Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Ohio 11, Ball State 9 (Game 1)
Ball State 4, Ohio 3 (Game 2)
Northern Illinois 7, Miami 5 (Game 1)
Northern Illinois 13, Miami 11 (Game 2)
Kent State 31, Bowling Green 20
Eastern Michigan 8, Central Michigan 7
Toledo 12, Western Michigan 7
Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Departments
Ohio 11, Ball State 9 (Game 1)
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Jake Madsen went 4-for-5 to help lead the Ohio University baseball team (18-16; 8-3) hold off a late surge by the Ball State Cardinals (7-25, 3-8) to take the first game of a doubleheader 11-9.
Ohio's win over Ball State marked its seventh-straight win over a league opponent. The Bobcats have not won seven straight league games since 1999.
Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) four-hit afternoon was his 16th multiple hit game of the year. He also picked up a hit for the 26th time in his last 27 games.
Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) also chipped in offensively as he went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He also moved into fifth-place all-time in the Ohio record books with his 35th career stolen base.
Newton also extended his hitting streak to 12 games and moved into 5th place in the Ohio record books with the 35th stolen base of his career.
Starting pitcher Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) picked up the win as he went 7.0 innings, striking out three and holding Ball State to only 2 earned runs. Sophomore pitcher Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) came on in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Newton got the scoring started in the first inning as he lead-off with a single and reached third on an errant throw by Ball State. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) brought Newton home on his team-high 32nd RBI of the season. Painter would later get on base for the 34th-consecutive game. In 2012, Painter has got on base in every game this season.
Ohio put two more runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second after catcher Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio) hit his second home-run of the year. Sophomore designated hitter Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) scored the second year of the after for the Cats following an RBI single by Newton. Newton's RBI single was his 22nd on the year.
Ball State got on the board in the third as it plated a pair of runs to make the count 3-2.
The Bobcats would answer in the bottom of the third to extend their lead to 6-2. Sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) had the key hit in the frame as he had a two out single up the middle that drove in a pair of runs.
Ohio was back at it again in the bottom of the fourth and added three more runs before Ball State called it a day for starting pitcher Nestor Bautista. BSU reliever Miles Moeller would come in to replace him. Freshman Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) leaded off the inning with a single and advanced home on a Madsen RBI. Painter reached on an error and added to his run total on the day on a RBI single by Schmidt. Madsen would add another run for Ohio on a sac-fly by Dean.
The Bobcats added another run in the bottom of the fifth, but Ball State would fight back with two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth to make the count 10-9 heading into the bottom of the frame.
In the eighth, Ohio got one run back thanks to an RBI single by Mezlak that scored Madsen from second base. Madsen reached on a single up the middle for his fourth hit of the game and his second 4-hit game of the season.
Ohio slammed the door in the ninth as it held Ball State scoreless.
Ball State 4, Ohio 3 (Game 2)
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (18-17, 8-4) dropped the second game of a doubleheader 4-3 to Ball State in the series finale on Sunday at Bob Wren Stadium. The Bobcats finished the series by taking two-of-three from the Cardinals over the weekend.
The Bobcats loss in game two of the doubleheader snapped its seven-game winning streak over league. Ohio's 2-1 series victory over Ball State marked its third MAC series victory of the year.
Junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway,Pa) took the loss giving up four runs on six hits. Sophomore Sean Kennedy (Columbus,Ohio) made an appearance and junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W.Va) came in relief to pitch the final 2.1 innings. Barber did not allow a run and struck out four.
Ball State's Devin Wilbun picked up the win coming on in relief for starter Chris Marangon. Wilbun did not allow a run. Jacob Brewer would earn the save pitching 2.1 innings of relief.
Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led the Bobcats offense, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain,Ohio) also chipped in offensively as he drove in a run, going 1-for-4. Senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va) would go 3-for-4, and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games.
Newton also stole a pair of bases. He currently leads the team with 18 steals on the year. As a team, Ohio had a season-high five swipes, surpassing the previous high of three.
Ball State would take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third thanks to a RBI single by Mitch Widau, which drove two runs. Ohio cut the Cardinals' lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Mezlak hit a two out single to left, scoring freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.).
After a solo shot by T.J. Weir in the sixth, Ball State to stretched its lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth.
In the bottom half of the frame, Ohio would tie the game following an RBI single by Gaertner to right field which plated senior Jensen Painter (Willshire,Ohio) and Newton. Painter got on base he singled to left field and got on base for the 35th-consecutive game. Painter is the only player on the team, who has got on base in every game this season.
Ball State added another run in the top of the seventh thanks to a single up the middle by Sean Godfrey, which scored Elbert Devarie from third.
Ohio returns to action on Tuesday as it heads to Youngstown State for a mid-week contest, beginning at 3 p.m.
Northern Illinois 7, Miami 5 (Game 1 Boxscore)
Northern Illinois 13, Miami 11 (Game 2 Boxscore)
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami pounded out 25 hits and scored 25 runs, but was swept by Northern Illinois, 7-5 and 13-11 Sunday afternoon at McKie Field. Combined with Friday's result, the Huskies took all three games of the MAC weekend series.
Bryce Redeker batted in four runs and Ryan Brenner and Kevin Bower each recorded five hits in the two games to lead the RedHawks at the plate. Freshman Ryan Elble recorded the first three RBIs of his career in the second game of the day.
In the opener, the Huskies' leadoff hitter came around to score in the first inning for the early 1-0 lead. Northern Illinois put four more on the board in the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 5-0 before Miami's bats started to come alive.
The RedHawks (17-19, 4-8 MAC) recorded three hits through the first four innings, but tripled that with six hits enroute to a 5-5 tie . Pinch hitter Nate Bowles started the inning when he reached on an error by the NIU first baseman. The next three Miami batters singled to score Bowles for the Red and White's first run of the game and load the bases. Redeker then hit into a fielder's choice that scored a run. Redeker then stole second while Brenner, on third, made a break for home. Both runners were safe on the double steal with Brenner earning his first steal of home of the season to cut the lead to 5-3.
The hit parade continued as Kevin Bower and Jacob Wolf singled before Dan Walsh cleared the bases with a double down the right field line to bring Miami all the way back to even with the Huskies.
The Huskies (11-24, 5-7 MAC) retook the lead in sixth and added an insurance run in the top of the ninth before closing Miami out for the win in the first game of the twin bill.
Brandon Adkins (3-1) took the loss for Miami, pitching 1.1 innings with one earned run on two hits and two strikeouts. Shawn Marquardt started, surrendering five runs on 10 hits through 4.1 innings but earned a no-decision after Miami tied it in the fifth. Northern Illinois starter Jake Hermsen (3-3) earned the win, pitching eight innings while allowing five runs, one earned, on 11 hits, while Kyle Glancy picked up his seventh save.
In the series finale, Northern Illinois scored in every inning except the seventh to top the RedHawks by a score of 13-11
Miami jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first inning thanks to RBIs by Redeker, Bower and Elble, but the lead would be short-lived.
Northern Illinois scored once in the second and twice in the third to tie it back up. The Huskies went on to score a total of five more runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-5 lead through the top of the seventh.
The RedHawks put five runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh to take a late 10-9 lead. Miami loaded the bases with no outs and had RBIs by Elble, Scott Slappey, Brenner and Redeker, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Huskies. they retied the game in the top of the eighth before scoring three in the ninth to rally and put the game away.
Nathan Williams (0-3) took over in the top of the eighth to pitch Miami out of trouble with the inning's final out, but allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in the top of the ninth. That runner would come around to score the winning run, as Williams was credited with 0.1 innings pitched with one earned run without a hit and a walk. Miami starter Mac Thoreson pitched the first 3.1 innings, giving up five runs, all earned, on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout. Northern Illinois reliever Zach Badgley (1-0) pitched 1.1 innings in the seventh and eighth with no runs, hits or walks and two strikeouts to pick up the win. Glancy completed the weekend with his third save in as many tries to increase his total to eight.
Miami tries to end a season-long four-game losing streak on Wednesday, April 18 against Dayton at McKie Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Kent State 31, Bowling Green 20
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - In a game that included 51 runs, 46 hits, nine errors, and 487 pitches, the Bowling Green State University baseball team fell to Kent State, 31-20, on Sunday afternoon. The game was played at Steller Field, with the duration being four hours and three minutes. With the win, Kent State improves to 20-15 overall, and 10-2 in MAC action. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 14-21 on the year, and 4-8 in MAC play.
The Flashes got off to a fast start in the game, as they would score ten runs in the first inning, as 15 batters came to the plate in the inning. Falcon starter Trevor Blaylock would only make it through 0.2 innings on the day, as he was roughed up for 8 runs on six hits. He wasn’t helped by the defense, which made two errors behind him in the inning, making four of his eight runs unearned. The Flashes led 10-0 before the Falcons even came to bat.
The Falcons would not score in the bottom of the first, which was one of just five half innings that either team was held scoreless all afternoon. Each team was also retired one, two, three just one time on the day, as well.
After holding Kent State scoreless in the top of the second, the Falcons would jump onto the scoreboard with a four spot of their own. With the wind gusting to over 30 MPH on the afternoon, everyone at Steller Field could tell that this one was going to be a slugfest.
The Golden Flashes responded with four runs in the top of the third, but the Falcons came back with three of their own, making it 14-7 after just three innings.
Kent State would get five runs in each of the next two innings, but the Falcons wouldn’t go away, either, as they scored one run in the fourth, and seven in the fifth to make it 24-15 after five innings.
The Falcons would get two more in the bottom of the sixth to creep to within seven, at 24-17.
The offenses would settle down, by Sunday’s standards, over the final three innings, as Kent State would outscore the Falcons 7-3 from the seventh inning on to win the game 31-20. The Flashes outhit Bowling Green 25-21 in the game, while the Falcons committed five defensive errors, to Kent State’s four.
The game was the second highest scoring game in Steller Field history, with 51 total runs. It stands only behind a 29-25 Falcon victory over Xavier on May 1, 2001. Kent State’s run total of 31 runs only stands behind Ball State’s 32 runs back on April 10, 2010.
In total, 24 runners were left on base, 17 extra base hits were accumulated, and 40 players were used.
Red-shirt sophomore Fred Sharp recorded his first career hit with his single up the middle in the ninth inning.
The Falcons return to action on Tuesday evening, when they travel to Dayton, Ohio for a battle with Wright State. Following that contest, the Falcons will travel to Oxford, Ohio for a weekend showdown with Miami University.
Eastern Michigan 8, Central Michigan 7
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com)— Fans at Oestrike Stadium had to wait through a 90-minute rain delay prior to first pitch, but Brent Ohrman's two-run walk-off homer made some extra sitting around well worth it as the Eastern Michigan University baseball team stunned Central Michigan University, 8-7, Sunday afternoon. Ohrman tucked a fly ball just inside the left-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth to snatch the series from the Chippewas.
The Adrian, Mich. native knocked in the game-winning score for the Eagles (16-19; 8-4 MAC) for the second time in the series and pushed his career-best hitting streak to an even 20 games with a 2-for-6 showing and a pair of RBI. All of this came after it appeared he would have to exit the game after crashing into the centerfield wall in the third inning on what would turn out to be an inside-the-park homerun for Nate Theunissen.
Central Michigan (15-21; 6-6 MAC) had EMU down to its final strike in the ninth when Ben Magsig singled up the middle to keep the inning alive. Closing pitcher Dietrich Enns (1-2) then tried to sneak a 1-0 inside heater past Ohrman, but he left it too far over the plate. Ohrman turned on the pitch and brought the crowd to its feet with his first homer of the season.
The Eagles opened up a two-game lead on the Chippewas for first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with 15 conference games remaining.
Joe Battistelli (2-4) was impressive yet again in two innings of relief, striking out three batters while not allowing a hit. The righty finished the weekend with a win, save and seven strikeouts to his credit.
Ryan Lavoie took a no decision after departing with one out in the third. The freshman had to sit for too long as Ohrman was being looked at by EMU training staff following his incident in centerfield. Lavoie allowed four earned runs on three hits while walking three and fanning one.
Magsig went 3-for-5 on the day with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. He has now reached base in 19 straight outings. Sam Ott increased his hitting streak to 12 games Sunday with a 3-for-4 display which included an RBI.
Bo Kinder (2-for-5) and Adam Dennison (2-for-4) also posted two-hit games, with Kinder extending his run of contests in which he has reached base safely to 28. Daniel Russell was hitless on the afternoon, but drew three of Eastern Michigan's seven walks.
For Central Michigan, left hander Rick Dodridge did not record a decision in four innings of work in which he surrendered three runs (two earned) on five hits, four walks, and two punchouts.
EMU pitchers limited the Chippewas to just six hits despite issuing seven walks. Theunissen was at it again for CMU, going 2-for-5 with five RBI which included a three-run inside-the-park homer in the third. Tyler Hall had the other RBI for CMU and was 1-for-3 at the dish with a run scored.
After the two clubs threw scoreless frames in the first and second, the Chippewas broke out to a 4-0 lead in the third. Hall started things off with a single to right which scored Nick Reginer.
Then with runners at the corners, Theunissen drilled a line drive to straightaway centerfield. Ohrman gave chase but came up inches short of making a spectacular catch as the ball glanced off his glove. Running full speed, Ohrman collided with the outfield wall and was slow to get up, allowing the ball to roll far enough away to let Theunissen circle the basepaths.
Roughly 10 minutes passed before Ohrman and EMU trainers decided the senior was able to remain in the game. Lavoie departed and Jordan Glover came on to finish the remainder of the inning.
Eastern cut its deficit in half, 4-2, in the bottom of the third as CMU errors were a contributing factor in both tallies. Second baseman Hall bobbled a potential double-play ball with one out to instead allow Magsig to reach base and plate Russell. Ott then singled with two down to drive home John Rubino.
Rubino made it a 4-3 contest in the following inning on a sacrifice fly to right field which scored his older brother, Tucker Rubino.
EMU raced ahead, 6-4, with three more runs in the sixth. Rubino (John) hit a towering fly ball to right field which was dropped by Regnier and allowed the freshman to reach third base. Magsig singled to score Rubino and then came around himself on a Lee Longo sacrifice fly. Kinder finished off the scoring with his eighth double of the season to bring in Ohrman.
The Eagles' lead would not last long, however, as the Chippewas put up a three-spot of their own in the top of the seventh to go ahead, 7-6. Glover, who had been cruising along nicely until that point, hit a batter, gave up a single and walked Hall to load the bases with one out. All three baserunners ended up scoring as Paul Schaak was unable to strand the runners. The inning was highlighted by Theunissen's two-RBI single up the middle.
Battistelli kept the Chippewas off the scoreboard in the eighth and ninth innings to leave it up to the offense. Enns came out of the CMU bullpen in search of his second save in as many games. He looked well on his way to earning that save as he retired Matt Hitt on strikes and Rubino (John) on a flyout.
But the batting order flipped over and an ever-patient Magsig waited for his pitch and drilled a 1-2 offering up the middle to bring the potential winning run, Ohrman, to the dish. Enns missed with his first pitch and optioned for the fastball as his second selection. The pitch ended up on the inner-half of home plate and Ohrman tattooed it just fair down the left-field line to send the Eagles to their first walk-off homerun win of the year and their sixth victory in seven games.
The Eagles' next matchup is against the University of Michigan Wednesday, April 18, in Ann Arbor. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. as EMU looks to sweep the season series with the Wolverines.
Toledo 12, Western Michigan 7
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo put up crooked numbers on the scoreboard in four innings and cruised to a 12-7 victory over Western Michigan in Sunday's Mid-American Conference series finale at blustery Scott Park. The Rockets won two of three games against their MAC West Division rival Broncos (16-17, 6-5 MAC) this weekend, improving to 17-19 overall and 6-6 in the league.
UT registered a season high in runs and pounded out its second-highest hit total of the spring versus four WMU hurlers. Senior CF Ben Hammer (4-for-4, 4 RS, 3 RBI) led the offensive onslaught with a career-tying best four hits, a collegiate-high four runs scored and a season-best three RBI, while senior DH Matt Delewski (3-for-5, RS, RBI), sophomore C James Miglin (3-for-5, 3 RS, 3 RBI), junior 3B Wes White (2-for-4, 3 RS, RBI) and freshman LF Anthony Smith (2-for-4, 2 RS) each had multi-hit efforts in the impressive five-run triumph.
On the mound, junior RHP Mike Hamann (1-4) was efficient over the opening 6.1 frames to earn his first victory of the spring. The 2010 second-team All-MAC selection allowed seven runs on eight hits with five punchouts to help Toledo defeat Western Michigan for the eighth time in the last nine meetings, dating back to the 2010 campaign.
UT exploded out of the gates and gave Hamann the early lead with four runs in its opening at-bat. The Midnight Blue & Gold collected four hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Smith and a run-scoring single from Miglin. The Rockets also benefitted from a WMU passed ball with the bases loaded to build the four-run cushion.
Western Michigan plated single tallies in each of the next two innings to cut the deficit in half, 4-2. The visitors took advantage of a RBI groundout by Dan Shutes and a solo home run from Jack Scanlon to make it a two-run difference.
Toledo responded with a RBI double by Delewski in the bottom of the third. The Rockets had a good chance to further add to their advantage as they had runners on first and second base with one out, but WMU LHP Steve Laudicina produced back-to-back punchouts to keep the score at 5-2.
UT continued to pour it on offensively in the fourth inning and received a two-run home run off the bat of Miglin and a RBI single by Hammer to send the Broncos' Laudicina to the showers. The home team also took advantage of a walk and a key WMU error to increase its margin to 8-2.
Western Michigan refused to go quietly, though, and mustered a pair of runs on RBI hits from Patrick Duncan & Nick Bradley to trim the score to 8-4 in top of sixth inning.
Toledo would not let WMU keep its momentum, as Hammer responded with a two-run roundtripper in the bottom of the sixth.
The Broncos put forth one final push in the seventh and made the situation pretty interesting when Scanlon crushed a three-run home run to make the score 10-7, ending the afternoon for UT's Hamann. Fortunately for the Rockets, junior RHP Cody Umbright came on in relief for a third consecutive game and did not allow any further damage in the inning.
Toledo was able to respond one more time in the eighth inning and put the finishing touches on the impressive home victory with a solo home run by White and a bases loaded wild pitch to set the final score at 12-7.
Senior RHP Tyler Scott relieved Umbright in the ninth and worked a flawless frame to preserve the victory.
WMU's Laudicina (3-3) was tagged with the loss, surrendering eight runs (five earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
Scanlon (3-for-4, 3 RS, 4 RBI) led the Broncos with two home runs, three runs scored and a game-high four RBI, while Duncan (3-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) and Bradley (3-for-4, RBI) also had three hits in a losing effort.
The Rockets return to action on Wednesday, April 18 when they host Horizon League foe Wright State. The opening pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m. from Scott Park.