Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/24/2011
Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 13-7, Buffalo 3-0 (DH)
Central Michigan 12-7, Ball State 3-6 (DH)
Eastern Michigan 4-6, Western Michigan 2-3 (DH)
Ohio 5-7, Bowling Green 2-5 (DH)
Northern Illinois 4-1, Toledo 3-8 (DH)
Miami 5, Akron 4 (10) Resumption of 4/22 game
Miami 4-1, Akron 3-0 (DH)



Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Kent State 13-7, Buffalo 3-0 (DH)
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team enjoyed a doubleheader sweep of Buffalo today (April 23), winning the first game, 13-3, and the second, 7-0, to complete the weekend Mid-American Conference sweep at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.

The game one win marked the 1,500th in program history for the Golden Flashes (26-12, 12-3 MAC), while the sweep is the third MAC sweep of the season is the third of the season and runs Kent State's home record to 11-1.

"We had a very solid day all the way around," said seventh-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "We played greater defense and the pitching was outstanding again. Offensively, the guys stepped up. This team can't rely on one guy, and a lot of guys got big hits."

KENT STATE 13, BUFFALO 3
Junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Washington Court House, Ohio) had a huge day offensively and defensively to help support a solid start on the hill by senior southpaw Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) as the Golden Flashes earned a the milestone victory.

Shaw crushed two home runs and drove in three scores to power Kent State's offensive attack. Junior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) collected three singles and three RBIs, and freshman second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) added three base hits as well. Sophomore center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) recorded two base hits and three RBIs while sophomore first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) contributed a double and a single with two runs scored and an RBI.

Hallock fanned seven over seven innings to improve to 6-4 on the season. He allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks while sitting down the side in three frames. Sophomore right-hander Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) and freshman righty Dan Slavik (St. Clairsville, Ohio) each saw an inning of work in relief of Hallock.

Shaw got Kent State's offense revved up with a one-out two-run shot over the left field wall in the bottom of the second.

Toadvine added a run in the ensuing frame by cracking a two-out base hit and then later scored on a single by Rider.

Buffalo cut into Kent State's advantage with two scores in the fourth, but the Flashes upped their advantage back to two runs in the bottom of the fifth courtesy of a solo homer to right by Shaw.

The Bulls got a run back in the sixth and had the bases loaded with just one out, but Shaw bailed the home team out by turning a tailor-made 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

The Flashes continued adding onto their lead in the sixth with two runs. Roberts led off the frame by being hit by a pitch, and Toadvine followed with a perfectly placed bunt single down the first base line. Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Campbell, and Rider then plated them with a base hit to left.

The seventh inning brought three more runs for Kent State. Freshman left fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) smacked a one-out single through the right side. Pinch running for Sutton, redshirt freshman Troy Summers (Minerva, Ohio) stole second and then scored on a double to right by Roberts. Toadvine moved Roberts to third with a single, then stole second to put two in scoring position for Campbell, who delivered a two-RBI single through the right side.


The Flashes added the contest's final runs in the eighth. Junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) reached on a one-out bunt single. Redshirt freshman pinch hitter Phil Smith (Kent, Ohio) was hit by a pinch, then Summers singled to right to bring around Lyon. Freshman pinch hitter Cody Koch (Sandusky, Ohio) scored Smith with a single to center. Campbell then brought home Summers with a base hit to center to make the score final.

KENT STATE 7, BUFFALO 0
Junior southpaw David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) totaled eight strikeouts and scattered six hits, and junior right-handed closer Kyle McMillen(North Canton, Ohio) nailed down his 11th save of the season and second in as many days to combine to toss a shutout. Starn sat down the side in the both the fourth in the sixth while McMillen competed a five-out save on just seven pitches - including two strikeouts.

Senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio), Rider, Roberts and Toadvine led the way with two hits each.

The Flashes broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Smith smacked a two out single up the middle, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit through the left side by Roberts.

Rider smacked a leadoff single to center, then scored one out later on a single to center by Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) in the fifth to make it 2-0.

Shaw coaxed a two-out walk in the seventh, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit to center by Klafczynski.

Kent State added four scores in the fourth to finish off the Bulls. Roberts got the frame started with a one-out walk. Toadvine brought him home with a triple to left one out later. Campbell coaxed a walk to set the table for Rider's home run to left - his first of 2011.

Kent State completes its five-game home stand with two midweek contests, taking on Niagara Tuesday (April 26) and Cleveland State Wednesday (April 27) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. Both contests are set to begin at 3 p.m.

Central Michigan 12-7, Ball State 3-6 (DH)
MUNCIE, Ind. -- A ninth-inning comeback in game two helped Central Michigan sweep a doubleheader with Ball State to clinch its fourth-consecutive Mid-American Conference series victory at Ball Diamond on Saturday.

The Chippewas (20-19, 9-5 MAC) took game one easily, 12-3, before rallying off the Cardinals' (11-25, 7-6 MAC) bullpen in the ninth for a 7-6 victory in the nightcap.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Sunday in the finale of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Chippewas Down Cardinals in Game One, 12-3
A five-run third broke open a 1-1 tie and Trent Howard did the rest as Central Michigan beat Ball State in the series opener.

A big two-out error extended the Chippewas' rally, allowing three unearned runs to score.

BSU fought back into the game with a pair of runs in the fourth to make it 6-3, but CMU scored three more in the sixth, two in the eighth and one in the ninth for the final margin.

Tyler Hall finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI and Brendan Emmett added a pair of hits and two RBI. Matt Faiman and Robbie Harman also had two hits each and combined to score five runs for the Chippewas.

Tim Issler, Blake Beemer and Mitch Widau each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Howard (4-3) worked seven innings for the win, giving up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while fanning eight. Jon Weaver tossed two scoreless innings in relief.

Cal Bowling (4-3), the MAC's leader in ERA during conference play, was roughed up for nine runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Ninth-Inning Rally Keys Doubleheader Sweep for CMU
A two-run Central Michigan ninth keyed a 7-6 comeback victory over Ball State, to sweep the Saturday double-dip.

After the Cardinals rallied for three in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead, the Chippewas plated runs on a wild pitch and a passed ball in the ninth to escape with the win.

BSU scored first, plating two in the first, but CMU answered with two in the second and three in the fifth to take a 5-2 edge into the sixth.

After adding a run in the sixth against starter Zach Cooper , the Cardinals rallied off reliever Dietrich Enns , aided by a pair of CMU errors, for three runs in the seventh to claim the lead.

In the ninth, Nate Theunissen reached on an error leading off the inning and moved to third on a Tyler Hall double. A wild pitch scored Theunissen to tie the game at six while moving Hall up to third.

After a walk to Brendan Emmett , Tyler Stevens looked at one too many for the second out of the inning and gave BSU a chance to escape further trouble, but a passed ball allowed Hall to touch home and give CMU the lead.

Enns retired the side in order in the ninth and moved to 5-1 on the season, despite giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in three innings of work. Zach Cooper fanned 11 in six innings, despite giving up three runs on four hits.

Michael Sandman (1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals, yielding two runs (zero earned) on a hit and a walk in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Tyler Hall went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, and William Arnold put together a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI. Sam Russell also had two hits for the Maroon and Gold.

Cody Elliot finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored atop the Ball State batting order. T.J. Baumet hit a two-run shot, his fourth of the season, in the first inning for BSU.

Eastern Michigan 4-6, Western Michigan 2-3 (DH)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Zack Leonard (Canton, Ohio-McKinley) became Eastern Michigan University's all-time hit king as he recorded three hits on the day, giving him 275 for his career and moving him past Derrick Peterson ('04) for the top spot, while the Eagles defeated Western Michigan University in both ends of a doubleheader in Mid-American Conference West Division play at Robert J. Bobb Stadium, today, April 23.

Senior left-hander Robert Wendzicki (Brook Park, Ohio-Midpark) led the Eagles to a 4-2 victory in game one after tossing his first career complete game, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two. Senior right-hander Corey Chaffins (New London, Ohio-New London) followed that up with a 6-1 win of his own, going seven innings and allowing just a run on six hits en route to his career-high fifth victory of the season.

Offensively, Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian), Daniel Russell (Grandville, Mich.-Grandville) and Tucker Rubino (Scottsdale, Ariz.-Horizon-Glendale C.C.) each recorded four-hit days with all three tallying a three-hit game, respectively.

The Eagles move to 23-15 overall, 8-6 in MAC play with the sweep, while the Broncos fall to 18-20 (7-7 MAC).

In game one, the Eagles struck first with a first inning solo homerun by Ohrman, his second of the year. In the third inning, Ohrman smacked a one out single and then stole the first of two bases in the contest to get into scoring position. Two batters later, Ben Magsig (Okemos, Mich.-Okemos-Lansing C.C.) singled him home to give EMU a 2-0 lead.

The Broncos got both runs back in the fourth inning when Patrick Duncan doubled home Ryan McMillin prior to Troy Forton's sacrifice fly to bring Duncan home to tie the game.

Those were the lone runs that Wendzicki (3-4) would allow in the game as he went the distance for his third victory of the year.

His teammates put him in line for the win in the eighth inning with two runs on four hits. Leonard's one out RBI double to left broke a 2-2 tie and the Eagles didn't look back from there. The hit also moved him into a tie with Derrick Peterson ('04) for the EMU all-time career hits record of 274.

He wasted no time getting the record out of the way with a first inning RBI single in the top of the first of game two. Leonard's base hit fell just in front of the right fielder, Jack Scanlon, which brought Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) around to score. The Canton, Ohio native also ranks eighth nationally among NCAA Division I active career hit leaders.

Western Michigan tied the game in their half of the second as Brad Wehrmeyer singled up the middle off Chaffins to drive in Grant Simotes. The right-hander went to allow just two hits in his final five innings of work.

The Eagles provided some insurance along the way with Magsig putting them in front for good with a fourth inning two-run homer, his team-leading fourth long ball of the season.

Russell, who went 4-for-7 on the day, executed a perfect suicide squeeze play in the sixth inning to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. Magsig came in to score from third base in what was the fourth successful squeeze play for the Eagles this season.

Ohrman and Russell poured it on with RBI doubles in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, giving EMU an insurmountable 6-1 lead.

WMU tried their best to get back in the game by loading the bases with no outs in the eighth inning. Lefty Collin Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio-Lakota West) relieved Tim Combs (Dayton, Ohio-Wayne) and got the first out by striking out Simotes.

After walking in a run to make the score 6-2, Head Coach Jay Alexander brought in righty Kristian Calibuso (Brandon, Fla.-Armwood-Florida State College) and it paid off. The sophomore struck out Brooks Bielke and then got Tim Cross to ground out to end the threat with minimal damage.

The Brandon, Fla. native came in for his second inning of work in the ninth and - despite giving up an RBI single to McMillin - earned the five-out save, his third of the year.

The Eagles look to sweep the three-game series set as both teams meet for the finale on Easter Sunday, April 24. EMU sophomore Steve Weber (North Royalton, Ohio-North Royalton) will go for his second straight win as he goes up against Western's Steve Laudicina in a 1 p.m. start time.

Ohio 5-7, Bowling Green 2-5 (DH)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio-The Ohio baseball team got a fine pitching performance by starter Seth Streich, clutch pitching by Tyler Stage and the first home run of shortstop Garrett Black's career to take both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at Warren Steller Field.

The Bobcats won game one 5-2 and game two 7-5 in 10 innings. The wins are the first regular season victories for the Bobcats over the Falcons since a 15-0 triumph in the regular season finale for both teams in 2007.

Ohio improved to 19-20 and 5-9 in the Mid-American Conference, while BGSU dropped to 14-21 and 7-7 in the league.

Bobcat third baseman Dan Ward drove in three runs on the day and had four hits, while center fielder Ethan Newton had three hits. Ward and left fielder Kory Burkhart each scored twice.

BGSU got four hits apiece from Clay Duncan and Frank Berry while T.J. Losby and Jeremy Shay had three each.

Streich kept BGSU off the board for most of the first game and that allowed Ohio to jump on top 5-0 with three in the fifth and two in the sixth. First baseman Taylor Emody led off the fifth with a solo homer to left, his second blast of the season. Catcher Trace Voshell followed with a two-run single four batters later to complete the inning's scoring. Ward's single down the left field line and right fielder Adam Gecewich's sacrifice fly to center accounted for the sixth inning's tallies.

The Falcons were able to push across runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but Stage got all three outs at the end of the game to record his second save of the season.

Streich (1-5) got the win, his first of the season, by tossing eight innings and allowing one run on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in 138 pitches. BGSU starter Cody Apthorpe (4-4) took the loss, after giving up five runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk in five and one-third innings. Reliever Michael Frank pitched well at the end, going three and two-thirds scoreless innings and striking out two with two walks.

The Falcons stranded 12 runners during the game, while Ohio left just four.

Ohio jumped on top again in the second game when it plated two runs in the first on singles by Emody and Ward and another in the second on Newton's single through the right side.

BGSU sliced the lead to one with two in the bottom of the second, but the Bobcats came back with Streich's RBI triple down the right field line to push the lead back to two.

It again became one with another BGSU score in the fourth, and the Falcons tacked on runs in the seventh and eighth innings to grab a 5-4 lead heading into the top of the ninth.

That was when Ward forced extra innings when his two-out shot through the left side found its way into the outfield to plate Burkhart.

The Bobcats then got a bolt of lightning in the 10th when Black ripped a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left to give the visitors a 7-5 lead and it was up to Stage to, once again, clinch the win.

The Falcons would indeed threaten in their at bat, but the freshman righthander slammed the door shut with a strikeout of Berry and a flyout by Ryan Schlater to give the Bobcats their first MAC series win of the season.

Stage was credited with the win to move to 3-0 on the season after tossing the final two and two-thirds innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Starter Brent Choban allowed four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks in seven and one-third innings.

BGSU reliever Ben Singer dropped to 0-3 after he yielded two runs on three hits with one strikeout and no walks in two innings.

Berti stole his 15th base of the season in the game as the Falcons once again left 12 men on base.

The series finale between the two teams is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Northern Illinois 4-1, Toledo 3-8 (DH)
DeKALB, IL - Toledo split a twinbill with Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon in a battle of Mid-American Conference West Division co-leaders at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Rockets posted an 8-1 victory in the nightcap after dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision in the opener.

Toledo was limited to just four hits in the opener by Husky hurler Zach Oates (8.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).

Junior 1B Matt Delewski garnered two of UT's hits against Oates and provided the Rockets a 3-2 advantage with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.

NIU evened the contest with a run in the fifth when junior LHP Kyle Shaw escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam by allowing just one run via a double-play grounder.

The Huskies scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on 3B Troy White's two-out single to left field off junior reliever Alex Radon (4-3).

Delewski also was a key contributor in the second game with a 3-for-5 performance that included two doubles and three runs scored. Senior SS Chris Dudics topped the Rockets in Game 2 with five hits, while junior 3B Joe Corfman registered a team-high four RBI.

The Rockets took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning and then broke the game open with one run in the seventh and four more in the eighth.

Junior RHP Lincoln Rassi (3-4) picked up the win for UT by fanning eight batters and allowing just five hits in seven innings.

The two teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT.

Miami 5, Akron 4 (10) Resumption of 4/22 game
Miami 4-1, Akron 3-0 (DH)
AKRON, Ohio -- Miami earned a sweep of its Mid-American Conference baseball series Saturday, winning all three games in a span of 6 hours, 31 minutes. The RedHawks finished off Friday's suspended game, 5-4 in 10 innings, then swept the doubleheader from the Zips, 4-3 and 1-0.

With the win, Miami (22-18, 10-5) moves to four games over .500 for the first time this season.

Jon Edgington had four hits and scored three times during the contests, while Bryce Redeker and Brad Gschwind also tallied three hits.

Miami led 4-2 when Friday's play was suspended and neither team could mount any offense until the bottom of the ninth. Akron's Tyler Begun tied the score at 4 with a two-out double, but was thrown out at the third.

The mistake proved costly as Miami scored the game-winner in the 10th. Kevin Bower drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch runner Pat Glass. Ryan Curl bunted him into over to second, then a passed ball allowed Glass to take third. Ryan Kaup flew out to left for the sacrifce and RBI.

Seth Varner replaced starter Mac Thoreson and threw 5.2 scoreless innings before allowing the tying runs. Joe Neff gave up the game-tying double, but still earned the win to improve to 3-1. Sam Dawes got the first two outs in the bottom of the 10th before putting a pair of runners on. However, he recovered with a groundout to first to earn his fourth save.

In Saturday's regularly scheduled game, Miami broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the eighth to earn the decision. Edgington was hit by a pitch, then two outs later stole second and came home on a single by Redeker.

The RedHawks had tallied three in the first as each of the first three batters came around to score. Brenner walked, then took third when the Zips' centerfielder overran a Gschwind singled. Redeker drove in a run withe a double before groundouts by Kyle Weldon and Adam Weisenburger added to the lead.

Akron cut into the margin with a run in the first on a leadoff double and one-out single. The Zips added single runs in the third -- after another leadoff double -- and fourth to even the game.

Matt Rosinski (1-2) earned the win in relief of Tyler Melling. The junior allowed just one hit over the final four innings, striking . The RedHawks finished the contest with hits off Zips starter Alex Lofkin (1-8).

With rain likely for tomorrow, the teams decided to finish the series with a second full game. It was a pitcher's duel from the start with Miami's Brooks Fiala (3-4) allowing just four hits over 8.2 innings. He struck out a career-high eight batters while walking just one. Dawes came on to strike out the final two batters to earn a second save of the day, his fifth of the year.

The only run of the game came during the third, when Edgington singled up the middle to lead off, took second on Brenner's sacrifce, then went to third on a back. Gschwind brought home Edgington with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Akron's Myles McVeigh (0-7) took the hard-luck loss, allowing just seven hits and the one run. He struck out five.

Miami returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Indiana for a matchup with the Hoosiers. The RedHawks defeated IU, 6-1, on April 5 in the first meeting between the teams.