Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Buffalo 4, Kent State 3 (Game 1)
Buffalo 3, Kent State 2 (Game 2)
Eastern Michigan 7, Western Michigan 4
Akron 7, Bowling Green 3
Miami 6, Ball State 5
Toledo 4, Central Michigan 3 (Game 1)
Central Michigan 2, Toledo 1 (Game 2)
Northern Illinois 10, Ohio 3
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Buffalo 4, Kent State 3 (Game 1 - Boxscore)
Buffalo 3, Kent State 2 (Game 2 - Boxscore)
BUFFALO, NY – For the first time in program history, the University at Buffalo baseball team earned a three-game sweep of defending Mid-American Conference champion Kent State over the weekend. The Bulls took both games of the doubleheader on Sunday to complete the sweep. Buffalo won the first game, 4-3, and took game two, 3-2. The Bulls are now 11-4 in conference play and sit atop the standings in the East Division.
In game one, Buffalo overcame six errors to win a 4-3 decision. The Bulls opened the scoring in the first inning when Jason Kanzler scored on a Kent State fielding error to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.
Kent State scored once in the second inning and another in the fourth to take a 2-1 advantage. Kanzler put the Bulls back on top with a two-run single in the fifth inning to put UB ahead, 3-2.
Kent State tied the game at three on a UB error in the sixth inning. UB reliever River McWiliams entered the game for starter Anthony Magovney with two men on and no outs in the top of the eighth inning. The senior closer pitched the Bulls out of trouble, not allowing a Golden Flashes' run.
UB took the lead for good in the bottom of the eighth inning when Mike Burke hit a sacrifice fly to score Jon Mestas. McWilliams pitched around a one-out single in the ninth for the win.
Magovney pitched well for UB, considering the fielding errors behind him. The sophomore pitcher allowed only one earned run over seven innings and struck out five.
Kanzler, Mestas and Jimmy Topps each had two hits in the opener.
Head Coach Ron Torgalski handed the ball to his top starter Burke in the nightcap and the junior hurler didn't disappoint. Burke pitched eight innings of shutout ball.
RBI singles by Thomas Richards and Michael Scarcillo in the fifth inning gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead. An RBI double by Alex Baldock plated Ryan Tulloch in the sixth inning to up the advantage to 3-0.
Kent State got two one-out singles in the ninth before Burke got a much-needed strike out. However, Kent State's next batter also singled and all of the sudden the Golden Flashes had the bases loaded and the winning run at the plate.
McWilliams relieved Burke looking for the one-out save. Zarley Zalewski made it interesting when he ripped a two-run single to right field. However, McWilliams got Derek Toadvine to strike out looking to end the game and earn his eighth save of the season.
"The good thing is we found a way to win," Torgalski said. "We battled through the adversity. Kent State kept coming back and we got it done."
It marked the first time since the 2008 season that Kent State was swept in a conference series.
Buffalo will next play Niagara on Tuesday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Field.
Eastern Michigan 7, Western Michigan 4
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Western Michigan University for a third consecutive season Sunday, April 21, at Oestrike Stadium by a score of 7-4. The Eagles (18-18; 8-7 MAC) improved their overall record to .500 for the first time this season and own a winning record in Mid-American Conference play for the first time as well.
EMU took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning, but the Broncos (12-25; 5-10 MAC) tied the game on an Andrew Sohn RBI groundout. An eighth inning which consisted of three runs and three EMU doubles broke the tie and put the Eagles ahead by three headed into the ninth.
Reliever Krisitian Calibuso (1-0) pitched scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to pick up his first win of the year. The victory was also his first since defeating Northern Illinois University in the 2011 MAC Tournament, May 27.
The Eagles have now beaten the Broncos 11 straight times, with WMU's last victory coming April 23, 2010, 5-3.
For a second straight game, John Rubino (2-for-5) was responsible for the game winning RBI. His sixth double of the 2013 campaign in the eighth inning plated Marquise Gill, who was also red hot at the dish with a 3-for-4 outing. Gill had a double and two RBI in the contest.
Sam Ott (1-for-4) and Adam Sonabend (1-for-4) also doubled in EMU's three-run eighth. Ott's two-bagger was his team-best 16th of the year. The redshirt junior extended his on-base streak to 12 games. Sonabend's double was his eighth of the year.
Also tallying an extra base hit on the day was Jamie Simpson (1-for-3), who now has seven to his credit this season.
Paul Schaak started on the mound for the Eagles and pitched 5.1 innings and gave up three runs on five hits with a walk and a trio of punchouts. Joe Battistelli gave up a run in 1.1 innings of work, while Ben Dartnell struck out the only batter he faced.
A trio of Broncos' hitters registered multi-hit games including Vinnie Booker (2-for-4) who had an RBI and scored a run. Hunter Prince (2-for-3) and Caleb Caton (2-for-4) were the other WMU batters with two hits.
After starting off the day strong, Western Michigan starter Mike Moyer ran into trouble in the sixth inning and was pulled for eventual losing pitcher Derek Schneider (1-1). Moyer pitched five-plus innings while giving up four runs on seven hits. Schneider tosses 2.2 innings and allowed three runs on four knocks.
Western Michigan opened the scoring with a run in the third. Caton roped a one-out double down the left-field line and a Booker bloop single brought him around to score. Schaak struck out Sohn to end the inning and keep it at a 1-0 game.
Dae Bowden got the third inning started off by beating out a bunt to the pitcher for an infield single. Daniel Russell and Ott each drew walks to load the bases. Lee Longo was unable to pull the trigger on a 1-2 fastball and Moyer got out of the jam with a strikeout.
Gill came up with a big two-out hit in the fourth to tie the game at one. Simpson reached base after being hit and a Bowden single moved him over to third. Gill's sharp single back up the middle scored Simpson. EMU loaded the bases again with two out, but Rubino hit a routine grounder to Sohn at short, who stepped on second for the force.
The Broncos looked poised to regain the lead in the fifth as Booker laid down a bunt single to load the bases with one out. Schaak nailed Theo Piccirilli with a pitch and the Broncos did indeed take the lead, 2-1. The EMU lefty then battled Sohn in an eight-pitch at-bat and got a called third strike for the second out. Jared Kujawa filed out for the final out and the side was retired with just the single run scored.
A Patrick Duncan RBI single down the left-field line with one down in the sixth expanded the WMU lead to a pair, 3-1. Battistelli gave up the hit to Duncan, but the run was charged to Schaak, who allowed the run-scorer Prince to reach base.
Simpson started off the home half of the sixth by doubling off the wall in left. Bowden then reached base on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. Gill registered his second RBI of the contest with a double down the left-field line. Later in the frame, Rubino hit an RBI single to shortstop and reached second on a throwing error. That miscue allowed Bowden to score from second and gave the Eagles their first lead of the afternoon, 4-3.
The lead did not last long as the Broncos scored a run in the seventh to tie the game, 4-4. Sohn got credit for the RBI on a groundout which scored Booker from third.
In the eighth, Gill notched his third hit of the game with one down. Then with two out, Rubino sent a fly ball past a diving Duncan in left field. Rubino's double scored Gill from first base and put the Green and White back in front, 5-4. Rubino did not have to wait on second for long as Ott deposited an RBI double of his own into centerfield to make it a 6-4 contest. A third two-bagger came off the bat of Sonabend, which scored Ott and gave the Eagles a three-run cushion headed into the final inning.
Calibuso delivered a strong ninth inning on the hill, striking out the first two batters he faced and ending the game on a lineout to centerfield.
The Eagles host the University of Michigan Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 6 p.m. The suspended game from Wednesday, April 17, will be resumed in the top of the third inning with EMU ahead, 4-1. Following the conclusion of that game, the two squads will play a seven-inning game.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—Missed opportunities were the story on Sunday afternoon, as the Bowling Green State University baseball team lost the series finale against visiting Akron. The Falcons committed five errors and left 11 runners on base in the 7-3 loss. The loss was the first for Bowling Green since April 7, as they had won six in a row heading into today’s game. The Orange and Brown are now 13-20 (8-7 MAC) on the season.
The Falcons scored first in each game during the six-game winning streak, but on Sunday, the visiting Zips would jump out to the early lead. Akron would score a single run in the top of the second against Falcon starter Trevor Blaylock.
Blaylock came into the contest looking for his first win of the season. He would only last four innings, allowing three earned runs and walking five. Blaylock would exit the game with the Falcons trailing 3-1.
Bowling Green tied the game in the bottom of the third inning at one, as T.J. Losby singled home Jesse Rait to bring the Falcons even.
Despite the winning streak coming to an end on Sunday afternoon, Losby was a bright spot, accounting for five-of-12 hits on the afternoon. He went 5-for-5 in the contest with two RBI and one run scored. Following his performance on Sunday, Losby now leads the team with a .323 average.
Trailing 3-1 with a runner on first in the top of the fifth, Blaylock would give way to righty Jason Link. The first batter that Link faced would hit a dribbler back to the mound, but the throw to first would be errant, allowing the inherited runner to reach third on the play. The runner from third would score on a fielder’s choice, and the Falcons trailed 4-1 at the midway point.
As they have during much of the winning streak, the Falcons would respond in the next half inning. With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the fifth, Losby would single to score Jeremy Shay. After advancing on the throw home, Losby would score on a Patrick Lancaster single into right-center field.
The Falcons had a golden opportunity to tie it in the bottom of the sixth, as Jake Thomas led off the inning with a double to left field. Thomas was another bright spot for the Orange and Brown on Sunday, recording three hits in his four at bats.
Brandon Howard would ground out to second base to advance Thomas to third, but the next two batters would also ground out, and Thomas would be stranded at third.
Akron would take advantage of the missed opportunity in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on three hits and two Falcon errors. Reliever Ben Singer would minimize the damage, however, with a foul out and a fly out to keep the bases loaded.
The Zips would add an insurance run in the eighth, and the Falcons would leave two runners on in the bottom of the ninth to finish the game.
The Falcons now face a crucial stretch in their schedule, with just four Mid-American Conference series’ remaining. Following midweek games at Xavier (Tuesday) and home against Wright State (Wednesday), the Falcons will travel to Kent State for a three-game series. That series will begin next Friday night, under the lights, with an expected first pitch of 6:05.
Miami 6, Ball State 5
OXFORD, Ohio -- John Crummy broke a 4-4 fifth-inning tie with a two-out single and Alex Johnson followed with an RBI double, lifting Miami to a 6-5 victory in the rubber game of a Mid-American Conference baseball series Sunday afternoon at McKie Field.
Senior Cory Klenke, the fifth of six Miami pitchers, earned his second career victory in five days by tossing 1.2 scoreless innings, while Ryan Powers gained his second save of the weekend.
Ball State (17-19, 6-9) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out hit, stolen base and RBI single, but Miami answered in the bottom of the frame. Matt Honchel doubled to lead off before Nate Bowles singled through the left side. A double-play grounder scored Honchel.
The RedHawks tallied three runs in the second for a 4-1 lead. A leadoff walk to Alex Johnson and single by Jake Romano started the rally. After a failed sacrifice attempt, Dan Walsh delivered an RBI single to left. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third, then another wild pitch on a third strike sent Ryan Elble to first and brought Romano home. Honchel flied out to left for a sacrifice fly that plated Walsh.
But the Cardinals chipped away. Consecutive walks to start the fourth set up a one-out RBI single, while a sacrifice fly later in the inning made the score 4-3 and chased Miami starter Seth Varner. Clay Cinnamon hit a pair of batters and walked one to load the bases with one out before getting an infield pop for the second out. Shane Kriss came in from the pen and got out of the jam, but not before a wild pitch brought home the tying run.
It didn't take long for Miami to move back ahead. Honchel started the RedHawk fifth with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After two strikeouts, Crummy hit a bouncer toward first that took an awkward hop for an RBI single. Johnson hit a 1-2 pitch to the gap in left center to bring home Crummy, making the score 6-4.
Ball State loaded the bases in both the sixth and seventh, but couldn't scratch out a run. Nathan Williams walked the first two batters he faced, but got a strikeout for the first out in the sixth. When his next pitch was a ball, Head Coach Dan Simonds went back to the bullpen, calling on Klenke. The senior, who switched from infielder to pitcher in the fall, got a fielder's choice grounder before walking the bases loaded. He buckled down, though, and got a swinging strikeout to end the threat.
One inning later, Klenke started with another strikeout before a pinch-hit single. After the second out, another single and walk loaded the bases. The Cardinals' No. 2 hitter came to the plate and hit a hot shot back to the mound, where Klenke made the snag, ran toward first and tossed underhanded to Kevin Bower for the third out.
The Cardinals did close the gap off closer Ryan Powers in the eighth as Miami traded a run for a double play. An error to start the ninth put the tying run on base, but after a sacrifice, Powers got a called third strike and a pop to short for his fourth save.
Each team had nine hits, but Miami's pitchers walked seven and hit a pair. However, Ball State left 14 runners on base, including eight over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings combined. Klenke gave up two hits and two walks over 1.2 innings pitched after throwing four scheduled innings against Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday.
Ball State starter Chris Marango (1-3) took the loss, allowing six runs and six hits over 4.2 innings.
Miami steps out of conference this week for a home-and-home series with Dayton. The RedHawks travel to Time-Warner Cable Field on Tuesday before hosting the Flyers at McKie Field on Wednesday.
Toledo 4, Central Michigan 3 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Central Michigan 2, Toledo 1 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
MOUNT PLEASANT — After nearly pulling off a dramatic ninth-inning comeback in a 4-3 loss to start the day, Central Michigan prevented a series sweep by claiming a 2-1 victory in game two versus Toledo at Scott Park Sunday afternoon.
The Chippewas (17-21, 6-9 MAC) were shutout for the first 17 innings of the series before nearly erasing a four-run deficit in game one and used the momentum in game two, aided by a strong pitching performance from freshman Taylor Lehnert, to close the Mid-American Conference series.
Lehnert gave up just four hits and struck out four over 6.1 innings of work in game two of the doubleheader to earn his second win of the season, while sophomore Matt Trowbridge came on and pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his eighth save of the year.
Central Michigan was able to break the scoreless game in the top of the sixth when sophomore Pat MacKenzie singled through the left side to leadoff the inning and came around to score on a RBI by senior Jordan Adams. Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs then laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to plate junior Noel Santos for a 2-0 CMU advantage.
The Rockets (14-24, 6-9 MAC) cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh to chase Lehnert, but Trowbridge came on and inherited a bases-loaded jam only to induce an inning-ending double play started on the hot corner by sophomore Joe Houlihan.
Trowbridge gave up his only hit with one out in the ninth inning as the Rockets looked for a comeback win, but induced back-to-back fielder’s choice outs to close thd door.
CMU nearly came back in game one of the doubleheader, but was unable to complete the rally in falling to the Rockets, 4-3.
Trailing 4-0 and having not scored a run in the series, the Chippewas started a rally in the top of the ninth when freshman Logan Regnier struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch allowed Regnier to advance to second and Adams walked to put a pair of runners on. An error allowed Jacobs to reach on a sacrifice bunt attempt, plating Regnier for the Chippewas' first run of the game.
Santos then flied out to centerfield to push pinch runner Ryan Heeke across and sophomore Cody Leichman singled up the middle to score Jacobs and cut CMU’s deficit to one, 4-3.
Senior Tom Lally came on as a pinch runner and the potential tying run, but freshman Zack Fields grounded into a game-ending double play.
Senior Rick Dodridge suffered the loss in game one despite a strong seven innings of work. The lefty gave up four runs – two earned – on six hits and a pair of walks while striking out four.
CMU is back in action Tuesday afternoon for a home tilt versus Davenport. First pitch is set for 4:05.
Northern Illinois 10, Ohio 3
ATHENS, Ohio – A five inning pitchers dual gave way to a Northern Illinois (16-21, 11-4 MAC) slugfest as the Huskies combined for 11 hits in the last four innings against Ohio (9-27, 5-10 MAC) to defeat the Bobcats, 10-3. Pitcher Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) picked up his fourth win of the season with seven shutout innings and seven strikeouts.
“It was a good ball game from our stand point, I thought Alex made some good adjustments after the first inning because they came out very aggressive on him. We turned a great double play to keep a zero up on the board. He pitched a whale of a game,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “He probably could’ve gone longer but we got some runs on the board and we wanted to get some guys some work on the mound. Offensively we had a good approach for most of the day, it was just a matter of us staying with it and not panicking.”
Both pitchers relied heavily on their defense in the game as the two teams put balls in play and the field did the rest. With the Bobcats threatening in the first inning, Cody Gaertner grounded to second baseman Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) on a hit-and-run situation. Hook quickly pulled the trigger to second base and rolled a 4-6-3 double play to clear the bases and save the scoring threat.
Through five, NIU and OU combined for five hits, two of which were recorded by Northern Illinois.
The Huskies doubled their money in the top of the sixth as Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) and Hook led the inning with singles, with Hook reaching on a bunt placed between the first and second baseman to pull the base coverage. Klonowski sacrificed the runners over a base for the first out of the inning, setting up Jeff Zimmerman’s (Tinley Park/Andrew) full count two run double to right field.
Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) followed up with a single, and Micah McCulloch (Rochelle/Rochelle Township) doubled down the left field line to score Zimmerman an give NIU a 3-0 lead.
The Huskies added another three runs in the top of the seventh inning as NIU recorded one hit and took advantage of two errors by the Bobcats. Wells and Hook both scored on miscues from the infield and McCulloch drove home Zimmerman on a sacrifice fly to right field to give Northern Illinois a 6-0 lead. NIU increased its lead 10-0 in the eighth with four runs on four hits and zero errors by the Bobcats.
Klonowski stepped off the mound after seven innings of work, scattering seven hits, walking one and striking out seven with zero runs allowed. Relief pitchers Ben Neumann (Verona, Wis./Verona Area), Zach Badgley (McHenry/McHenry) combined for a scoreless eighth inning and gave way to Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) and Jon Savarise (Lincolnshire/Stevenson) in the ninth to end the game, 10-3.
Zimmerman finished 2-for-4 with a double, three runs and three RBI in the game with Wells going 2-for-2 with three runs, a walk and two stolen base.
Northern Illinois will return to action Tuesday afternoon for a midweek affair at Northwestern, followed by a second midweek game at Iowa Wednesday evening.