Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results
Central Michigan 7, Oakland 4
Ohio 10, Eastern Kentucky 3
Xavier 7, Miami 6
Canisius 8, Akron 5
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Central Michigan 7, Oakland 4
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan used a three-run sixth inning in its midweek tilt versus Oakland Wednesday en route to a 7-4 victory at Theunissen Stadium.
The Chippewas (13-18) held a 3-2 lead over the Golden Grizzlies (7-21) after five innings but gave up an unearned run in the top of the sixth to allow OU to even things up.
The tie game didn't last long however as the Maroon and Gold quickly went to work in the bottom of the frame to take back over. Sophomore Tyler Huntey walked to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position on a single by fellow sophomore Pat MacKenzie. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before freshman Logan Regnier laced a double in the left center gap to plate both runners and give CMU a 5-3 advantage.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs roped a double of his own two batters later to push Regnier across and extend the lead to 6-3.
CMU extended its lead in the seventh when MacKenzie stole second and Drew Bechtel's throw skipped into the outfield allowing Huntey to score from third.
Oakland threatened in the top of the eighth when Jared Theisen walked to lead off the frame, later stole third and came around to score on a RBI single by Nolan Jacoby. With runners on first and second and just one out, Jacobs prevented any damage by making a shoe string grab in left field before gunning Robby Enslen out at second base for the double play.
The Chippewas fell behind in the top of the second on back-to-back RBI doubles by the Golden Grizzlies. Doug Beath recorded an infield single to to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Spencer Marentette plated the first run of the game with a RBI double to right center and Connor Mielock followed with a RBI double of his own to give the Golden Grizzles a 2-0 advantage.
A single with one out by junior Noel Santos and a RBI double off the wall in right center by Huntey pulled the Chippewas within a run in the bottom of the frame and they were able to even things up in the bottom of the third thanks to OU mistakes.
Regnier and sophomore Pat MacKenzie went down quickly to start the frame before senior Jordan Adams drew a two-out walk and advanced to third when freshman Zack Fields reached on a dropped pop up. Adams came across on a RBI single to center field by sophomore Cody Leichman to give the home team a 3-2 lead.
Junior Kenton San Miguel picked up his first career win for the Chippewas, tossing 2.1 innings in relief. Sophomore Matt Trowbridge picked up his seventh save of the season by tossing a scoreless ninth.
Leichman went 2-for-4 with a RBI to lead the Chippewas, while Huntey was 1-for-1 with a pair of runss cored.
The Chippewas are back in action this weekend for a Mid-American Conference series in Muncie, Ind., versus West Division rival Ball State
Ohio 10, Eastern Kentucky 3
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (7-24) defeated the Eastern Kentucky Colonels by a final score of 10-3 at Bob Wren Stadium Wednesday night.
Every Bobcat played a role in the offense as every batter reached base, eight got at least one hit and seven scored a run. 'Cats also scored nine RBI from four different players.
Senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.), sophomore catcher Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) and sophomore left fielder Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Jake Madsen combined for 10 hits and eight RBI. Wells is now just seven hits shy of 100 for his career.
Senior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va.) worked 1.1 innings as he made his first career start, giving up one hit, one walk and struck out two. Barber also earned his first win of the season with help from five other pitchers. The six Ohio pitchers allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Ohio broke into the scoring with two runs in the first inning. The first run was scored by sophomore center fielder Nick Squires (Plain City, Ohio) who walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an error by the shortstop Matt Phipps and then scored off a sacrifice fly to left by Wells. Nick Squires' run in the first was his team-leading 22nd run scored of the season. Senior catcher J.R. Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the second run after reaching base safely by Phipps error earlier in the inning. He then moved to second off a walk and would later come in to score courtesy of a single to left by senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.).
The Bobcats tacked on five more runs in the third (7-0) thanks to five hits. Gaertner, Schmidt and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) all drove in runs for Ohio in the frame. Otto finished the day, going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Eastern Kentucky got on the scoreboard in the fourth with three runs of their own (7-3). Outside of the fourth, Ohio's defense allowed only five hits in eight scoreless innings. Defensively, Ohio had a clean sheet as it did not commit an error the fifth time this season.
Ohio extended its lead in the sixth with two more runs (9-3) off three hits. The 'Cats also plated another run (10-3) in the eighth to solidify the victory.
Ohio will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season Friday as it plays host to Akron for a three-game weekend series at Bob Wren Stadium.
Xavier 7, Miami 6
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- For the second time in four days, Miami rallied from a pair of early deficits only to fall in walk-off fashion. Xavier scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the RedHawks 7-6 Wednesday in the third-place game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic.
Miami (14-15) trailed 5-0 after three innings and 6-5 after seven but evened the score both times. Chad Sedio tied his career-high with three hits, including a double, and had a sacrifice fly, while John Crummy and Jake Romano had two hits apiece.
In the decisive frame, Daniel Rod led off with an infield single off the arm of Miami's pitcher Charlie Suich. After a sacrifice bunt, Joe Forney laced a liner to center for the game-winner.
Xavier (15-15) used back-to-back two-out doubles to open a 1-0 lead in the first. The Musketeers added three in the second, starting with three straight hits and adding a two-out walk and single, to chase Miami starter Brian Ghiselli. A pair of one-out singles, followed by a double down the left field line, added another run in the third.
But Miami clawed back. Scott Slappey led off the fifth with a double to center and took third on a bunt single by Romano. Matt Honchel, who earlier in the day extended his hitting streak to 14 games, flied out to center to bring home Slappey. Kevin Bower singled to load the bases, before Crummy ripped a double down the line in left to make the score 5-3. A sacrifice fly brought home Bower, then Crummy crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Xavier retook the lead in the sixth on a leadoff single, sacrifice and blooper to right, but the RedHawks capitalized on two errors in the eighth to retie things at 6-6. Sedio doubled to start the frame, but a failed sacrifice kept him at second. Max Andresen hit a hard shot that got under the first baseman's glove, then made it all the way to third when the ball got away from the right fielder. But a lineout against a drawn-in infield and strikeout prevented the go-ahead run from scoring.
Miami used six pitchers in the game, capped by Suich, who suffered the loss to fall to 0-1. Jacob Bodner, who pitched the eighth and ninth for Xavier, earned the win to improve to 1-1.
After completed a string of nine straight games away from Oxford, Miami returns home for a key Mid-American Conference series against defending champion Kent State. The RedHawks are 7-2 in league play and in sole possession of first place. At 6-3, the Golden Flashes are a game-behind in the East Division.
Games are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Canisius 8, Akron 5
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (6-24) baseball team was defeated by Canisius College (21-10) by a score of 8-5 in a weather-shortened, six-inning game on Wednesday afternoon on Lee R. Jackson Field.
Sophomore Jon Pusateri made the start at pitcher for the Zips, and turned in 3.2 innings pitched with three earned runs and six hits allowed. Pusateri's record now stands at 1-7 this season.
The Akron offense started strong in the bottom of the first inning, as the squad rallied for five runs scored to take the first lead of the game.
The scoring threat began with Devan Ahart at the plate and runners on first and third with no outs in the first inning. Ahart roped a double to deep center field to plate Daulton Mosbarger from third base.
Matt LaRocca followed Ahart's double with a single to centerfield, bringing in Matt Rembielak from third. After LaRocca's RBI base hit, Joey Havrilak hit the Zips second double of the game, which scored Ahart.
Jared Turocy captured UA's final RBI of the game on an RBI groundout to the pitcher to score LaRocca. Havrilak went on to score the fifth run of the inning on a Canisius passed ball.
The Canisius offense caught up to the Zips lead during the rain shortened game, as the Golden Griffins plated one run in the third, six runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth, which brought the game to its final score of 8-5.
Overall, the Zips offense registered seven base hits, four RBI and one walk.
Akron's next game will be the first of a three game series at Mid-American Conference opponent, Ohio University. UA will play OU in the first game on Friday at 3 p.m., which will be followed up by games on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., on both days.