MAC Baseball Tournament Pairings Announced

Updated 5/21/2011

2011 MAC Baseball Tournament Pairings
**Tournament bracket and times to be released tomorrow**
No. 1 Kent State vs. No. 8 Bowling Green, TBA
No. 2 Central Michigan vs. No. 7 Western Michigan, TBA
No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 Toledo, TBA
No. 4 Northern Illinois vs. No. 5 Eastern Michigan, TBA



Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 11, Toledo 6
Akron 13, Kent State 4
Northern Illinois 9, Western Michigan 4
Central Michgian 5, Eastern Michigan 2
Ohio 10, Miami 9 (10 innings)
Buffalo 3, Bowling Green 2 (Game 1)
Bowling Green 11, Buffalo 3 (Game 2)

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ball State 11, Toledo 6
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team closed out the 2011 season Saturday afternoon with an 11-6 Mid-American Conference victory over visiting Toledo at Ball Diamond. The victory secured the series victory over the Rockets for the Cardinals who finish the season with an 11-15 MAC record.

Prior to the game, Ball State honored its three-member senior class as it recognized T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), Derek Grabner (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lincoln Trail) and Scott Brothers Jr. (Monticello, Ind./Gulf Coast CC) with senior day festivities.

Brothers (1-2) got the start for the Cardinals and worked 2.0 shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season as he limited Toledo to just one hit.

Ball State jumped all over Toledo right-hander Cameron Palmer in the bottom of the first inning. Palmer struggled to find the strike zone as he hit two batters, issued a walk and tallied a fielding error that allowed the Cardinals' first run of the game to score. Ball State broke the game open as freshman Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) crushed a grand slam over the scoreboard in left center field to end Palmer's afternoon and give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead after just one hit.

The Cardinals continued to add to the lead as Cody Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) was the third Cardinal to be hit by a pitch. Sophomore Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean) followed with a single into center field against UT left-handed reliever Ryan Wilkinson. Sophomore Kirby Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan), junior Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) and junior Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) posted three straight RBI-singles to give the Cardinals an 8-0 lead.

Toledo answered back in the top of the third inning against freshman left-handed reliever Devin Wilburn (Selma, Ind./Wapahani). The Rockets led off the inning with three straight singles to score their first run of the afternoon. Toledo narrowed the BSU lead to 8-3 as it score two more runs taking advantage of a Ball State fielding error.

After Toledo narrowed the gap to 8-4, the Cardinals added three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Baumet led off the inning as he crushed the first pitch he saw from Adam Tyson high over the left field wall for his team-leading sixth of the season and his 33rd career home run to make it a 9-4 contest.

The Cardinals continued the inning as Godfrey followed with a single and Cody Campbell doubled down the left field line to move two into scoring position. Sophomore Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) drove in the Cardinals' 10th run as he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. Redshirt sophomore Dominic Catanzarite (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) gave the Cardinals an 11-4 lead with an RBI-double down the left field line.

Palmer (1-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed six runs on just one hit in only a third of an inning for the Rockets.

The Cardinals finish the 2011 season with a 15-35 overall record and an 11-15 mark in MAC play.

Akron 13, Kent State 4
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team suffered a tough 13-4 senior day loss to Akron today (May 21) in the 2011 regular season finale at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.

Senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) posted a double to earn the 300th hit of his illustrious career and become the fourth Golden Flash to enter the 300 hits club in his final game on his home field, joining Andrew Davis (2004-07; 313), Jess Bechard (1997-00; 304) and Anthony Gallas (2007-10; 302).

Despite the loss, the Golden Flashes (39-13, 21-5 MAC) - ranked No. 28 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper - still won the weekend series over Mid-American Conference East Division rival Akron (16-37, 7-20 MAC) and became the first Kent State team to win 39 regular season games since the 2000 squad achieved the feat. The 2011 MAC regular season champs, Kent State finished the campaign having won 30 of its last 35 games and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament.


The Flashes await word on who they'll play next Wednesday (May 25) in their MAC Tournament first round matchup at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. Stay tuned to KentStateSports.com to find out the identity of Kent State's game one opponent in the MAC Tournament and for complete coverage of the Flashes' quest for a third straight conference tournament crown and NCAA Regional berth.

Northern Illinois 9, Western Michigan 4
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan baseball fell in its regular-season finale against Northern Illinois, 9-4, Saturday. The Broncos (25-29, 12-14 MAC) will begin postseason play next week, traveling to Chillicothe, Ohio, for the MAC Tournament, May 25-28, at VA Memorial Stadium.

Western Michigan struck first in Saturday's contest with a run in the first, but allowed eight unanswered and trailed 8-1 after six and a half innings. The Broncos plated three in the bottom of the seventh and NIU tacked on another run in the ninth for a 9-3 final.

Ryan McMillin drove in WMU's run in the first with a sacrifice fly. Patrick Duncan recorded an RBI in the seventh with a groundball, reaching on an error, and Tim Cross smacked a two-run double.

Western Michigan totaled 10 hits, but was unable to string many together, stranding 12 on base. Defensively, the Broncos committed four errors in the game.

Freshman left-hander Steve Laudicina took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned), three hits and walking five in 2.1 innings. Six different pitchers saw the mound for Western Michigan.

NIU's Tony Manville improved to 9-1 on the year with the win, scattering one run and six hits over 6.0 innings.

Jack Scanlon went 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles. Grant Simotes and Zach Thoma also doubled and had two hits apiece.

Nine different players collected hits for NIU (29-25, 16-11 MAC), which totaled 12 all together. Jamison Wells, Cory Krupp and Alex Klonowski each batted 2-for-5.

The Broncos, likely the seventh or eighth seed in the upcoming conference tournament, will await their opponent as the tournament bracket should be released sometime Saturday evening.

Central Michgian 5, Eastern Michigan 2
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - The Eastern Michigan University baseball team fell at the hands of fielding miscues and the right arm of Jake Sabol as he propelled visiting Central Michigan University to a 5-2 victory and the Chippewas' second consecutive Mid-American Conference West Division title at Oestrike Stadium this afternoon, May 21.

 

Sabol (5-3) went the distance, allowing two runs (1 earned) on six hits and struck out seven while walking none to earn his fifth victory of the season. It securing the MAC West title, CMU also earns the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament as Kent State has already clinched the top seed by winning the East Division.

Eastern Michigan committed three errors in the contest, two of which came in the midst of a four-run third inning for the Chippewas. CMU added another run in the fourth and cruised from there. Tyler Hall led the way by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Four others tallied two hits for the 'Chips while Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian) and Tucker Rubino (Scottsdale, Ariz.-Horizon-Glendale C.C.) recorded two hits as well for the Eagles.

Senior right-hander Corey Chaffins (New London, Ohio-New London) fell to 7-5 on the season after allowing five runs (3 earned) on 11 hits over six and two-thirds innings.

EMU concluded the regular season with a 34-20 overall record, 16-11 in the MAC and claimed the fifth-seed in next week's MAC Tournament. Meanwhile, CMU improves to 29-25 (17-9).

In the top of the first, CMU strung together a pair of hits. Tyler Hall led off with a single and then tried to go from first to third on Will Arnold's single to right, but senior Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) gunned him out for the second out of the inning and his 11th outfield assist of the season. That brought the Chippewas' rally to an abrupt halt and then Chaffins struck out Tom Howard to end the frame.

The Eagles tallied two hits in the second inning, but couldn't get anything going after that as Sabol struck out two straight batters to retire the side.

The Chippewas opened the scoring for the third time in the series, scoring four runs in the third inning, but not without the help of a couple of Eagle errors. Following a leadoff walk, Robbie Harman singled to the right side, but in trying to make a play on the ball, Zack Leonard's (Canton, Ohio-McKinley) error allowed Faiman to go from first to third to put CMU in business early with nobody out.

Hall singled to first to drive in a run, beating the toss from Robert Wendzicki (Brook Park, Ohio-Midpark) to Chaffins by only a half-step. The next batter then tried to get both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, but the catcher, Kyle Peterson (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton-Chandler-Gilbert C.C.), tried to get the out at third and was a hair late, loading the bases with still none out.

Another run scored on a double play by William Arnold to make it 2-0 before a wild pitch to the next hitter allowed the third run to score. Two batters later, Jordan Dean hustled out a double to left-center field, but a errant throw to the cutoff man allowed the fourth run to score, taking the wind out of EMU's sails and building enough momentum for the visitors.

CMU tacked on another run in the fourth to go up 5-0 before the Eagles finally cracked into the scoring column.

The Green and White tallied two runs in the sixth inning. The first run scored on a Rubino RBI double down the right field line. The second run came in as a result of an error by the CMU second baseman as he tried to get Sam Ott (Canton, Mich.-Salem) at first for the final out of the inning.

Sabol rebounded to retire the final 10 batters he faced to end the game.

Both teams will see their next action when the 2011 MAC Tournament commences Wednesday, May 28, at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. The fifth-seeded Eagles will play the fourth-seeded Northern Illinois Huskies, who finished with an identical record, but claimed the tie-breaker over EMU. Second-seeded Central Michigan will play seventh-seeded Western Michigan to open tournament play.

Ohio 10, Miami 9 (10 innings)
ATHENS, Ohio -- Miami rallied from an 8-3 deficit with three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Ohio answered with a single tally in the ninth and 10th for a 10-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.

Seven different RedHawks had two hits apiece as part of a 16-hit attack. Bryce Redeker and Kyle Weldon each homered and combined for five runs batted in.

Trailing 8-3 after seven, Adam Weisenburger singled to lead off the eighth, then Redeker hit his seventh home run of the season to make the score 8-5. The RedHawks had the bases loaded with one out when Brad Gschwind hit a liner up the middle, but was gloved down by the Ryan Burgett, allowing a force at the plate. Ryan Kaup, Ryan Brenner and Gschwind added singles to drive in three runs, but Weldon grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning at 8-6.

Burgett got the first out of the ninth, but gave up back-to-back doubles to Redeker and Marcus Makuch to make the score 8-7. Ryan Curl blooped the next pitch down the right field line, bringing home the tying run in pinch-runner Pat Glass. Kaup hit the next pitch into the gap, bringing Curl in all the way from first with the go-ahead run.

A two-out single in the ninth by Ohio's hottest hitter, Ethan Newton, re-tied the game at 9-9 and forced extra innings. In the 10th, Shawn Marquardt (3-6) gave up bouncing singles up the middle to the first two Bobcats and was relieved by Brandon Adkins. After a wild pitch, Jensen Painter was intentionally walked to load the bases. With a 1-1 count, Tyler Backstrom was hit by a pitch, driving in the winning run.

Miami (32-24, 18-9) came out strong in the first, taking a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run by Weldon, his ninth of the year. Jon Edgington was hit by a pitch, then the Bobcat third baseman booted a grounder by Gschwind. Weldon crushed a 2-1 pitch over the right field line.

Ohio tallied a single run in the third when Newton doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Adam Gecewich. Another hit put runners on the corners, but starter Brooks Fiala got a flyout to center to end the threat.

Three doubles led to two more Bobcat runs and a tie score in the fourth. Painter led off with a hit down the line in left and scored one out later on a Dan Ward double. After the second out of the inning, reliever Seth Varner got Wes O'Neill to hit a fly to center, but Brenner battled the sun and the ball fell in for another double, tying the game.

The Bobcats took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Bryan Barnes led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a two-out hit to right by Taylor Emody.

The RedHawks had a golden chance in the seventh to make some noise, but couldn't get a run across. Brenner singled and took third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Edgington. A squeeze play by Gschwind resulted in an out at the plate, then Weldon grounded into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.

Ohio added four runs in the bottom of the seventh, the last of which was unearned, to open a 8-3 advantage, before the late-inning fireworks.

The RedHawks will open MAC Tournament play Wednesday at a time to be announced on Monday. No. 3 Miami will open against No. 6 Toledo with No. 2 Central Michigan and No. 7 Western Michigan also in the bracket.

Buffalo 3, Bowling Green 2 (Game 1)
Bowling Green 11, Bufflo 3 (Game 2)
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