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Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Akron 14, Eastern Michigan 7
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)-A hard-hitting slugfest was not enough to brighten a cold, rainy afternoon at Oestrike Stadium as the University of Akron Zips outlasted the Eastern Michigan University baseball team, 14-7, Saturday, April 16. Amidst the offensive battle, starting pitcher Corey Chaffins tallied seven strikeouts over five and two-thirds innings of work to vault past Anthony Tomey for third all-time on the EMU strikeout list.
After falling into a 2-0 hole early, the Eagles put up seven runs in the first three innings to take a 7-5 lead. Chaffins was able to hold the suddenly-ominous Akron bats at bay until the sixth inning, when the Zips cut the lead to 7-6. Drew Turocy promptly tied the score at seven with a leadoff homerun off of lefty Colin Taylor in the seventh inning.
Akron took the lead for good in the eighth inning, as a wild pitch from Tim Combs (1-1) brought Dan Burant across home plate.
Despite manufacturing 14 hits, the Eagles (19-15; 5-6 MAC) were unable to capitalize on all five walks given up by the Akron (8-25; 2-9) pitching staff and stranded a total of 12 baserunners. The Eagles have now lost five straight MAC contests and five of their last six games overall.
As did all four EMU pitchers, Chaffins labored through much of his start Saturday, allowing six earned runs on eight hits with four walks and seven punch-outs. The senior hurler ended the day with a no-decision while Combs was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs, three earned, over one and two-thirds innings.
Benjamin Danzinger (1-0) earned the win for the Zips, pitching five scoreless innings in relief of starter Alex Loftin, who lasted just two innings while allowing seven runs, six earned, on eight hits. Closer Chris Bassitt pitched two shutout innings for his sixth save of the season.
Offensively, right fielder Ken Battiston turned-in another solid offensive performance for Eastern Michigan, going 3-for-6 with a triple to lead off the game and one RBI. Battiston is now 6-for-11 after two games versus the Zips.
After pitching in Friday's contest, Robert Wendzicki returned to the EMU batting order and went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a walk. Zack Leonard also hit 3-for-5 while Ben Magsig went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Akron was led at the dish by Drew Turocy, who posted a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI and three runs scored. Third baseman Sam Trecaso again gave EMU pitchers trouble Saturday, going 3-for-5 with a homerun, a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Jared Turocy had a 2-for-4 outing with a homer.
The Eagles and Zips each had eight separate players with at least one hit in the game.
Battiston got the EMU offense rolling in the first inning with his team-leading fifth triple up the right field power alley. Wendzicki singled up the middle and Tucker Rubino hit a blooper to right field to knot the score, 2-2, after one inning.
EMU bats continued to churn out hits in the second, as a double from Magsig and singles from Battiston, Brent Ohrman and Daniel Russell translated into three runs on four hits and a 5-2 lead.
Akron responded in the top of the third with three runs of their own. After Jared Turocy and Tyler Begun each recorded outs to begin the inning, Chaffins was touched-up for four straight singles and a walk before striking out James Sheltrown.
A pair of leadoff walks from Loftin in the bottom of the third put Rubino and Longo aboard with nobody out. Both runners would come around to score as Rubino slid into home safely thanks to an Akron throwing error. Longo crossed home on a Battiston single through the left side to regain the lead, 7-5.
The score remaind the same until the sixth, when the Zips once again tied the score with a pair of leadoff bombs in both the sixth and seventh inning from Trecaso and Turocy, respectively.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Magsig slapped his second hit of the afternoon down the right field line for his fourth double of the season. The scoring threat was ended, however, when Danzinger retired the next two batters.
After Akron added another three runs in the eight to take a 10-7 lead, Wendzicki used a nine-pitch at bat to hit a single up the right side off of Bassitt. Leonard followed with a nine-pitch at bat of his own, but struck out on a sinking changeup to end the inning.
The game ended with 21 total runs scored and 32 combined hits.
Eastern Michigan will look to salvage the final game of the series Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. Steve Weber (3-3) is scheduled to take the hill for the Eagles, with Miles McVeigh (0-5) getting the nod for Akron.
Kent State 9, Central Michigan 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - An opportunistic Kent State team scored six unearned runs to defeat Central Michigan, 9-3, in the middle game of a Mid-American Conference baseball series at Theunissen Stadium on Saturday.
The Golden Flashes (23-11, 9-2 MAC) broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring four unearned runs with two outs to break a 2-2 tie. Shortstop Jimmy Rider, who finished 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, doubled home a pair in the fourth and scored the Golden Flashes' final run of the frame.
Kent State scored single runs in the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead, but the Chippewas evened the score with a pair of unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Robbie Harman stole second with one out, and the throw skipped into center field, allowing Eric Wrozek to score from third. Harman scored two batters later when William Arnold 's fly ball to center was dropped.
CMU drew within 6-3 on Sam Russell 's RBI double in the sixth, but Kent State tacked on two more unearned runs in the seventh and an insurance run in the ninth.
Both teams struggled with wet, blustery conditions, combining for six errors in the field and stranding a total of 16 runners in the contest.
Kyle Hallock (5-4) earned the win for Kent State, striking out seven and walking one in seven innings of work. He allowed eight hits, and just one of the three runs he surrendered was earned.
Zach Cooper (2-3) took the loss. He gave up six runs, but just two earned, on six hits over four innings. Cooper struck out three and walked five.
Derek Toadvine was 2-for-5 and drove in a pair for Kent State. Brendan Emmett paced the CMU offense, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and two singles.
The final game of the series gets underway at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Theunissen Stadium.
Bowling Green 13, Toledo 10
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Bowling Green scored nine times over the first three innings knocking the Rockets' season wins leader Kyle Shaw out of the game after 2.1 innings on the mound. The top three hitters in the BGSU lineup that consisted of Frank Berry (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ryan Schlater (St. Paris, Ohio) and Jon Berti (Troy, Mich.) went an astounding 8-for-13 with seven runs scored and seven runs batted in. Both Schlater and Berti had three-hit performances on the day while Andrew Kubuski (Elyria, Ohio) and Clay Duncan (Norwalk, Ohio) both posted a pair of hits and a RBI.
The Falcons posted two runs in each of the first two innings, capitalizing on a pair of RBI singles by Jon Berti and Clay Duncan in the first and RBI hits in the second by Ryan Schlater and Berti.
Taking a 4-1 lead into the third inning, the Falcons exploded for five runs to take a 9-1 advantage. The innings began poorly for the Rockets after Duncan singled to right field and then scored after a three-base throwing error by UT third baseman Joe Corfman on a close play at first with Logan Walker (Richmond, Va.). The error allowed Duncan to score from first base and Walker trotted into third base. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher T.J. Losby (Bryan, Ohio).
Frank Berry took the lead even further with his first home run of the season, plating three runs on a bomb that fought through the furious Bowling Green winds and over the left center field fence. The three-run shot capped off the five-run innings and gave the Falcons an eight run advantage after three innings.
Behind sophomore starting pitcher Nick Bruns (St. Henry, Ohio) the Falcons allowed two runs over the first five innings. Toledo shortstop Chris Dudics scored from third on a wild pitch in the opening inning to take a temporary 1-0 lead and Jeff Cola rounded the bases on a RBI single from nine-hitter Wes White, at the time making the score of the game, 9-2.
The Falcons answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jon Berti recorded his third run scoring hit of the game with a single to left field, scoring Berry from second base. After Ryan Schlater advanced to third on the same single the senior scored on a passed ball from UT pitcher Alex Radon, making it an 11-2 game.
With the game seemingly becoming out of reach for the Rockets, the visitors mounted a turnaround with a six-run sixth inning. The Rockets batted around the lineup and started the frame getting their first three hitters on base before a sacrifice fly and a two-RBI single by Ben Hammer drove them around to score. #Mike Frank# (Maumee, Ohio) relieved Bruns on the mound but walked the first hitter he faced. Matt Delewski made him pay for the mistake with a two-out, three-run home run to bring the Rockets within three runs of the Falcons, 11-8.
Bowling Green scored one run in response to the Rockets' rally in the home half of the sixth inning. Logan Walker was beaned and stole second base as Patrick Martin (Oregon, Ohio) struck out swinging. The freshman was injured on the play, sliding head first into the base safely. The injury to his left arm forced him to exit the game and bring sophomore Taylor Rhoades (Wheaton, Ill.) in to pinch run. Rhoades made his entrance known by scoring from second on a RBI single by freshman Andrew Kubuski.
Rhoades struck again in the next inning with a run scoring double down the line in left field. The hit scored Schlater who was also hit to lead off the inning. The score after seven complete was 13-8 in favor of the Falcons.
Toledo made an attempt the get back into the ball game down five runs. They posted a pair in the top of the eighth inning on a two-RBI double by Delewski but did not get any closer in the 13-10 Falcon victory.
Nick Bruns earned his third win of the season in a 5.2 inning outing where he allowed 11 hits, six runs and struck out one Rocket hitter. Mike Frank earned his fourth save of the season going 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out four hitters.
Bowling Green (13-18, 7-4) jumped into second place in the MAC East with the win and a Miami loss today while Toledo (18-17, 7-4) tumbles into a tie for second place with Ball State in the MAC West. The Falcons and Rockets will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Steller Field.
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Western Michigan 7, Miami 5
OXFORD, Ohio -- Kyle Weldon homered and drove in a pair, but three Western Michigan runs in the eighth inning lifted the Broncos to a 7-5 victory over Miami Saturday afternoon at McKie Field.
Ryan Brenner and Ryan Kaup joined Weldon with two hits each.
The Broncos (18-17, 7-4) struck for runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead, but RedHawks (18-18, 6-5) used a big fourth inning to erase the deficit and take a 3-2 advantage. Ryan Brenner led off the fourth with a single up the middle. He stole second and advanced to third on the play when Western Michigan catcher Brooks Beilke threw past the second baseman and into center field. Brooks Redeker drove Brenner in for the first Miami run with a double off the center field wall. Weldon followed that up with a bomb over the fence in right for the two-run home run.
Western Michigan answered right back in the top of the fifth to with a two-run homer by Tim Cross to put the visitors back in front 4-3.
Miami utilized the sacrifice bunt in the fifth and took advantage of a Bronco error in the sixth to retake the lead. Ryan Kaup singled to start the fifth and moved over to second on a walk to Jon Edgington. Both runners advanced on Brenner's sacrifice bunt and Kaup came in to score on a suicide squeeze with Brad Gschwind laying down a perfect bunt at the plate. Weldon doubled to center to lead off the sixth and moved to third on Adam Weisenburger's sacrifice bunt. He then scored to put Miami ahead, 5-4, when Kevin Bower hit into a fielder's choice and the Western Michigan second baseman threw past the catcher.
The Broncos rallied in the eighth as they loaded the bases with one out. Rosinski's wild pitch to the next batter allowed one runner to score followed by a single by Wehrmeyer that drove in another Western Michigan run to make it 6-5. Brandon Adkins relieved Rosinski (0-2) and allowed another runner to score on a bunt single by Beilke.
Miami threatened in the top of the eighth when pinch hitter Marcus Makuch walked and Ryan Kaup sent a deep drive to left center field, but Bronco left fielder Jimmy Martinez made a full-extension, diving snag to record the out and escape the threat.
RedHawk starter Tyler Melling went 5.2 innings, striking out four and allowing six hits and three earned runs, before leaving with the game tied at 4-4. David Brennan (2-1) picked up the win for Western Michigan, while Eric Heckaman earned his fifth save.
The RedHawks and Broncos meet again in the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKie Field.