flash to pick up more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 with a double, his fifth two-base knock in the last six games, dating back to last Tuesday.
 
Kent State takes on Toledo in a non-conference home game tomorrow at 5:00 pm.  To win, Stricklin believes the formula to be simple.
 
"We need to play like a Kent State team should be playing."
 
Wright State 10, Miami 2
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Miami opened a 2-0 lead in third inning, but Wright State tallied 10 unanswered runs, including a seven-run seventh, to defeat the RedHawks 10-2 in the opening round of the Fifth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic.
 
With the loss, Miami falls to 14-14 overall and will play in the third-place game tomorrow against Xavier. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
 
The RedHawks struck first on a two-run double by Alex Johnson. Scott Slappey started the third with a single, then was sacrificed to second. After Matt Honchel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to center, Johnson ripped a shot just over the third-base bag to put Miami ahead.
 
The Raiders (15-16) tied the game on a two-run home run by Michael Timm in the third, then went ahead on a RBI single by Justin Kopale in the fourth.
 
Sophomore Brian Thene (1-2) took the loss for Miami, allowing five hits and three runs over four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
 
Clay Cinnamon gave up a hit and a walk over two innings before three Miami pitchers gave up seven runs on six hits in the seventh. Freshman Wynston McMartin gave up four of the runs, getting one out, before Brandon Adkins hit the only batter he faced. Alex Brown got the final two outs of the inning, but not before allowing three hits and two runs to the five batters he faced.
 
Miami registered just four hits for the contest with Ryan Elble gaining the final one, a single in the fourth. Wright State relievers Cody Kopilchack and Luke Mamer retired all but one of the 16 batters they faced, striking out six. The lone exception was the result of an error that was corrected by a caught stealing. Kopilchack picked up the win to improve to 1-0.
 
Illinois State 9, Northern Illinois 3
NORMAL, Ill. – Within one run after the first third of the ball game at Illinois State and despite outhitting the Redbirds (15-15), the Northern Illinois baseball team (11-19) fell at ISU, 9-3. The Huskies outhit the Redbirds in the ballgame, 9-8.
 
“We didn’t do enough to win the game today,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey, “I was happy with the hits that we had but that was not our best ball game. We came in to the game with some momentum after our last series on the road but we need to get back to work tomorrow. We need to figure out why this happened and ask they guys how to fix it and get back to where we were.”
 
A leadoff single by Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) in the top of the second started things off for Northern Illinois as the Huskie went on to second on a wild pitch and over to third on a soft-chopper to the left side of the infield by Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC). With two outs, Joe Battaglia (Westchester/St. Joseph) drove in NIU’s first run of the game as he roped a ball to left field to trot Zimmerman home, 1-0
 
Following a walk and single by ISU in the bottom of the 2nd, an error at third base on a fielder’s choice turned sacrifice bunt evened the game, 1-1. Momentum hung with the Redbirds for the rest of the inning as they gained a 4-1 lead over the Huskies.
 
In the third inning, back-to-back singles by Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia) and Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) opened the door for Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) who drove home Seiton from second base to cut the deficit in half, 4-2. A fielder’s choice RBI by Tenhgan followed and brought it back to within one run, 4-3. The Huskies held the Redbirds scoreless in the bottom frame.
 
NIU was 90 feet away from a 4-4 game in the fourth as Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) was stranded at innings end, after reaching base on an error at second and advancing to third on another error by the four-man.
The Redbirds increased their lead in the fourth inning with three runs in the stanza on a walk, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly, 7-3.
 
After starting pitcher Bobby Kuntzendorf (Yorkville/Aurora Christian) was relieved after 4.1 innings, the Huskies’ bullpen posted zeroes on the scoreboard in three-of-four innings of work. Kuntzendorf surrendered five hits with two walks, one strikeout and five earned runs.
 
Zach Badgley (McHenry/McHenry) came on in the fifth and finished with 1.2 innings on the mound, surrendering two hits with one walk. Jon Savarise (Lincolnshire/Andrew) and Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick) tag teamed the seventh, with Sweeney getting the last out of the inning on a fielder’s choice to third base. The staff ended ISU third baseman’s Zac Johnson’s 10-game hitting streak in the game.
 
Illinois State tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth where it closed the game with a 9-3 lead.
 
Battaglia, Klonowski and Zimmerman all finished 2-for-4 at the plate with Battaglia and Klonowski driving in a run each. Both Klonowski and Zimmerman extended their hitting streaks to eight games, which set a new personal-best for Klonowski.
 
The Huskies will return to the diamond Friday afternoon when they start a three-game series with Western Michigan to continue Mid-American Conference play. First pitch Friday is set for 3:05 p.m.
 
Michigan State 10, Western Michigan 1
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Western Michigan dropped the midweek contest with Michigan State, falling 10-1 in East Lansing on Tuesday.
 
MSU starter Chase Rihtarchik (4-0) tossed seven innings, allowing one run on three hits.
 
Sophomore outfielder Jared Kujawa got the Broncos on the board in the first inning when he doubled down the left field line to score shortstop Andrew Sohn who reached base on a two out single up the middle.
 
Michigan State scored five runs in the first inning off of Bronco starter Will Nimke, who faced eight batters in the first inning before being lifted from the game after only two outs.
 
The Spartans added one run in the fourth inning and four runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach for the Broncos.
 
Western Michigan (11-20, 5-4 MAC) will look to rebound from the non-conference loss on Friday, April 12 when they travel to Northern Illinois (11-18, 6-3 MAC) to take on the Huskies in a three-game series. The three-game Mid-American Conference series will begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday will have a start time of 2:00 p.m.