Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Akron 4 at Eastern Michigan 11
Kent State 4 at Central Michigan 5
Northern Illinois 5 at Ohio 7 (Game 1)
Northern Illinois 19 at Ohio 10 (Game 2)
Toledo 7 at Bowling Green 4
Western Michigan 7 at Miami 8
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 11, Akron 4
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- Needing to snap a five-game conference losing skid and avoid the series sweep, the Eastern Michigan University baseball team delivered with an 11-4 victory over the University of Akron in the wrap up of the three-game Mid-American Conference series Sunday, April 17, at Oestrike Stadium. After trailing by a score of 4-1 in the second inning, the Eagles scored 10 unanswered runs to cruise to the seven-run victory.
For Eastern Michigan, which moves to 20-15 (6-6 MAC) on the year, Ben Magsig (Okemos, Mich.-Okemos-Lansing C.C.) and Sam Ott (Canton, Mich.-Salem) each had tremendous afternoons, each driving in four runs for the Eagles. Magsig was 4-for-5 with the stick, notching a homerun and three singles, while also coming around to score each time he was on base. Ott, who was hitless on the season coming into the game, picked up a double and a homerun in his four trips to the plate.
Steve Weber (North Royalton, Ohio-North Royalton) picked up his fourth victory of the year, going 5.0 innings, allowing six his and four runs while striking out three. Jordan Glover (Toronto, Ont.-Ontario Schools) finished the final 4.0 innings to earn his first save of the season, with the Zips notching just two hits off the junior right-hander.
Tyler Begun, Brandon White, and Jared Turocy had two hits each for Akron, which dropped to 8-26 (2-10 MAC). Matt Copora drove in a pair. Myles McVeigh took the loss on the hill for Akron, allowing seven runs in 4.2 innings of work.
With the winds blowing out to right field at 30 miles-per-hour and temperatures hovering in the low-40s, Akron got on the board just four batters into the contest. Tyler Begun lead off with and single before stealing second base. He then came around on a double off the bat of Brandon White to give the Zips the early 1-0 edge.
Right back in the bottom of the frame Eastern Michigan would answer with three hits in the first inning, as Magsig singled in the first EMU run of the contest to knot the score a 1-1.
As they had done all series long, Akron took advantage of an EMU miscue to retake the lead at 4-1. James Sheltrown reached base via the hit-by-pitch and the moved on to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dan Durant. On the play, Weber threw to second and looked to have gunned down the lead runner, but the third base umpire ruled the ball had been dropped by the EMU shortstop as he was applying the tag. That would prove huge, as it would have been the second out of the stanza but instead allowed Akron to continue to hit. Two UA hits followed leading to the three unearned runs for the Zips.
Ken Battiston's (West Milton, Ohio-Milton Union) RBI single in the second inning plated Matt Hitt (Fishers, Ind.-Fishers-Kishwaukee College) to cut the deficit to a just a pair at 4-2.
Both sides settled down with EMU managing only a slight scoring threat in the fourth inning after McVeigh hit a batter and walked another after two were already out in the frame. However, he would get Battiston to fly out to escape the self-induced jam.
After a quiet afternoon offensively, Eastern was able push across five runs in the fifth inning after two outs were already in the books to go in front by three, 7-4. The Green and White saw six consecutive batters reach safely, with the big blow of the inning coming off the bat of Ott to clear the bases for a three-run double to right-center field. The hit and the three RBI were the first of the season for the sophomore designated hitter from Canton, Mich.
The offensive onslaught continued for EMU in the sixth. Daniel Russell (Grandville, Mich.-Grandville) opened with a single before Magsig crushed a 1-0 offering over the right field wall for his third homerun of the season to make it 9-4 in favor of the homestanding Eagles.
Ott's career-afternoon continued in the very next inning, as he deposited the Scott Foster pitch over the wall in right field for his first homerun. The solo-shot upped the EMU cushion to six runs, 10-4, after the team had managed a combined nine runs in the first two games of the weekend series.
The hits just kept on coming for the Green and White, Magsig collected his fourth hit of the day to plate Brent Ohrman (Adrian, Mich.-Adrian) to make it 11-4.
The Eagles will have a couple days off before making the short trip across the county to take on the University of Michigan in a mid-week contest Wednesday, April 20. It will be the third and final meeting between the two squads as the Eagles dropped the first matchup, 5-2, before Brian Valente led the Green and White to an 8-2 triumph in their last outing.
The Eagles and Wolverines are slated for a 6:05 p.m. start in Ann Arbor. After that, EMU will prepare for a three-game road series, April 22-24, against the upstart Western Michigan Broncos, which are currently third in the MAC West with a 7-5 league mark.
Central Michigan 5, Kent State 4
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Robbie Harman pulled a base hit into the hole on the left side through a drawn in infield for the go-ahead run in the eighth as Central Michigan claimed a 5-4 victory over Kent State in the rubber match of the three-game Mid-American Conference series at Theunissen Stadium on Sunday.
The Chippewas (18-18, 7-5 MAC) erased deficits of 2-0 and 4-3, as the Golden Flashes (23-12, 9-3 MAC) benefitted from two big home runs off the bat of Travis Shaw.
KSU opened the scoring in the second, as a dropped third strike allowed leadoff batter Campbell to reach and a two-out single by James Koch plated Campbell for the first run against CMU starting pitcher Jake Sabol in 19 2/3 innings.
The first of Shaw's two home runs, a mammoth blast against the wind, sailed well beyond the right field fence for a 2-0 Kent State edge in the top of the third, but Central Michigan responded in its half of the inning.
Eric Wrozek led off the frame with a wind-blown single to center and stole second. He advanced to third on Tyler Hall 's single into center and scored on Brendan Emmett 's sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Hall reached on a fielder's choice and stole second in front of Emmett's two-out RBI single into center on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game at two.
Matt Faiman reached on a wild pitch leading off the CMU sixth and moved up to second on Jordan Dean 's bunt single. Back-to-back strikeouts nearly allowed KSU starter David Starn to avoid further damage, but pinch-hitter Jordan Adams lifted a ball into left center that fell between three defenders for a wind-aided RBI double.
But Shaw would put the Flashes back in front in the seventh. After Derek Toadvine beat out a swinging bunt to lead off the inning, the next two batters were dispatched by reliever Dietrich Enns . But Shaw rifled a 1-2 pitch down the left field line that fought against the wind and banged off the foul pole to put KSU back in front, 4-3.
Another dropped third strike allowed Dean to reach leading off the CMU eighth and Sam Russell ripped a one-out double into the left field corner to score Dean from first. Rod Helsen drew a four-pitch walk, the final offering sailing to the backstop to allow Russell to move up to third.
With the infield drawn in, Harman pulled a 3-1 pitch through the drawn in defense for the deciding run.
Kent State would make it interesting in the ninth against Enns. Toadvine was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to second on a swinging bunt by Koch.
With two down, Jimmy Rider lifted the first pitch he saw deep to left field, and Russell banged off the wall to haul it in for the final out.
Enns picked up the win (4-1), giving up a run on two hits and a walk in three innings of relief. Sabol's day finished with three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over six-plus innings. He struck out five.
Starn fanned 10 in just six innings of work, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk. Justin Gill was tagged with his second loss in the series to fall to 2-2 after giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings.
The Chippewas have now won nine of their last 11, including a 7-2 mark in the last three conference series. The Maroon and Gold return to action on Wednesday for the Clash at Comerica, hosting the first college baseball game in the history of Comerica Park, against Michigan State.
Northern Illinois 5 at Ohio 7 (Game 1)
Northern Illinois 19 at Ohio 10 (Game 2)
ATHENS, Ohio - With the series at stake in Sunday's doubleheader at Bob Wren Stadium, Northern Illinois split with Ohio, losing 7-5 and winning 18-10, to give the Huskies their third Mid-American Conference series win in a row.The day started for NIU with the close of several streaks.
Entering Game One, the Huskies (17-17, 8-4 MAC) had won five straight games, eight consecutive on the road and three in a row in MAC play. But all three runs are now back to one apiece after the Huskies salvaged Game Two.
What does remain is that NIU is 17-7 over its last 24 games, 8-4 in MAC competition and has won three consecutive MAC series, three telling marks of a solid club that overcame a near bump in the road this weekend, quite literally if you consider Thursday's travel debacle and having to play a doubleheader just two days later. The last time the Huskies claimed three or more conference series in a row was in 2007 (won four straight series to start the season), which is also the last time NIU has had this many league wins this late in the schedule.
"That's exactly what we needed to do," said NIU head coach Ed Mathey of his team's third consecutive MAC series win. "We talk all the time about the nine-week season representing a baseball game. Wins are important no matter when you get them. We are finished with the East Division and sitting at 8-4 is a good thing. It's a good time to settle in and play the West Division from here out. By no means are we where we need and want to be, but we are in a good place right now."
In the first game of the day, a furious five-run rally over the last two innings was not enough for the Huskies to overcome a 6-0 deficit. Tom Barry gave NIU seven frames on the mound but was outpitched by Brent Choban, who held the Huskies to three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 7.2 innings.
The Bobcats (16-20, 3-9 MAC) scratched the six runs (five earned) off Barry in four different innings on nine hits and four walks. Ohio started the scoring in the third with an RBI single by Kory Burkhart. Two innings later, a leadoff error ended up costing NIU an unearned run on a bases-loaded double play ball that would have ended a scoreless inning. Instead, OU grabbed a 2-0 lead and tripled it over the next two innings.
Back-to-back doubles by Taylor Emody and Dan Ward to start the sixth gave Ohio its third run. Two outs later, Wes O'Neill singled home a run. Ward then launched a two-run homer in the seventh to give OU a six-run lead.
NIU finally answered in the eighth with three runs, all coming on a two-out bases-loaded double by Brett Frantini. But the Bobcats got a run back in the bottom half with help from a balk, two walks and three wild pitches by Tom Zelasko.
Making the game really interesting, the Huskies loaded the bases in the ninth with one out. Troy White drew a walk to cut the deficit to 7-4. After Jeff Zimmerman struck out, Brian Riegler delivered an RBI infield single. Already with the three-run double under his belt, Ohio brought in Tyler Stage to face Frantini, and Stage won the game with a swinging strikeout to pick up his first save of the season.
Choban improved to 3-3 with the win, while Barry fell to 3-2 to end a personal two-game winning streak. However, the lefty did last at least seven innings for the third straight start and had four or more strikeouts for the fifth consecutive start.
"We just waited too long to get going in Game One," said Mathey. "For doing it all in the last two innings, we had a chance, though. Choban was throwing pretty well early in the game. He commanded three pitches for strikes. When he had to make a good pitch, he made it. We had him on the ropes a couple of times, but just couldn't get to him. He threw a nice ball game.
"Tommy wasn't as effective or sharp as he has been. He made some good pitches, but they did a nice job on him in the sixth and seventh. He gave us everything he could today. Unfortunately, we didn't get him enough offensive support to get them out of their comfort zone. It was a good thing for him to give us seven innings in the first of a doubleheader, though."
Game Two started off strangely and signaled the high-scoring affair that was to follow. Both teams plated four runs in the first frame, three of which for NIU came off White's first career home run, a three-run shot. But then Ohio kept scoring, adding two in the second and three in the third. Oddly, the first eight scores came off the MAC's hottest hurler in Jeremy Gonzales, making the reigning National Pitcher of the Week a non-factor in the game, as he surrendered the runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in just two innings.
Prior to the game, Gonzales had a three-game winning streak and 25.2-inning scoreless streak, which promptly ended at 26 after a three-run homer by Emody in the first inning.
"Jeremy was up in the zone and wasn't locating his fastball," said Mathey. "It was a windy day with the wind blowing out; they swung free and easy. We punched them in the nose and they came right back in that first inning. I had to make the change because Jeremy wasn't being effective. He'll be back and fine; just had a bad day."
The strangeness of the game came to a climax in the fifth, though. Down 9-4, NIU rallied for 10 runs to take a five-run lead. Alex Jones became the first Huskie hitter to gather a pair of hits in the same inning since Jamison Wells produced two singles in the sixth inning at Iowa on April 21, 2010. The Kansas native began the frame with a single to left, and after a Joe Etcheverry double, scored on a Zimmerman one-out single. Jordan Rishavy kept the inning going with a fielder's choice RBI grounder to second that scored Etcheverry and moved Zimmerman to second as second baseman Bryan Barnes made an error on the play.
"The fifth inning was a combination of a couple things: timely hits and a couple big hits," Mathey said. "Their relief pitcher came in and we jumped on him. We took advantage of a couple walks and benefited from what could have been a double play ball on that error. Not only did that inning get us back in to the game, it gave us a little moment. Then we added four more and we were feeling good. It was pretty good to see 10 runs in that fifth inning."
With two outs, Tom Kotis delivered an RBI single to score Zimmerman and the Huskies started to do some real damage after that. Following a walk to Wells, Jones smashed a two-run single, and after Etcheverry was hit by a pitch, White unleashed his second homer, a grand slam to left field that capped the frame.
Ohio answered with a run in the bottom half of the fifth on a Ward RBI single, but NIU followed its best inning of the year, and first 10-run frame since that sixth inning in Iowa, with four more in the sixth. Wells started the scoring with an RBI double, Alex Beckmann followed with a two-run single and Etcheverry concluded the scoring with an RBI single.
Fresh off a victory at Illinois State on Tuesday as a starter, Tony Manville finished the game in relief for the Huskies to pick up his team-best fifth (5-1) win of the year. The junior came into the game having won each of his last three starts, and essentially picked up his fourth straight in what turned out to be an outing much like a start. The Iowa transfer threw the final seven innings of the game allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts, giving him a new career-long appearance and his best in a Huskie uniform.
During his current winning streak, Manville sports a 5-0 record, giving up 17 runs (15 earned) on 34 hits and 13 walks with 21 strikeouts in 30 innings.
"Tony was outstanding today," Mathey said. "It was a hitter's day and he was ahead in the count, down in the zone and mixing his breaking stuff and changeup. He gave us a great shot in the arm when we needed him to. He stemmed the tide for us and let us get back into it."
Extending his hitting streak to an NIU season-best 12 games, White led the offense on the day. He combined to go 3-for-7 with eight RBI, three walks and three runs scored. By hitting his first two collegiate homers, the junior became the first Huskie to have a two-homer day since Jordin Hood did so on May 1, 2010 against Central Michigan. White's seven RBI in the second game marked a new career high, easily eclipsing the three four-RBI games he previously had as his high mark.
Toledo 7, Bowling Green 4
BOWLING GREEN, OH - Toledo rebounded from a pair of tough weekend-opening losses against its arch rival with a 7-4 victory vs. Bowling Green (13-17, 7-5 MAC) on Sunday at Warren Steller Field. With the win, the Rockets improve to 19-17 overall, 8-4 in the Mid-American Conference.
UT's effort in avoiding the weekend sweep was aided by the right arm of junior Lincoln Rassi (2-4), who allowed three runs with five strikeouts in a solid 6.1 innings to collect the triumph.
Offensively, Toledo pounded the ball around the field for the second-consecutive day and finished with 15 hits. Junior INF Chris Dudics (4-for-5, 3 RS, HR, 2 RBI) paced the attack with a season-high four hits, while junior OF Ben Hammer (2-for-3, RS, RBI), junior INF Matt Delewski (2-for-5, RBI) and junior INF Joe Corfman (2-for-5, RS) tallied two hits each.
The Rockets wasted little time and scored a run in their initial at-bat on a RBI single by Hammer.
UT then broke the game open with a four spot in the third frame to end the afternoon early for BGSU starter Charles Wooten (2-5). The Midnight Blue & Gold had six-straight batters reach base against the right-handed hurler, including a solo home run by Dudics as well as three-consecutive run-scoring hits from junior DH Mark Lapikas, junior OF Jeff Cola and Delewski to establish a 5-0 lead.
Toledo threatened to add to its advantage in the sixth when it had runners on first and second base with two outs, but Falcons' reliever Ross Gordeman forced a groundout to keep it a five-run difference.
BGSU finally solved Rassi in the seventh inning, scoring three runs on the strength of four hits. The home team received run-scoring singles from Andrew Kubuski and Matt Pitzulo, as well as a sacrifice fly off the bat of Clay Duncan to make it a two-run game, 5-3. The Falcons had an opportunity to close the gap even further against UT freshman LHP Ryan Wilkinson with runners on the corners and only one out, but the Rockets turned a strikeout and throw-out double play to end the inning.
With the momentum clearly in favor of the home team, Toledo needed to put up some more good at-bats in the eighth frame to sway the flow back in its favor and Dudics and sophomore OF Tyler Grogg delivered with RBI hits to reestablish a four-run bulge, 7-3. UT's Corfman led off the inning with a bloop single, before the next two batters recorded outs to bring Dudics to the plate. The Shelby, OH native singled to centerfield to plate Corfman, before Grogg was credited with a two-base hit to score Dudics all the way from first base.
The Falcons were able to muster one run in the ninth off UT senior RHP Matt Zahel, but the Rockets' closer would not allow any further damage and closed out the road victory.
Miami 8, Western Michigan 7
OXFORD, Ohio -- Senior Ryan Kaup delivered a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie and lift Miami to an 8-7 victory over Western Michigan in the rubber game of a Mid-American Conference baseball series.
Brad Gschwind was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead Miami (19-18, 7-5). Kaup continued his hot hitting over the weekend, going 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Adam Weisenburger homered, scoring twice and driving in one in a 2-for-2 day. Bryce Redeker recorded a pair of sacrifice flies for two RBIs.
Each team tallied a run in the opening frame with both leadoff hitters walking and scoring. For the RedHawks, Ryan Brenner moved to second on a wild pitch by Steve Laudicina and over to third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Gschwind. Redeker followed that with a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Brenner to even it up at 1-1.
The RedHawks took their first lead, a 3-1 advantage, in the third inning off a single by Gschwind that scored Kaup and Redeker's second sacrifice fly of the game, plating Jon Edgington. However, the Broncos evened the score at 3-3 in the next half inning with three doubles in a row by Brooks Beilke, Tim Cross and Jimmy Martinez.
Miami retook the lead in the fifth when Brenner bunted for a single and stole second before Gschwind hit a line drive into right center to pick up his second RBI of the game. Weisenburger tacked on another in the sixth with a homer to straight away center that put the RedHawks out in front 5-3.
Miami starter Brooks Fiala pitched a quality start with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings. He gave way to Sam Dawes in the seventh, but the senior allowed a one-out double to Zach Thoma and an RBI single to Scanlon before being replaced by Brandon Adkins. The next batter, Ryan McMillin moved Scanlon to second with a single. A walk to Patrick Duncan loaded the bases before Troy Forton ripped a double down the left field line to score Scanlon and McMillin. Adkins settled down and stopped the rally with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning, but Western Michigan held a 6-5.
The Red and White rallied again in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 6-6 on Brenner's third run of the game. He hustled out a double to left center, then stole third before Gschwind picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The RedHawks manufactured the go-ahead runs in the eighth to pull ahead 8-6. Weisenburger and Pat Glass, who entered the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter and stayed in, both reached base and got into scoring position to set up Kaup's go-ahead double to right center.
Ryan Meyers (2-0), who replaced Adkins in the top of the eighth and faced two batters in the ninth, picked up the win. Miami sent three relief pitchers to the mound in the ninth after Meyers allowed the first two batters to reach base. Seth Varner came in to record the first out of the inning. Matt Rosinski relieved Varner to face right-handed hitting pinch hitter Grant Simotes, recording the out on a sacrifice bunt that scored Forton, narrowing the lead to 8-7. Shawn Marquardt walked the first batter he faced, then struck out Thoma to end the threat and pick up his first career save.