Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/10/2013


Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 4, Toledo 0
Kent State 3, Western Michigan 0
Northern Illinois 2, Eastern Michigan 1
Akron 8, Central Michigan 7
Bowling Green at Ohio, Ppd.
Buffalo at Miami, Ppd.
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 4, Toledo 0
Ball State's baseball team tallied a 4-0 Mid-American Conference win at home over the Toledo Rockets to improve to 12-10 in league play and 25-20 overall.
Scott Baker improved his pitching record to 10-1 on the season with a complete game, three hit victory.  His 10 wins ties for the second best single season total in Ball State history.  Baker went the distance and struck out one, while allowing only three singles on the day.  He entered the contest ranked ninth in the nation in pitching wins.  Baker's effort came against the Rockets, who were leading the MAC with a .290 team batting average.  He limited Toledo to three hits in 30 at-bats for a .100 hitting mark.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the second and one in the fourth on the strength of a pair of home runs by T.J. Weir and Sam Tidaback.  Toledo fell to 19-28 overall and 10-12 in league play.
Billy Wellman opened the second inning with a single to left field, and Blake Beemer followed with a singl to right.  After Weir flied out for the first out of the inning, Beemer stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the UT catcher, which also scored Wellman.  Tidaback came to the plate and hit his second HR of the season to give Ball State a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Weir stepped to the plate with one out and hit his fourth HR of the year to give the Cardinals an insurance run and a 4-0 lead.
Godfrey was 2-for-4 on the day, while Tidaback was 2-for-4 with two runs-batted-in and one run scored.  Weir was 2-for-4 with an RBI and one run scored.  Elbert Devarie managed his second two-hit game in a row and was 2-for-3 from the plate.
Ball State is second in the MAC West Division with five league games remaining.  The Cardinals will host Toledo Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.  Ball State will play a non-league midweek game at Indiana State Tuesday before hosting MAC West leader Northern Illinois in three games next Thursday through Saturday at Ball Diamond.
Kent State 3, Western Michigan 0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Taylor Williams picked up his ninth win of the season in his third complete game victory as Kent State (28-21, 15-7) took advantage of Western Michigan's (15-33, 7-15) errors to win 3-0.
Williams allowed only two hits in the game and struck out seven batters while walking none.  He faced just three batters over the minimum.  Williams' 91 strikeouts on the season now puts him in the Kent State record books at tenth all-time for strikeouts in a season.
"Taylor Williams was as good as he's been all year long," said head coach Scott Stricklin.  "I thought he got stronger as the game went on."
Offensively, Kent State struggled in the game, leaving 13 men on base, a reoccurring problem as they left 30 men on in last weekend's series against Central Michigan.  Bases were left loaded in the third and fourth innings and a runner was left in scoring position in the second, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth,
"We've got to put the ball in play there and make something happen," said Stricklin.  "There's no question it's mental right now.  We just have to relax a little bit and let it happen."
Four Western Michigan errors resulted in a three-run seventh inning for the Golden Flashes.  The Broncos had five errors in the game.
"We were able to take advantage of a couple of their mistakes," Stricklin said.  "We had chances to score and we didn't.  But we stuck with it and got breaks and lucky for us they made a couple of errors that opened the door for us."
The seventh inning began with back-to-back errors allowing Derek Toadvine and Sawyer Polen to get on base.  Evan Campbell advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt before George Roberts reached on another error that emptied the bases, scoring two.  After Roberts stole second, he came home when Zarley Zalewski reached on the final error of the inning.
Zalewski was the only Golden Flashes to have a multi-hit day.  He went 2-for-5.  Alex Miklos' double in the second inning was the only extra-base hit of the day.
The two teams face off again on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Northern Illinois 2, Eastern Michigan 1
DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois baseball (21-26, 15-7 MAC) clinched a Mid-American Conference Tournament berth Friday afternoon in its series opener versus Eastern Michigan (22-26, 9-13 MAC) as the Huskies defeated the Eagles, 2-1. Junior Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) pitched eight innings, striking out seven and walking one to earn his ninth win of the season, tying the NIU record for wins in a season. He is 8-0 in the MAC with a 0.91 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 11 balls.
“Eastern Michigan is a good team and Coach Alexander has done a good job with them. They’ll come out and battle you. Eli did a very good job, especially in the third, limiting a big inning and giving us a shot to stay within striking distance. It took awhile to get the offense going but both pitchers are very good and that’s what you expect on Friday’s in the MAC.
“The runs that we did get were started with two outs and no one on base. The way Eli was pitching and the way we played defense today, we played solid around the horn and runs were at a premium so it was a good win.”
The Huskies had the first chance to strike first blood in the game as it loaded the bases in the first inning of the game with two outs in the game as Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) and Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) singled to third base. Micah McCulloch earned a full count walk to juice the bases but a called strike three on a full count to Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) ended the frame.
Anderson recorded the first five outs of the game from the mound, striking out five, including two looking. Eastern Michigan turned the heat up in the third however as it scored the first run of the game on a single through the left side and a runner on second.
The Eagles lead would not last long as the Huskies got things going in the bottom of the fifth with two men down and zero on base. Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) singled through the right side and went to third base on a tweener fly ball between the left fielder and the third baseman to push Hook to third. Zimmerman followed on a 1-0 pitch, driving it over the sprinting and diving centerfielder to the warning track to score two runs on a double, putting the Huskies ahead, 2-1.
The Huskies held the lead with Anderson on the mound as he finished with eight innings pitched, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run with seven strikeouts and a walk. It was his eighth-straight win of the season and the eighth-consecutive game he’s pitched eight-or-more innings.
Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick) and Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) combined to finish the ninth with Andres recording the last out to earn his third save of the season.
Northern Illinois will continue its series with Eastern Michigan tomorrow at Ralph McKinzie Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.
Akron 8, Central Michigan 7
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The University of Akron (14-32, 9-12 MAC) baseball team won on Friday afternoon in 11 innings against Central Michigan University (22-26, 9-13) by a score of 8-7 in the opening game of a three game Mid-American Conference series at Theunissen Stadium.
"Our guys showed a lot of fight today," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said Friday. "Being down big early in the game and coming back the way we did showed a maturity we haven't had all year."
The Zips jumped out to a one-run lead in the top of the first inning with a Devan Ahart single to left center, scoring Daulton Mosbarger on the play.
CMU fought back for a commanding 6-1 lead following a two-run first and a four-run second inning. The Chippewas battled Akron starter JT Brubaker through his 1.2 innings of work. Brubaker earned a no-decision for his 13th start of the season, while allowing six hits, six runs and striking out one batter.
Ahart cut the Zips deficit to four runs in the top of the third inning with his second RBI base hit of the day, this time scoring James Sheltrown. The four-run deficit would not remain, as CMU added a run in the fourth on reliever Andrew Fanning to bring the score to 7-2.
Following the fourth inning, the Akron Zips took control of the game on both sides of the ball. Sophomore Jon Pusateri jumped into a reliever role, registering 4.2 scoreless innings pitched with six strikeouts.
"Our biggest boost was Pusateri throwing the way he did. By far, this was his best outing," Rembielak said. "He's worked tremendously hard to get his confidence back, which translates to better control of his pitches."
Pusateri's outing allowed the Akron offense to go to work on the CMU pitching staff. UA began the comeback with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning by Matt LaRocca to plate Sheltrown from third, which cut the Akron deficit to 7-3.
 Two more runs were plated by Akron in the seventh and eighth inning. The seventh inning run came on an Ahart sac fly, while Cale Giddings drove in the eighth inning's run on a single up the middle.
Akron was still down 7-5 in the top of the ninth inning, despite the three runs over the past four innings. Matt Rembielak led off the ninth with a double to left center, and then was immediately driven in by Ahart on a double to register his third RBI of the game.
Ahart went on to score the game-tying run on a wild pitch by the CMU reliever. The score was knotted at seven runs heading into extra innings.
Freshman Zach Beaver came out of the bullpen to work the ninth for the Zips. Beaver notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to force the game into extras, and would also throw a scoreless 10th inning, which gave the Zips the chance to break the 7-7 tie in the top of the 11th inning.
Senior Jared Turocy led off the inning with a single to the CMU second basemen, which extended his consecutive game hit streak to 16 games. Turocy proceeded to advance to second on a wild pitch, prior to Tyler Begun reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.
With Zips on first and second, the Chippewa's reliever tossed the second wild pitch of the inning to allow the Zips to advance to second and third. MAC East Player of the Week Brady Stewart drove in the winning run on sac fly to right center field, plating Turocy.
Senior Samuel Trecaso worked a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season. Trecaso also did not allow a base runner in his relief outing.
Beaver was credited with the win on Friday, which improved his overall record to 3-2. The native of Canal Winchester, Ohio ended the game with 2.0 innings pitched with no hits allowed and one strikeout.
Akron and Central Michigan will matchup again on Saturday for the second game of the three game series at 1 p.m., in Theunissen Stadium. Freshman John Valek III will be on the mound for the Zips.