Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 10, Eastern Michigan 6
Kent State 4, Central Michigan 1
Bowling Green 5, Miami 4
Northern Illinois 4, Toledo 0
Buffalo 6, Ohio 1
Akron 7, Western Michigan 6
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 10, Eastern Michigan 6
A ninth inning rally and a four run 12th inning by the Ball State baseball team led the Cardinals to a 10-6 win over Eastern Michigan in the first of a three-game series between the two teams.
With the win, Ball State evened its overall record to 20-20 on the season while improving to 9-10 in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles fell back below the .500 mark at 21-22 overall and 9-10 in the MAC. Ball State pulled into a second-place tie with EMU in the West Division.
With Eastern Michigan ahead, 6-4, in the top of the ninth and Cody Campbell down to his final strike, Campbell tied the game with a double to right center and force extra innings. The Eagles had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the 11th but were unable to score. The Cardinals put three aboard in the 12th and scored four times.
Miles Moeller earned the win and improved to 1-2 on the season. He pitched three innings of relief for the Cardinals en route to the win. Moeller struck out five, walked a pair and allowed just one base hit.
Wes Winkle led the Cardinals with a 5-for-7 performance from the plate with three runs-batted-in. Ryan Spaulding, who was 2-for-2 on the day, delivered the game-winning single for Ball State in the 12th. Campbell finished the game 2-for-5 with a trio of RBI.
Ball State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Winkle singled to start the game and Sean Godfrey scalded a double down the left field line to drive Winkle home.
With Eastern Michigan leading 4-1 after four innings, the Cardinals got two runs back in the fifth to pull to within one, 4-3. Sam Tidaback hit a one-out double to left field and came around to score on a Winkle single to center field. Back-to-back walks forced home another run.
Tidaback plated Blake Beemer for the tying marker in the sixth. Beemer led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch. A groundout to second did the job and made it a 4-4 affair.
The top of the 11th began with Winkle reaching on an infield single to third base. Winkle was sacrifice bunted over to second and then took third on a balk. On a Godfrey flyout, the Cardinals took a chance on sending Winkle and he was out at the plate.
A balk by Moeller gave Eastern Michigan a runner in scoring position, but Moeller retired pinch hitter Dae Bowden for the first out and intentionally walked Wilson to try and set up the double play. The situation became even more favorable for EMU when Moeller loaded the bases by hitting the next batter. A line drive to Beemer in left field ended the threat.
Campbell led off the 12th inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Beemer drew a one-out walk to put two on with one out. Another walk to Brandon Estep loaded the sacks with Cardinals. Spaulding worked the count to 2-2 and blooped a high fastball into center field to plate the go-ahead run. The floodgates opened up for Ball State as an infield single and a seeing-eye knock combined for a four-run inning and a 10-6 lead.
In the Eagles' final at-bat, Moeller issued a walk but no more as the Cardinals took the series opener, 10-6.
The two teams are scheduled for game two of the series Saturday at 3 p.m.
Kent State 4, Central Michigan 1
KENT, Ohio – Pitching, defense and great execution at the plate led Kent State (26-20, 13-6) to a 4-1 series opening win over Central Michigan (19-24, 8-11) on Friday (May 3).
"Pitching and defense is going to win a lot of games," said head coach Scott Stricklin. "I thought our kids really competed hard."
On the mound, starter Taylor Williams was in his usual dominate form to earn his eighth win of the year. He went 6.2 innings with one run, four hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Brian Clark followed him to pick up his seventh save of the season, only allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four. Clark now has three saves and one win in his last four appearances.
"It starts with pitching," Stricklin said. "Taylor Williams was really good, that's what he's done all year long. He threw a lot of strikes. Brian Clark came in and really competed."
Behind the duo, Kent State played errorless baseball and made great plays, including a stellar grab by second baseman Derek Toadvine to get an out early in the game.
Offensively, the Golden Flashes did a great job executing at the plate on two-strike counts and in small-ball situations.
They got on the board first with a run in the second when George Roberts was hit by a pitch and scored on a double down the left field line by T.J. Sutton. After Central Michigan tallied one on in the fifth, Kent State answered back in the bottom of the inning. Alex Miklos led off with a single and stole second before coming home on a RBI single by Zarley Zalewski.
The Golden Flashes' improved their lead to 4-1 on a perfectly executed seventh inning. Miklos led off with a walk and advanced when Zalewski singled. Jeff Revesz then laid down his second sacrifice bunt of the day, this one placed well enough for him to pick up an RBI when Miklos scored. Zalewski followed the play by stealing third, allowing him to score easily on a sacrifice fly by Toadvine.
Zalewski led Kent State with two of the team's six hits.
The win is the seventh straight for the Flashes, their longest streak of the year.
"We're playing much better, no question about it," said Stricklin. "I'm really happy with the way we played. We have to come out tomorrow and do the same thing."
Prior to Saturday's 6:00pm game, the 1993 Kent State baseball team will reunite and be recognized on the field. The alumni will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Mid-American Conference Tournament win and a semi-final finish in NCAA Regionals.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University baseball team had not won a game in 2013 when trailing after seven innings, but they broke that streak today with a come-from-behind, walk-off win. Trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Falcons would get an RBI double from Jeremy Shay to score T.J. Losby and tie the game. Following a groundout which would advance Shay to third, pinch-hitter Logan Walker would deliver with a walk-off single to right-center field. The Falcons would mob Walker out by second base, as they moved to within one game of visiting Miami University in the Mid-American Conference standings. The Falcons are now 15-23 (9-10 MAC) on the year, while Miami drops to 21-24 (10-9 MAC) overall.
The Orange and Brown would break into the run column first on Friday afternoon, when a Matt Pitzulo RBI groundout scored Shay from third base. Shay had led off the fourth with the first of his two doubles on the afternoon.
The RedHawks would respond in the top of the fifth inning, recording back-to-back doubles with two outs. The first would come off the bat of Miami’s leading hitter, Jake Romano. Romano would then score on a double by John Crummy.
The game would remain 3-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning. After the first two runners had reached base in the inning, Brian Bien would beat out a potential double play ball to the second baseman. With runners on the corners, Andrew Kubuski would single up the middle to score Brandon Howard and get the Falcons back to within 3-2. With two on and just one out, Miami would turn to the bullpen. With an 0-2 count to Losby, new MU pitcher Cory Klenke would lose control of a breaking ball and hit Losby. With the bases loaded, the Falcons would miss a golden opportunity to tie the game—striking out and fouling out to end the frame.
Although it was just a one run game, it would have been easy for the Falcons to hang their heads after stranding three runners—including the tying run—on base. But, captain Cody Apthorpe would pick his teammates up, breezing through the top of the eighth in one-two-three fashion. Apthorpe lasted eight strong innings on Friday afternoon, recording a no-decision.
Pitzulo’s one out single would set the tone for the Orange and Brown in the bottom of the eighth. Redshirt junior Fred Sharp would come in to run for Pitzulo. Sharp would advance to second on a walk to Howard. For the second straight inning, the Falcons would load the bases following a pinch-hit walk to Jake Thomas.
After another Miami pitching change, Bien would bloop a pitch over the second baseman’s head. Having to hold up on the ball in the air, the RedHawks would retire Thomas at second base. However, Bien’s RBI fielder’s choice would be enough to tie the game.
Senior Nick Bruns would relieve Apthorpe in the top of the ninth. After getting two quick outs, the top of the Miami order would get the Bruns for three straight singles, taking a 4-3 lead in the process.
With the heart of the Falcons’ order coming up, the Falcons knew they would just need a base runner to give themselves a chance. Losby would jump on the first pitch he saw from MU reliever Ryan Powers, driving a double into the left-center field gap. Patrick Lancaster would advance Losby to third on a 1-4-3 groundout. Lancaster was ruled out on the bang-bang call at first base.
Shay, the cleanup hitter, would record his second double of the game, this time to right-center field. Losby would score on the play to tie the game at four. Following a long battle between Powers and Jesse Rait, the Falcon sophomore would move Shay to third on a groundout to short.
Walker, the pinch-hitter, wouldn’t wait around to see a strike. Jumping on the very first pitch of the at-bat, he drove one into right-center field to score Shay and provide the Falcons with the walk-off heroics.
The two teams will be back at it tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch expected at 1 p.m. Mike Frank will take the ball for head coach Danny Schmitz, as the Falcons look to take the series.
Northern Illinois 4, Toledo 0
TOLEDO, Ohio - Junior pitchers Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) and Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick) combined for Northern Illinois second shutout of the season in Toledo as the Huskies (20-24, 14-5 MAC) defeated the Rockets (17-26, 8-11 MAC), 4-0. Freshman Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and a triple.
"It was a good day, we moved Eli to Friday and he pitched very well short a day’s rest,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “Eli did a nice job of finding his strike zone and though he didn’t have his usual stuff, he did a good job of pitching himself out of any jams he wound up in. Kevin Sweeney came in and probably could have finished it off 1-2-3 had we not committed an error. But Kevin adjusted and kept the shutout for the team.”
The Huskies shutout was their second of the season, and the first since March 23 versus Kent State, 3-0, which also occurred with Anderson on the mound.
NIU struck first blood in the second inning when it went up 1-0 on a leadoff double by Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) and a sacrifice fly by Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College). Zimmerman advanced to third on a passed ball to set up Ruzich's sacrifice.
Another Huskie run was scratched across in the third with another leadoff double, this time by Connor Schomig (Darien/Hinsdale South). With one out on him, Hook accounted for his first RBI with a single to right centerfield to score Schomig from second, 2-0.
Anderson, pitching his first Friday game of the year after moving from the Saturday pitching role, continued to work through the game with the lead, scattering hits and letting the defense do work. The NIU defense played errorless baseball through eight innings.
Anderson ended the game with eight shutout innings with seven hits allowed, zero runs, one walk and three strikeouts for his eighth win of the season. Anderson is now 7-0 in the MAC with a 0.89 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 10 walks.
In the top of the ninth, Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb) led-off the stanza with a walk, where he stranded after two pop outs, including a failed sacrifice attempt. Senior Jamison Wells (Combined Locks/Kimberly) singled through the right side to put Sisler in scoring position with two outs. Hook then tripled to clear the bases and put the Huskies up 4-0, which setup Sweeney on the mound to finish the game.
Wells finished 2-for-5 at the plate with one run scored while Zimmerman finished 1-for-4 with a double and run scored to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. The combined shutout by the pitching staff was Northern Illinois’ first since a 1-0 win at Eastern Michigan April 27, 2012.
The Huskies and the Rockets will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 p.m. Central. Freshman Jordan Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher), the MAC West’s reigning Pitcher of the Week, will take the mound versus Cameron Palmer.
Buffalo 6, Ohio 1
BUFFALO, NY - A patient approach at the plate paid dividends for the Buffalo offense Friday afternoon, as the team drew eight walks and came from behind to beat the Ohio Bobcats (11-32, 6-13 MAC) in the series opener 6-1. The bottom third of the UB order had one of the best combined performances of the season to lead the Bulls (25-17, 14-4 MAC).
The Bobcats were able to strike first off of UB starter Mike McGee in the top of the second, scoring an unearned run off the sophomore lefty. Despite getting into some hairy situations throughout his day, he went 5.1 innings and allowed just the lone unearned run. He was relieved in the top of the sixth from Ben Hartz, who would go the rest of the way and allow two hits in 3.2 innings to eventually earn the win.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulls tied the game up at 1-1 thanks to a two-out single from Mike Scarcello. After Kyle Figgins led off with a walk and was moved to third on a bunt and fly out, Scarcello hit a screamer through the left side of the infield to tie the game up.
Despite not recording a single hit in the bottom of the sixth, Buffalo took the lead for good with two runs. Figgins again led off with a walk, and after being bunted to second, walks to Mike Burke and Scarcello would load the bases with two outs. Jimmy Topps stepped in for a lengthy at bat, eventually drawing a walk off a 3-2 pitch that brought in Figgins. Another UB run would come home on a wild pitch to the next batter for a 3-1 game.
Alex Baldock's lead-off double in the seventh inning spurred on another two-run inning, as Thomas Richards would skip a two-out double down the right field line that just stayed fair, scoring Baldock and Tyler Mautner. Baldock and Mautner would team up again in the eighth inning to cap the team's scoring, as Baldock hit a two-out single and would score off a double from Mautner, his 18th of the year.
Richards, Burke, and Scarcello - the 7-8-9 hitters in the lineup - combined to go 4-8 with four walks and three runs batted in. Burke had three walks in a 1-1 day, the most walks drawn by a Bull since Figgins had three against Toledo on April 5.
This was the fourth straight overall win for the team, surprisingly its longest of the season despite the historic win mark. Anthony Magovney will get the ball for the Bulls tomorrow for a 1 pm start, as the team looks to build on its current seven-game winning streak in the Mid-American Conference.
Akron 7, Western Michigan 6
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (11-31, 7-11 MAC) baseball team defeated Western Michigan University (14-30, 6-13 MAC) in the first game of the three game Mid-American Conference series by a score of 7-6 at Lee R. Jackson Field on Friday afternoon.
Freshman JT Brubaker made the start at pitcher for the Zips, and lasted 4.0 innings on the mound with two earned runs allowed and three strikeouts. Brubaker was given a no-decision in the win.
WMU took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second after scoring two runs on a fielding error by UA. The Broncos would add to their lead with two more runs in the top of the fourth via a two-RBI single.
Junior Brady Stewart cut the deficit to three runs in the bottom half of the fourth with an RBI single to right field, scoring Jared Turocy on the play.
With the score standing at 4-1, Western Michigan struck once again for two runs on a two-RBI single to right field in the top of the fifth. The two runs in the fifth inning would be the last runs to score for the WMU offense.
The Akron offense came alive in the bottom of the fifth. Devan Ahart kickstarted the offense with a two-RBI double down the right field line to score Tyler Begun and James Sheltrown. Matt LaRocca followed Ahart to drive in Matt Rembielak from third base to bring the score to 6-4.
Turocy capped off the four-run fifth inning rally by driving in Ahart from third on a single to the WMU shortstop, which decreased the Western Michigan lead to one.
Freshman Cale Giddings tied the game at six with an RBI single to left field, plating Billy Salem. Giddings now has nine RBI this season in 19 games played.
Following Giddings game-tying single, Stewart notched his second RBI single of the game, this time through the left side of the infield, and gave the Zips the advantage and final score of 7-6. Stewart has five RBI and six hits in the past two games played.
Freshman Zach Beaver notched the win for the Zips, and improved his season record to 2-1. Beaver lasted 3.0 innings on the mound without allowing a run and striking out two batters.
Senior Samuel Trecaso worked a scoreless ninth inning to notch his third save of the season Trecaso leads all Akron pitchers in ERA at 0.74 over 24.1 innings pitched this season.
Akron and Western Michigan will play again on Saturday for at 1 p.m., on Lee R. Jackson Field for the second game of the three game series. Admission to all Akron baseball games is free of charge.
Live stats and a video broadcast will be available through GoZips.com.