Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/10/2011

Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Toledo 7-7, Buffalo 0-3 (DH)
Central Michigan 3-8, Akron 2-7 (DH)
Kent State 1, Eastern Michigan 0
Northern Illinois 7, Miami 4
Western Michigan 5-11, Ohio 0-3 (DH)

Stories courtesy of home sports information departments

Toledo 7-7, Buffalo 0-3 (DH)
Boxscore (Game 1)
Boxscore (Game 2)
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo continued its recent trend of solid all-around baseball and claimed a doubleheader sweep against Buffalo on Saturday at Scott Park. The Rockets prevailed 7-0 in today's opener and 7-3 in the nightcap to extend their win streak to eight-consecutive games, tied for the longest in the eight-year tenure of Head Coach Cory Mee.

UT received a pair of outstanding starting pitching efforts against the Bulls (7-20, 0-8 MAC), a handful of quality relief pitching performances, clutch hitting and timely defense to even their overall record at 15-15, including 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

In today's series opener, sophomore RHP Mike Hamann (2-2) was brilliant over 7.0 innings, yielding only five hits with four strikeouts to pick up the victory. Hamann has now gone 17.0 consecutive frames without giving up a run. The Port Clinton, OH native entered today's contest leading the league in innings pitched (7.24).

Junior RHP Tyler Scott came on in relief of Hamann and did not skip a beat, working the final 2.0 scoreless innings to help UT post its first shutout of the season.

Offensively, Toledo pounded out a season-high 14 hits and had eight of its nine starters finish with a hit. Junior INF Matt Delewski (3-for-4, 2 RBI) paced the attack with three hits, while sophomore OF Tyler Grogg (2-for-4, 3 RS, 2 RBI), junior INF Joe Corfman (2-for-3, RS), sophomore Wes White (2-for-4, RS) and junior DH Mark Lapikas (2-for-5) finished with two hits each in the home triumph.

The Rockets wasted little time to take control of the contest and scored the eventual game-winning run in their first at-bat. With UT's Grogg on first base and two outs, Lapikas hit a high chopper in front of the pitchers mound. UB starter Kevin Crumb (2-5) did a nice job knocking down the ball, but his throw to first base sailed high down the right field line and allowed Grogg to score all the way from first.

After UT plated another single run in the third, the home team broke the game open with four tallies in the fourth frame to make the score 6-0. Grogg drove in the first two runs with a single up the middle, before Hammer was credited with a two-run double to establish a six-run cushion.

The Midnight Blue & Gold then finished off the first-game scoring with a two-out RBI single by Delewski in the sixth.

In second game, junior LHP Kyle Shaw (4-1) won his fourth-consecutive start, yielding three runs on seven hits with two punchouts in 6.0 innings. Shaw has now worked at least 6.0 frames in six of his eight starts this spring.

Junior RHP Alex Radon relieved Shaw and threw the ensuing 2.0 scoreless innings, before senior RHP Matt Zahel worked a perfect ninth frame to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Offensively, junior OF Ben Hammer (4-for-4, RBI) pounded out a career-high four hits and has now hit safely in 16-consecutive contests. Freshman DH James Miglin (2-for-3, RS, 2 RBI), Corfman (2-for-3, 2 RS) and White (2-for-4, RS, RBI) also collected at least two hits in the nightcap.

The Rockets did a majority of their damage with six runs on six hits in the second inning. UT batted around in the frame and received a two-run double by Grogg, as well as run-scoring hits from Miglin, White, Dudics and Hammer to assume a lead it would not relinquish.

Buffalo finally strung together a couple hits in the fourth frame and took advantage of a RBI double by Jordan Camp, followed by a two-run single up the middle off the bat of Michael Burke to cut the difference to 6-3.

The score remained the same until the eighth inning when UT tacked on an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Miglin to make final tally 7-3.

Toledo will look to complete the series sweep tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.

Central Michigan 3-8, Akron 2-7 (DH)
Boxscore (Game 1)
Boxscore (Game 2)
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron baseball team dropped a pair of one-run games in doubleheader action with Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field. CMU took game one despite an excellent start from Andrew Brown, 3-2, and held off the Zips, 8-7, in game two. Akron falls to 6-22 and 0-8 in Mid-American Conference play, while Central Michigan moves to 15-17 and 4-4 in the MAC.

The two clubs will wrap up their weekend series on Sunday. The series finale is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field.

Game One Recap
Despite a complete-game from starter Andrew Brown, Akron was downed 3-2 in Saturday's first game. Brown allowed just three hits and struck out six in his second complete game of the season, but Central Michigan took advantage of four Akron errors to score all three of their runs unearned.

Akron entered the bottom of the ninth down 3-1, but Brandon White's one-out double drove in Jason Corzine from first to cut the CMU lead to one. Chippewa closer Dietrich Enns would strand the tying run on second, however, retiring James Sheltrown and pinch hitter Jared Turocy to end the game.

Both clubs benefited from inning-opening errors to score a run in the top and bottom of the second. CMU's Matt Faiman began the second by reaching on an error by Sam Watkins at short. Faiman then scored on a double to left center by Jordan Dean to give CMU the 1-0 lead. Akron answered right back with an unearned run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Samuel Trecaso reached on an error by Tyler Hall at third and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Corzine and a White ground out. Sheltrown then drove in Trecaso with a single to left.

CMU retook the lead in the top of the third with an error on Brown on a Robbie Harmon tapper down the third baseline putting CMU's leadoff batter on second with nobody out. Harmon would move to third on a bunt by Tyler Hall and then scored on a squeeze play when William Arnold laid a bunt down the third base line.

The Chippewas struck again in the sixth when Brendan Emmett's lead-off bunt was mishandled by Corzine and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Emmet then scored when Sam Watkins throw to first sailed into the Akron dugout on a Jordan Dean grounder.

Brown was dominant throughout, producing 1-2-3 innings in four frames. The junior righty has now pitched 19.0 innings in his last two starts after throwing 10.0 innings in last Friday's game at Toledo.

Game Two Recap
Akron was unable to overcome a six-run Central Michigan second in game two of the doubleheader and fell 8-7.

Brandon White recorded a pair of singles with four RBI and Drew Turocy doubled and belted an inside the park home run to lead Akron at the plate. Kurt Gamby and Tyler Begun each recorded a double and a single.

The Akron bullpen was stellar in the game, as Scott Foster, Kevin Kumazec, and Chris Bassitt, combined to pitch 7.1 innings and allow just one unearned run.

Akron took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first, using a wild pitch by CMU starter Zach Cooper to spark a two-out rally. Cooper struck out Jason Corzine swinging on a pitch in the dirt with two outs and the bases loaded but catcher William Arnold was unable to keep the ball in front of him allowing Sam Watkins to score from third, and the other Akron runners to advance. Brandon White then drove in Turocy and Samuel Trecaso with a single to left.

The Chippewas wasted little time getting back in front, as CMU touched up Akron starter Alex Loftin for six runs in the top of the second. Loftin issued one of his two strikeouts to Sam Russell to begin the inning, but then walked Eric Wrozek and gave up a single to Robbie Harmon. CMU's Tyler Hall was then retired on a tapper back to the mound for the second out, before the Chippewas put together a triple, two doubles, a single, and a walk to push across six runs and chase Loftin from the game.

After CMU added another run in the top of the fourth, Akron begin to climb back into the game with Turocy's third homer of the season, an inside the park shot of the top of the wall in right field. The blast scored Begun who had doubled to lead-off the inning.

White second two-run single cut the Akron deficit to one in the seventh. Jared Turocy and Corzine scored on the play, after Turocy reached on a fielder's choice and Corzine doubled to left.

The Zips were unable to find the game-tying run however has Dietrich Enns allowed just one hit in the eighth and ninth to pick up his second save of the day and fourth of the season.

Kent State 1, Eastern Michigan 0
KENT, Ohio -- In front of the season's largest home crowd to date, senior left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) twirled a five-hit masterpiece over seven innings for his second straight mound triumph, and senior right-handed closer Justin Gill (Canton, Ohio) notched his second save of 2011 as the Flashes topped Eastern Michigan, 1-0, today (April 9) in a Mid-American Conference game at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.

"He's the guy all of our players look up to," said seventh-year head coach Scott Stricklin of Hallock. "He leads by example. It's no surprise for me to see him succeed like this."

Kent State (19-10, 7-1 MAC) won the series courtesy of Saturday's victory, a day after taking out the Eagles (18-12, 5-3 MAC), 4-2, in the opening game. The Golden Flashes have now won eight straight overall and six straight MAC contests to maintain control of the race for the conference regular season title.

Hallock struck out four while issuing one walk and upped his record to 4-4 on the season. Gill fanned one in his two-inning save, and his 11 career saves are tied with junior righty Kyle McMillen (North Canton, Ohio) and Chad Wagler (2003-06) for fourth most in school history.

"I'm glad we came out on top," said Hallock. "I knew it was going to be one of those tight ballgames. When you see the other guy throwing up zeros, you want to do the same."

Both Hallock and Eastern Michigan senior right-handed starter Corey Chaffins scuffled through the early innings, but neither team was able to dent the scoreboard. The Golden Flashes finally broke through in the fifth, as freshman second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) cracked an infield single to third base, then scored one out later on an RBI groundout to second by junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Washington Court House, Ohio).

After Hallock gave up four hits over the first four frames, he cruised through his final three innings of work, including sitting down the side in the fifth and shrugging off an error behind him in the field in the sixth. Gill finished the job in the eighth and ninth by sitting down the side in the final two frames.

Junior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.), freshman designated hitter T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) and sophomore first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) led Kent State's offense with two hits apiece.

Chaffins went 7.2 frames in the loss for the Eagles, giving up one earned run on eight hits and three walks. He fanned four. Senior right fielder Ken Battiston was Eastern Michigan's leading hitter with a double and a single.

Kent State seeks its second straight sweep of a MAC West foe Sunday (April 10) when the Flashes and Eagles meet at noon. Junior lefty David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) gets the starting nod on the hill for Kent State.

Northern Illinois 7, Miami 4
DeKALB, Ill. - The craziness of the fourth and eighth innings provided Northern Illinois with enough support to even the series with Miami (Ohio) as the Huskies held on for a 7-4 win Saturday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field.

Two plays that rarely happen in a season, let alone on back-to-back plays in the same game, defined the eighth inning for NIU, but it was a five-run outburst in the fourth inning that put the Huskies in position to even the three-game Mid-American Conference series.

Trailing 2-0 following an Adam Weisenburger two-run single in the third, Alex Jones started the one-out rally in the fourth with a double down the left field line. Joe Etcheverry brought him in with a single to right and then advanced to third on Troy White's misplayed double that center fielder Ryan Brenner lost in the air. Making the RedHawks pay for the mistake, Jeff Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to an NIU-best nine games with a two-run single to center to put NIU ahead 3-2.

After Trey Lang walked, the Huskies used good two-out approaches to extend the inning further. Alex Klonowski delivered a two-out single to center that scored Zimmerman. Following a pitching change, Jamison Wells greeted Matt Rosinski with another two-out RBI single through the right side, pushing NIU's lead to 5-2.

Momentum was clearly on the Huskies' side until the tide started turning in the sixth. Brooks Fiala brought the RedHawks within two runs on a one-out RBI double. Then a walk to Brad Gschwind before a Ryan Kaup strikeout brought the tying run to the plate in Jon Edgington. However, Edgington never got to swing the bat as the first pitch was in the dirt and seemed to get away from catcher Brian Riegler. Fiala tried advancing to third as Riegler quickly located the ball, grabbed it, turned and threw, all in one motion, to White for a bang-bang play at third that went in favor of NIU to end the threat.

In the eighth, Miami kept creeping closer as Tony Manville took the mound and gave up consecutive singles that led to a Kevin Bower pinch-hit sacrifice fly. With the tying run on first, closer Kyle Glancy entered the game and came away unscathed, but not in a conventional way by any means.

The junior's 1-1 delivery to his first batter was headed right for the head of Gschwind. However, as Gschwind ducked, his bat, still on his shoulder, moved right into the path of the ball and connected with it. The ball rolled down the third base line like a bunt, leaving both teams yelling for their respective players to make a play. Glancy was the first to the ball and had plenty of time to throw out Gschwind, except his throw went high and right, forcing Etcheverry to leap to knock the ball down. In the process, the tying run moved to third.

The next batter, Marcus Makuch, added to the weirdness of the inning. Pinch-hitting, Makuch roped a solid grounder to short that looked like an easy double play ball for Jones. But on the last hop, the ball ricocheted off Jones' neck and right to second baseman Alex Klonowski, who was covering the bag as he was waiting for a flip from Jones. As if it were planned, Klonowski smoothly bare-handed the ball and threw to first in the same motion for an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play, sending the Huskie faithful into pandemonium.

"When we had the lead, we kept that lead, although it was a little crazy there," NIU head coach Ed Mathey said. "I don't know if I've seen one play like that, let alone two in row. That pitch behind the kid, all of sudden the ball is in fair territory and I'm thinking we are going to get a break on this. Then Kyle doesn't field his spot and throws it away. Now, we have a situation. Then, we got the crazy hop. That was a big break for us."

Not taking any chances on their luck, the Huskies continued to capitalize on MU miscues to add two huge insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. White reached on a two-base error at short to start the inning and Zimmerman followed with an infield single that turned into a run. Second baseman Edgington made a nice sliding stop to his right on Zimmerman's ball but threw it over Kyle Weldon's head at first base, allowing White to score from second base.

Two outs later, Klonowski came through with another two-out RBI single to increase the NIU advantage to 7-4.

"Those runs we got in the eighth were big," Mathey said. "We took advantage of their miscues. Zimmerman did a nice job of just trying to get the ball to the right side. It turned into a positive result when the kid threw it away. And Klonowski got another big hit. He had a good day for us."

Glancy then ended the madness with a perfect ninth to improve to 5-for-5 in save chances this season and lock down Tom Barry's second straight win (3-1). Barry lowered his ERA to 3.45 as he posted seven innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The junior lefty has turned in back-to-back seven inning, one earned run performances and has yet to give up more than two earned runs in his four starts this season.

"Tom Barry did a very good job on the mound today," said Mathey. "He kept them off-balance and let the defense do the work."

After being shutout by one of the league's best pitchers yesterday, the Huskie offense bounced back to dismantle the MAC's wins leader a day later. Tyler Melling entered the contest 5-0 and left with his first loss of the season as he surrendered five runs on eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

"Our hitters did a nice job coming back from yesterday," Mathey said. "We were a little aggressive early but had a much better approach as the game went on. We let the ball get deeper. That fourth inning was one of the best we've had this year, in terms of stringing together singles."

White led the Huskie offense with three doubles. Zimmerman and Klonowski added two hits and two RBI apiece. Jones and Wells chipped in two hits each as well.

The teams complete the series tomorrow with the rubber match at 1:05 p.m. CT as NIU RHP Jeremy Gonzales (3-4 | 5.26 ERA) takes the bump against MU's undetermined starter.

Western Michigan 5-11, Ohio 0-3 (DH)
Boxscore (Game 1)
Boxscore (Game 2)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.­- Western Michigan posted a 5-0 victory in game one of Saturday's doubleheader and defeated Ohio 11-3 in game two to close out a series sweep against the Bobcats. WMU won Friday afternoon, 5-1. It was just the second ever sweep against Ohio in school history, the last time the Broncos did it was in a four-game set back in 1985. Western Michigan entered this weekend having lost the last 10 games to Ohio, dating back to 2005. Posting its fifth and sixth conference victories, Western Michigan also surpassed its MAC win total from a year ago.

Western Michigan improved to 17-16 overall, 6-3 in Mid-American Conference action. Ohio falls to 15-16, 2-6 MAC.

GAME ONE (Two of series)
Western Michigan scored a run in the second and third, both with two outs, to jump in front, 2-0. In the second inning, Ryan McMillin hit a ball deep in the hole at short and Jack Scanlon scored from second on a good piece of heads-up base running. Scanlon reached with a single to right field and moved to second on a sac chop bunt by Patrick Duncan. Jimmy Martinez was plunked by a pitch in the third, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a rope to center field by Zach Thoma.

Western Michigan locked things up with three runs more in the eighth. Dan Shutes hit a leadoff single and Grant Simotes drew a walk. Duncan scored Shutes with an RBI double to left field. With runners at second and third, Troy Forton dropped a squeeze bunt to the right of the pitcher's mound. The ball rolled into no-man's land in the infield and both runners scored on the play. It was the second straight game Forton executed a squeeze bunt.

Junior LHP Casey Webber 3-2) went 7.0 innings for the win, scattering five hits and recording five strikeouts. Senior RHP Eric Heckaman tossed the final two innings to tally his fourth save of the year. Maintaining his unblemished ERA, Heckaman has now thrown 22.1 innings without giving up an earned run. It was the fourth shutout for the Broncos this season.

GAME TWO (Three of series)
Western Michigan closed out the sweep with an 11-3 victory in game two of the day, game three of the series. The score was tied 1-1 at the midway point of the third, but WMU scored three runs in the bottom of the inning and led the rest of the way. Western Michigan tacked on three more runs in the seventh and put the game out of reach with four runs in the eighth. Ohio managed a run in the top of the eighth and ninth.

Scanlon led the Bronco bats, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and a career-high six RBIs. He was responsible for a bases clearing double in the eighth. Forton (2 RBIs) and Duncan (RBI) each had two hits, one double, apiece.

Freshman left-handed starter Steve Laudicina (4-2) allowed four hits and one run over five innings to earn the win. He struck out five and walked four. Relievers David Brennan (1 ER, 3 H, 4 K) and Chris Bossenbery (2 H, 1 ER, 1 K) each threw two innings. Bossenbery dismantled any sort of late Bobcat rally in the eighth. He came out of the bullpen with no outs and bases loaded and got WMU out the inning with a strikeout and a groundball double play. It was his second save of the year.

With no midweek game, Western Michigan's next outing is Friday, April 15, traveling to Miami for game one of a three-game MAC series.