Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 3, Bowling Green 1
Buffalo 7, Akron 2
Central Michigan 10, Eastern Michigan 1
Northern Illinois 4, Miami 3
Ball State 7, Ohio 3 (Game 1)
Ohio 13, Ball State 10 (Game 2)
Western Michigan 12, Toledo 7
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 3, Bowling Green 1
KENT, Ohio – Tyler Skulina and Brian Clark led Kent State (22-20, 11-6) on the mound to a 3-1 win over Bowling Green (14-22, 8-9) on Saturday afternoon, clinching the series victory.
Skulina went 7.2 innings, giving up one run, five hits and two walks while striking out nine on his way to the win. He kept his pitch count low, throwing 105 pitches, 63 for strikes.
"When he's on, he's as good as anybody," said head coach Scott Stricklin of his starter.
Clark finished out the game, earning his fifth save of the season on his 20th birthday.
Offensively, George Roberts put a run on the board in the first on a single after Derek Toadvine led of the game with a base hit and stole second. Roberts picked up the team's second RBI in fifth, scoring Sawyer Polen on a single after Polen had doubled.
Kent State's final run came in the seventh as Jason Bagoly singled home Toadvine who had reached on a throwing error. The Golden Flashes' defense was errorless.
"We found a way to get some hits," Stricklin said. "You can't make mistakes in close games, and our guys played mistake-free today."
The win helps the Flashes stay near the top of the Mid-American Conference East leaderboard. Kent State will attempt the sweep of Bowling Green on Sunday at 1:00pm.
"It's momentum," said Stricklin of the win. "We know we have a good team, we know we have talent. Our kids have to believe it and be confident and keep battling and find a way to get a sweep tomorrow."
Buffalo 7, Akron 2
AKRON, OH - The offense and defense aligned for the Buffalo baseball team Saturday afternoon, as starting pitcher Anthony Magovney threw seven scoreless innings and Jason Kanzler broke his homerless streak in a 7-2 win over Akron (9-31, 6-11 MAC).
The win clinched the sixth straight Mid-American Conference series for UB (23-17, 13-4 MAC) and also sets a modern-era record for wins in a single season. In the overall history of the program, the 23 total wins are the most since the 1980 team won 32.
Kanzler started out the scoring in the top of the third, hitting a one-out solo home run to pad his MAC lead in the category, with eight. The lead would move to 3-0 after the fifth inning, when a pair of UB runs would score. Jimmy Topps hit a one out double, and Alex Baldock drew a walk. A failed pickoff attempt would move them both into scoring position, and Tyler Mautner would hit his second run-scoring double in as many games to drive in both runners.
Magovney cruised through the early innings, allowing Akron just one hit in the first and fourth innings. Those would be the only hits allowed by Magovney in his seven innings. He walked just one batter and struck out six.
Meanwhile, the offense would double up its score and make it a 6-0 game despite not recording a single hit. Jon Mestas led off with a walk, and Mike Burke would also earn a free pass. A wild pitch would put them both in scoring position before a walk to Mike Scarcello would load the bases with only one out. Two runs would score on an error, and Scarcello would later score on a passed ball.
After setting down the order in the bottom of the seventh, Magovney was lifted for Zach Stephens. He would allow a single run in the eighth before running into trouble in the bottom of the ninth. Akron loaded the bases with two outs, and a walked batter would bring in a run to make it 7-2. River McWilliams came in to record his second save of the weekend, striking out Devon Ahart to end the game with the bases still loaded.
Mike Burke will take the ball tomorrow in the series finale, looking to set a few personal and team records in the process. A win for Burke would give him seven for the season, which would set a new modern-era program record for individual wins for a pitcher and put him in a tie for second in the program's all-time history. On the team side, a win tomorrow would give UB back-to-back conference sweeps for the first time since joining the MAC. First pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.
Central Michigan 10, Eastern Michigan 1
MOUNT PLEASANT - Freshman Taylor Lehnert threw his first career complete game and sophomore Cody Leichman became the first player to go 5-for-5 at the plate since 2009 to lead Central Michigan to a 10-1 win over rival Eastern Michigan at Theunissen Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The victory evens the series at a game apiece between the Chippewas (18-22, 7-10 MAC) and Eagles (20-19, 9-8 MAC) with the rubber match to be played Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Lehnert gave up just one run on a controversial play at thep late in the top of the third inning, but then settled in and worked himself out of key jams when he needed in improving to 3-2 in his debut season.
After the Chippewas fell behind in the top of the third, they came right back in the bottom of the frame to even things up. Senior Tom Lally walked to lead off the inning and freshman Dylan Goodwin was hit by a pitch to put Lally in scoring position before freshman Logan Regnier laid down a bunt single to load the bases.
A sacrifice fly by sophomore Pat MacKenzie evened the game, but the Chippewas were unable to break things open at that point, stranding the bases loaded.
Leichman doubled off the bottom of the wall in right field to lead off the fourth and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Morgan Oliver before Goodwin drove in his first career run with a single to give the Chippewas a 2-1 lead.
Another single by Regnier, this time to centerfield, put two runners on and MacKenzie again came up in the clutch by driving the first pitch he saw to the right center gap for a double that to score a pair of runs for a 4-1 CMU advantage.
Lehnert sat down eight straight in the middle innings to settle in before the Chippewas broke things open in the bottom of the sixth when they sent all nine men to plate to score five runs.
Lally opened the frame with a bunt single down the third base line and after advancing to third on a passed ball came around to score on a RBI single by Regnier. MacKenzie reached on an error to extend the inning and sophomore Nick Regnier came up with an infield single on a hot shot to the third baseman, loading the bases for senior Jordan Adams.
The senior designated hitter broke into the hit column with a RBI single to right field and Leichman recorded his fourth hit of the game to plate two more runs. An errant throw by Russell bounced into the Chippewas' dugout on the play, allowing Adams to score to push CMU's lead to 9-1.
Lehnert worked around a leadoff walk and an error in the seventh for another scoreless inning before a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth set up his first career complete game.
The freshman right hander came back out for the ninth and quickly sat down pinch hitter Tony Dileo on a strikeout looking and ultimately closed the day with his fifth strikeout of the game when he got Nick Rotola to swing through strike three to close the game.
Leichman capped his day with a RBI single in the eighth, becoming the first player with five hits in a game since Andrew Thomas (5-for-6) and Dale Cornstubble (5-for-5) each accomplished the feat at Western Michigan on May 8, 2009.
In addition to Leichman's 5-for-5 day, Logan Regnier went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and MacKenzie went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Goodwin had his first career multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Brian Valente suffered the loss for the Eagles, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks over 3.2 innings.
Northern Illinois 4, Miami 3
DeKALB, Ill. – A two out, bases loaded walk-off single by Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) overshadowed a complete game pitching effort by Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) as Northern Illinois (18-22, 13-4 MAC) defeated Miami (Ohio), 4-3, to clinch the series. The Redhawks (19-22, 9-8 MAC) took the lead in the top of ninth, 3-2, before NIU’s two out rally. The Huskies have driven in 46 runs with two outs in their 17 MAC contests.
“These guys believe. They believe in themselves and winning helps that. The guys grind it out and though it gets overlooked, but when you’re pitching and playing defense, you’ll always have a chance in this game,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “I think the guys take a lot of pride in playing at Ralph McKinzie Field, I love the leadership this team has and I love the energy and enthusiasm they bring for us.
“It’s good to get the series on a Saturday, now we have the opportunity to go out tomorrow and try to earn a sweep , which is a plus-plus in this league.”
Anderson tossed his fifth complete game of the season, all of which have occurred within Mid-American Conference play, as he scattered 12 hits with one walk and two strikeouts to his credit. Of his 110 pitches, 76 went for strikes (.691).
The Huskies were ahead 2-0 after the third inning as they scratched one run across in both the second and third frames on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) and a Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) sacrifice fly in the second and third innings, respectively.
While Anderson allowed sporadic hits as he worked through the middle innings of the game, the Redhawks hitters were stymied by the junior with men on base and were unable to put their mark on the scoreboard.
Miami’s bats came alive in the eighth as three straight hits, including a double down the right field line by Matt Honchel to put two runners in scoring position, allowed one run to score in the frame and cut the NIU lead in half, 2-1. MU took the lead in the top of the ninth as the Alex Johnson singled, and with two outs, aggressively stole second base to put a runner in scoring position.
Following a walk by pinch-hitter Chad Sedio, a two-run double by Max Andresen to right field put the Redhawks ahead, 3-2.
Sophomore Micah McCulloch (Rochelle/Rochelle Township) led-off the bottom of the ninth for NIU as he poked closer Ryan Powers’ first pitch through the left side for a single. With Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia ) pinch-running for McCulloch and one out, Ruzich executed a hit-and-run to the right side to push Seiton to third and put the winning run on first.
After NIU’s second out, Mathey signaled for freshman Brandon Mallder (Bridgeview/St. Laurence) to pinch-run for Ruzich. On the first pitch of the next at-bat, Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) singled up the middle to tie the game, 3-3, and rallied the bench as he ran to first.
After Wells’ single, freshman Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) slapped a ball to the shortstop, who fumbled the ball and did not get the throw to second in time to putout Wells on the force play.
On the very next pitch, Klonowski lasered one through the gap in the left side of the infield to give Northern Illinois its second walk-off win of the season and improve the Huskies to 13-4 in the Mid-American Conference. The win improves NIU lead in the West division over Eastern Michigan to four games.
It was the first time since April 2-3, 2010 versus Buffalo that Northern Illinois had two-consecutive complete games from its pitchers. Hook, McCulloch and Wells each collected two hits in the game. Klonowski’s only hit of the game came at the right time as he finished 1-for-4 with the game-winning RBI.
NIU and Miami will close the series tomorrow at Ralph McKinzie Field as Klonowski (4-4) takes on Seth Varner (1-5) from the mound. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Ball State 7, Ohio 3 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Ohio 13, Ball State 10 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Ohio to win the weekend series from the Bobcats at Ball Diamond.
The Cardinals, which won Friday’s series opener, took Saturday’s first game 7-3 before Ohio avoided the sweep with a 13-10 victory in game two. The teams played a doubleheader to finish the series because of the threat for rain on Sunday.
Ball State now stands at 19-20 overall and 8-10 in Mid-American Conference play, while Ohio leaves Muncie at 11-31 overall and 6-12 in the league.
The Cardinals are off this week for final exams and will return to action next weekend with a MAC road series at Eastern Michigan.
Game 1: Ball State 7, Ohio 3
The Cardinals got a solid outing from starting pitcher Chris Marangon and used a four-run sixth inning to blow things open in the first game of the day.
Marangon (2-3) worked into the ninth inning before giving way to reliever Miles Moeller for the final three outs. He allowed one second-inning run and then kept Ohio from finding the scoreboard again until the eighth inning.
Ball State scored single runs in each of the first three frames, including solo home runs from Sam Tidaback (the first of his career) and Sean Godfrey, but it was the sixth inning that proved to be the difference in the game.
The Cardinals scored all four of their sixth-inning runs with two outs after Brett Barber came out of the Ohio bullpen in relief of starter Marck Paliotto. Tidaback and Blake Beemer both had run-scoring singles, and Dominick Catanzarite plated the other two runs on a deep double to left center field.
Paliotto (2-7) was charged with two of those four runs, in addition to the Cardinals’ first three of the game, and suffered the loss.
Godfrey, Tidaback and Wes Winkle led Ball State with two hits each , while Cody Gaertner paced Ohio with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate.
Game 2: Ohio 13, Ball State 10
Ball State scored seven runs in the final two innings but could not overcome a scoring lull in the middle of what proved to be a slugfest in the nightcap.
Godfrey added three more hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Cody Campbell homered and drove in three for the Cardinals.
Ball State found itself trailing 12-3 after surrendering four runs in the top of the eighth inning but did not go away. The Cardinals got to Ohio reliever Sean Kennedy for five runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by Campbell’s two-run homer. Jarrett James’ RBI single later on capped the inning and cut what was once a nine-run Ohio lead down to four at 12-8.
After the Bobcats tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Ball State tried to mount one last rally in its final inning at the plate. The Cardinals picked up two more runs and drew within three on Blake Beemer’s two-out, RBI triple that put the potential tying run in the on-deck circle before Ohio reliever Logan Cozart picked up the final out.
Connor Sitz (2-6) notched the win for Ohio. He allowed three first-inning runs but then held Ball State scoreless over his final five innings on the mound. T.J. Weir (2-2) suffered the loss for the Cardinals, earning the start despite pitching in relief a day earlier. He allowed four runs in four innings before a quartet of relievers finished out the game.
Jake Madsen and Ben Otto tallied four hits each to lead the Ohio attack as the Bobcats racked up a total of 20 hits in the game.
Western Michigan 12, Toledo 7
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- All nine starters in Western Michigan’s batting lineup recorded a hit and WMU hung 12 runs on Toledo, defeating the Rockets, 12-7, Saturday to even this weekend’s Mid-American Conference series at one game apiece.
Sophomore shortstop Andrew Sohn had a day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored. Theo Piccirilli, Steve Buglione, Jared Kujawa and Patrick Duncan (double) each had a pair of hits. Piccirilli and Caleb Caton each drove in two runs.
The Brown & Gold trailed Toledo 4-1 through four and a half innings and took the lead with a six-run outburst in the fifth. WMU batted through the order and six different Broncos had a hit. Piccirilli, Sohn and Kujawa each drove in a run and Caleb Caton ripped a two-run single. Kujawa stole home for the sixth run of the inning as he and Caton pulled off a double steal, Caton swiping second.
The Broncos stayed hot in the sixth, adding three runs and posted two more in the seventh. Sohn clobbered a two-run double in the sixth and had another RBI with a single to center in the seventh.
Toledo opened the scoring with a run in the first and WMU countered in the second. The Rockets put two more on the board in the third and took a 4-1 lead with a run in the fourth. UT scored its final three runs in the top of the ninth when the game was already well into the Broncos’ hands.
Right-handed senior Chris Bossenbery (1-0) earned his first win of the season, throwing an inning of relief. Casey Hall was also impressive out of the bullpen until the Rockets caught up with him in the ninth. He threw 2.2 innings and David Brennan recorded the final two outs of the game with strikeouts.
Left-handed freshman Derek Schneider made his first collegiate start and went 4.2 innings, yielding four runs and eight hits.
The win snapped a nine-game conference losing streak for the Broncos, who improved to 6-11 in the MAC and 13-27 overall.
Toledo starter Cameron Palmer (2-4) was the losing pitcher, giving up seven runs and 10 hits over five innings. The Rockets’ record falls to 16-25, 7-10 in the MAC.
WMU and Toledo will meet for decisive game three tomorrow at Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field at 1 p.m.