MAC Baseball Friday Scoreboard:
Kent State 17, Bowling Green 10
Western Michigan 6, Central Michigan 5
Eastern Michigan 18, Toledo 2
Ball State at Northern Illinois - Postponed due to inclement weather, teams will play a double header Saturday at 11 am.
Miami 4, Buffalo 2 (10 innings)
Miami 5, Buffalo 2
Akron 13, Ohio 3
No. 30 Kent State Baseball Rolls To Series Opening Win At Bowling Green
Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team rolled to a 17-10 road win over Mid-American Conference East Division rival Bowling Green today (May 13) at Steller Field, marking the team's 26th triumph in its last 30 games.
Ranked No. 30 in the nation according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Golden Flashes (35-13, 18-4 MAC) have won at least 35 games for the fourth straight season under seventh-year head coach Scott Stricklin and 16th time in the last 29 years. The win over the Falcons marked Kent State's seventh conference weekend series opening victory in eight tries and fourth straight over an intra-division foe.
Broncos Hold Off Chippewas, Take Game One 6-5
Story courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to take game one in this weekend's three game-series against Central Michigan, 6-5. Trailing 5-3, Patrick Duncan hit a two-run single to tie the game and Dustin Ditsworth slapped a ball through the left side of the infield for the game-winning RBI. The win was the Broncos' sixth in a row.
The game was nothing short of dramatic, setting the tone for the weekend, which is a pivotal series for both squads. Central Michigan entered the game as the MAC West leader and Western Michigan is aiming at making a return to the eight-team MAC Tournament after a two-year hiatus.
Bronco starter Brian Stroud made quick work of the Chips in the first and second, but ran into trouble in the third, walking two and giving up a single to load the bases. Jordan Dean hit a sacrifice fly to right field to give CMU a 1-0 lead. Another walk again had the bags full with two away and Sam Russell cracked a deep ball headed for the gap in right center. WMU junior right fielder Jack Scanlon gave chase and made a phenomenal diving catch to end the inning on what potentially would have been a bases-clearing hit.
CMU starter Trent Howard kept Western Michigan off the board through six innings, but the Broncos finally got to the lefty in the seventh. Ryan McMillin walked and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Following a pitching change, Duncan dropped a hit down the line in shallow right to tie the game at one-run apiece. In the next at bat, Cross stepped to the plate and unleashed a thunderous two-run shot out over the fence in left to put WMU in front, 3-1. It was his second home run of the season.
Stroud was switched out for Forton with one on and one down in the seventh. CMU scored the runner with a pair of singles and William Arnold hit a three-run blast off Forton to regain the lead for the Chippewas, 5-3.
Facing the two-run deficit, Jimmy Martinez led off the Bronco eighth with double, Forton was struck by a pitch with one out and Scanlon loaded the bases with a two-out walk. Duncan smoked a ball over the shortstop and into left field to score two and tie the game for a second time. Ditsworth provided the winning run with a single through the left side.
Eric Heckaman took the rubber for WMU in the top of the ninth and stranded two Chippewas on base for his eighth save of the season. Forton (3-1) was credited with the win, pitching two-thirds an inning and allowing three runs.
Stroud went 7.1 innings in the no decision, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs (one earned). He struck out three and walked five.
Mike Nixon (2-1) took the loss for Central Michigan, starting off the eighth and lasting two outs, giving way to Harvey Martin after issuing the walk to Scanlon.
Western Michigan (24-25, 11-11 MAC) and Central Michigan (26-23, 14-8 MAC) meet again tomorrow in game two at 1 p.m. WMU and Bronco Athletics will officially dedicate Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field before the game with a ceremony scheduled for noon.
EMU Routs Toledo, 18-2, to Move into First Place Tie
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TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) - A nine-run fifth inning highlighted an offensive onslaught for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team as it handed the University of Toledo its first home loss of the season in an, 18-2, decision in the opener of a pivotal three-game Mid-American Conference series at Scott Park, today, May 13.
The EMU offense broke out of its funk from a week ago by registering a season-high 18 runs on 23 hits. Every position starter recorded at least one hit led by Zack Leonard (Canton, Ohio-McKinley) and Ben Magsig (Okemos, Mich.-Okemos-Lansing C.C.), who each recorded four-hit games. Leonard's performance gives him 300 hits for his career.
Five other Eagles also posted multi-hit games including Wally Gerbus (Fairfield, Ohio-Stephen T. Baden) and Aaron Chavez (Milpitas, Calif.-Milpitas-Ohlone C.C.) who came off the bench to tally two hits.
Senior left-hander Robert Wendzicki (Brook Park, Ohio-Midpark) had more than enough run support, but continued to stay sharp all the way through as he went seven strong innings and allowed just one run on five hits, tying a season-high with eight strikeouts while issuing just one walk to move his record to an even 5-5 on the season, 5-3 in MAC starts.
With the win, the Eagles move into a first place tie with Central Michigan after it dropped its series opener to Western Michigan today. EMU improved to 32-17 overall, 14-8 in the MAC while Toledo falls to 24-24 (13-9 MAC).
Eastern Michigan cracked the scoreboard early with a first inning run on Magsig's two-out RBI single up the middle. The junior took the first pitch he saw from Kyle Shaw and drove a line drive into center field to score Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union), who reached on a hit-by-pitch to lead off the game.
The Eagles added to its lead with two runs in the third inning to make it 3-0. Magsig tacked on his second run-scoring single of the game to give him 28 for the season. Shortly thereafter, Tucker Rubino (Scottsdale, Ariz.-Horizon-Glendale C.C.) singled through the left side to bring home Leonard and give Wendzicki a more comfortable cushion.
The senior left-hander Wendzicki pitched four and two-thirds scoreless before allowing his only run of the day in the fifth inning. It was the fifth time in his last six outings that the Brook Park, Ohio native has gone seven innings or more.
His counterpart, fellow southpaw Kyle Shaw (6-3), lasted just three-plus innings and allowed three runs on six hits before being replaced by Adam Tyson with nobody out in the top of the fourth. The move didn't seem to effect the EMU lineup, though, as it put another two-spot on the board thanks to an RBI double by Battiston and Brent Ohrman's (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian) sacrifice fly to make it 5-0, Eagles.
The flood gates opened in the fifth inning. The Green and White sent 15 batters to the dish and scored nine runs. Six Eagles recorded run-scoring hits including Sam Ott (Canton, Mich.-Salem), who doubled to right field, driving in two. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Magsig added the third of his four RBI singles on the afternoon as well.
EMU then posted consecutive two-run frames to make it five straight innings with at least two runs scored. The Eagles out-hit the Rockets, 23-7, in the contest and improved to 20-11 on the road this season.
Taylor Dimmerling threw the final two innings for EMU, allowing a ninth inning run to the Rockets on two hits while striking out two and walking one.
Sophomore Joe Battistelli (Allen Park, Mich.-Allen Park) will toe the rubber for the Eagles in game two tomorrow, May 14. Lincoln Rassi will counter for the Rockets in a contest slated for 1 p.m.
Gschwind, Melling Lead Miami to Doubleheader Sweep
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OXFORD, Ohio -- It was only fitting that a pair of seniors delivered in the clutch Friday to start the final weekend home series of the 2011 season. Brad Gschwind hit a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th in the opener and Tyler Melling struck out a career-high 11 batters during the nightcap as the RedHawks earned 4-2 and 5-2 victories over Buffalo at McKie Field.
With the wins, Miami improves to 30-21 on the season (16-7 MAC), topping the 30-win plateau for the second time in three years. Buffalo falls to 12-35 overall and 2-21 in league play.
The RedHawks needed heroics just to get to extra innings in the first game as Adam Weisenburger hit a solo shot to left field with one out in the eighth to even the game at 2-2. Jon Edgington drew a one-out walk off reliever Kevin Hughes (2-4) before Gschwind delivered just his second home run of the season and fourth of his career. It was the first walk-off of his career at any level of baseball (collegiate, summer league, high school and little league).
Miami went ahead 1-0 in the second inning when Nate Bowles doubled and later scored on a double-play ground out. But Buffalo showed its character, bouncing back for two runs in the fourth to grab a 2-1 lead. Tom Murphy started the frame with a leadoff home run, before Eric Brice and Jordan Camp doubled and singled in back-to-back at-bats after two outs had been recorded.
Both starters were in control most of the game, pitching the full nine innings of regulation. Miami's Mac Thoreson struck out a career-high 10 batters, scattering 12 hits. Buffalo's Josh Edwards, allowed 10 hits and two walks, but struck out four. Matt Rosinski (2-2) picked up the win for the RedHawks, pitching a scoreless 10th. He walked one batter, but struck out two and got a flyout.
The nightcap offered a little more comfort for Miami as the RedHawks outhit Buffalo 12-6 and held a 5-0 lead until the final frame. Marcus Makuch singled and scored in the second to open the scoring. Ryan Brenner delivered the RBI with a liner to left center.
The RedHawks added to the margin with three in the fourth, including a two-run sacrifice fly that was caught just short of the 400-foot sign in straight-away centerfield. Ryan Kaup, Brenner and Edgington all reached on infield singles before Gschwind hit a sacrifice fly to center. Everyone advanced on the play, making the lead 2-0 and putting runners at second and third. Kyle Weldon then got a hold of a fastball, sending UB's Matt Pollack to deep center field. With the team's fastest runners on base, Miami Head Coach Dan Simonds had both runners tag and didn't hesitate sending Edgington all the way. The play at the plate was close, but the RedHawk second baseman maneuvered around the tag for a 4-0 advantage.
Miami added another run in the seventh when Weldon tripled to right center and came home on an Adam Weisenburger sacrifice fly.
Melling (7-2) allowed an unearned run in the eighth and walked the first batter in the ninth before being relieved. He fanned 11 Bulls, allowing just four hits and two runs (one earned). His previous best was eight Ks on three occasions.
Brandon Adkins pitched the ninth and struck out a pair, but allowed the inherited runner to score after conceding a pair of hits.
Miami's pitchers finished the doubleheader with 25 strikeouts against Buffalo, which came into the day hitting .282 as a team. Every Bull in the game two lineup struckout at least once. Edgington and Bryce Redeker each recorded four hits, while Kaup had three hits over the two contests.
PLEASE NOTE that the two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow at 12 noon with a single game. Senior Day festivities for 10 RedHawks will start at about 11:45 a.m.
Akron Baseball Routs Ohio, 13-3
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ATHENS, Ohio - The University of Akron baseball team got an offensive explosion Friday night, knocking out 15 base hits in a 13-3 win over Ohio at Bob Wren Stadium.
Sam Watkins and Drew Turocy each homered in the game, and Kurt Gamby hit a pinch hit grand slam to cap a seven-run Akron (14-33, 6-16 Mid-American Conference) fifth that blew the contest open. Watkins also doubled twice and drove in three, while Turocy reached in all five of his plate appearances.
Junior starter Andrew Brown collected his fourth win of the season, going 7.0 innings and striking out seven. Brown allowed just two earned runs in the contest.
Watkins sent a signal of things to come when he ripped a solo home run with one out in the top of the first to give Akron an early 1-0 lead.
After the Bobcats (23-26, 7-15) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, Watkins hit the first of his doubles - a second-inning shot down the left-field line that scored Dan Burant and Jared Turocy. Burant and Turocy had both singled with one out in the inning.
The Zips then scored three runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth to build an insurmountable lead. Matt Corpora reached on an error to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on Watkins second double of the game. Both Zips then scored on Drew Turocy's seventh homer of the season when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Ryan Burgett deep over the wall in right field.
Akron would send 11 batters to the plate in the fifth. Burant started the rally with a one-out double to left field. Corpora followed a walk to Jared Turocy with a single to load the bases. Burant and Turocy then scored when catcher Trace Voshell's pick off attempt to third sailed into left field. Watkins was then plunked and Drew Turocy singled to load the bases for a second time in the inning. Gamby stepped in as a pinch hitter - a righty-lefty switch with Samuel Trecaso - and took Sean Kennedy deep over the left center field fence for a grand slam. It was Gamby's second longball of the season.
Brown cruised through the next three innings, as the junior from Painesville, Ohio allowed just one hit in his final three innings of work. Brown scattered five hits in the outing. Senior Kevin Kumazec closed out the game with a pair of no-hit innings.
The Zips will look to take a 2-0 series lead tomorrow afternoon. First pitch at Wren Stadium is at 3:00 p.m.