Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/1/2013


Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results
Akron 6, Pittsburgh 1
Eastern Michigan 12, Notre Dame 6
Kent State 9, Youngstown State 8
Northern Illinois 7, Illinois-Chicago 5
Western Michigan 5, Northwestern 2
Miami 9, Cincinnati 4
Buffalo 6, Canisius 1
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 6, Pittsburgh 1
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (10-31) baseball team defeated No. 17 University of Pittsburgh (32-11) by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday evenng at Charles L. Cost Field.
Freshman Michael Steensen tamed the Panther offense over 5.0 innings pitched, allowing only two hits and one earned run with one strikeout. Steensen improved to 2-1 this season following the win.
Akron fell into an early 1-0 in the bottom of the first, as Pittsburgh's Stephen Vranka belted a solo homer to left field. The Zips pitching staff would not allow another run following the Panther's first inning.
The score remained at 1-0 until UA plated one run in the fourth to tie the game at one. Following Matt LaRocca's walk, senior Jared Turocy rocked an RBI double to left center.
The Zips lineup took a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning by plating two runners. Devan Ahart led off the inning with a double, which was followed up with a Turocy intentional walk and a Tyler Begun hit-by-pitch.
With the bases full of Zips, Brady Stewart ripped a one-out, two-RBI single up the middle to plate Ahart from third base and Turocy from second.
Akron continued the offensive output in the seventh inning, as UA scored three in the inning. LaRocca notched an RBI single with men on first and second to give the Zips the first run of the inning.
Turocy followed LaRocca with his second RBI double of the evening to left field, his fifth of the season. Stewart again notched a bases loaded RBI, this time on a walk. Stewart now has 11 RBI this season following the win over Pitt.
The Akron bullpen shutdown the Pittsburgh lineup following Steensen's strong start. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso combined for 4.0 scoreless innings on the mound, allowing only four hits and zero walks.
Overall, the Zips registered 12 base hits in the win over Pitt. Turocy and Stewart led the mob with three hits a piece. Rembielak had the next highest hit total for Akron with two hits, while also scoring one run.
Akron baseball will look ahead to the weekend following the 6-1 victory, as the team is set to host Western Michigan University for a three-game Mid-American Conference series, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 12, Notre Dame 6
SOUTH BEND, Ind. ( – Playing its second non-conference game on the road in as many days, the Eastern Michigan University baseball team (21-21) broke a three-game losing streak, defeating the No. 26th ranked University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (27-17), 12-6, at Frank Eck Stadium, May 1.
Head Coach Jay Alexander's ballclub picked up its first win over a ranked opponent for the first time since Feb. 18, 2011, when the Eagles beat the No. 4 ranked Clemson Tigers, 7-6. The victory over the Irish marked the fourth win over a ranked team in the past six years. The Green and White also knocked off No. 25 Kansas, 3-1, in the Metrodome, Feb. 22, 2010. EMU also defeated No. 19 Tennessee, Feb. 10, 2007, by a final 6-3 tally.
Lee Longo and John Rubino had the hottest bats in a lineup that had 12 hits with eight of its nine hitters tally at least one hit. Longo belted a three-run shot in the third inning and tallied another base-knock for a four RBI game, tying a season-high for EMU's designated hitter. Rubino tallied a team-high three hits at the plate to go along with two runs and a run batted in. Struggling in the field with three errors in the game, Marquise Gill made up for it at the dish, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, leading to three runs scored.
Ben Dartnell (1-0) got the victory in his longest outing of the season, pitching three innings of no-hit baseball while striking out three Fighting Irish. Notre Dame's Matt Ternowchek (4-4) took the loss after the Eagles pegged him for seven runs in just over three innings.
The hometown Irish struck first as leadoff batter Frank DeSico reached on an error by the EMU second baseman Gill. DeSico made the Eagles pay for the miscue, stealing second base to get in scoring position. Two-straight groundouts back to Gill advanced DeSico 90 feet each time. The latter ground ball allowed him to cross home plate, giving the Irish a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Notre Dame added another run in the second. After a triple by Ryan Bull to start the inning, Charlie Markson did hit job to get the run in, hitting a grounder to short to score Bull and increase the Irish advantage to two through two innings.
The Eagles answered with a big four-run inning in the top of the third. Gill dropped a bunt in for single the first hit of the game for EMU. Rubino was hit by a pitch two batters later, putting two Eagles on with two out. Sam Ott came through in the clutch, continuing to swing the bat effectively with a single up the middle to score Gill. Cleanup hitter Longo then sent a towering blast over the left field fence for a third-run homer, his fourth of the year. EMU turned a two-run deficit into a two-run advantage, 4-2.
EMU's lead did not last long as Notre Dame continued to put runs up on the scoreboard. With Ryan Lavoie coming in to relieve starter Joe Battistelli, the Irish knocked him around for four hits and three runs, taking a 5-4 lead just three innings into the ballgame.
The run parade continued as the first three Eagles reached base in the fourth to tie the game up at five. Jamie Simpson led the inning off with a double, Mitchell McGeein walked, and Austin Wilson singled home his third RBI of the 2013 campaign, forcing Irish starter Matt Ternowchek out of the contest with no one out in the top of the fourth. UND reliever Connor Hale struggled coming into the game, walking the first two batters that allowed one run to score, putting Eastern on top. With the bases load and nobody out, Rubino grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that plated a run to increase the margin to two, 7-5.
Eastern finally held Notre Dame scoreless in back-to-back innings after the Irish scored in the first three of the contest. The Green and White increased its lead in the top of the sixth with Longo singling in his fourth RBI of the game. Gill and Rubino singled before Longo brought in Gill for an 8-5 advantage.
Another insurance run for the Eagles came in the top of the eighth inning. Rubino continued his strong game with a triple to lead off the inning, and an Ott sacrifice fly allowed Rubino to score, making it 9-5 in favor of the Green and White.
The floodgates opened up in the ninth inning as EMU added three more runs for a, 12-5, seven-run cushion. After a Simpson three-bagger, the Eagles loaded the bases but grounded into a double-play. It looked as if the runners would be stranded, but back-to-back lined shots up the middle by Daniel Russell and Rubino brought in two more, before another run crossed home via a throwing error by UND.
The Irish broke a five-inning scoreless streak with a run in the bottom of the ninth, but it not enough as the Eagles soared to a 12-6 road victory.
With the five-game road trip coming to an end, Eastern returns to Oestrike Stadium to host Ball State University in a three-game series, May 3-5. Friday's series opener begins at 6 p.m. and can be heard live on Eagle All-Access.
Kent State 9, Youngstown State 8
NILES, Ohio – Kent State (25-20) came back despite being down 5-1 and 8-3 to win a 9-8 contest over Youngstown State (13-32) on Wednesday (May 1).
"I thought our kids fought really hard," said coach Scott Stricklin, who was ejected early in the game but was able to keep track of things from the clubhouse.  "They played us really hard."
The Golden Flashes struggled early, but the bullpen stepped up to shut down the Penguin offense and Kent State's bats were able to do enough late to get the win.
"For the bullpen to shut it down like they did and for us to come up in the ninth and score was good to see," Stricklin said.
Both teams scored a run in the first.  Derek Toadvine scored, stole second and eventually came home on a ground out by Evan Campbell to start things off for the Golden Flashes.
Youngstown State took the lead by scoring four runs in the second and three in the third.  Kent State tallied two in the third to make it a 8-3 game after three.  In the inning, Justin Wagler, Toadvine and Sawyer Polen all singled to score the first run and Toadvine came home on a sacrifice fly by Campbell.
The Golden Flashes got things going again in the fifth and sixth, scoring three and one run, respectively.  Toadvine was hit by a pitch before Polen and Campbell were both walked to load the bases in the fifth.  Roberts was hit to score a run and Jason Bagoly singled to left to score another.  The third run of the inning came on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Monnot.  In the sixth frame, Toadvine walked, advanced on a Polen single and scored on another sacrifice fly by Campbell.
The one-run deficit remained for Kent State until the top of the ninth.  In the inning, Zarley Zalewski started the rally with a single and was pinch ran for by Troy Summers.  Summers took second base, moved to third when Toadvine reached on an error, and scored the tying run on another error with Polen at the plate.  Toadvine scored his fifth run of the day to take the lead when Campbell grounded into a double play.
Brian Clark shut things down to pick up the win.  He sat the last batter of the eighth down swinging on three pitches and got a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to preserve the win.
Eli Martin, Jason Revesz and Dan Kopcak all pitched well in relief.  Together, they threw 4.2 shutout innings, while only allowing three hits and no walks.
Toadvine had his second consecutive day on the bases, going 2-for-3 with five runs, two walks and four stolen bases.  Polen and Bagoly also had two hits.  Campbell led the team with three RBI.
Kent State now heads into their last home games of the season as they host Central Michigan in a three-game conference series.  Friday will recognize the team's graduating seniors in a 3:00pm game.  On Saturday, the 1993 baseball team will reunite and be honored in a 6:00pm contest.  The weekend will wrap up with senior day on Sunday at 1:00pm.
"Coming from behind to win gives our team a little more confidence going into this weekend," said Stricklin.  "It's a huge weekend. We're going to have great weather.  We've got a lot of things going on with senior weekend, so hopefully we'll get a big crowd and a lot of people to come watch us in the last home stand of the year."
Northern Illinois 7, Illinois-Chicago 5
CHICAGO, Ill. - A five-hit five run rally in the top of the eighth inning for Northern Illinois (19-24) overcame a 5-2 UIC (20-21) lead as the Huskies went on to extinguish the Flames, 7-5. Seven different NIU players drove in the runs with Joe Battaglia (Westchester/St. Joseph) leading the way again for the Huskies on a 2-for-3, one home run, two run night at Les Miller Field. Jeff Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to nine games on a 2-for-5 night with a double, an RBI and a run.
"We gave up a lot of free passes on the mound early but our bullpen did a nice job later in the game. We needed to get some guys some work in and they did a nice job, especially Ryan Olson. He got his first collegiate win," said Head Coach Ed Mathey. "He hasn't had a lot of opportunities this year but he took advantage of this one. I'm very proud of Ryan. As hitters, we hit a lot of balls tonight and drove them through the holes and to the gaps. We did a nice job in the eighth putting hits together to capitalize on our chances."
UIC commanded the game in the first three innings as it led 1-0 heading into the third. NIU took advantage in the frame as Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) reached on an error and advanced to third on a single by Brandon Mallder (Bridgeview/St. Laurence). The senior would score on a single by Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) to tie the game 1-1.

The Flames then jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings as it broke the tie with three runs on three hits and an error. Northern Illinois cut the deficit to two runs on Battaglia's second homer to left field in as many games to make it 4-2, but UIC added one more in the bottom of the frame to make it 5-2.
Relief pitching proved to be a key in the game as starting pitcher Bobby Kuntzendorf (Yorkville/Aurora Christian) stepped off the mound after four innings of work. Over the next five innings, the NIU bullpen scattered four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Kuntzendorf surrendered six hits, two earned runs, three walks but struck out two in the game.
With the bullpen standing strong, Hook started the eighth with a single, followed by back-to-back doubles from Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) and Zimmerman to put the Huskies within one, 5-4. After Battaglia was hit by a pitch, Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb) sacrificed the runners over which led Duckhorn's game-tying groundout to shortstop, 5-5.
NIU gained the lead when pinch-hitter Connor Schomig (Darien/Hinsdale South) doubled to left centerfield on a 0-2 pitch with two outs to put the Huskies up 6-5. Mallder singled to drive in Schomig from second to score the Huskies final run. Mallder completed his night 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Ryan Olsen (Sterling/Newman Central Catholic) pitched in both the seventh and eighth innings to combine for an inning of work and earn his first collegiate win. Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) closed the game for Northern Illinois on the mound, throwing 1.2 innings with only one hit allowed.
Northern Illinois will return to the diamond Friday May 3 when it heads to Toledo to take on the Rockets for a Mid-American Conference series.
Western Michigan 5, Northwestern 2
EVANSTON, Ill.- Western Michigan topped Big Ten opponent Northwestern Wednesday on the road,  5-2.
WMU sophomore right fielder Jared Kujawa led off the second inning with a bunt single and stole second base. Steve Buglione singled and Kujawa scored on a squeeze bunt by Patrick Duncan.
Western Michigan doubled its lead in the top of the third. Brett Sunde singled through the right side and later scored on a single to left center by Andrew Sohn. Sunde drove in WMU’s third run in the fourth with an RBI double.
Northwestern was able to push a run across off of WMU starter Will Nimke in the bottom of the fourth. Both teams scored a run in the sixth and the Broncos added an unearned run in the top of the ninth when Sohn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Nimke (2-4) picked up the win for Western Michigan (14-29), throwing 6.2 innings, striking out four. He gave up four runs and seven hits. David Brennan earned the save, not allowing a hit over the final 2.1 innings.
Miami 9, Cincinnati 4
OXFORD, Ohio -- Nate Bowles and Jake Romano had three hits apiece and Chad Sedio drove in three runs and scored twice to lead Miami to a 9-4 come-from-behind win over Cincinnati Wednesday night at McKie Field. The Redhawks fell behind 4-1 in the fifth, but scored eight unanswered runs over the next four innings.
Miami (20-23) broke out on top with an unearned run in the second. A dropped fly ball put Sedio, the leadoff hitter, on second. After an infield single put runners on the corners, a groundout by Walsh brought home a run.
The lead held until the fifth, when Cincinnati (18-26) struck for four runs. After the first out of the inning, a walk and single put runners at second and third. Miami put its third pitcher into the game, but Shane Kriss allowed an infield single, but also committed an error that allowed both runners to score. A walk and bunt single loaded the bases, setting up an RBI single that made the score 3-1. Kriss struck out the next batter, but the RedHawks went back to the bullpen. Four straight balls from Charles Zubrod walked in a run, but the junior recovered for a strikeout looking to end the inning.
Miami tied the game in the fifth after Matt Honchel reached on an error and Romano singled. UC changed pitchers, but Thomas Gentile walked Crummy, loading the bases and forcing another change. Bryan Chenoweth struck out the first batter he faced, but Sedio hit an 0-1 pitch into right for a two-run single. After an infield single, Walsh flew out to left to bring home Crummy.
The RedHawks took the lead for good in their next at-bat. Another error, this one with one out, put Honchel on first. He stole second and came home on a single up the middle by Romano.
Miami added insurance in the form of a run in the seventh and three in the eighth. A leadoff walk to Bowles was followed by a Walsh single. However, when the ball skipped past the right fielder, Bowles came all the around to score.
One inning later, Crummy earned a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch runner Julian Flannary. The freshman stole second and took third on a flyout to right, then scored on a single by Sedio. Bowles followed with a single and Walsh walked to load the bases. Ryan Elble hit new pitcher Austin Pritchard's first pitch through the left side for two RBIs.
Zubrod picked up the win to improve to 1-1, while Chenoweth fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Miami hits the road for the final time in 2013 this weekend when it travels to Bowling Green for a weekend series. The opening game Friday begins at 3 p.m.
Buffalo 6, Canisius 1
BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo baseball team found offense at just the right times Wednesday afternoon, edging out cross-town rival Canisius (32-12) 6-1 at Amherst Audubon Field. A half dozen UB pitchers combined to hold a powerful Griffin offense that entered the day batting .307 to just one run. Kyle Figgins had a pair of doubles, and Jon Mestas had a clutch two-run single to fuel the Buffalo (24-17) offense.
After being held in check for the first five innings, the Bulls were able to score the first run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Figgins hit his second double of the day, and after a hit batter and a walk, he would come across home on a sacrifice fly by Mike Burke.
The insurance runs came in the very next inning, as a two-out rally yielded two more runs for UB. The first two batters were immediately retired, but Ryan Tulloch was plunked by a pitch and Tyler Mautner hit his 17th double of the season to put them both in scoring position. After a walk to Figgins, Jon Mestas hit a single to center field that scored two runs for a 3-0 game.
In the eighth, the offense again loaded the bases with just one out. Tulloch converted with a grounder through the hole on the left side to bring in two more runs. The final UB run would come on a wild pitch.
On the mound, it was a solid day by committee, as Dan Ginader got the start but only pitched a scheduled two innings. Cory Folk followed with two innings and one hit allowed, and Zach Stephens and Brandon Bentley each allowed a hit and struck out a batter. Bentley would end up being the winning pitcher after Burke's RBI, and Tyler Wilson would be credited with a hold after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. Ben Hartz threw five pitches in a save situation in the eighth, but after three more runs for the UB offense in the bottom of the eighth, River McWilliams entered in a non-save situation for the final inning of the game, and allowed the lone run of the game for the Griffs in the ninth.
Next up for the Bulls will be the home conference finale, as the Ohio Bobcats come to town for three weekend games. Game one on Friday will be at 3 pm. Fans are encouraged to come out on Sunday for the Senior Day game, starting at 1 pm.