Sunday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/2/2011

Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Akron 8, Buffalo 3
Eastern Michigan 18, Ball State 5
Central Michigan 13, Northern Illinois 1




Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Akron 8, Buffalo 3
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Bulls managed to beat out the rain Sunday afternoon, but it could not handle a hot Akron offense, losing the rubber match 8-3 at Amherst Audubon Field.

The trouble started early for Bulls pitcher Cameron Copping, who found the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the third. After a RBI single and a sacrifice fly, Copping settled down with a strikeout and fly ball to strand two runners in scoring position.

In the fourth, with the score still 2-0 Akron, Alex Baldock led off with a soaring double down the left field line. After advancing to third on a wild pitch, River McWilliams was able to score Baldock from third with a sacrifice fly. Michael Burke reached after getting hit by a pitch, and following another wild pitch he was driven in by Daniel Scahill's line drive double to the right center gap that knotted things up at 2-2.

The Zips took the lead for good in the very next inning though, scoring two more runs and put runners on first and second with no outs to chase Copping from the game. Reliever Cory Folk was able to strand both the runners to keep the score at 4-2.

The UB offense came to the seventh down 5-2 but got another double from Scahill to start out the inning, and he would later score on a double play. That would be all for the team, as Akron put one run up in the eighth and two more in the ninth for the 8-3 win.

With the loss, Buffalo drops to 8-30 (1-15 MAC) while Akron moved to 11-30 (4-15). Next up will be a Tuesday afternoon game at Niagara. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.

Eastern Michigan 18, Ball State 5
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - Four homeruns and 19 hits powered the Eastern Michigan University baseball team to an 18-5 win and a Mid-American Conference West Division series sweep over the Ball State University Cardinals at Oestrike Stadium, Sunday afternoon, May 1.

The Eagles posted 18 runs on 19 hits as they out-scored the Cardinals 36-8 in the three-game series. EMU scored all but two of its runs in innings 3-6 and blew it wide open with a six-run fourth. Ken Battiston (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) recorded his first career multi-homer game as he drove in seven RBI in a 3-for-6 day at the plate. Daniel Russell (Grandville, Mich.-Grandville) hit his first career homerun in the third inning while Zack Leonard (Canton, Ohio-McKinley) also went deep as the Eagles moved to 11-0 when scoring 10 or more runs in a game this season.

Joe Battistelli (Allen Park, Mich.-Allen Park) made his first MAC start this season and picked up his fifth win to move to 5-1 after scattering just two runs on eight hits over six innings pitched. He also struck out six while walking only two. Ball State used nine pitchers on the afternoon with starter Cal Bowling taking the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year.

With the win, EMU improves to 28-15 overall, 12-6 in the MAC while Ball State falls to 12-28 (8-9 MAC).

Eastern Michigan tallied four runs on six hits in the third inning. The frame got started with three straight hits. A leadoff single by Lee Longo (Mayfield, Ohio-Mayfield) was followed by a double from Matt Hitt (Fishers, Ind.-Fishers-Kishwaukee C.C.) before Battiston drove them both home with a two-run double to left center to put the Eagles on the board.

Two batters later, Russell supplied the power as he sent a 1-0 pitch over the center field fence. It was his first career homerun as an Eagle and he currently leads the team with 34 RBI this season.

Trailing 4-0, the Cardinals strung together a rally in the top half of the fourth, getting two runs back off the right-hander Battistelli. BSU recorded five singles and got run-scoring hits from Sean Godfrey and Cody Campbell.

The EMU catcher, Hitt, prevented a bigger inning from taking place as he threw out two base runners in the frame. He picked off Tim Issler, who was leaning too far off of second base, for the first out. Then, with runners at first and second and two outs, he threw out Mitch Overley at second base looking to take advantage of a potential wild pitch to end the inning.

EMU then responded with a six-spot in their half of the fourth while forcing the Cardinals to use four different pitchers. Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian) and Ben Magsig (Okemos, Mich.-Okemos-Lansing C.C.) started the scoring binge with a pair of RBI singles followed by Leonard's record-tying double, bringing in Magsig and Russell for two more Eagle runs to extend the lead to 8-2. Leonard is now tied with Greg Ryan ('98) for the EMU all-time lead for career doubles with 59.

Later in the frame, Longo and Sam Ott (Canton, Mich.-Salem) posted two run-scoring singles to balloon the EMU advantage to 10-2.

In the fifth, Leonard delivered another blow with a three-run homer to left field, his second long ball of the season, to make the score 13-2, Eagles.

It would grow to 16-2 when a three-run sixth was capped off with Battiston's first homerun of the day, a three-run shot to straight away center field. His second homerun came with a man on two innings later and landed in nearly the same spot to give the Eagles an 18-5 advantage. He finished the day with seven RBI.

EMU now sits in a three-way tie with Toledo and Central Michigan for first place in the MAC West Division. The Eagles will travel to Louisville, Ky. for a two-game set, May 3-4, with the Cardinals before returning home to host a MAC series with West Division foe Northern Illinois University, May 6-8.

Central Michigan 13, Northern Illinois 1
MOUNT PLEASANT - A seven-run second inning propelled Central Michigan to a 13-1 win over Northern Illinois and completed a three-game weekend sweep for the Chippewas on Sunday.

The Chippewas improve to 24-20 overall, 12-6 in the Mid-American Conference with the victory, their sixth in the last seven games. CMU closes the weekend tied atop the MAC West Division standings with Toledo and Eastern Michigan; Toledo visits Theunissen Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday.

"We're ecstatic about the weekend," said CMU head coach Steve Jaksa. "Any time you can a sweep either home or away is big. We're very pleased with how the guys closed out the weekend today."

After winning the series' first two games by a combined three runs, CMU put Sunday's finale away early behind its seven-run second frame. Twelve Chippewas batted in the inning, with each of the first seven reaching base. CMU scored runs on a bases-loaded walk by Robbie Harman, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch with Brendan Emmett at the plate, three singles that drove in runs and a wild pitch that scored William Arnold from third base. NIU extended the inning with a pair of errors; six of the inning's seven runs were unearned.

The Chippewas tacked on three runs in the fourth inning and two in the seventh. Nate Theunissen, Tyler Hall and Emmett each had RBI singles in the fourth, while Jordan Dean and Jordan Adams drove in runs with base hits in the seventh.

CMU's lineup rolled up 15 hits and drew seven walks aganist five different NIU pitchers. Starter Jeremy Gonzales was tagged with the loss, surrendering seven runs (but just two earned) on three hits in 1-1/3 innings. He walked three Chippewas and struck out none.

Meanwhile, CMU starter Jake Sabol was nearly untouchable after the first inning. After the first three Huskies reached base in the top of the first inning, Sabol retired 16 of the next 17 hitters he faced until NIU's Alex Jones singled with one out in the sixth inning. Sabol finished the seventh inning to improve to 4-3 on the year. He allowed just one unearned run on three hits while striking out seven and walking two. Harvey Martin worked two scoreless innings in relief.

Theunissen led the Chippewas with a season-high three hits. He doubled, singled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice. Dean was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and scored twice, while Emmett contributed three RBIs.

First pitch of Friday's series opener with Toledo is set for 3:05 p.m. Eastern Michigan hosts Northern Illinois for a three-game series beginning Friday as well. All three games of the CMU-Toledo series can be watched online through the CMU Sports Zone on CMUChippewas.com or heard on WMHW-FM 91.5.