Sunday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/1/2012
Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Northern Illinois 8, Akron 2
Bowling Green 5, Central Michigan 4
Ohio 10, Eastern Michigan 9
Kent State 18, Ball State 2
Miami 11, Toledo 3
Western Michigan v. Buffalo, PPD

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Northern Illinois 8, Akron 2

DeKALB, Ill. – Senior Jake Hermsen hurled eight scoreless innings, including four perfect stanzas, to clinch the series for Northern Illinois against Akron, 8-2. The Huskies totaled 11 hits in the contest, including a three run home run by Troy White in the bottom of the fourth.
“We came out with a new attitude today and that was big for us,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey “We were able to take the series and that was our goal for the weekend. It helps when you have a player like Jake (Hermsen), who was throwing first pitch strikes to help the team and himself.”
The first three innings of the game flew right by as neither team recorded a hit or put a runner on base. In the bottom half of the fourth, NIU opened the floodgates on a single by Jordan Huffman and Jeff Zimmerman reaching base on a deep fly to left field. Alex Klonowski followed with a single to drive in Huffman and White homered shortly thereafter to right center and to give the Huskies a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Huskies starting rounding the bags as they tallied five hits and scored three runs to advance the lead, 7-0. Alex Jones and Zimmerman tallied an RBI apiece in the inning.
Jamison Wells reached base on a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning but soon made up for the first out of the inning. Wells stole his second base of the day and would score from second when Jones singled and got caught in a run down between the bases.
Hermsen continued to dazzle in the game surrendering three combined hits in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He began his work in the ninth inning but soon gave up a single and a triple to give up the shutout. 

Senior Kyle Glancy finished the game for Hermsen, who exited the field with a standing ovation from the fans at Ralph McKinzie Field.  Glancy would record three strikeouts in the inning to end the ball game for Northern Illinois.
The NIU win clinched the Huskies first series win of the season and improved the team to 8-20 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips are now 10-17 and 3-3 in the MAC. The Huskies will return to action Friday April 6 for a three game series with Ohio, beginning at 3:05 p.m.
Bowling Green 5, Central Michigan 4

The Bowling Green State University baseball team defeated Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a Patrick Lancaster game-winning single in the bottom of the 15th inning, giving the Falcons a 5-4 win. The game, which tied the longest in school-history, took over four hours to complete. With the win, the Falcons are now 10-17 on the season, while improving to 2-4 in Mid-American Conference play.
The Falcons got off to a quick start, as Andrew Kubuski scored in the second, to give Bowling Green a 1-0 lead. Kubuski was 3-for-7 on the day, extending his hitting-streak to 14 games. In the bottom of the third, the Falcons would take a 4-0 lead on a Logan Walker home run to left field, his first of the season. Jake Thomas and Brandon Howard scored on the home run.

That would be the last time the Falcons would score until the 15th, as Central Michigan would work their way back into the game, scoring three runs in the sixth, and one in the seventh, to force extra innings. In the top of the 11th, Alex Davison would gun down the go-ahead run at the plate to end the inning and keep the score tied at four.
Freshman starter Andrew Lacinak was outstanding on the afternoon, going five innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out four. He received a no-decision on the afternoon. Senior left-hander Matt Malewitz came on in relief for the top of the 12th, going the last four innings, not allowing a run.
The Falcon pitchers worked out of many jams on the afternoon, to keep the game tied into the 15th inning. After the Falcons had had many chances in previous innings, Patrick Lancaster finally made Central Michigan pitcher Dietrich Enns pay. Enns, who was in his seventh inning of relief, was tabbed with the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season. Lancaster’s single up-the-middle scored Logan Walker to give the Falcons the dramatic, walk-off, 5-4 victory.
Sunday’s game tied a school-record for length of a game, matching the 15 inning affair between Toledo and Bowling Green on April 29, 1961. In that game, Bowling Green was defeated 4-0.
With the win, the Falcons take the series from Central Michigan, recovering after Friday’s loss to take the last two games of the series.
The Falcons will be back in action on Wednesday when they welcome Defiance College to town for a midweek matinee. First pitch of that game will be at 3 pm. Following that game, the Falcons will be back on the road to continue MAC play at Akron, with single games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next weekend.
Ohio 10, Eastern Michigan 9

ATHENS, Ohio - In the final outing of a three-game weekend series, the Ohio Baseball team (13-14; 3-3 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan Sunday afternoon by a score of 10-9.
Ohio saw its two streaks stay alive during the contest as freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushed his hitting streak to 20 games with a double, while senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) got on base for the 27th-consecutive game. Painter went 2-for-4 on the day with his 11th home run of the season, while senior Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) also had a successful day on a 2-for-5 effort with two doubles.
Junior Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) picked up the win, his second of the season, while sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio), sophomore Tyler Stage (Grove City, Ohio), senior Shane Cole (Oakville, Ontario) and junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) all saw time on the mound. Barber was credited with the save on the afternoon, his second of the season.
Eastern Michigan came out aggressive in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on an Ohio infield error that led to a Ben Magsig run to give the Eagles the early 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Matt Hitt lined a double to left field, driving home three more runs to extend Eastern Michigan's lead to 4-0. Stage replaced Kennedy and forced a final fly out to end the inning for the Bobcats.
Ohio responded in the bottom of the inning, though, as Newton got things rolling with a double of his own to center field. Eagles pitcher Ryan Lavoie walked freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) to put two Bobcats on base, and Painter RBI singled to left field, putting Ohio on the board for its first run of the day. A wild pitch advanced Wells and Painter one base each as Lavoie walked Madsen to load the bases, and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) knocked home a two-RBI double to cut Eastern Michigan's lead to 4-3. Ohio added two more runs to cap off the eventful first inning and take the lead 5-4.
Cole took over the pitching efforts midway through the top of the second inning as Eastern Michigan regained the lead 6-5 thanks to a two-run double from Sam Ott. Cole then stunted the Eagles' momentum with a strikeout to bring the Bobcats up to bat. Wells got his first hit of the day with a double to left-center field and later advanced to third on another wild pitch. Madsen tied things up at six runs apiece with a RBI double, expanding his hitting streak to 20 games.
Ohio held Eastern Michigan scoreless in the third and fourth innings, as Paliotto became the fourth Bobcat pitcher to take the mound. Painter capitalized on the solid Bobcat defense with a shot to left field in the bottom of the fourth for his 11th home run of the season, putting Ohio in front 8-6. Senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) and Mezlak both got on base with hits following Painter's blast and freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) laced a two RBI single to build the Bobcats' lead to 9-6.
The Eagles cut Ohio's lead to one in the top of the fifth after two scored runs from Bo Kinder and Austin Williams, but Holmes added to his successful day with a RBI single to put Ohio back up 10-8.
Eastern Michigan added one more run in the top of the seventh inning, but that would prove to be all the Eagles could muster as Barber closed out the game for Ohio, helping the Bobcats seal the win 10-9.
Ohio Baseball takes a break from conference play as the Bobcats take on Big East Conference opponent Cincinnati this Tuesday, Apr. 3. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
Kent State 18, Ball State 2

MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team dropped the series finale Sunday afternoon to perennial Mid-American Conference power Kent State 18-2 at Ball Diamond. The Cardinals return to play Tuesday afternoon as they wrap up their five-game home stand hosting Indiana Tech. 

 Junior left-hander Miles Moeller (Phoenix, Ariz./Glendale CC) was wild in the first inning issuing three walks and a lead off hit Evan Campbell allowing Kent State to take an early 1-0 lead. Moeller limited the damage to just one run though as he struck out Troy Summers with the bases loaded to keep it a one-run game. 

Kent State (14-12, 6-0 MAC) chased Moeller from the game in the second inning as it took advantage of a BSU error to score three runs to take a 4-0 lead. The Golden Flashes posted three hits in the inning after the error, including a run-scoring double by George Roberts. 

Ball State (4-19, 1-5 MAC) threatened in the bottom of the second inning as Cody Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan), Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) and Kirby Campbell (Muncie, Ind./Cowan) posted singles to load the bases with one out. Kent State starter Tyler Skulina worked his way out of the jam though as he got a strike out and an infield pop fly to strand the bases loaded. 

The Golden Flashes broke the game open in the top of the third inning against the Cardinals' bullpen as they scored six runs to take a 10-0 lead. Campbell had the big hit for Kent State with a three-run home run over the right field wall while Tommy Monnot posted a two-run double. 

The Cardinals broke through against Skulina in the third inning as Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) was hit by a pitch. After a ground ball, Cody Campbell ripped a run-scoring single off the third base bag and into left field to score Widau. The Cardinals made it a 10-2 game as Billy Wellman (Portland, Ind./Jay County) came off the bench and ripped a RBI single into the right center field gap.  

Kent State added to its lead with three runs in the fourth and the fifth inning to open to a 16-2 lead before the Cardinals' bullpen threw up three zeros. Left-hander Matt Johnsen (Barrington, Ill./Fremd) turned in a solid outing for the Cardinals working 2.2 shutout innings and striking out a career-high four batters. 

Moeller (1-2) was charged with the loss as he lasted 1.1 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits while walking three. Skulina (3-2) picked up the victory for Kent State as he worked into the seventh inning allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out six batters. 

Ball State steps out of MAC play Tuesday afternoon as it hosts Indiana Tech. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Ball Diamond. 

Miami 11, Toledo 3

OXFORD, Ohio -- Shawn Marquardt pitched his third complete game of the year and Matt Honchel collected a career-best four hits for the second straight day as Miami routed Toledo 11-3 Sunday afternoon at McKie Field. The RedHawks (15-12, 3-3 MAC) had a season-high 16 hits as they won their consecutive games over the Rockets (12-14, 3-3 MAC).
Marquardt (3-3) surrendered three runs, one of which was unearned, on six hits, one walk and one hit batter with five strikeouts. Honchel continued his hot streak, going 4-for-5 on the day and 11-for-14 for the series to raise his season batting average to .436. He and Bryce Redeker provided most of the offense for Miami as they each had two runs batted in and scored three runs apiece. Redeker earned his RBI's on a third-inning home run to left center, his third longball of the year.
Miami opened the scoring in the first inning as leadoff hitter Ryan Brenner and Honchel reached base on singles and eventually came around to score to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The RedHawks added to that in the third when Redeker sent a no doubter over the wall in left center with Honchel on base to increase the lead to 4-0.
The blast prompted a visit to the mound and a reliever to start warming in the Toledo bullpen. Before the reliever could get fully warmed up, Miami continued the hit parade as the next three hitters collected hits off of Rocket starter Jared Locke (3-4), who would ultimately take the loss.
Locke's 59th pitch with one away in the third ended up in left center field off the bat of Max Andresen, who slid into second for a double and plated Kevin Bower from second on the play. Lincoln Rassi relieved Locke and immediately uncorked a wild pitch that allowed John Crummy to score, giving the RedHawks a 6-0 lead. 

On the mound for Miami, Marquardt pitched three innings of perfect baseball to start the game. The first hit he surrendered was a close play at first after Toledo leadoff hitter Joe Corfman hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop. Three batters later, a double to left center scored two base runners and cut to margin to 6-2.

The teams traded runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth to make it 7-3, in favor of Miami through five frames.
Marquardt found himself in a jam in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded after runners reached on a throwing error, single and a hit batsman before the RedHawk pitcher induced a pair of short fly balls to retire the side without issue.
The RedHawks added three more insurance runs after two were out in the eighth as Brenner, Honchel and Redeker each crossed the plate with two outs to increase the lead to 11-3.
Next up for Miami is home game against Ohio State on Wednesday, April 4 at McKie Field.
Western Michigan v. Buffalo, PPD