Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Western Michigan 2, Akron 0
Ohio 5, Ball State 4
Bowling Green 8, Northern Illinois 0
Eastern Michigan 5, Buffalo 1
Miami 3, Central Michigan 0 (Game 1); Miami 9, Central Michigan 4 (Game 2)
Toledo 5, Kent State 2
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Western Michigan 2, Akron 0
AKRON, Ohio - The Univesity of Akron baseball team dropped a pitcher's dual to Western Michigan Saturday afternoon, 2-0, at Canal Park. The loss drops the Zips to 4-16 and 0-2 in Mid-American Conference play. WMU improves to 12-11 and 2-0 in the MAC.
Alex Loftin was the hard luck loser for Akron, throwing 8.1 innings and allowing no earned runs. Loftin punched out three in the afternoon and allowed just five hits. Casey Webber was the winner for the Broncos throwing 7.0 innings of 3-hit ball. Eric Heckaman picked up the save.
The Zips gave up a couple of unearned runs in the top of the first as WMU produced the game's only scoring in the inning. Loftin walked leadoff man Jimmy Martinez but retired the next two batters with a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout. Loftin then induced a grounder to short off the bat of Ryan McMillin, but Brandon Winter's throw to first was low and skipped past first baseman Kurt Gamby, allowing Martinez to score. Jack Scanlon then plated McMillin when Darius Washington was unable to make a diving play on his blooper down the right field line.
Loftin would settle in after the first and shutdown the Broncos the rest of the game. The junior righty allowed just three other hits, with two of those coming in the ninth before he gave way to closer Chris Bassitt.
The Zips threatened in the fourth when Jason Corzine and Drew Turocy led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Both runners then advanced on a Sam Watkins groundout to give Akron runners on second and third with just one out. Webber struck out Kurt Gamby and Ivory Alexander, however, to get out of the inning. Akron had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, but Webber was able to strike out Sam Watkins and induce an inning-ending fielder's choice from Gamby.
Akron and Western Michigan will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Canal Park.Ohio 5, Ball State 4
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team fell just short of its second straight come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon as the Cardinals dropped a hard fought 5-4 decision to Mid-American Conference foe Ohio at Ball Diamond. The loss evens the MAC-opening weekend series between the two teams with the rubber game set for Sunday at 1 p.m.
Ball State (3-18, 1-1 MAC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning against Ohio left-hander Brent Choban. Sophomore Blake Beemer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) and freshman T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) drew back-to-back one out walks.
Sophomore Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) ripped a deep fly ball to center field where Ohio center fielder Ethan Newton dropped the ball allowing Beemer to score the first run of the afternoon. Sophomore Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean) put the Cardinals in front 2-0 as he lined a run-scoring single through the left side to plate Weir.
Ohio (12-10, 1-1 MAC) cut the Cardinals' lead in half in the top of the fifth inning against senior left-hander Derek Grabner (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lincoln Trail). Taylor Emody led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. After a ground ball moved Emody up 90 feet, Garrett Black poked an RBI-single over the glove of the Cardinals' second baseman to make it a 2-1 contest.
The Bobcats took their first lead of the afternoon in the top of the sixth inning as they chased Grabner from the game and took advantage of a crucial BSU fielding error. Grabner walked two batters and allowed a base bit by Trace Voshell to load the bases with one out to end his afternoon.
Sophomore left-hander Jon Cisna (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) came on in relief and looked ready to get out of the inning as he induced a ground ball back to the mound. Cisna's throw home was wide allowing two runs to score as Ohio took a 3-2 lead. Cisna regrouped and got out of the inning as he induced a ground ball double play to end the threat.
Ball State responded in the bottom of the sixth inning and quickly tied the game. Junior second baseman Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) led off the inning with an opposite field double and was promptly sacrificed to third. Beemer tied the game as he lined a 1-2 pitch to right field for a sacrifice fly scoring Widau.
Ohio answered back in the top of the eighth inning as Jensen Painter led off with a double down the left field line. A wild pitch moved Painter to third base and ended the afternoon for Cisna. Ohio pinch hitter Seth Streich welcome right-hander Scott Brothers Jr. (Monticello, Ind./Gulf Coast CC) with a deep sacrifice fly to center field on his first pitch to put Ohio in front 4-3.
Once again, the Cardinals came right back in the bottom half of the inning and tied the game. Redshirt freshman Billy Wellman (Portland, Ind./Portland) started things off with a one-out single before giving way to pinch runner Cameron Schooley (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn). Beemer poked a single through the right side and Schooley hustled all the way to third base.
Weir welcomed Ohio reliever Tyler Stage with a run-scoring single through the left side plating Schooley to tie the game at 4-4. The Cardinals tried for a big inning but were thwarted by an inning-ending double play on an attempted hit-and-run as Weir was doubled off at first base.
Ohio came right back in the top of the ninth inning and quickly loaded the bases courtesy of an error and a single to chase Brothers from the game. Right-hander Seth Hobbs (Marseilles, Ill./Seneca) came on and quickly hit the first batter he faced to load the bases with nobody out. Kory Burkhart drove in the go-ahead run as he reached on a single that BSU shortstop T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) was able to knock down with a dive to keep multiple runs from scoring. Hobbs buckled down the got out of the inning with only one run scoring to keep the Cardinals within striking distance at 5-4.
Ball State tried for its second come-from-behind victory in the bottom of the ninth inning. Freshman Kenny Mahala (Highland, Ind./Andrean) led off the inning with a pinch hit single against Stage. Ohio got the next two outs before junior Cody Elliott (Florence, Ky./Beechwood) dropped a single over the shortstop's head to put two on base. Widau came up and worked a full count before ripping a ground ball down the first base line that Ohio first baseman Tyler Backstrom was able to corral for the final out of the game.
Brothers (0-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed an unearned run on 1.0 inning of relief work. Grabner got the no decision as he allowed three runs, one earned, in 5.1 innings of work while walking a season-high four batters. Stage (2-0) picked up the victory in relief working 1.1 shutout innings while Matt Robin posted his first save.
The Cardinals and Bobcats will battle for the series victory Sunday afternoon in the rubber game at Ball Diamond. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. with senior right-hander Morgan Coombs (West Terre Haute, Ind./Lincoln Trail) set to take the mound for Ball State. Bowling Green 8, Northern Illinois 0
DeKALB, Ill. - For the second game in a row, Bowling Green kept Northern Illinois' bats silent as the Falcons held the Huskies to just three hits in an 8-0 win Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field.
Entering the three-game series, the Huskies (5-13, 0-2 MAC) had won five of their last six. But the Falcons (8-10, 2-0 MAC) have now taken each of the first two games of the Mid-American Conference and NIU home schedules. The common thread to each win has been quality pitching for BGSU, as the Falcons have held NIU to just eight hits and allowed two runs through the first 18 innings of the series.
The game looked like a pitching duel early as NIU starter Tom Barry was matching BGSU starter Nick Bruns nearly pitch for pitch. However, Bruns and the Falcons took full control with six runs in the final three innings - two in the seventh and four in the ninth.
In taking the loss, Barry (1-1) set a career high with nine strikeouts on the day, including fanning five batters through two frames. Unfortunately for NIU, Barry was only able to get through 5.1 innings after giving up two earned runs and leaving the bases loaded with one out in the sixth. Freshman Alex Klonowski bailed Barry out by getting a 6-4-3 double play ball to escape, leaving Barry's final line at 5.1 innings pitched, two earned runs given up on six hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.
"Tommy was throwing the ball great," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey. "He didn't deserve the fate he had today. He had to throw some extra pitches because of a few non-plays and errors, and you can't do that on a day like this, with the cold temperature. Tom competed again today, like he did his last time out against St. Louis, he did a good job. I'm not saying he should have won, but taking a loss like this is a tough thing."
However, Barry needed to be closer to perfect to end up on the right side of the ledger on this frigid afternoon. Bruns was spotted a 1-0 lead in the second after a wind-blown triple came around to score on T.J. Losby's RBI single. The one run was all Bruns needed as he cruised in a complete game three-hit performance, with two walks and 12 strikeouts, earning his first win (1-1) of the season.
"We couldn't get [Bruns] solved," Mathey said. "I'm not quote certain as to why yet - we've seen him before and had success against him - but as the game went on he got hungrier and competed in the zone well. We just couldn't get anything going on offense and that's something we have to have a discussion about and see what we can do. The last two days we've been letting good pitches go and swinging at bad pitches."
Losby was responsible for driving in half of BGSU's runs as he went 2-for-5, adding a three-run triple in the ninth.
NIU's three hits were achieved by Troy White, Jeff Zimmerman and Brett Frantini.
The teams complete the MAC opening three-game series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. (CT). Sunday's scheduled starters are NIU righty Jeremy Gonzales (1-4 | 8.51 ERA) and BGSU righty Charles Wooten (1-2 | 3.80 ERA). Following the game, the Huskies will be hosting a silent auction at Fatty's Pub & Grille in DeKalb, where fans will have a chance to take home the special green St. Patrick's Day jerseys that NIU donned in its 3-0 win over Illinois at Rent One Park in Marion, Ill., on March 17.
Eastern Michigan 5, Buffalo 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Six solid innings from senior right-hander Corey Chaffins (New London, Ohio-New London) and enough run support led him and the Eastern Michigan University baseball team to a win over the University at Buffalo Bulls, Saturday afternoon, March 26, at Oestrike Stadium.
Chaffins (4-1) equaled his win total from all of last season after going six effective innings and allowing just a run on three hits while striking out six and walking two. Sophomore Kristian Calibuso (Brandon, Fla.-Armwood-FSC-Jacksonville) picked up his first save of the season while Buffalo left-hander Josh Edwards fell to 1-3 on the year.
Tucker Rubino (Scottsdale, Ariz.-Horizon-Glendale C.C.) turned in a 2-for-4 day at the plate including an RBI double in the second inning while sophomore Daniel Russell (Grandville, Mich.-Grandville) went 1-for-2 with two RBI including executing a successful suicide squeeze attempt in the seventh inning.
Amidst the frigid temperatures, EMU shortstop Rubino let his guard down defensively with a fielding miscue in each of the first two innings, but they did not lead to any Buffalo runs. He redeemed himself in the second inning by putting the Eagles on top with a run-scoring double to put the Eagles on top, 1-0.
EMU added to its lead with a two-run fifth inning. With runners on first and second Kyle Peterson (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton-Chandler-Gilbert C.C.) stole third and scored on an error after the UB catcher over-threw the third baseman on the steal attempt. In the process, Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) moved up to third on the error and Russell drove him in with a single to right to give EMU a 3-0 lead.
Buffalo crawled back into the game with a rally in the sixth. The Bulls put runners on second and third with one out brought to the plate Eric Bryce, who earned Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week honors after hitting five homeruns last weekend.
Chaffins, with his pitch count running high, got two quick strikes on Bryce and then got the UB designated hitter to ground right back to him and he went to home plate for the second out in the inning.
Chaffins would leave the game after five and two-thirds innings and Eagle reliever Jordan Glover (Toronto, Ont.-Ontario Schools) would come in. Glover surrendered an RBI single to Mike Burke before getting the final out of the frame.
In the seventh, a pair of fielding miscues by the Bulls allowed the Eagles to add to their lead. After a walk to the ninth hitter Peterson, the UB shortstop then booted a tailor made double play on a ground ball by Battiston to put runners at first and third.
After a fielder's choice by Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian), which scored a run to make the score 4-1, Russell stepped to the plate and executed a perfect suicide squeeze attempt to increase the Eagle advantage to 5-1.
Calibuso picked up the save with three scoreless innings in relief, allowing just a hit while striking out four and walking one.
The Eagles will go for the series sweep in game three tomorrow, March 27. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
Miami 3, Central Michigan 0 (Game 1); Miami 9, Central Michigan 4 (Game 2)
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami claimed both games of an impromptu doubleheader against Central Michigan at McKie Field to on Saturday to close the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play.
The RedHawks (12-11, 3-0 MAC) and Chippewas (9-15, 0-3 MAC) decided to play a doubleheader with storms in the forecast for Sunday, just the latest adjustment to a schedule that saw the series moved from Mount Pleasant to Oxford due to winter weather.
MU scored three in the ninth to edge CMU in game one, 3-0, and jumped out to an early edge in game two for the sweep in a 9-4 decision.
Central Michigan returns to action next week when it travels to face Notre Dame on March 29 and Michigan State on March 30.
Miami Claims Victory in Pitchers Duel Again, 3-0
Tyler Melling (5-0) blanked the Chippewas over eight innings but was equaled by Zach Cooper, who shut down the RedHawks over 7 1/3 innings of work.
But MU broke through in the ninth after a one-out double by Adam Weisenburger off Harvey Martin, an intentional walk, an infield single and a pair of errors to plate the only runs in the contest.
Sam Dawes came on to work a perfect ninth for his second save.
Miami threatened in the second with a one-out walk and a single put two aboard and a wild pitch moved both into scoring position, but Cooper fanned Kevin Bower and retired Brad Gschwind on a grounder to end the inning.
Jordan Dean led off the fifth with a double for CMU's first hit, but was caught stealing after a pair of pop ups to end the inning.
A leadoff single by Gschwind gave MU another threat in the eighth, the first hit for either team since the fifth. He moved up on a sacrifice bunt but was held at third on a single up the middle by Ryan Brenner. A stolen base put two in scoring position, but Martin came on to retire the side on a popup and a groundout.
Tom Howard doubled with one down in the eighth and was lifted for pinch runner Scott Phillion, who took third on Robbie Harman's bunt single to put runners at the corners with two down. Harman then stole second, but a flyout by Brendan Emmett retired the side.
Melling yielded just three hits and two walks while fanning five. Cooper struck out eight while scattering six hits and two walks. Martin (1-3) took the loss, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings of work.
RedHawks Jump Out to Early Lead for Sweep, 9-4
A three-run first and four-run third helped Miami take leads of 3-0 and 7-2 for a sweep of Central Michigan with a 9-4 decision in the second game of a doubleheader and series finale.
All three runs came across in the first after the first two batters had been retired on strikes. A two-run double by Tom Howard pulled the Chippewas close temporarily in the second, before the RedHawks rallied again for four in the fourth, including two more two-out tallies.
Hall and Faiman had two hits apiece for CMU, while MU benefitted from six hits from the eight and nine hitters.
Brooks Fiala (2-2) picked up the win for Miami, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings. Jake Sabol (1-2) took the loss, yielding seven runs on seven hits and a walk over 2 2/3 innings.
Toledo 5, Kent State 2
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team could not overcome a three-run first inning by visiting Toledo and suffered its first Mid-American Conference loss of the 2011 season Saturday (March 26) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
Saturday's affair was in stark contrast to the first contest of the three-game set the day before. The Golden Flashes (11-10, 1-1 MAC) and Rockets (7-14, 1-1 MAC) combined to score eight runs on 20 hits Saturday after producing just one run on nine hits Friday (March 25) in a 1-0 Kent State win.
Toledo plated three runs in the top of the firsts sophomore left fielder Tyler Grogg drew a one-out walk and junior third baseman Joe Corfman followed by being hit by a pitch. Grogg scored on a double to right by junior first baseman Matt Delewski, and, one later, Corfman and Delewski both scored on a base hit through the right side by junior center fielder Ben Hammer.
Kent State countered with two scores in the bottom half of the frame. Redshirt junior left fielder Joe Koch (Youngstown, Ohio) led off with a single to left. Senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) followed two outs later with a base hit through the right side, and he and Koch both scored courtesy of a double to left by junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.).
Unfortunately for Kent State, that's as close as it got. Toledo tallied single runs in both the fifth and sixth frames while the Flashes failed to take advantage of runners in scoring position in either the seventh or eighth innings.
Kent State senior left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) took the pitching loss for the Golden Flashes and fell to 2-4 on the season. Hallock allowed five earned runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck out four over six innings.
Toledo junior left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Shaw earned the mound triumph to up his season record to 2-1. He allowed two earned runs while scattering eight hits and issuing two walks over 6.2 innings of work. He fanned four. Senior righthander Matt Zahel pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out one to earn his fifth save.
Kent State will go for the series victory Sunday (March 27) at 1 p.m. at Schoonover Stadium, sending junior southpaw David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) to the mound for the start.