Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Northern Illinois 7, Buffalo 0
Ball State 6, Miami 3
Central Michigan 9, Ohio 0
Eastern Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Departments
Northern Illinois 7, Buffalo 0
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - After an early pitching duel, the Northern Illinois Huskies broke through with runs in the final four innings to earn a three-game sweep, winning 7-0 Sunday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field on the campus of St. Bonaventure. Cameron Copping took the hard-luck loss despite one of his best outings of the season.
There was little in the way of offense on either side, with Copping allowing two hits in the first six innings of the game, allowing a single run in the sixth after the Huskies manufactured a run with a walk, sacrifice bunt and single to go up 1-0. The game would be broken open in the next inning, though, thanks to a Buffalo error.
After another leadoff single and bunt followed by a wild pitch, Northern Illinois had another runner in scoring position with one out. After a groundout failed to plate the run, the team appeared to get out of a jam when the Huskies grounded to first base. The ball was misplayed, allowing the run to score and extend the inning. Another run scored to extend the lead to 3-0. The Huskies added three in the eighth and one more in the ninth to seal the game and the sweep.
The Bulls had four hits in the game, highlighted by Alex Baldock's 12 double of the season in a 1-2 effort for the day. The offense has yet to find consistency in Mid American Conference play, scoring only 16 runs through the first six MAC games.
Copping finished with 6.2 innings and allowed only one earned run. He gave up four hits and struck out five Huskies in a losing effort
The team will hope to play its first true home game of the season on Wednesday as Canisius (12-16) comes to Amherst Audubon Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm and the Bulls (7-18) will look to avenge an extra-innings walk off loss at Canisius Mar. 30.
Ball State 6, Miami 3
OXFORD, Ohio - Kyle Weldon homered for the second-straight game to lead an eighth-inning rally, but Miami couldn't complete the comeback, falling to Ball State 6-3 Sunday afternoon at McKie Field.
The RedHawks (13-14, 4-2 MAC) dropped a MAC series for the first time this season while the Cardinals (6-19, 4-2 MAC) won two of three for the second straight weekend.
Ball State jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, chasing Miami starter Brooks Fiala (2-2), who surrendered both runs on four hits, two walks and one strikeout.
The Cardinals tacked on two more in the third with a two-run home run by Billy Wellman off Seth Varner to take a 4-0 lead.
The RedHawks cut into the four-run advantage in the fourth inning with a double by Kevin Bower that brought Weldon in all the way from first base to make it 4-1 but T.J. Baumet stretched the Ball State lead back out to four runs at 5-1 with a solo home run to left center in the top of the seventh.
Miami pulled to within two in the bottom of the eighth when Weldon hit a solo shot over the wall in straight away center for his sixth home run this season. Four batters later, Ryan Curl's single to left center field plated Adam Weisenburger from second base to cut the Ball State lead to 5-3.
Shawn Marquardt pitched one and a third innings of perfect baseball in the eighth and ninth as Miami tried to climb back into the game, but the Cardinals added an insurance run in the top of the ninth for a 6-3 lead, From there, visiting closer, Scott Brothers, Jr. shut the door on the RedHawks in the bottom of the ninth.
The RedHawks' next game is at home on Tuesday April 5 against former Miami head coach Tracy Smith and the Indiana Hoosiers at 6 p.m. at McKie Field.
Central Michigan 9, Ohio 0
ATHENS, Ohio-Central Michigan starter Jake Sabol had Ohio hitters baffled all day as the Chippewa baseball team shut out the Bobcats 9-0 in the series finale between the two teams Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Chippewas, who won two of three this weekend, improved to 12-17 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio dropped to 14-13 and also 2-4 in the league.
Sabol (2-2) went the distance in 104 pitches, allowing six hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Ohio starter Jason Moulton (1-3) took the loss after giving up four earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in four and two-thirds innings.
CMU second baseman/shortstop Jordan Dean went 4-for-6 at the dish and designated hit Brendan Emmett went 3-for-5. Right fielder Matt Faiman, left fielder/center fielder Sam Russell and left fielder Scott Phillion all posted two hits as well.
First baseman Taylor Emody was the lone Bobcat with two hits.
The Chips got single runs in the first five innings, before getting two in the sixth and one each in the eighth and ninth.
Faiman homered to right in the fourth and Phillion followed with a solo shot down the left fielde line in the fifth.
Despite scoring the nine runs, CMU still left 16 men on base, while Ohio stranded eight.
Dean stole his seventh and eighth bases of the season in the third and sixth innings, respectively.
The Bobcats host West Virginia State on Tuesday and Xavier on Wednesday. The first pitch for both games will be 6 p.m. ET.
Eastern Michigan 5, Bowling Green 4
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Once again the Falcons created some late-inning drama down three runs entering the bottom of the ninth. The Brown and Orange made light work of Eastern Michigan's first reliever, scoring twice and placing the tying run on second base but could not bring home the runs needed for the win. The visiting Eagles won Sunday afternoon's game, 5-4, taking the series from the Falcons.
Entering the bottom of the ninth in a 5-2 deficit, EMU reliever Joe Battistelli loaded the bases after allowing a leadoff double to Ryan Schlater (St. Paris, Ohio), a single to Alex Davison (Grand Ledge, Mich.) and walking Frank Berry (Virginia Beach, Va.). Freshman Andrew Kubuski (Elyria, Ohio) laced a single into center field, scoring Schlater and Davison to bring the Falcons within a run of the Eagles.
The single prompted the Eagles to go to the bullpen again, this time bringing in Kristian Calibuso. After a failed sacrifice bunt attempt left runners at first and second with one out, Patrick Lancaster (Woodhaven, Mich.) struck out swinging putting two outs on the board and Jon Berti (Troy, Mich.) to the plate. In a strategic move, Eastern Michigan decided to intentionally walk Berti to face sophomore Matthew Pitzulo (Poland, Ohio). Pitzulo battled but ended his at bat and the game flying out to left field.
Ryan Schlater led the Falcons with three hits and a run scored on the day. Andrew Kubuski followed with a 2-for-4 day with two RBI. Berti stole two bases on three attempts, reached base four times and scored once.
Bowling Green (9-13, 3-3) scored first, posting two runs in the opening frame. Patrick Lancaster led off the game with a double down the left field line before Berti drove him in with a single through the middle. The junior standout then stole second base and advanced to third on a ground out to the right side. Fellow co-captain Clay Duncan (Norwalk, Ohio) then hit a fly ball to right field deep enough to score Berti after the putout, giving BGSU an early 2-0 lead.
Eastern Michigan (18-10, 5-1) scored once in the second inning and then took the lead in the fifth after Ken Battiston singled to right, scoring two on the play. Patrick Martin (Oregon, Ohio) came in to relieve BGSU starter Charles Wooten (Elmore, Ohio) with two down in the fifth and ended the inning with a strike out.
The Eagles scored a fourth time in the eighth inning, an unearned run charged to Martin resulting from a fielding error that would have ended the inning but instead allowed a run to score from third base. Eastern Michigan scored the eventual game-winning run in their half of the ninth. BGSU reliever Ben Singer (Midland, Mich.) allowed a one-out double to Daniel Russell, who then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Dae Bowden singled through the right side, scoring Russell and making the score 5-2.
Wooten (1-4) took the loss after tossing 4.2 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits. Entering his fifth inning of work, he had allowed only one hit and struck out six hitters. Martin threw 3.0 innings in relief, allowed two hits and an unearned run. Singer threw the final 1.1 innings, surrendered three hits and a run.
The Falcons will have two mid-week, non-conference games before traveling to Ball State for their second MAC road series. Prior to heading west, Bowling Green engages Western Michigan on Tuesday, April 5 and then hosts Oakland University the next day. Their game against the Broncos begins at 3 p.m. at Robert J. Bobbs Stadium (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Wednesday's home game versus the Grizzlies begins at 1 p.m. at Warren Steller Field (Bowling Green, Ohio).