Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/2/2011
Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Toledo 1, Akron 0 (13 innings)
Kent State 3, Western Michigan 2 (10 innings)
Eastern Michigan 13, Bowling Green 11
Central Michigan 9, Ohio 3
Ball State 2, Miami 0

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Toledo 1, Akron 0 (13 innings)
Box Score
TOLEDO, OH - Senior OF Dan Sherwood's run-scoring single plated the game's only run to lift Toledo to a 1-0 victory over Akron in 13 frames on Friday at Scott Park. With the extra-inning victory, the Rockets improve to 9-15 overall, 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

With one out in the 13th frame, junior INF Joe Corfman reached base on a Zips' infield fielding error. Corfman then stole second base and came around to score the game-winning tally on Sherwood's run-scoring single through the right side of the infield.

Fans in attendance at today's weekend opener saw an old-fashioned pitcher's duel. UT sophomore RHP Mike Hamann limited the Zips to just five hits and fanned three batters in 10.0 innings, while Zips (5-18, 0-4 MAC) starter Andrew Brown was up to the task as well, yielding only seven hits with five punchouts in 10.0 frames.

Junior DH Mark Lapikas was led Toledo's offense with two hits.

The Rockets stranded 12 runners on base, while the Zips left seven runners on base.

The Midnight Blue & Gold had two golden opportunities to win the game when it loaded the bases with one out in both the ninth and 11th innings.

In the ninth, Sherwood was caught looking for the second out and senior C Jim Vahalik was denied of a game-winning hit on a diving play by Akron 2B Sam Watkins for the third out. Two innings laters, Vahalik grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The two teams return to action on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. for the second game of the weekend series. The series finale will be held on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Kent State 3, Western Michigan 2 (10 innings)
Box Score
KALAMAZOO, Mich.­- Jimmy Martinez's bottom of the ninth two-out single tied the game at two runs apiece, but Kent State scored in the top of the 10th to slip past Western Michigan, 3-2, in game one Friday. Due to weekend weather conditions, WMU and KSU will play games two and three tomorrow, doubleheader starting at noon, and will not play Sunday.

WMU cut a 2-0 deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth and an error by Kent State shortstop Jimmy Rider in the bottom of the ninth gave WMU an extra at bat to tie the game. Patrick Duncan led off with a rope to center field and scooted over to second on a sac bunt by Grant Simotes. Brooks Beilke went down swinging to bring Brad Wehrmeyer to the plate with two away. Wehrmeyer hit a routine grounder to short, but Rider fumbled the ball allowing Wehrmeyer to reach safely. Martinez tied the game ripping a single over the outstretched glove of the third baseman to score Duncan. Zach Thoma stepped into the box in the next at bat and scorched the first pitch he saw deep to center field. KSU's Evan Campbell made the play of the game with an over the shoulder catch at the warning track to rob Thoma of a game-winning hit.

Rider made up for his previous mistake with a one-out single in the top of the 10th. He beat the Bronco relay to score the winning run from first on a ball in the gap by Brian Shaw. Kent State reliever Justin Gill (1-0) sat the Broncos down in order in the 10th to earn his first win of the year. Gill also shut down the Broncos in the eighth, catching Forton looking on an inside breaking ball with bases loaded.

The game started off as a pitcher's dual between Bronco ace Brian Stroud and KSU's Andrew Chafin. Kent State took the lead in the first with an unearned run, scoring on a base hit, passed ball, sac bunt and a second single. The Flashes added an earned run off two base hits and a sac fly in the fourth to go up, 2-0.

Western Michigan countered with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Ryan McMillin led off with a poke through the left side and moved over to third on a well-executed hit and run by Forton. Duncan scored McMillin with a sac fly to right field.

Stroud gave way to David Brennan in the top of the eighth, after yielding seven hits and striking out seven. Giving up the run in the 10th, just his second earned run in 20.1 innings of work, Brennan (0-1) took the loss.

Chafin went 7.2 innings for Kent State, allowing one earned run, seven hits, three walks and striking out seven. Chafin had given up just two earned runs in 33.2 innings entering the day.

Western Michigan (13-13, 3-1 MAC) finished with nine hits, Duncan going 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Martinez was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kent State (13-10, 3-1 MAC) totaled 10 hits.

Expected to get the nod on the mound tomorrow is a pair of left-handers in WMU's Casey Webber (2-1. 2.23 ERA) and KSU's Kyle Hallock (2-4, 3.25 ERA).

Eastern Michigan 13, Bowling Green 11
Box Score
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Bowling Green trailed by a large margin for much of Friday's contest against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Falcons scored six times in the bottom of the ninth inning to close the gap but could not overcome the deficit set by EMU. The Brown and Orange came up just short with the final out representing the tying run. The final score of the Falcons' MAC home opener was 13-11 in favor of the visiting Eagles.

Eastern Michigan took a 13-5 lead into the last of the ninth inning before the bats awoke for BGSU and the team batted around the order. Patrick Lancaster (Woodhaven, Mich.) came off the bench to pinch hit to lead off the Falcons' last stand. He reached base on a perfectly placed bunt down the third base side before stealing second base on the following batter. Jon Berti (Troy, Mich.) drove Lancaster in on one of his three extra-base hits on the day, doubling to right field.

Freshman Jeremy Shay (Garden City, Mich.) entered as a pinch hitter and drove in Berti with a single through the middle of the infield. Alex Davison (Grand Ledge, Mich.) added the Falcons' third run of the inning on a RBI single, scoring Shay and leaving runners on first and second for Matt Vannett (Bowling Green, Ohio). The junior belted a high fly ball deep to center field that hit off the wall. With runners on the move, Vannett cleared the bases with a double and brought the Falcons within five.

Following a pitching change and T.J. Losby (Bryan, Ohio) grounding to short for the second out, Andrew Kubuski (Elyria, Ohio) drove in Vannett with a single to center to cut the Eagle lead to two. Lancaster returned to the plate but a hit a sharp liner to short, resulting in the final out of the game and a 13-11 decision.

Berti was a single away from hitting for the cycle. He finished the day going 3-for-5 with a double, triple and a home run. He scored three times and had three runs batted in. Ryan Schlater (St. Paris, Ohio) went a perfect 4-for-4 with three singles, two runs scored and a RBI on his fourth inning solo home run.

The Eagles scored the first six runs of the contest, all within the first three innings of the game. Eastern scored four runs in the third inning, their first of two four-run innings on the day. Bowling Green halved the lead by scoring twice in the fourth inning and once in the sixth, cutting the lead to 6-3. Jon Berti and Ryan Schlater each hit solo home runs to right field in the fourth, their second home runs for both Falcons. Eagle reliever Tim Combs loaded the bases in the sixth and then hit Matt Vannett in the arm to drive home a run.

The visitors responded with another four-run inning in the seventh when EMU catcher Matt Hitt drove in two on a double to left center field, leaving runners on second and third for Wally Gerbus. The Eagles put on the squeeze play when Gerbus put a bunt down to the right side. Tucker Rubino scored from third easily on the play but Hitt was on his hustle and scored from second base and the Falcon defense got the out at first.

Bowling Green (8-12, 2-2 MAC) scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh, once on a Jon Berti RBI triple to right center field and then again when the junior co-captain crossed home when Clay Duncan (Norfolk, Ohio) grounded out to EMU's Rubino at shortstop. Eastern Michigan added three more runs in the top of the ninth before BGSU's near comeback in the last half of the ninth. The triple was Berti's fourth of the season, two shy of a career-high and BGSU single season record.

Fifteen runs were score in the last three innings of play of Friday's game, nine of them in the ninth inning. Bowling Green finished scoring 11 runs on 15 hits while EMU scored 13 times on 19 hits. Neither team committed an error in the game.

Cody Apthorpe (2-2) took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits in his 2.1 innings of work. Michael Frank (Maumee, Ohio) relieved Apthorpe and lasted 4.2 innings, giving up four runs during his stint. Freshmen Chris Miller (Batesville, Ind.) and Levi Fisher (Bryan, Ohio) cleaned up the final two innings of the game, allowing three runs between the two of them.

The Falcons and the Eagles will meet for game two of their three game set on Saturday with a first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. A special guest is scheduled to throw out tomorrow honorary first pitch, in conjunction with the ongoing Dance Marathon event held by the University.

Central Michigan 9, Ohio 3
Box Score
ATHENS, Ohio-The Central Michigan baseball team broke open a tie game with seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings to pull away from host Ohio for a 9-2 victory Friday at Bob Wren Stadium.

CMU improved to 11-16 and 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while Ohio dropped to 13-12 and 1-3 in the league.

Chippewa right fielder Matt Faiman had two hits and two RBIs and pinch hitter Tom Howard had a three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead the visitors' hitting attack.

First baseman Taylor Emody, catcher Trace Voshell and right fielder Adam Gecewich all had two hits for Ohio.

CMU starter Trent Howard (2-3) allowed just one earned run on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

Ohio starter Seth Streich (0-3) took the loss after giving up three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks in seven and one-third innings.

The Bobcats went ahead first when center fielder Ethan Newton scored on a CMU fielding error and the Chippewas answered when their fourth-inning run came by virtue of an Ohio passed ball.

CMU went up 2-1 in the sixth, but Ohio knotted the game again with Gecewich's solo homer to center in the seventh frame.

CMU loaded the bases in the eighth and went up 3-2 on a wild pitch before Howard's bomb to center put the visitors up 6-2.

They chipped on three more in the ninth, two of which came home on an Ohio throwing error, while the other was knocked in by Faiman on a groundout to second.

Voshell homered to left center in the ninth for the game's final margin.

The Bobcats hit into three inning-ending double plays during the contest.

Newton stole his team-high 12th base of the season in the third inning.

The second game between the two teams is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

Ball State 2, Miami 0
Box Score
OXFORD, Ohio - On a cold and rainy Friday evening at McKee Field, Miami couldn't solve Ball State pitcher Cal Bowling and fell 2-0 to the Cardinals in the opening game of a Mid-American Conference baseball series. RedHawk starter Mac Thoreson struck out six and surrendered five hits for two earned runs in 6.2 innings to take the hard luck loss.

Miami (12-13, 3-1 MAC) dropped into a first-place tie with Kent State in the MAC East standings while Ball State (5-18, 3-1 MAC) won its second straight conference game to move into a tie for second in the MAC West. Bowling pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout with six strikeouts.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out single to left field by Mitch Widau and a run-scoring single to center by Kenny Mahala. Thoreson induced a popout to Adam Weisenburger to retire the side in the next at bat.

After a double by Ball State's Stephen Claypool to lead off the second inning, Thoreson settled down to retire the next 15 batters in a row to keep the Cardinal lead to 1-0 through the sixth inning.

Miami threatened in the fourth and sixth innings when centerfielder Ryan Brenner twice reached third base, but Bowling pitched his way out of trouble to keep the RedHawks off the scoreboard.

Brenner led off the fourth with a bunt single down the third base line and moved over to third on a single by Bryce Redeker and a ground out by Kyle Weldon, but Miami failed to get him across home plate.

The centerfielder got on base again as the leadoff hitter in the sixth inning on a throwing error by the Ball State second baseman. He advanced to second on a Ryan Kaup ground out and immediately stole third, but once more the Cardinal hurler escaped without any damage.

The RedHawks got into trouble in the top of the seventh on a pair of errors and a pair of hits but allowed only one run to score and kept Ball State within reach at 2-0.

Ryan Brenner and Brad Gschwind led the Red and White at the plate with a hit and steal apiece.

Miami and Ball State meet again on Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at McKee Field. It has been designated "Buddy Schultz Day", in honor of the 40th anniversary of the former RedHawk's 26-strikout performance against Wright State.