Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/30/2011

Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Eastern Michigan 13, Ball State 1
Kent State 11, Ohio 3
Central Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 6
Toledo 9, Western Michigan 0
Miami 1, Bowling Green 0




Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information departments

Eastern Michigan 13, Ball State 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Ball State baseball team dropped the opening game of its three-game Mid-American Conference series at Eastern Michigan Friday night by a 13-1 score at Oestrike Stadium. The Cardinals and Eagles will continue their series Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Eastern Michigan (26-15, 10-6 MAC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning against senior left-hander Derek Grabner (Fort Wayne, Ind./Lincoln Trail), who had his start moved up one day due to an injury for the Cardinals' normal Friday starter, Cal Bowling (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown).

The Eagles opened the inning with back-to-back singles before Zack Leonard lined a two-run double into right center field to take an early 2-0 lead. Grabner quickly loaded the bases as he hit a batter and walked one before inducing an inning-ending double play off the bat of Lee Longo to limit the damage.

The Eagles broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning as they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs to take a 9-0 lead chasing Grabner from the game. Eastern Michigan posted five hits and took advantage of three Ball State errors along with three walks in the inning.

Ball State (12-26, 8-7 MAC) broke the shutout of EMU left-hander Rob Wendzicki in the top of the seventh inning as it plated a run after two outs. Freshman Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) got things going as he ripped a double down the left field line. Sophomore Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean) made it a 12-1 contest as he singled to left field, scoring Godfrey from second base.

Grabner (1-4) was charged with the loss as he allowed eight runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work. Wendzicki (4-4) picked up the victory for the Eagles as he limited the Cardinals to just one run on five hits in 8.0 innings.

The Cardinals and Eagles will continue their three-game series Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.


Kent State 11, Ohio 3
ATHENS, Ohio-Kent State catcher David Lyon went 5-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the visiting Golden Flashes to an 11-3 victory over host Ohio Friday at Bob Wren Stadium.

KSU improved to 28-12 overall and 13-3 in the Mid-American Conference, while Ohio dropped to 19-22 and 5-11 in the league.

Second baseman Derek Toadvine added a 4-for-5 effort and left fielder Joe Koch tacked on a 3-for-5 showing at the bottom of the lineup for KSU, while shortstop Jimmy Rider, third baseman Travis Shaw and right fielder Ben Klafczynski all knocked in two runs apiece.

Ohio left fielder Kory Burkhart, shortstop Garrett Black and pitcher/designated hitter Seth Streich all had two hits.

KSU starter Ryan Mace (4-1) stepped in for ace Andrew Chafin and delivered a fine performance. He picked up the victory after allowing two runs on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks in six innings. Reliever Spencer Bryant worked a scoreless ninth as well.

Ohio starter Seth Streich (1-6) found the going rough early on, allowing six earned runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts and two walks in five innings. Reliever Ben Trimbur did a nice job at the end of the game, holding the Flashes off the board over the final two and one-third innings with three hits and three strikeouts.

KSU jumped on top by a 7-0 early with three in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth before Ohio got on the board with two in the sixth on an RBI single through the left side by Burkhart and a sac fly to left by first baseman Taylor Emody.

The Flashes got four more in the seventh before the Bobcats accounted for the final margin with a sac fly down the left field line by second baseman Bryan Barnes.

Voshell ripped his fourth double of the season, while KSU's Lyon had his fourth triple and fourth homer. The homer came in the first inning after Klafczynski's eighth homer of the season. Shaw blasted a one-out homer in the third, his 10th round-tripper of the season.

With rain in the forecast for Sunday, the two teams will complete the series Saturday with a 1 p.m. ET doubleheader.

Central Michigan 7, Northern Illinois 6
MOUNT PLEASANT - Robbie Harman's bases-loaded, suicide squeeze scored Nate Theunissen with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Central Michigan rallied past Northern Illinois, 7-6, Friday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium.

The win creates a three-way tie atop the MAC West Division standings between the Chippewas (22-20 overall, 10-6 Mid-American Conference), NIU (20-19, 10-6 MAC) and Toledo (21-20, 10-6 MAC); Eastern Michigan is a half-game back and plays later Friday night.

CMU scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to cap a rally that saw the home team come back from deficits of 4-1 in the second inning and 6-5 as late as the eighth.

Brett Frantini's three-run home run to left keyed a four-run second inning for the Huskies and staked the visitors to a 4-1 lead. The Chippewas got one run back in the second on an RBI double by Rod Helsen that scored Sam Russell, then took the lead with three runs in the third inning. Theunissen's line drive to left scored Jordan Dean and Matt Faiman with the go-ahead runs.

CMU's 5-4 lead stood up until the fifth, when the Huskies touched reliever Jon Weaver for a pair of runs. The Chippewas nearly evened the score in the bottom of the sixth, but Brendan Emmett was thrown out at home attempting to score on Faiman's one-out grounder to third.

NIU went to the bullpen to start the eighth inning, and Tyler Hall greeted reliever Alex Klonowski with a leadoff home run that just wrapped inside pole in right field and tied the score at 6-6. CMU's Dietrich Enns set the Huskies down in order in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for Harman's heroics.

Dean opened the inning with an 0-2 single off reliever Ben Etcheverry, and Theunissen followed with a chopper that skipped over the first baseman's head and advanced Dean to third. Russell was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Dean was forced out at home on Helsen's fielder's choice for the inning's first out. On an 0-1 pitch, Harman pushed a bunt back toward the mound as Theunissen broke from third, and Etcheverry had no play as Theunissen slid across home plate.

"Robbie's been bunting the ball pretty good," said CMU head coach Steve Jaksa. "He's a senior, and sometimes you decide to put the game in their hands in those situations. He got a ball he could handle, and Nate did a nice job getting a jump at third. They did exactly what they were supposed to do, and we won the game."

The win is CMU's fifth straight in a MAC series opener and improves the Chippewas' record to 6-1 at Theunissen Stadium this season.

Enns allowed just one hit and two baserunners over the final two innings to earn the win; he is now 6-1 on the season. Etcheverry falls to 2-1 with the loss.

Hall and Dean both had three hits to lead the Chippewas 17-hit attack. Hall was 3-for-5 with a double and homer, while Dean also was 3-for-5 with a double and two singles.

Game two of the three-game series gets underway Saturday at 2:05 p.m. at Theunissen Stadium.

Toledo 9, Western Michigan 0
TOLEDO, Ohio- Toledo left-hander Kyle Shaw kept the Broncos in check, tossing a complete-game shutout as Western Michigan fell on the road, 9-0, in game one of this weekend's three-game series. WMU managed just six hits in the game, while Toledo rang up 14.

Mark Lapikas gave the Rockets a jump start in the first, hitting a three-run homer off of Bronco starter Brian Stroud. Toledo tacked on a run in the second and fourth and ended Stroud's day scoring four in the seventh. Stroud (5-4) was touched for 13 hits, walked one and struck out three. Only four of the nine runs allowed would go down earned, as WMU committed three errors in the game. Freshman Patrick Borlik went the rest of the way, allowing one hit in 1.2 innings of work.

Western Michigan didn't record a hit until the fourth and placed just three runners in scoring position. Shaw (5-2) scattered six singles and struck out eight on the way to the win. He retired the WMU side in order on four occasions. Junior second baseman Zach Thoma was the only Bronco with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Lapikas also hit a two-run double for the Rockets in the seventh to finish 2-for-4 with five RBIs. Chris Dudics went 4-for-5.

"It's gut check time and we need to dig deep and compete even more," said Bronco head coach Billy Gernon. "We have to make the plays and execute. No one is going to give us wins, we are going to have to fight for them."

Western Michigan (18-22, 7-9 MAC) returns to Scott Park tomorrow to face the Rockets (21-20, 10-6 MAC) in game two of the series at 1:05 p.m. WMU junior left-hander Casey Webber (3-3, 2.70 ERA) is slated to take the mound against Toledo RHP Lincoln Rassi (3-4, 5.08 ERA). The series closes out Sunday with game three at 1:05 p.m.

Miami 1, Bowling Green 0
OXFORD, Ohio -- For the second time in as many games the Bowling Green Falcon baseball team found itself on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel, this time against the Miami RedHawks. Both teams' starting pitchers tossed complete games but only one received a win. Despite a complete game, one run performance by sophomore Cody Apthorpe the Falcons lost a tight one, 1-0, to the RedHawks.

Both teams combined for a total of ten hits in Friday evening's game, each team recording five. Frank Berry (Vriginia Beach, Va.) led the Falcons out of the leadoff spot with a pair of base knocks, extending his current hit streak to ten games.

Bowling Green had a chance early to get on the board early but stranded a pair of runners in the first inning after Clay Duncan (Norwalk, Ohio) ended the inning with a fly out to center field. The Falcons stranded five runners on the day.

Cody Apthorpe (Windham, Ohio) tossed eight innings in the loss, striking out five men and walking one. Apthorpe (4-5) allowed only five hits and one run on a 104 pitch outing. Between the second and seventh innings, he retired 13-of-14 batters with three strikeouts.
Miami posted the lone and winning run in the second inning courtesy a fielder's choice with one out in the second inning. A leadoff single to left field by Kyle Weldon set the tone before he advanced to third on a one-out single to right field by Kevin Bower. Ryan Kaup grounded to short and the Falcons attempted to turn the double play. The unsuccessful turn resulted in a RedHawk run, all they would need for the win.

The Falcons (15-23, 8-8) and RedHawks (24-18, 11-5) will meet again on Saturday. The teams have rescheduled the remainder of the series due to inclement weather that is expected to hit on Sunday. Game one will begin at 1 p.m. and game two will tentatively begin at 4 p.m.

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