Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/3/2011
Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 4, Western Michigan 1 (Game One)
Kent State 2, Western Michigan 1 (Game Two)
Bowling Green 13, Eastern Michigan 5
Northern Illinois 9, Buffalo 4 (Game One)
Northern Illinois 12, Buffalo 4 (Game Two)
Toledo 5, Akron 2 (Game One)
Toledo 6, Akron 4 (Game Two)
Miami 11, Ball State 8
Ohio 6, Central Michigan 5

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Kent State 4, Western Michigan 1 (Game One)
Kent State 2, Western Michigan 1 (Game Two)
Box Score (Game One)
Box Score (Game Two)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Kent State edged out Western Michigan in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, 4-1, 2-1, to complete a series sweep over the Bronco baseball team.

Western Michigan managed just three hits through the first eight innings, falling in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Kent State, 4-1. Troy Forton gave Western Michigan its only run with a sac fly in the bottom of the ninth.

Kent State starter Kyle Hallock kept the Bronco bats in check, scattering three base hits through the first eight frames. The Broncos finally chased Hallock off the mound with three straight singles in the bottom of the ninth, but by that time Kent State had the game well in hand with a 4-0 lead.

The Golden Flashes scored two earned runs off of Bronco starter Casey Webber, among those a solo home run by Travis Shaw in the fifth. Relievers Patrick Borlik and Monty Porter each surrendered one run apiece, Porter's unearned. Western Michigan allowed 15 hits in the game, nine charged to Webber. Kent State left 15 runners on base in the game, seven of those stranded by Porter's, twice working WMU out of a bases loaded situation. Webber dropped to 2-2 on the season with the loss.

Kent State (15-10, 4-1 MAC) scored two runs in the fifth in game two and hung on for a 2-1 victory. KSU put two runners on with a base hit and a walk off of Steve Laudicina. A sac bunt and a wild pitch plated the first run and Joe Koch scored the second run with an RBI single.

WMU scored in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't come up with an equalizer, as KSU completed the series sweep, with its second one-run victory of the weekend. The Broncos lost game one Friday by a 3-2 margin in 10 innings. Grant Simotes had a pinch hit single in the seventh, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Brooks Beilke and scored on Jimmy Martinez's RBI crack up the middle.

Laudicina (3-2) gave up five hits in six innings, taking the loss. Reliever Eric Heckaman tossed three scoreless innings to keep his 0.00 ERA unblemished, stretching 20.1 innings this season.

Zach Thoma batted 3-for-7 on the day, hitting a double in game two. Jack Scanlon also had three hits, while Martinez and Patrick Duncan each had two.

"This was a weekend of missed opportunities," said Bronco head coach Billy Gernon. "You have to give Kent State credit though. Both teams pitched well and you have to deliver with runners in scoring position. I believe in our team and our guys and our team goals are still very much in play. Champions are rarely chosen from the ranks of the unscarred."

Western Michigan (13-14, 3-3 MAC) takes on Bowling Green at home Tuesday in a non-conference matchup and travels to Notre Dame Wednesday.Thuesday's game is set for 3 p.m. and Wednesday's first pitch is slated for 5:35 p.m.

Bowling Green 13, Eastern Michigan 5
Box Score
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- The Falcon offense carries over its productivity from Friday's ninth inning score-fest and scored 13 times in their game two win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Braving the elements and weathering a 20-minute rain delay, Bowling Green was not deterred from its offensive barrage that it put on the visiting Eagles, outscoring EMU 13-5 in the Falcon win.

Most of the damage Bowling Green administered occurred between the fifth and seventh innings when they scored 11 of their 13 runs. Bowling Green posted a five spot in the fifth inning capped off by a two-RBI double by co-captain Frank Berry (Virginia Beach, Va.) and a three-run home run by freshman Andrew Kubuski (Elyria, Ohio).

Leading 2-1 going into the top of the fourth inning, Eastern Michigan's Ben Magsig hit a two-run homer over the right center field fence to regain the advantage, 3-2. The lead did not last long before Bowling Green began its offensive onslaught with its five-run fifth inning.
The Falcons loaded the bases after singles from Matthew Pitzulo (Poland, Ohio) and Alex Davison (Grand Ledge, Mich.) added to a walk administered to Ryan Schlater (St. Paris, Ohio). Berry then hit a deep fly ball to right field and made good for a double, scoring two runs on the hit and giving the lead back to Bowling Green. Kubuski then stepped to the plate and on his first offering from EMU starter Corey Chaffins blasted a three-run shot over the right field fence, extending the Falcon lead to 7-3.

In the sixth, Eastern Michigan put two runs on the board before Bowling Green responded with two runs of their own. The Falcons did so courtesy of a two-run home run hit by Ryan Schlater. The senior took a 1-2 pitch and went opposite way, lining it into the trees beyond the right field fence and making the score 9-5 at that point.

Four more Falcon run crossed home plate in the seventh inning, widening the scoring margin beyond reach of the Eagles for good. Andrew Kubuski walked to lead off the inning. On an attempt to move Kubuski over, Logan Walker (Richmond, Va.) laid down a sacrifice bunt that Eagle pitcher Collin Taylor fielded and decided to go to second base for the force out but his throw was in the dirt and bobbled by Leonard at second base, allowing Kubuski and Walker to reach base safely. A second walk to Patrick Martin (Oregon, Ohio) loaded the bases before Jon Berti (Troy, Mich.) emptied them with a base-clearing double to the left center field gap, scoring three runs. Berti then stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Clay Duncan (Norwalk, Ohio), enlarging the lead what would become a final, 13-5.

Nick Bruns (St. Henry, Ohio) had strong outing in the win, his second of the season. He lasted 5.1 innings and allowed five runs while striking out seven hitters and walking none. Four of his seven strikeouts were recorded in the first and second innings. Ross Gerdeman (Fort Jennings, Ohio) finished the game with 3.2 innings of work, earning him the save (1). He allowed only one base hit against the 11 batters he faced, striking out three and allowing no runs.

Leading the way offensively was Jon Berti who had his second straight three-hit and three-RBI game. It was also his fourth multi-hit game in his last five outings. His 3-for-5 day helped extend seven game hit streak. Berti has now hit safely in 16 of the 18 games he has played in this season.

The Eagles (17-10, 4-1 MAC) and Falcons (9-12, 3-2 MAC) will meet for the final time this weekend on Sunday at Warren Steller Field (Bowling Green, Ohio). The rubber match will begin at 1 p.m. with Charles Wooten (1-3) taking the hill for the Falcons.

Northern Illinois 9, Buffalo 4 (Game One)
Northern Illinois 12, Buffalo 4 (Game Two)
Box Score (Game One)
Box Score (Game Two)
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - With both teams enjoying the benefit of heavy wind gusts, Northern Illinois put it to good use, taking both games of the Saturday afternoon doubleheader, 9-4 and 12-4. The games are being held at St. Bonaventure University but is still Buffalo's first series as the host this season. Matt Pollock hit three home runs over the two games but the team as a whole could not capitalize on its chances.

The Huskies offense was sporadic, but when it found a rhythm it was on fire, using a handful of big innings in the two games to gain comfortable leads. Going in to the fourth inning of game one, NIU held a 4-0 lead. Buffalo got a run in the fourth and fifth innings and two more in the seventh, but the visiting team kept an arm's length away throughout. In the fourth, Eric Bryce reached on a two-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Michael Burke singled to convert the runner. In the fifth, Pollock hit a solo shot to left center field to bring the score to 4-2.

In the seventh, down 6-2, the team again turned to the long ball to keep pace with the Huskies. Pollock led off with another solo shot to nearly the exact same spot over the left centerfield wall, and Tom Murphy followed suit two batters later with another solo shot to cap the Buffalo offense for the game. Kevin Crumb took the loss as the team's starter, giving up six runs in 5.2 innings of work.

In the second game, the Huskies found even more success on offense, pounding the power alleys for 17 hits overall, with five doubles and a home run in the mix. Pollock was again a solid contributor, stepping up to the plate to lead off in the bottom of the first and kept his momentum going, with a solo shot again to left center field. The Bulls would be held in check up until the eigth inning though, where the team raked in three runs to make the score 11-4.

Pollock led off the eighth with a single and wound up on third after a passed ball and a long fly out. He scored on yet another passed ball. Alex Baldock hit a ground-rule double and was driven in by Tom Murphy's single. Murphy advanced to second after his single was misplayed and pinch hitter Thomas Richards drove him in with what was an apparent double. After a NIU appeal, though, Richards was called out at first after stepping over the bag on his way to second base.

Josh Edwards took the loss in game two, throwing seven innings and striking out six while allowing five earned runs.

The two teams will look to beat a poor weather forecast tomorrow, moving up first pitch of game three to noon instead of 1 pm.

Toledo 5, Akron 2 (Game One)
Toledo 6, Akron 4 (Game Two)
Box Score (Game One)
Box Score (Game Two)
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo received solid starting pitching on Saturday afternoon en route to a doubleheader sweep of Akron at Scott Park. With the two victories, the Rockets swept their three-game weekend series against the Zips and also improved to 10-15 overall and 4-2 in league action.

Senior LHP Kyle Shaw (3-1) picked up his second-straight win in the opener, scattering six hits and allowing just two runs in eight innings. Senior RHP Matt Zahel recorded his seventh save of the season and second in as many days with a scoreless ninth.

Junior CF Ben Hammer (4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R) and sophomore 2B Wes White (4-for-7) were UT's offensive leaders in the twinbill with four hits apiece.

Toledo broke a 2-2 deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Rockets loaded the bases with none out and senior SS Chris Dudics scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Junior DH Mark Lapikas then plated sophomore LF Tyler Grogg with a sacrifice fly and another insurance run came across on senior RF Dan Sherwood's groundout.

Akron had taken a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, but the Rockets evened the contest with single runs in the fifth and seventh frames.  Senior 1B Jason Edwards accounted the first run with a groundout, while senior C Jim Vahalik's sacrifice fly accounted for the tying run.

The nightcap saw the Rockets take control early as Sherwood provided the hosts with a 4-0 advantage with a three-run blast over the right-center field wall.  Vahalik then was able to score another run in the frame thanks to a pair of Zips' errors.

Akron plated a single run in the fourth and took advantage of the Rockets' bullpen in the sixth after junior RHP Lincoln Rassi departed after a solid performance.  Rassi earned his first win of the season, allowing five hits and one run in five innings. The Zips were able to score three runs on just one hit to make it a one-run contest at 5-4.

UT added an insurance run in the seventh when Vahalik drilled a two-out RBI single up the middle.

Toledo returns to action on Tuesday, April 5 when it visits Dayton for a non-conference matchup at 4:00 p.m. The Rockets' next home game at Scott Park will be a 3:05 p.m. matchup vs. Cleveland State on Wednesday, April 6.

Miami 11, Ball State 8
Box Score
OXFORD, Ohio - Kyle Weldon and Bryce Redeker each homered as part of three-hit performances, helping Miami break a two-game losing streak with an 11-8 win over Ball State Saturday afternoon at McKie Field. The RedHawks pounded out 14 hits in the contest, topping 10 runs for the fifth time this season.

Joe Neff gave up one run in the sixth inning to pick up his first win of the year, while Sam Dawes pitched the final three innings, striking out four and surrendering two runs on two hits for his third save of the season. Weldon had three runs batted in, while Redeker, Adam Weisenburger and Ryan Curl each plated two to lead the RedHawks.

Miami (13-13, 4-1 MAC) moved back to .500 and maintained at least a share of first place in the MAC East while Ball State (5-19, 3-2 MAC) lost for the first time in three games.

After two consecutive games without a run, the RedHawks wasted no time, taking a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly to left field by Curl that brought Brooks Fiala in from third.

Ryan Kaup walked to lead off the third inning and picked up his third steal of the season before Redeker, a .345 batter with runners in scoring position heading into the game, delivered with a double down the left field line to score Kaup. Weisenburger moved Redeker over to third with a bunt single to second before Weldon's sacrifice fly to center brought the leftfielder in. Weisenburger came around on Curl's double down the right field line for the 4-0 Miami lead.

The RedHawks added to the lead in the fourth inning when Ryan Brenner singled on a bunt and later scored on a wild pitch to push it to a 5-0 advantage.

Ball State battled back in the fifth frame, erasing the Miami lead in one inning. The first three batters reached before Miami starter Tyler Melling recorded the first out. The Cardinals then loaded the bases before Cody Elliott cleared them with a grand slam to knot it at 5-5.

Miami reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the same inning when Weldon got hold of the first pitch he saw, a fastball from Cardinal reliever Nestor Bautista, and pulled it over the right field wall for a solo home run and a 6-5 lead.

Ball State came right back in the top of the sixth to retie it at 6-6 on a triple by Kevin Franchetti and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Campbell.

The RedHawks retook the lead for good in the bottom of the stanza with a two-out Redeker solo home run to left field and an RBI by Fiala, the designated hitter today and Sunday's scheduled starting pitcher, to go ahead 8-6.

Miami added insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Weisenburger to right center field and a Weldon single to right field for the 11-6 lead.

The Cardinals added two runs in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as Miami closed it out for the 11-8 win.

Miami faces Ball State one more time in the weekend series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKie Field.

Ohio 6, Central Michigan 5
Box Score
ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio baseball team got three hits from first baseman Taylor Emody and nice work out of the bullpen to nail down a 6-5 win over Central Michigan Saturday in the second game of the series between the two teams at Bob Wren Stadium.

Ohio improved to 14-12 overall and 2-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while CMU dropped to 11-17 and 1-4 in the league.

Emody went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, as did third baseman Dan Ward, who had two hits as well. Center fielder Ethan Newton also posted a 2-for-3 effort.

Chippewa left fielder Sam Russell with 3-for-3 and right fielder Matt Faiman (two RBIs) and third baseman/catcher William Arnold added two hits each. Center fielder Andrew Thomas scored twice.

Ohio starter Brent Choban (2-2) went six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Reliever Matt Robin picked up his second save by yielding just a hit, with a strikeout, in the game's last two innings.

Central starter Zach Cooper (1-2) surrendered three earned runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk in five and two-thirds innings.

The two teams traded runs in the first, with Ohio's tally coming on designated hitter Seth Streich's sacrifice fly to right.

Central got another in the second, but Ohio went ahead with two in the bottom half of the inning, which included an RBI single to right center by Newton.

The Bobcats made it 4-2 in the third when catcher Trace Voshell raced home on Emody's RBI single up the middle.

CMU chopped the lead to one in the top of the sixth, but Ohio answered again with two runs in the bottom half on a wild pitch and an RBI single to right center by shortstop Garrett Black.

Central got two in the top of the seventh to pull within one at 6-5, but the Bobcat bullpen kept them at bay for the balance of the game. Robin ended the contest by getting Faiman to line into a double play at short.

The Chips were victimized by four errors in the field compared to Ohio's one.

Russell had two doubles to give him 12 on the year.

Black stole his first base of the season in the sixth. Emody now has a team-high .329 batting average on the season.

The two teams are scheduled to complete the series Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.