MAC Baseball Wednesday (May 11) Scoreboard:
Bowling Green 8, Wright State 5
Michigan State 5, Central Michigan 2
Purdue 14, Ball State 9
Miami 10, Cincinnati 4
Falcons Top Wright State with 8-5 victory
Story courtesy of Bowling Green Sports Information
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- To keep their arms, legs and bats warm the Falcons hosted the conference leader of the Horizon League Wright State Raiders on Wednesday afternoon. The non-conference warm up served the team well in the Falcons' 8-5 victory at Warren Steller Field. Matt Malewitz set the team up for success with his fourth consecutive strong start and was complemented by an offense the knocked out 12 hits on the day.
The Falcons ran up all eight runs on Wright State starting pitcher Joey Hoelzel before he was removed from the game. Bowling Green tagged him for nine hits through 3.1 innings. Matt Pitzulo (Poland, Ohio) and Frank Berry (Virginia Beach, Va.) each had two hits against Hoelzel in the first three innings of the game. Berry finished with three hits and a run batted in while Pitzulo scored twice, adding to his stat line.
Pitzulo led off a four-run second inning with one of his two singles and advanced to second base on a single by Patrick Martin (Oregon, Ohio). After the play ended, Wright State first baseman Jake Hibberd tossed the ball back to Hoelzel but the throw trickled away far enough to allow both base runners to advance one base. Logan Walker (Richmond, Va.) was hit by a 1-0 pitch from Hoelzel and his control further troubled him when he walked Matt Vannett (Bowling Green, Ohio) to force a second run home. Back-to-back singles by Frank Berry and Alex Davison (Grand Ledge, Mich.) plated two more runs to give the Falcons a 4-0 lead.
A two-run triple in the third by the Raider's Tristan Moore cut the lead in half but that margin was short lived after the Falcons equaled that total in their half of the third inning. Logan Walker plated two runs with a single through the middle of the infield, scoring Pitzulo and Clay Duncan (Norwalk, Ohio) after they led the inning off with singles.
With the score 6-2, BGSU added two more runs in the fourth on RBI hits from Ryan Schlater (St. Paris, Ohio) and Duncan. Jon Berti (Troy, Mich.) was hit by a pitch to lead the inning off and then scored when Schlater found the right field corner with a rope down the line. The hit turned into a triple for the senior, scored Berti and was the last batter Hoelzel faced before being lifted. Two batters later, Duncan found a hole through the right side of the Raider infield to extend the lead to six.
Malewitz threw five strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out a trio of Wright State hitters before giving way to Ben Singer (Midland, Mich.). In his lone inning of work, Singer struck out two Raider hitters, extending his streak of consecutive appearances with a strike out to 14 games. He now has 21 punch outs on the year.
Ethan McKenney (Defiance, Ohio) allowed two runs, both unearned. With a man on and two outs, Alex Davison dropped a deep fly ball in right field to allow Hibberd to move to third on the play. After another pitching change, Hibberd and Moore both scored on a two-RBI single by Ryan Ashe to make the score 8-4. They added one more run, also unearned, in the top of the ninth. #Mike Frank# (Maumee, Ohio) closed the door on the Raiders, striking out Ashe to end the game.
Bowling Green (18-26, 10-11) will next play host to No. 30 Kent State for a three-game set at Warren Steller Field. The series begins on Friday, May 13 at 3 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday's games both beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday serves as Senior Day. All five BGSU seniors will be honored for their contributions toward the Falcon baseball program and both teams will dawn their retro uniforms.
Michigan State Downs Central Michigan, 5-2
Story courtesy of Central Michigan Sports Information
MOUNT PLEASANT - Michigan State's bullpen limited Central Michigan to one hit over the final four innings, and the Spartans' defense turned three double plays in a 5-2 win over the host Chippewas at Theunissen Stadium on Wednesday.
The Spartans (31-15) scored single runs in five different innings, while CMU (26-22) stranded eight runners in the loss, including three in scoring position.
CMU starter Ryan Longstreth opened the game by retiring the first eight Michigan State hitters before Andrew Carpenter hit a long fly ball to right that was carried by the wind and deposited just over the wall for his fourth home run of the season. The Spartans added a run in the top of the fourth when Jeff Holm, the Big Ten Conference's leading hitter, singled with one out, stole second and scored on Torsten Boss's base hit to center.
The Chippewas dented the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, with Matt Faiman singling home William Arnold, who led off the inning with a walk. The teams then traded runs in the fifth. Michigan State's Jordan Keur reached on an error to lead off the top half of the inning, advanced to second when Andy Johnson was hit by a pitch, moved to third on Carpenter's sacrifice bunt and scored on Brandon Eckerle's sacrifice fly.
Tyler Hall's school-record 10th triple of the season set the table with one out for the Chippewas in the bottom of the fifth. Brendan Emmett's sacrifice fly scored Hall and cut the MSU lead to 3-2.
Joe Zwierzynski relieved MSU starter Chase Rihtarchik to begin the sixth, and Jordan Dean's leadoff single would be the final hit the Spartans would surrender. Meanwhile, MSU added runs on an RBI single by Ryan Jones eighth and a leadoff home run by Boss in the ninth.
CMU hit into inning-ending double plays in the first and third innings, and a 3-6-3 double play wiped out a leadoff walk in the eighth. In the third, Emmett hit a sharp liner toward short that MSU shortstop Justin Scanlon was able to snag; he then doubled Hall off at first base.
Rihtarchik earned the win for Michigan State to improve to 1-2 on the season. Zwierzynski, Jeff Kinley and Tony Wieber combined to shut out the Chippewas on one hit over the final four innings, with Wieber working a one-two-three ninth inning to earn his seventh save.
Longstreth took the loss for CMU, falling to 1-4.
CMU returns to Mid-American Conference action on Friday, traveling to Western Michigan for the first game of a three-game series. The Chippewas enter the weekend with a one-game lead over Toledo and Eastern Michigan in the MAC West Division standings.
Ball State Falls In Final Non-Conference Contest
Story courtesy of Ball State Sports Information
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team closed out the non-conference portion of the 2011 schedule Wednesday afternoon with an 14-9 loss to Big Ten foe Purdue at Lambert Field. The Boilermakers scored 12 runs in the first three innings before Ball State made a late charge scoring five unanswered at one point and pounding out a season-high 18 hits in the loss.
Freshman T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) drove in a career-high three runs as he hit his first career home run in the third inning while also posting a double in the sixth inning. Senior shortstop T.J. Baumet (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) posted a career-high four hits in the loss and reached base five times.
Purdue (31-16) jumped out to the early lead in the bottom of the first inning against freshman left-hander Nestor Bautista (New York, N.Y./George Washington). The Boilermakers opened the inning with three straight singles and four singles in the first five batters to open to a 3-0 lead to end Bautista's afternoon. Purdue added a fourth run in the inning as it sent 10 batters to the plate and posted five hits.
The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the second inning against Purdue right-hander Robert Ramer. Sophomore Dominic Catanzarite (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) started things off as he ripped a one-out double into left center field. After the second out of the inning, sophomore Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) singled up the middle to score Catanzarite to make it a 4-1 contest.
The Boilermakers posted four more runs in the second inning to open up an 8-1. Purdue posted six straight hits in the inning, including a home run and five singles while also notching a run-scoring walk.
Ball State (12-32) came back in the top of the third inning against Purdue left-hander Pat Gannon. Junior Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) led off the inning with his second single and sophomore Stephen Claypool (Dearborn, Mich./Divine Child) drew a walk to put two aboard. Weir crushed his first career home run, a three-run shot high over the left field wall to narrow the deficit to 8-4.
After Purdue added four more runs in the third inning, the Cardinals added a run in the top of the sixth inning. Winkle reached base on a fielder's choice with one out and moved into scoring position as Baumet singled into center field. Sophomore Kirby Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) picked up an RBI single as he singled through the left side to plate Winkle for a 12-5 deficit.
The Cardinals added their sixth run in the seventh inning to pull within six runs at 12-6. Weir came inches from his second career home run as he hit a double off the left field wall with two outs. He came home to score as Catanzarite reached base on a Purdue fielding error by the third baseman.
Ball State continued to chip away at the deficit once again in the top of the eighth inning as it plated three more runs to narrow the gap to 12-9. Baumet started things with his fourth hit of the game as he singled off the first base bag. After Campbell drew a walk, Issler singled into right center field to load the bases. Claypool and freshman Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) added run-scoring singles before Catanzarite drew a bases loaded walk to cap in the inning's scoring. Nick Wittgren came on and ended the threat as he stranded the bases loaded.
Bautista (0-5) picked up the loss as he allowed four runs on four hits in just a third of an inning. The Cardinals used eight pitchers on the afternoon and allowed 14 Purdue runs on 15 hits in the loss. Ramer improves to 5-0 on the season as he worked the first 2.0 innings and allowed one run as Purdue was scheduled to use multiple pitchers.
Ball State will hit the road for the final time in the 2011 regular season this weekend as it travels to DeKalb, Ill., for a three-game series against the Northern Illinois Huskies. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. (ET) Friday afternoon.
Six Run Seventh Lifts Miami to 10-4 Win Over Cincinnati
Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information
OXFORD, Ohio -- For the second straight night, the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference. Less than 24 hours after allowing Cincinnati to score four runs in a 9-6 setback, Miami returned the favor with a six spot Wednesday night, rallying past the Bearcats 10-4 at McKie Field.
Brad Gschwind, Kyle Weldon and Nate Bowles each drove in a pair with a hit in the decisive inning, and three Miami relievers allowed just one run over the final 3.1 innings as Miami improved to 28-21, matching last year's win total.
Miami opened a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning on RBIs by Jon Edgington and Adam Weisenburger. Ryan Brenner started the frame by reaching second on a throwing error. Edgington took his place with a double down the right field line. Back-to-back bunt singles by Gschwind and Weisenburger accounted for the second run
Cincinnati (26-22) struck back, though, tying the game on a two-run homer by Justin Riddell in the fourth. The Bearcats went ahead in the sixth on Riddell's third hit of the game, a single to right, then added some insurance with a run-scoring double by Jake Saylor in the seventh.
From there, though, the RedHawks took control, sending 10 men to the plate in the seventh and adding two more runs in the eighth. Brenner started off the rally with a one-out single before Edgington was hit by a pitch. With everyone expecting a sacrifice, Gschwind laced a pitch inches fair down the right field line to tie the game at 4-4 and chase UC starter Brad Mergen (1-3). Reliever Sam Slavik retired the next batter, but walked Bryce Redeker to force another pitching change. Jason Pascuzzi walked his first batter to load the bases before Weldon singled to right for a 6-4 RedHawk lead. Nate Bowles greeted the Bearcats' fourth pitcher of the inning with a double to gap in left center that made the score 8-4.
Redeker delievered a bases-loaded single up the middle in the eighth for the final tally.
Redshirt junior Ryan Meyers was solid on the mound in a no-decision for Miami. Making just his second start and sixth appearance of the year, he allowed just three runs and four hits in 5.2 innings. Ryan Campbell, Miami's third of four pitchers, picked up the win, relieving Shawn Marquardt with one out in the seventh. He improved to 1-0 on the season by stranding his inherited runner with back-to-back groundouts.
Matt Rosinski finished the contest, allowing only one hit against the seven batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
Edgington, Gschwind, Weisenburger and Weldon each had two of Miami's 11 hits.
Miami returns to action this weekend for its final home conference series against Buffalo. The RedHawks stand second in the MAC East, three games behind Kent State, but one game ahead in the race for the No. 3 seed. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.