Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Buffalo 11, Central Michigan 10
Eastern Michigan 3, Miami 1
Kent State 6, Northern Illinois 1
Toledo 6, Ohio 5
Akron 6, Ball State 3
Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 1)
Western Michigan 10, Bowling Green 3 (Game 2)
Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Staffs
Buffalo 11, Central Michigan 10
MOUNT PLEASANT - An eight-run third inning carried Buffalo to an 11-10 win over Central Michigan on Saturday, evening the teams' Mid-American Conference series at a game apiece.
CMU (10-13 overall, 1-1 MAC) trailed 8-2 after two-and-a-half innings, but twice clawed back within one run of the visiting Bulls (7-10, 1-1 MAC). The final time was in the bottom of the ninth, when Eric Wrozek's two-out single scored Sam Russell from second and cut the Buffalo lead to 11-10. Tom Lally, however, was called out on strikes to end the game.
Seven of the Bulls' 11 runs came on two-out home runs, including a grand slam and two-run homer as part of their eight-run third.
Two runs were already in and the bases were loaded when Mike Scarcello drove a 2-0 pitch from Rick Dodridge over the wall in left that gave Buffalo a 6-2 lead in the third. Two batters later, Matt Pollock homered on a 2-2 pitch that extended the lead to 8-2.
CMU immediately began chipping away at the lead, scoring once in the third and three times in the fourth to cut the deficit to 8-6.
Jordan Dean and Tyler Hall's back-to-back singles with two outs drove in the three runs in the fourth; the Chippewas still had the bases loaded when Dean, attempting to steal home, was called out to end the inning.
Dan Scahill stretched the Buffalo lead to 9-6 with a two-out solo home run in the sixth, but a two-out rally in the seventh by the Chippewas cut the margin to 9-8. Russell doubled home Nate Theunissen from first, then scored two batters later on Reid Rooney's single to right.
Buffalo added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth on Michael Burke's bases-loaded single that scored Tom Murphy and Jon Mestas.
Trailing 11-8, Lally led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run that chased Buffalo's Kevin Crumb, who to that point had allowed just two runs on two hits in three innings out of the bullpen. Burke shifted over from shortstop and retired four straight hitters before CMU tried to stage its finally rally in the ninth. Russell doubled with one out and Rooney drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second for Wrozek, who singled a 1-2 pitch back up the middle to score Russell with his fourth run of the game. Burke ended the rally when he struck out Lally with a breaking ball that caught the outside corner.
Crumb (1-4) earned the win for Buffalo after coming on to start the fifth inning. Burke earned his first save of the season.
Dodridge (1-3) took the loss for the Chippewas, surrendering eight earned runs on eight hits in just three innings. Pat Kaminska and Jon Weaver combined to allow three runs on six hits over the game's final six innings in relief.
Russell was 3-for-4 with three doubles and a walk to go along with his four runs scored. Dean finished 3-for-5 with a double. He also scored twice and drove in a pair of runs.
Along with earning the save for Buffalo, Burke reached base all five times he came to the plate. He was 4-for-4 with a double and was hit by a pitch.
The third and deciding game of the weekend series is set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Theunissen Stadium. The game can be heard on WMHW-FM 91.5 and online at CMUChippewas.com.
Eastern Michigan 3, Miami 1
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)— The Eastern Michigan University baseball team evened its series againt Mid-American Conference East Division foe Miami University here Saturday, March 24, with a 3-1 win at Oestrike Stadium. Brent Ohrman's two-RBI double broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning and pitchers Neil Butara and Paul Schaak took care of the rest.
The Eagles (7-14; 1-1 MAC) received another stellar pitching performance from Butara (2-1), who recorded a win for a second straight start. Butara built off last week's victory against Niagara, and tossed seven and one-thirds innings of one-run, nine-hit baseball. He also struck out four batters and issued a pair of walks.
Schaak came on with one out in the eighth and allowed just a single hit in the final one and two-thirds innings of the contest to earn his first save as an Eagle.
At the plate, Ohrman finished the afternoon 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Ohrman also stole his team-leading ninth base of the season in the sixth inning. Matt Hitt recorded the other Eastern Michigan RBI and went 1-for-3.
Brooks Fiala (2-3) pitched a complete game for the RedHawks (13-10; 1-1 MAC), but still ended up taking the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) over eight innings while striking out five and walking one.
Miami's Ryan Brenner went 2-for-5 for a second straight day as the leadoff hitter, and Bryce Redker's (1-for-4) infield hit resulted in the RedHawks' lone run in the sixth.
Hitt drove in the game's first tally in the second inning on a line shot to centerfield. Lee Longo, who was standing on second because of a wild pitch, came around to score to give EMU its first lead of the series, 1-0.
In the fifth, Miami put the leadoff runner on base before Butara induced a double play ball off the bat of Max Andresen. Butara preserved the one-run lead for the Eagles by popping up Dan Walsh in foul territory for the inning's final out.
Tucker Rubino and Ben Magsig posted back-to-back two-out hits in the fifth to put runners on first and third. Bo Kinder then slapped Fiala's first offering to left field, but the ball was gloved to retire the side.
Miami pushed a run across in the sixth as Redeker sent a dribbler to shortstop and legged out an RBI single. The RedHawks continued to threaten as Kevin Bower walked to load the bases with one down. Butara hunkered down and forced John Crummy to fly out to left field. That was followed by a weak grounder to second base by Andresen to end the inning.
The Green and White responded in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to regain the lead, 3-1. Ott led off the inning with a single to left field. A sacrifice bunt attempt by Austin Williams was thrown wide of first base by Fiala allowing him to reach safely. Longo sacrificed Ott to third and Williams to second before Ohrman blasted a double to straightaway center to plate both baserunners.
After Butara worked a scoreless seventh inning, Schaak was called from the bullpen to strand a leadoff walk to start the eighth. The sophomore hurler gave up a single to Crummy, but got Nate Bowles to ground out to end the inning.
Schaak shut the door on the RedHawks in their final at-bat, striking out the final two Miami hitters.
The final contest in this three-game set is slated for Sunday, March 25, at 1 p.m. Ryan Lavoie (1-1) will look to earn the Eagles a series win against Shawn Marquardt (2-2).
Kent State, 6 Northern Illinois 1
KENT, Ohio – Junior right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) displayed the command that made him a 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft pick, striking out a career-high nine over a career-long eight innings and retiring 14 of the final 15 batters he faced to help the Kent State baseball team down interdivision foe Northern Illinois, 6-1, and win the Mid-American Conference weekend series Saturday (March 24) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (10-10, 2-0 MAC) won the weekend courtesy of Saturday's victory that followed a 12-6 triumph over the Huskies (5-18, 0-2 MAC) in the series opener on Friday (March 23). Kent State has won four straight conference series dating back to the 2011 season.
"Ryan Bores was outstanding, as good as we've ever seen him," said eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "That's about as close to perfect as you can be. He commanded his fastball, had his breaking ball working and threw a couple changeups and got some outs of with it. That's what we'd hoped we'd get from him, and now that he's set that bar high, we're going to expect it from him every time out."
Making his debut in front of the Blue & Gold faithful after transferring to Kent State by way of Cuyahoga Community College, Bores improved to 4-2 on the season and increased his season strikeout total to 23 against just eight walks. He did not issue a free pass to the Huskies. Junior righty Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) tossed a scoreless ninth inning for Kent State in his eighth appearance out of the bullpen this season.
"Everything was working well," said Bores. "It was great to play at home. I was just trying to throw strikes and get people out."
Bores received some early insurance for Kent State's offense. Junior center fielder Evan Campbell (Beloit Ohio) led off the bottom of the first with a single to right, moved to third on a base hit to right by senior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) and scored one out later on a wild pitch to give the Flashes a 1-0 lead.
Kent State took advantage of some two-out lightning to increase its lead to 3-0 in the third. Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) was struck by a pitch with two outs, then stole second. That set the stage for Lyon to crush two-run home run over the right field wall, his second round tripper of the season and 16th of his career.
The Huskies got a run back in the top of the fourth when junior second baseman Jordan Huffman cracked a leadoff single, advanced to second on a wild pitch one out later and then scored on a fielding error by Kent State first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.)
Unfortunately for the Huskies, they were unable to solve the riddle of Bores the rest of the way as the Kent State arm retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.
Kent State tacked on three more scores in the eighth to help its cause. Lyon coaxed a leadoff walk, then moved up 90 feet on a failed pickoff attempt by Northern Illinois senior catcher Brett Frantini. Sophomore first baseman Cody Koch (Sandusky, Ohio) and sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Sandusky, Ohio) drew back-to-back walks to fill the bases for redshirt sophomore left fielder Troy Summers (Minerva, Ohio), who delivered a two-RBI single back up the middle to plate Lyon and Koch. Sutton and Summers each moved up a base on a wild pitch. After redshirt junior third baseman Nick Hamilton (Avon, Ohio) drew an intentional walk to load the bases again, Sutton scampered home and made it a 6-1 game when Northern Illinois junior center fielder Jamison Wells dropped a sacrifice fly served up by Kent State sophomore second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio).
Lyon led all hitters with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored while Huffman led Northern Illinois at the plate with two singles and a run scored.
Bores outdueled Northern Illinois junior righty Taylor Nawrocki, who struck out seven over seven frames but surrendered four earned runs on five hits and two walks to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Kent State goes for the weekend series sweep on Techno Sunday (March 25). Sophomore righty Tyler Skulina (Strongsville, Ohio) gets the starting nod on the mound and will make his Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium debut. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Toledo 6, Ohio 5
TOLEDO, OH - Freshman SS Dan Zuchowski collected a team-high three RBI on Saturday afternoon to help Toledo (9-12, 1-1 MAC) even its Mid-American Conference series with Ohio (10-11, 1-1 MAC) with a 6-5 victory over the Bobcats at Scott Park.
Starter Matt Kuna (3-0) earned the victory for the Rockets, allowing three runs and scattering nine hits in 5.1 innings of work. UT's bullpen then went to work with freshman RHP Andrew Marra picking up his second save by recording the final out of the contest.
Ohio senior RHP Shane Cole (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs and two hits in 2.0 innings of relief.
Senior 2B Joe Corfman spearheaded the Rockets' 13-hit attack with three hits with junior CF Ben Hammer and Zuchowski also collecting a pair of hits.
Sophomore C James Miglin started the Rockets' scoring by launching a homer over the center-field fence to lead off the second inning. Junior Jeff Cola followed with a triple to the right-center field gap before scoring on Zuchowski's single to right field.
The Bobcats answered right back though with three runs in the third, two on junior 1B Tyler Backstrom's two-run blast to right and one on senior RF Jensen Painter's solo shot to left.
UT then evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the third on senior 1B Mark Lapikas' deep sacrifice fly to center.
Zuchowski then put the Rockets ahead to stay in the fifth on Zuchowski's two-run single to right-center. UT added an insurance run in the eighth on Hammer's bunt single.
Painter made things interesting in the ninth with his second homer of the game. The Bobcats' next two batters reached base before Marra was able to close things out with a fly ball to left field.
The two teams will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday, March 25. First pitch from Scott Park is set for 1:05 p.m.
Akron 6, Ball State 3
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron baseball team scored six two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-3 win over Ball State on Saturday at Canal Park.
UA has now won five of its last seven games, moving to 8-13 overall and 2-0 in Mid-American Conference Play.
Freshman Pat Dyer (2-1) turned in an outstanding start on the mound, blanking the Cardinals for 7.0 innings, allowing six hits and striking out five. All nine hitters in the Akron line-up recorded a hit, with senior Dan Burant collecting a pair of knocks.
Ball State (3-14, 0-2), who scored all three runs in the top of the ninth, got multi-hit outings from T.J. Weir and Cody Campbell. Weir (0-5) took the loss on the mound, allowing five earned in 5.2 innings.
Dyer kept Ball State at bay throughout the game and stranded runners in scoring position in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In the fourth, the Cardinals had runners on second and third, but Dyer sat down Campbell to end the frame. The rookie southpaw struck out Dominic Cantazarite in the sixth with Cardinals on first and second and then pitched around a lead-off double by Campbell in the seventh.
After tallying just three hits through the first five innings, the UA bats came alive in the sixth. The Zips struck for seven hits – all singles - and six runs in the frame with all six scores coming with two outs. Begun started the onslaught with a one-out hit down the line in left and after Sam Watkins flew out to right, the next six batters all connected for singles.
Ball State's comeback attempt started with a lead-off walk by reliever Dan Becks. Campbell would plate the first score with a sacrifice fly to right, and pinch hitter Sean Godfrey drove in two more with a double down the right field line. Becks recovered, getting lead-off man Blake Beemer to foul out to end the game.
Akron looks for the series sweep Sunday at Canal Park. First pitch is at 1 p.m. Admission is free and the game will be streamed live at www.GoZips.com
Western Michigan 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 1)
Western Michigan 10, Bowling Green 3 (Game 2)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.-Western Michigan came back from a three-run deficit to defeat Bowling Green in game one of Saturday's doubleheader, 4-3, and then cruised to a 10-3 win over the Falcons in game two.
It was the first home games of the season for the Broncos and the Mid-American Conference opening series for both teams. WMU improved to 9-10 overall, 2-0 MAC, while BGSU fell to 8-14, 0-2.
Western Michigan will look for the series sweep against BGSU tomorrow in game three. First pitch from Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field is at 1 p.m.
GAME ONE RECAP
Western Michigan trailed by three heading into the home at bat of the fourth, but Troy Forton tied the game with one swing, launching a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Patrick Duncan drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
The Falcons plated two unearned runs in the second inning and scored a third run off of Bronco starter Casey Webber in the top of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
Forton tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with his first home run of the season, a three-run bomb over the fence in left field.
Webber gave way to reliever Monty Porter with two retired in the sixth and Porter and Patrick Borlik shut down the Falcons the rest of the way. Porter hurled two scoreless innings.
Jack Scanlon led off the bottom of the eighth with a single through the right side and moved to second on a sac bunt by Ryan McMillin. Duncan roped a two-out offering to the gap in left to score Scanlon.
Borlik was credited with the win, tossing 1.1 innings of hitless relief, and improved to 2-2 on the year.
Falcon reliever Brian Singer (1-2) was handed the loss, allowing one run and one hit in 2.1 innings.
Western Michigan had just five hits in the game. Forton, Duncan, Scanlon, McMillin and Zach Thoma each had one apiece.
GAME TWO RECAP
Western Michigan's offense started off hot in game two, scoring four runs in the first and opening a 7-0 lead after three innings.
Caleb Caton and Ryan McMillin both hit thunderous home runs, while Patrick Duncan went 3-for-4 with three RBIS and Troy Forton went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Left-handed starter Steve Laudicina struck out a career-best six batters over seven innings in the winning effort, earning his third victory in as many starts.
After allowing nine earned runs in 2.1 innings in his first appearance of the year at Arizona State on Feb. 18, Laudicina has surrendered just two earned runs over his last five appearances, spanning 29.0 innings (0.62 ERA in that stretch).
Vinnie Booker singled through the left side and Zach Thoma laid down a bunt for a base hit to get the offense going in the first. With one away, McMillin hit an RBI single to left field and Jared Kujawa scored a second run with a groundout. Duncan put a ball in the gap in right for a two-out RBI double and Troy Forton poked an RBI single to right center before BGSU could end the inning.
Caton blasted his third home run of the season in the bottom of the second, a booming solo shot over the fence marked 395 feet in straightaway center field.
McMillin hit his third home run of the year an inning later, a solo shot to left field. Caton drove in WMU's second run of the third with a bases-loaded ground ball.
Laudicina was set to retire the Falcons in order in the fifth, getting two strikeouts and a groundball, but a fielding error with one out allowed Bowling Green to score two unearned runs off a two-run single by Jake Thomas.
Duncan scored in the seventh after hitting a leadoff double, putting WMU up, 8-2, and then drove in both of WMU's final two runs in the bottom of the eighth with a single up the middle.
BGSU scored an earned run off of Bronco reliever Nick Bradley in the top of the eighth, off a walk, single and sacrifice fly.
Falcon right-handed starter Ethan McKenney (1-5) lasted just two innings, giving up seven runs and nine hits. The Broncos totaled 15 hits in the game.