Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Akron 7, Bowling Green 6
Central Michigan 10, Toledo 6
Kent State 14, Miami 1
Eastern Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
Buffalo 7, Ohio 5
Western Michigan 2, Ball State 0
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 7, Bowling Green 6
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Freshman Matt Corpora drilled a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give The University of Akron baseball team a thrilling 7-6 win over Bowling Green on Saturday at Steller Field.
The game was the second of the clubs' Mid-American Conference series that was scheduled to be played at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field on the UA campus, but was relocated to Bowling Green after this week's inclement weather made Jackson Field unplayable. Akron was still the home team in the game.
Akron (12-32, 5-15 Mid-American Conference) entered the bottom of the ninth trailing by two runs when Jared Turocy and James Sheltrown produced back-to-back one-out singles to bring up Corpora and chase BGSU (16-26, 9-11) reliever Ross Gerdeman from the game in favor of freshman righty Ethan McKinney. Corpora took McKinney's second offering deep over the fence in right center, his third home run of the season and second in as many games.
Sam Watkins had his second three-hit game of the series and drove in a run. Drew Turocy homered for the sixth time this season, a two-run blast in the third, and Samuel Trecaso collected a pair of singles.
Chris Bassitt picked up the win after pitching 1.1 shutout innings. Starter Alex Loftin went 6.1-innings, allowed four runs and struck out a season-high tying seven. Benjamin Danziger allowed an earned run in 1.1 innings. The appearance was the 74th of Danziger's career, moving him into sole possession of first on the all-time UA pitching appearances list.
Akron got on the board in the second when Jason Corzine drove in Trecaso with a single to right center. BGSU battled right back in the top of the third on a bloop RBI-double by Alex Davison down the left-field line.
The Zips grabbed the lead again in the third on Turocy's homer, but the Falcons tied the game for a second time when Clay Duncan hit a two-run single up the middle. Ryan Schlater had reached on an infield single and Patrick Martin hit another bloop double down the left-field line to set up Duncan.
Akron would retake the lead once again in the sixth. Brandon White reached on a fielder's choice and moved into scoring position on a Trecaso single. Watkins then lined a base hit into left center to drive in White for Akron's fourth run of the game.
A fielding blunder allowed BGSU to take their first lead in the seventh. Jeremy Shay hit a bases loaded chopper over the head of Danziger that Watkins collected and flipped back to Tyler Begun for the second out of the inning. Begun's attempt to turn two skipped under the glove of Trecaso at first allowing Frank Berry and Davison to come home and giving the Falcons a 5-4 lead. BGSU would add a sixth run in the eighth after Corzine and Watkins miscommunicated on a pop-up to continue the inning. Davison then hit an RBI single to left.
Akron will look to take the series in tomorrow's rubber match at Steller Field. First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.
Central Michigan 10, Toledo 6
MOUNT PLEASANT - A six-run sixth inning carried Central Michigan past Toledo, 10-6, in the middle game of the teams' three-game Mid-American Conference baseball series at Theunissen Stadium on Saturday.
The Chippewas' victory, paired with Eastern Michigan's 1-0 win over Northern Illinois in Ypsilanti on Saturday, creates a three-way tie atop the MAC West Division standings. CMU (25-21 overall), Toledo (24-21) and Eastern Michigan (31-16) enter Sunday's series finales with identical 13-7 conference records.
CMU sent 11 hitters to the plate in the sixth inning Saturday and scored five of its six runs with two outs. The bases were loaded with two outs when Toledo summoned Ryan Wilkinson from the bullpen to replace starter Lincoln Rassi; all four hitters that Wilkinson faced reached base as CMU broke the game open.
"I was happy with quite a few things today," said CMU head coach Steve Jaksa. "We had a lot of two-out hits, so it was good to see us break loose a little bit. You need every run-Toledo is a good ball club and they swing the bats well. We're really happy to win this one and even the series up."
Mark Lapikas's third home run of the series, a solo shot to right field, gave Toledo a 3-2 lead in the fourth, but CMU took the lead for good in the sixth. One run was already in when Sam Russell worked the count full, then drew a walk to chase Rassi with two outs and runners on second and third. After the pitching change, Matt Faiman singled home two runs, Robbie Harman doubled home a pair, Tyler Hall was hit by a pitch and Brendan Emmett singled home Harman.
Toledo responded with three runs in the top of the seventh to draw within 8-6. The Rockets opened the inning with back-to-back base hits to end CMU starter Zach Cooper's day. Pinch-hitter Andy Mix reached on an error that allowed a run to score from third, Ben Hammer doubled home a run off reliever Dietrich Enns and Matt Delewski's base hit scored Mix. Joe Corfman was later hit by a pitch to load the bases with just one out, but Enns struck out Dan Sherwood and Wes White popped out to end the inning.
The Chippewas added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth. Hall's second triple of the game scored Faiman, and a Nate Theunissen single plated Hall. From there, Enns retired six of the final eight Toledo hitters to earn his fifth save of the season.
Cooper improved to 4-3 with the win. He worked into the seventh inning, allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked four.
Rassi dropped to 3-5 for Toledo. He was tagged with six earned runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two.
Theunissen finished 3-for-5 with three singles, his third multi-hit game in his last three starts. Hall was 2-for-4 with his pair of three-baggers, while Jordan Dean was 2-for-4 and scored twice and Faiman was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and three runs batted in.
First pitch of Sunday's series finale is 1:05 p.m. at Theunissen Stadium. Sunday is Maroon and Gold Day at the ballpark, and the Chippewas will honor their eight seniors prior to first pitch.
Kent State 14, Miami 1
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team continued to pad its lead in the race for the Mid-American Conference regular season crown, crushing East Division foe Miami, 14-1, today (May 7) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium to win the weekend series.
Ranked No. 28 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Golden Flashes (32-12, 17-3 MAC) have rattled off nine straight wins and have come away victorious in 24 of its last 28 contests. The Flashes have won six of their seven MAC series and all three of their East Division series so far this season, going 8-0 in intra-division play. The Golden Flashes are 13-1 at the friendly confines of Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
"We've put ourselves in a good position in the conference," said seventh-year head Scott Stricklin. "Tomorrow will be a big game because it is do-or-die for them, but it's good to get the first two. Now you've got to try to get greedy and go for the sweep."
Senior left-handed starting pitcher Kyle Hallock (Sandusky, Ohio) threw a three-hit gem over 7.1 innings. He fanned seven and allowed one earned run and one walk en route to picking up his team and conference leading eighth victory of the 2011 season. Hallock, who sat down 12 in a row at one point during the contest, has won six straight starts.
"This was a big game for us," said Hallock. "With Miami in second place, we've looked at every game against them as a MAC Championship. We really want to beat these guys. It means a lot because they took two out of three from us last year, so it's nice to watch them leave the field not as happy as we are."
Sophomore first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) and junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) posted three hits apiece to power a Kent State offense that compiled 15 hits. Junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Washington Court House, Ohio) and sophomore center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) each added two hits.
Kent State struck early and often, plating the first run of the contest in the bottom of the first. Junior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) cracked a one-out double to center, and Shaw followed by coaxing a walk. Senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice, and a fielding error on the play allowed Shaw to occupy second and load the bases. Sophomore designated hitter Jason Bagoly (Austintown, Ohio) drew a walk to bump home Rider.
The Flashes tallied three more runs in the ensuing frame. Redshirt junior left fielder Joe Koch (Youngstown, Ohio) led off the frame with a base hit to left. Campbell placed a single into center field one out later, and Koch advanced to third on a fielding error. Rider perfectly executed a squeeze play to bring in Koch. That brought Shaw to the plate, who sent a two-run homer over the center field fence to put Kent State up four.
Kent State broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning. Toadvine got things started with a single to third. Campbell reached on a throwing error that moved Toadvine to third. Toadvine tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Rider. Shaw drew a walk and Klafczynski was hit by a pitch to fill the bags with Flashes. Lyon delivered a two-RBI base hit to left to bring home Campbell and Shaw. That set the stage for the first collegiate home run of Roberts' career, a three-run blast over the right field wall.
The Flashes made it 13-0 in the fifth. Campbell hit a one-out single up the middle. Shaw singled to right one out later. Klafczynski brought both home by ripping a triple to left. Klafczynski scored on a double down the left field line by Lyon.
Kent State tallied its final run in the sixth when Koch reached on a fielder's choice and later scored on a fielding error.
Kent State shoots for the sweep of the RedHawks Sunday (May 7). Junior southpaw David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) will make the start for the Golden Flashes. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 1, Northern Illinois 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Pitching was the pervailing theme Saturday afternoon, May 7, as Eastern Michigan University starter Joe Battistelli outlasted Tom Barry in a 1-0 walk-off victory over Northern Illinois University at Oestrike Stadium. The Eagles won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a Tucker Rubino single which plated Brent Ohrman.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the second inning, but were stymied offensively until the final inning when Brent Ohrman reached base on a bobbled ground ball by second baseman Alex Beckmann. After Zack Leonard sacrificed bunted Ohrman to second, Ben Magsig was intentionally walked to put two runners on. Rubino ultimately made NIU pay for their error with Eastern Michigan's fourth hit of the day and his 32nd RBI of the season.
Battistelli (6-1) pounded NIU hitters over nine shutout innings with an electric fastball and a deceptive curveball. He allowed just six hits while fanning seven batters and surrendering no walks.
For the Eagles (31-16; 13-7 MAC), Sam Ott continued to impress hitting out of the sixth spot in Jay Alexander's lineup, going 2-for-3 for a second day in-a-row. Matt Hitt and Rubino also tallied base knocks with Hitt earning a pair of walks.
Barry (3-5) was nearly as effective in his nine innings of work for NIU (23-22; 11-9 MAC), allowing no earned runs and just four singles. At one point, the lefty retired 18-straight batters from the second inning to the eighth. He also struck out four and walked two EMU hitters.
Jeff Zimmerman went 1-for-4 at the plate and earned the only extra-base hit of the afternoon for either team-an RBI double in the eighth inning. Five other Huskies had one-hit performances.
The game featured a combined 10 hits in just under two hours of play.
Ott registered his first hit of the game with two out hit in the second. Lee Longo was then hit by a wild pitch from Barry and Hitt sent a high chopper to shortstop to loaded bases. The threat was abruptly halted when Peterson popped up to short to end the inning.
Battistelli retired the first six batters he faced until Jordan Rishavy led-off the third inning with a sharp single up the middle. Rishavy was unable to score and the game remained scoreless.
Then in the fourth with Northern Illinois' Cory Krupp looming at third base in with two outs, Battistelli worked his way back from a 2-0 count to strike out Troy White swinging.
Both offenses remained silent until the eighth inning, when Jeff Zimmerman notched the game's only extra base hit with a line drive double to the right field wall. After Rishavy popped-out harmlessly in foul territory, Brian Riegler singled to center to put runners at the corners with one down. But Battistelli sent Alex Beckmann and Wells back to the dugout with swinging strikeout and a soft groundout to short.
The Eagles finally got their first baserunner since the second inning when Barry issued the game's first walk to Peterson with two outs. Peterson reached second with his fifth stolen base of the year, but was unable to advance from there.
In the ninth, NIU started another two-out threat as Joe Etcheverry singled up the right side. Battistelli then threw a tailing fastball into the left shoulder of White to put runners at first and second. Once again, Battistelli ended a scoring threat with lethal curveball to strike out Zimmerman for his seventh of the afternoon.
Rubino ended the pitcher's dual in the ninth inning with a single through the right side to give the Eagles their 12th victory in the last 13 contests
The Eagles and Huskies will wrap-up this weekend series Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Corey Chaffins (6-3) will be on the bump for the Eagles, with Tony Manville (6-1) countering for NIU.
Buffalo 7, Ohio 5
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo baseball team scored two runs via walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a five all tie and defeat Ohio, 7-5, at Amherst Audubon Field on Saturday afternoon.
Ohio had tied the game at five in the top of the eighth inning and looked to take the lead as it had the bases loaded with nobody out. River McWilliams entered the game in relief and got Trace Voshell to ground to Michael Scarcello who had just entered the game at third base. He proceeded to throw out the runner at home and catcher Tom Murphy fired to first base for the double play. McWilliams then struck out Zach Ross to retire the side.
In the bottom of the eighth, Scarcello led off with a bunt single. Andrew Smietana hit a two-out single and Matt Pollock followed with a walk to load the bases. Jason Kanzler and Murphy drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded to give the Bulls the 7-5 lead.
The Bulls came up with some clutch hitting as they scored six of their seven runs with two outs. Buffalo scored four runs, all with two outs, in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Four straight singles by Murphy, Alex Baldock, Michael Burke and Eric Bryce led to the four runs.
Baldock led off the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning. It was his fourth of the season.
UB starting pitcher Kevin Crumb fared well on the afternoon. He allowed only three earned runs on four hits over seven innings. Buffalo used the double play to its advantage turning five on the afternoon, including one to end the game.
The Bulls and Bobcats will play the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at Amherst Audubon Field.
Western Michigan 2, Ball State 0
MUNCIE, Ind.- Western Michigan posted its fifth shutout of the season defeating Ball State 2-0 Saturday. Junior southpaw Casey Webber earned the win striking out five and allowing just four hits in 7.1 innings of work. Troy Forton and Eric Heckaman made appearances out of the bullpen to close out the victory.
Webber (4-4) did not allow a hit until the fourth and retired the Cardinals in order on three occasions. Four of his five strikeouts were swinging, as he baffled the BSU side. Forton took over with runners on first and second and one out in the eighth. He was able to get the next two batters to flyout without advancing the runners. Heckaman threw the ninth to notch his sixth save of the year.
"Webber was lights out with flashing command on all three pitches for seven strong innings," said Western Michigan head coach Billy Gernon.
Jack Scanlon scored both of WMU's runs, each which were generated with two outs. Scanlon drew a walk in the fourth and Brad Wehrmeyer came through with an RBI double down the left line. The two hit back-to-back singles in the eighth and Scanlon scored on a fielding error by the catcher.
Western Michigan had seven hits in the game, Wehrmeyer going 2-for-4.
WMU (21-25, 9-11 MAC) will go for the series sweep at 1 p.m. tomorrow in game three. The Broncos downed BSU (12-30, 8-11 MAC) in game one Friday, 18-6.
"We have to show up with great intensity tomorrow and take care of business," Gernon said.