Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 3/26/2011

Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 1, Toledo 0
Bowling Green 7, Northern Illinois 2
Eastern Michigan 11, Buffalo 2
Miami 2, Central Michigan 1 (11 innings)
Ball State 2, Ohio 1
Western Michigan 9, Akron 0

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Kent State 1, Toledo 0
KENT, Ohio -- It had been roughly 22 months since Kent State redshirt sophomore left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Chafin (Wakeman, Ohio) had taken the mound in a game at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.

Kent State baseball fans were quickly reminded of what they had been missing.

Chafin hurled a complete-game four-hit shutout and tallied a career-high 15 strikeouts with no walks as Kent State won its Mid-American Conference opening game and 2011 home opener, 1-0, Friday (March 25). He hurled 113 pitches with a whopping 88 going for strikes, sat down the side in six innings - including striking out six straight between the seventh and ninth frames - in addition to issuing 22 first-pitch strikes. The contest marked Kent State's first shutout since Brad Stillings tossed a no-hitter on April 10, 2009, at Toledo.

"He threw a lot of strikes and kept them off balance with overpowering stuff," said seventh-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "That's a pretty good combination. He's in great condition and he's a great athlete, and this is what we expected out of him."

Friday's contest featured a pitching battle between two former Sandusky, Ohio-area American Legion aces and teammates in Chafin and Toledo sophomore right-handed starter Mike Hamann, and the game lived up to the hype.

The Schoonover Stadium scoreboard showed zeros across until the Golden Flashes (11-9, 1-0 MAC) finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh. Junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Washington Court House, Ohio) drew a leadoff walk and followed junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Ohio). Both advanced a base on a wild pitch, setting the table for freshman first baseman Cody Koch (Sandusky, Ohio) to serve up a sacrifice fly to right to allow Shaw to tag up and score what proved to be the game winning score.

"The play of the game was Shaw reacting to a ball in the dirt on the wild pitch," said Sticklin. Cody delivered with a big at-bat. He's had some big at-bats this season, has an outstanding on-base percentage and has played great defensively."

Lyon led Kent State at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double.

Hamman worked seven frames for the Rockets (6-14, 0-1), giving up one earned run on five hits with two walks while fanning six.

Kent State looks for its third straight win Saturday (March 26) against Toledo at 1 p.m. Senior southpaw Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) will get the start for the Flashes.

Bowling Green 7, Northern Illinois 2
DeKALB, Ill. - Bowling Green cooled off a streaking Northern Illinois team, winning 7-2 Friday evening at Ralph McKinzie Field in the first Mid-American Conference game for both teams.

Spoiling the home opener for the Huskies (5-12, 0-1 MAC), the Falcons (7-10, 1-0 MAC) broke a first inning 1-1 tie with three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and another in the seventh, all while Cody Apthorpe held NIU's bats at bay. The loss marks just the second time in nine years that the Huskies have dropped their home opener under head coach Ed Mathey, and is only the second setback NIU has suffered in its last seven games.

"Bowling Green came here and took it to us today," Mathey said. "They played with a purpose and did what they needed to do. They systematically executed a lot of things out there. We just were never able to get anything going on our end. I give credit to their pitcher.

"It's good to be home; normally we do good things here at Ralph McKinzie Field. We have to come out tomorrow and win that game and see what we can do Sunday."

Fresh off taking home MAC West Division Pitcher of the Week, all the runs came off NIU's senior ace Zach Oates (1-4), who labored through 6.1 innings, giving up nine hits and two walks with six strike outs. The righty seemed to settle in after allowing a sacrifice fly in the first as he retired eight straight hitters.

But the Falcons got to Oates in the fourth, after the Huskies missed on a third inning scoring opportunity. Matthew Pitzulo and Clay Duncan started it off with singles. An out later, Alex Davison walked to load the bases and Frank Berry singled to right to score a run. T.J. Losby followed with a sacrifice fly and Andrew Kubuski drove in the third run of the frame with a single to right.

"[Zach] was having trouble locating his breaking ball today," said Mathey. "Bowling Green is a good fastball hitting team and they did a good job. They mainly had singles, but strung them together."

After leaving runners in scoring position again in the fourth, BGSU capitalized in the fifth to put the game out of reach for NIU. RBI singles by Pitzulo and Ryan Schlater increased the deficit to 6-1.

"We had some opportunities to inch back into this thing, but never got it going," Mathey said. "[The chances we had in the third and fourth innings] were huge in changing the momentum."

Both NIU runs came off the bat of Troy White. The junior produced an RBI groundout in the first inning and an RBI triple in the eighth.

BGSU starter Cody Apthorpe (2-2) earned the win by striking out seven and allowing one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. With three innings of effective relief to close the game out, Michael Frank gathered his first save of the season.

Jon Berti sparked the Falcon offense by going 4-for-5 and scoring a pair of runs.

The Huskies and Falcons resume the series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. (CT) and at the same time Sunday. Scheduled to take the bump Saturday are NIU left-hander Tom Barry (1-0 | 6.75 ERA) and BGSU right-hander Nick Bruns (0-1 | 6.75 ERA). Sunday's probable starters are NIU righty Jeremy Gonzales (1-4 | 8.51 ERA) and BGSU righty Charles Wooten (1-2 | 3.80 ERA).

Eastern Michigan 11, Buffalo 2
YPSILANTI, Mich. ( - The Eastern Michigan University baseball team used a six-run eighth inning to make it five straight wins in Mid-American Conference home openers as it defeated the University at Buffalo, 11-2, at Oestrike Stadium, Friday, March 25.

Senior left-hander Robert Wendzicki (Brook Park, Ohio-Midpark) picked up his first win of the season after going seven innings for the second consecutive start and the offense out-hit the Bulls 18-8 en route to the victory. Nine Eagles recorded hits and seven posted multi-hit games as EMU tied a season-high for hits in a single game.

With the win, EMU improved its record to 13-8 overall, 1-0 in MAC play while Buffalo fell to 7-12 (0-1 MAC).

Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) and Kyle Klein (Grand Rapids, Mich.-West Catholic) each recorded three-hit games. Battiston drove in a run and scored twice while Klein drove in two and scored once. Daniel Russell (Grandville, Ohio-Grandville) tallied a pair of base hits and drove in a game-high three runs while extending his team lead RBI total to 20 on the season.

The Eagles cracked the scoreboard in the third with two runs on a trio of hits. Battiston, Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian) and Russell paced the top of the order once again as each tallied multiple hits and led off the third with a single apiece. Russell's base hit drove in Battiston to put the Eagles up, 1-0. One more run would cross the plate when Lee Longo (Mayfield, Ohio-Mayfield) grounded into a tailor-made 6-3 double play.

EMU then tacked on an insurance run in the fourth with Battiston's third triple of the season to score Kyle Peterson (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton-Chandler-Gilbert C.C.) and make it 3-0, Eagles. The Bulls responded in the next half inning on Daniel Scahill's RBI double to right center.

In the seventh inning, Rubino doubled home Wally Gerbus (Fairfield, Ohio-Stephen T. Baden) who pinch ran for Longo after singling to lead off the frame, to push the EMU lead to 5-2.

Wendzicki (1-2) left with the lead for the second straight start as he allowed just two runs on seven hits and struck out eight while walking just two.

He would remain in line for the win as the offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth. Peterson led off with a single to left and then got into scoring position by stealing second base. Two batters later, Russell ripped a two-run double to left center to make the score 7-2, and then scored on Gerbus's RBI single through the left side.

The inning culminated with another two-run base hit, this time by Klein, which scored Tucker Rubino (Scottsdale, Ariz.-Horizon-Glendale C.C.) and Zack Leonard (Canton, Ohio-McKinley) to make it 11-2.

Senior Tim Combs (Dayton, Ohio-Wayne) picked up his first save of the season, coming in with a three-run lead in the eighth and retiring the side in order before needing just four batters to get the final three outs in the ninth. Combs allowed only one hit while striking out two.

Buffalo starter Kevin Crumb went six innings and allowed four runs (3 earned) on 10 hits to fall to 2-3 on the season.

The Eagles and Bulls will meet in game two of the series tomorrow, March 26. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.

Miami 2, Central Michigan 1 (11 innings)
OXFORD, Ohio -- A pair of walks and a single plated the go-ahead run in the 11th for Miami in a 2-1 decision over Central Michigan at McKie Field in the Mid-American Conference opener on Friday.

Kyle Weldon plated the go-ahead run on a bloop single after a pair of walks for the RedHawks (10-11, 1-0 MAC) to snap the Chippewas' (9-13, 0-1 MAC) eight-game league winning streak dating back to last season.

Tyler Hall opened the scoring for CMU in the third with an RBI triple after a two-out walk to Brendan Emmett .

A one-out double by Bryce Redeker followed a single off the bat of Ryan Kaup in the fourth for MU to knot the game at one.

The next scoring chance for either team came when Jon Edgington led off the sixth with a double for the RedHawks. Chippewas' starting pitcher Trent Howard retired the next two batters and retired Weldon on a fly ball to left after an intentional walk to Redeker put two aboard.

Emmett reached on an error with one out in the eighth and Hall kept the inning alive with a bunt single to put two aboard, but CMU was turned aside by MU starting pitcher Mac Thoreson.

Howard retired the first two batters in the ninth before a two-out double spelled trouble, but the junior left-hander fanned his 13th batter of the game to end the threat.

Back-to-back infield singles by Nate Theunissen and Jordan Dean with one down in the ninth put Central Michigan in position for a walk-off win, but Miami reliever Sam Dawes enduced a double play to send the game into extra innings.

Neither side threatened in the 10th, but Miami took the lead on a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt, an intentional walk and Weldon's single.

Howard tossed nine innings, yielding a run on five hits and a walk. His 13 strikeouts are a season-high. Dietrich Enns (2-1) suffered his first collegiate loss after nine straight victories to start his career. He gave up a run on a hit and three walks.

Thoreson matched Howard's effort, going 8 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts. He gave up a run on seven hits and a walk. Brandon Adkins (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The two teams square off in game two of the three game series on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ball State 2, Ohio 1
MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State senior shortstop T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) ripped a two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon to give the Cardinals a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over visiting Ohio in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams at Ball Diamond.

Junior right-hander Cal Bowling (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) posted his first career complete game in the victory as he tossed a two-hitter and allowed just one run. Bowling (2-1) limited Ohio to a first inning double and a sixth inning single on just 96 pitches. He worked passed the seventh inning for the first time in his career, surpassing his previous career-high of 7.0 innings (vs. Miami 4/3/10).

Bowling retired 10 straight batters from the second inning to the sixth inning and finished the game retiring nine straight in the closing three innings. He becomes the first Cardinal to toss a complete game since Kolbrin Vitek accomplished the feat last season against Northern Illinois (May 16).

Ohio right-hander Seth Streich was almost as strong as he worked into the ninth inning before giving way to the bullpen. Streich (0-2) allowed two runs on just five hits as he struck out seven batters before being charged with the loss after throwing 135 pitches.

Ohio (11-10, 0-1 MAC) opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Ethan Newton led off the inning with a double into the right center field before Bowling quickly walked two batters to load the bases with nobody out.

Streich put the Bobcats up 1-0 as he lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Newton. Bowling was able to limit the damage to just one run as he induced another fly ball and struck out Trace Voshell to strand two in scoring position.

Ball State (3-17, 1-0 MAC) threatened in the bottom of the second inning as it loaded the bases with one out. Sophomore Blake Beemer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) led off with a double to right field and the Cardinals took advantage of a walk and a hit by pitch. Streich was able to work out of the inning as he induced a pop fly in foul territory and got Baumet to line out to the shortstop.

The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the eighth inning as sophomore Kirby Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) led off with a double into the left center field gap. Baumet put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Campbell to third base with one out but Streich got the final two outs of the inning to keep the Bobcats in the lead.

Ball State was down to its final three outs after Bowling posted eight straight zeros on the scoreboard to set the table for the Cardinals' comeback. Redshirt freshman Billy Wellman (Portland, Ind./Jay County) led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Beemer quickly tied the game as he ripped a run-scoring double off the right field wall to plate Wellman with the game-tying run and chase Streich from the game.

Junior Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Beemer to third base with just one out against reliever Tyler Stage. Ohio elected to intentionally walk the next two batters to load the bases with one out.

Stage was able to record the second out of the inning with a strikeout of Campbell to set up the final at-bat drama. Baumet quickly fell behind Stage 0-2 before buckling down and ripping a walk-off single into the right center field gap to plate Beemer with the game-winning run.

Beemer finished the game with three of the Cardinals' five hits, including a pair of doubles. His three hits ties his career high while his two doubles are a new career-high for one of Ball State's team captains.

The Cardinals and Bobcats will continue their three-game series Saturday afternoon. Senior left-hander Derek Grabner (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lincoln Trail) will take the mound for Ball State at 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond. 

Western Michigan 9, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron baseball team fell to visiting Western Michigan, 9-0, in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams at Canal Park Friday afternoon.

Drew Turocy led the Zips (4-15, 0-1) with two singles and a double. Andrew Brown received the loss on the mound, allowing six runs over six innings. Brian Stroud pitched a complete game shutout for WMU (11-11, 1-0).

The Broncos opened the scoring in the second when Brooks Beilke and Jimmy Martinez each had RBI singles. WMU put three on the board in the third with a pair of walks costing Brown. Grant Simotes and Jack Scanlon each drew free passes and then scored. Simotes came across on a single by Troy Forton and Scanlon and Forton both scored when Beilke's one-hopper to third was deflected into foul territory by a diving Jason Corzine.

Western Michigan would add a single run in the sixth and then score three more in the seventh off reliever Kevin Kumazec. Ryan McMillan led off the seventh with a solo home run to right. Beilke then drove in Forton with a single to right and Brad Wehrmeyer produced a sacrifice fly to drive in Troy Duncan. Wehrmeyer's drive to center was hauled in by Turocy as the junior outfielder made a running over the shoulder catch to rob the Bronco of extra bases.

The Zips had runners in scoring position in the second, sixth, eighth, and ninth but were unable to push a run across. Akron stranded seven runners in the contest.

Akron and Western Michigan continue the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Canal Park.