MAC Baseball Scoreboard:
Western Michigan 10, Michigan State 4
Akron 3, West Virginia 2
Oakland 6, Toledo 5 (12 innings)
Kent State 3, Xavier 0
Kent State 3, Xavier 2
Ohio 10, Dayton 3
Cincinnati 9, Miami 6
Broncos Make Easy Work of Spartans, Win 10-4
Story courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information
KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Western Michigan handed the Big Ten leading Spartans a 10-4 loss Tuesday at Robert J. Bobb Stadium. It was the second time in a week WMU defeated MSU, as the Broncos posted a 7-1 win in East Lansing last Wednesday. The W extended WMU's winning streak to a season-best five games.
Michigan State (30-15) used a pair of base hits and a fielder's choice to get on the scoreboard first in the second. The second of two singles shot back at the mound, striking WMU starter Chris Bossenbery in the shin. After taking a moment to regroup his composure, Bossenbery toughened it out and remained on the rubber. He went on to throw three shutout innings to earn the win, his first of the year.
WMU (23-25) responded to MSU's run in the second with six runs in the bottom of the inning, scoring all but one with two outs. Patrick Duncan hit an RBI double down the left field line and Zach Thoma plated two with a poke into shallow left. Troy Forton dropped an RBI single behind the first baseman and Jack Scanlon drove in two with a single to right field.
Scanlon extended WMU's lead to 8-1 in the sixth, bouncing a two-run, two-out double off the fence in right. WMU tacked on two more runs in the eighth, Ryan McMillin (sac fly) and Duncan (single) recording RBIs.
Torsten Boss hit a two-run triple off of reliever David Brennan in the top of the seventh and Tony Wieber hit an RBI single off of Monty Porter in the ninth to give MSU its other three runs.
Bossenbery (1-1) went 5.0 innings, yielding one run, seven hits and issuing one walk. Brennan and Porter each worked two innings.
Scanlon paced the Bronco offense, going 3-for-4 (double) with four RBIs and a run scored. Thoma also went 3-for-4, tallying two RBIs and scoring three runs. Duncan finished 3-for-5 (double) with two RBIs and a run scored.
Western Michigan hosts Central Michigan in a three-game Mid-American Conference series this weekend, May 13-15. WMU and Bronco Athletics will officially dedicate Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. first pitch. The ceremony is scheduled to start at noon.
Akron Grabs Extra Inning, Walk-Off Win Over West Virginia
Story courtesy of Akron Sports Information
AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron baseball team picked up a walk-off, extra inning, 3-2, win over visiting West Virginia at Canal Park on Tuesday.
Pinch hitter Matt Corpora drove in Samuel Trecaso from third with a fielder's choice in the bottom of the eleventh to clinch the Akron victory. Trecaso had doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a Jason Corzine single into left. After James Sheltrown struck out, Corpora hit a hard grounder to second baseman Isac Franklin who flipped to second for the first out. Corpora beat the throw to first, however, allowing Trecaso to score. It was the second walk-off at-bat for Corpora in three games - the freshman hit a walk-off homer in Saturday's win over Bowling Green.
Trecaso - who came on as a pinch hitter in the sixth - recorded a pair of hits for Akron (13-33). Chris Bassitt picked up his second win of the season after pitching the final 1.1 innings of the game and allowing just no hits. The Zips used six different pitchers in the game, giving up a combined one earned run and not issuing a walk. Jon Pusateri pitched the first four innings and allowed three hits. Danny Fawcett, Bobby Simone, and Kevin Kumazec each pitched an inning of relief. Benjamin Danziger bridged the gap to Bassitt with 2.2 innings of three-hit relief. WVU (27-20) closer Ryan Tezak took the loss.
The Mountaineers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. TJ Kuban led off the inning with a single off of Fawcett and was sacrificed to second. Kuban then scored on a single to center by Franklin. Fawcett then induced back-to-back pop-outs to keep WVU from doing further damage.
Akron fired right back by taking advantage of three walks by WVU starter Jonathon Johnson in the bottom of the fifth. Dan Burant and Jared Turocy started the frame by drawing back-to-back free passes. Tyler Begun then loaded the bases with a single and Sam Watkins drew an RBI walk to tie the game.
After WVU took advantage of an error on Jared Turocy in right to grab a 2-1 lead, the Zips tied the game for a second time in the seventh. James Sheltrown led off the frame with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Dan Burant. Jared Turocy then atoned for his fielding blunder by hittting a grounder that bounced over the head over the head of first baseman TJ Kuban, a double that scored Sheltrown.
Akron travels to Ohio this weekend for a three-game series. First pitch for Friday's opener is at 6:00 p.m.
Toledo Falls at Summit League Foe Oakland in Extra Frames, 6-5
Story courtesy of Toledo Sports Information
ROCHESTER, MI - Toledo dropped a 6-5 decision in 12 innings against Oakland on Tuesday at the OU Baseball Field. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 24-23 on the season.
The Golden Grizzlies' (14-27) had runners on the corners with one out in today's third-extra frame when their No. 8 hitter Nathan Jacoby hit a ground ball to UT junior 1B Matt Delewski. The Rockets' infielder threw the ball home, but it was not in time to cut down OU's Ryan Waldhart who slid in safely for the game-winning tally.
Junior RHP Tyler Scott (0-1) was charged with his first loss of the spring, allowing one tally on two hits with one punchout in 2.1 relief innings. Scott was the last of five UT hurlers to toe the rubber against Oakland, which also included freshman RHP Cameron Palmer, freshman LHP Ryan Wilkinson, freshman RHP Adam Tyson and senior RHP Matt Zahel.
Offensively, junior C A.J. DeMarco (2-for-3, RBI) and junior OF Mark Lapikas (2-for-4, RS) led the Midnight Blue & Gold with multi-hit efforts, while senior INF Jason Edwards (1-for-2, RS, 2 RBI) finished with a team-high two RBI.
Toledo started fast and plated a pair of runs in its second at-bat on a two-base hit by Edwards to give the visitors the early lead.
After Oakland tallied single runs in the second and the fourth innings to knot the score at 2-2, the Rockets recaptured the advantage on the strength of a RBI single by DeMarco and a run-scoring groundout by senior INF Chris Dudics.
The Golden Grizzlies then took their first lead of the game with three tallies on three hits in the eighth inning. The home team sent seven batters to the plate against a pair of UT pitchers and received RBI hits from Aaron Wick and Aaron Cieslak, as well as a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jacoby to make the score 5-4.
UT was down to its final at-bat and needed some two-out clutch hitting to extend the contest. DeMarco ripped a single and was immediately pinch ran for by senior C Jim Vahalik. The Rockets' catcher advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored the equalizer on a single off the bat of Dudics.
The home team put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against UT's Zahel, but the Rockets' closer induced an inning-ending groundout to send the game into extra innings.
Oakland's Jake Arendsen (2-0) pitched the final 4.0 innings and finished with four strikeouts to earn his second win of the season.
Cieslak was 3-for-6 with three RBI to lead OU's offensive effort, while D.J. Jarrad (2-for-4), Mike Carson (2-for-5) and Wick (2-for-5) had two hits each.
Toledo returns to action to commence an important MAC weekend series against Eastern Michigan on Friday, May 13. The first pitch from Scott Park is slated for 3:05 p.m.
No. 30 Kent State Baseball Sweeps Non-Conference Doubleheader Over Xavier
Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
KENT, Ohio -- The Kent State baseball team swept its non-conference doubleheader over Xavier today (May 10) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
Ranked No. 30 in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the Golden Flashes (34-13) shut the Musketeers (25-23) out, 3-0, in the first game, then rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two to pull out a 3-2 victory. Both contests were seven-inning games.
"It was an exciting win," said seventh-year head coach Scott Stricklin said of the second game. "Offensively, we didn't play very well all day, but when you get two wins like that against a quality team, it is still a big accomplishment."
Kent State has won 25 of its last 29 games and improved to 15-2 at home this season. The Golden Flashes swept the season series against the Musketeers, 3-0.
Junior third baseman Travis Shaw (Washington Court House, Ohio) led the way with four hits over two games - including a home run in the first contest and the game winning RBI double in the second.
KENT STATE 3, XAVIER 0
Senior right-handed starting pitcher Brennen Glass (Springfield, Ohio) tossed a four-frame no-hitter and struck out two to improve to 4-1 on the season while junior right-handed closer Kyle McMillen (North Canton, Ohio) shut down the Musketeers in the seventh thanks in large part to two strikeouts to earn his 15th save of 2011, which ties Dan Adams (1999) for the Kent State single season record and leads the Mid-American Conference. McMillen's 18 career saves rank fourth in Kent State.
Kent State took the early lead when Shaw blasted a two-out home run over the center field fence - his team-leading 12th round tripper of the 2011 campaign - in the bottom of the first.
Xavier threatened in the fifth by loading the bases, but senior right-handed reliever Justin Gill (Canton, Ohio) helped force a not-so-conventional 4-1-3 double play to extinguish the scoring opportunity.
The Flashes extended their advantage to three runs in the sixth when senior right fielder Ben Klafczynski (Granger Township, Ohio) reached on a fielder's choice to set the stage for a two-run missile over the right field fence by junior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.). Lyon has hit safely in 16 of the last 18 games and is hitting .420 with 10 extra-base hits - including four home runs -- and a .710 slugging percentage.
Kent State 3, Xavier 2
The Flashes won the second game with a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the seventh.
With the home team trailing 2-1, sophomore center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio) drew a one-out walk to get the rally started. Freshman second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) moved him to second with a nice bunt down the third base line. Redshirt junior left fielder Joe Koch (Youngstown, Ohio) coaxed a walk to put two men on. Junior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) tied the game with a single to left. That set the stage for Shaw's game winning two bagger to center to score Koch and pull out the victory.
"It was huge," said Shaw of the game-winning hit. "We're trying to get to 40 wins, so every game is important at this time of the year. We were very sluggish for most of the second game, but we came alive in the seventh, and I was able to deliver."
Kent State plated the first run of the contest in the bottom of the first when Shaw reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a double to right by Klafczynski, but Xavier plated two in the second and maintained the advantage until Kent State's last chance to bat in the seventh.
Junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Mace (Tallmadge, Ohio) came out of the bullpen and pitched a perfect top of the seventh for Kent State and was credited with the pitching win to improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Golden Flashes return to conference play this weekend (May 13-15) for a three-game MAC East Division series at Bowling Green.
Ohio Baseball Romps With Early Explosion
Story courtesy of Ohio Sports Information
ATHENS, Ohio-The duo of right fielder Adam Gecewich and designated hitter Seth Streich combined for seven of Ohio Baseball's 13 hits as the Bobcats trounced visiting Dayton 10-3 in nonconference action Tuesday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
Ohio improved to 23-25, while Dayton dropped to 26-22.
Gecewich went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, while Streich posted a 3-for-5 effort with three RBIs and two runs. Left fielder Jensen Painter went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and second baseman Bryan Barnes added three runs scored. Dayton center fielder Bobby Glover and first baseman C.J. Gillman added two hits apiece.
Both teams went with a pitcher-by-committee effort as Ohio starter Ben Trimbur (4-2) was credited with the victory. He allowed just one hit with two strikeouts in three innings in his first start of the season. Relievers Brett Barber, Sean Kennedy, Shane Cole and Tyler Stage combined to hold the Flyers off the board in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Dayton starter Bryce Lahrman (2-2) didn't make it out of the first inning, giving up four runs on three hits with no strikeouts and two walks while recording just two outs. Reliever Tim Bury did a nice job in the middle of the game, holding the home team scoreless for two innings, with three strikeouts and just one hit.
Ohio sent nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings, plating four runs in each. Streich scored the first two with a single to center and first baseman Taylor Emody sent Barnes home with a fielder's choice. Painter knocked in the fourth run when he slashed his second triple of the season down the right field line.
Shortstop Garrett Black drove in the second inning's first run with a base knock back up the middle and Streich followed with a run-scoring infield hit to second, which also plated Black after the ball was misplayed on the infield. Painter had the final say in this frame as well, as he pulled his 14th double of the season down the left field line to score Streich. The Flyers also made three errors in the inning, which gave the Bobcats extra bases.
After the Flyers answered with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, Gecewich answered with RBI singles to center in both the bottom of the sixth and eighth innings for the final margin.
Ohio center fielder Ethan Newton recorded two stolen bases in the game to give him 19, as did Dayton left fielder Ian Hundley who has 10.
Gecewich has now hit safely in seven consecutive games and 16 of his last 17 overall.
The Bobcats will be back in action this weekend with a three-game series against Akron that is set to begin Friday at 6 p.m. ET at Bob Wren Stadium.
Late Rally Lifts Cincinnati Past RedHawks
Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Jon Edgington tied a career-high with four hits and Adam Weisenburger added three hits, including a home run, but a late rally lifted Cincinnati to a 9-6 victory over Miami Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. After the RedHawks had rallied from a 5-1 deficit to lead 6-5, the Bearcats scored four in the seventh to squeeze out the win.
Miami (27-21) jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Weisenburger started the second with a shot over the wall in left field, but UC surged back with five unanswered runs. A double and triple in the bottom of the second even the game at 1-1, before a sacrifice fly later in the frame put the Bearcats head 2-1. They put their first two batters on in the third before an out, ending starter Seth Varner's day. Joe Neff came on in relief, but offered up a three-run homer to Justin Riddell, the first batter he faced.
But the RedHawks weren't phased. Brad Gschwind led opened the sixth with a double, then after a wild pitch, scored on a Kyle Weldon groundout. After a second out, Nate Bowles doubled in Weisenburger, who was hit by a pitch, to close the gap to 5-3.
Miami retook the lead in the seventh, sending nine men to the plate. Pinch-hitter Marcus Makuch walked to lead off the frame, then was replaced by pinch runner Ryan Kaup. The RedHawks put runners on the corners on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run with Ryan Curl finding a hole vacated by the shortstop. Edgington singled in a run to make the score 5-4 before the RedHawks capitalized on a pair of UC miscues. A passed ball moved both runners up 90 feet, then Kyle Weldon struck out but forced a throw to first. When Curl broke for home, Nic Spence threw wildly to the play, allowing two runs to score. The RedHawks added two hits and a walk to load the bases, but left everyone stranded when Bryan Beaver flied out.
UC (26-21) tied the game on a pinch-hit home run by Jake Saylor, but didn't stop there. Brandon Adkins, Miami's fourth pitcher of the day, got the first out, but allowed a double and infield single before an intentional walk loaded the bases. Braden Kline singled in a pair of runs, then Spence atoned for his mistake with an RBI single off Matt Rosinski.
Miami loaded the bases with a hit and two walks around an out, but were again unable to score when Weldon struck out looking and Weisenburger bounced into a fielder's choice. The RedHawks outhit UC 13 to 11, but finished the game with 10 runners left on base,
Adkins suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year, while Dan Glozer (1-0) earned the win despite retiring only one of the three batters he faced. Cory Hough pitched the eighth and the ninth for his third save.
The two teams will meet tomorrow in Oxford to conclude the home-and-home series. First pitch at McKie Field is set for 6 p.m.