Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Bowling Green 7, Miami 2
Ohio 6, Buffalo 4
Ball State 8, Eastern Michigan 4
Central Michigan 3, Kent State 0
Toledo 7, Northern Illinois 3
Western Michigan vs. Akron (PPD - DH on 4/21 at 1 p.m.)
Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Departments
Bowling Green 7, Miami 2
OXFORD, Ohio -- Three Bowling Green pitchers held Miami to just five hits, while the Falcons' top four hitters combined for eight hits and five runs batted in, leading the visitors to a 7-2 victory over the RedHawks Friday night at McKie Field. The loss was the fifth in six games for Miami (18-20, 4-9 MAC).
Freshman Ryan Elble tripled and score for the RedHawks, while four other players each managed a single. For Bowling Green (16-21, 5-8 MAC), Jake Thomas and TJ Losby tallied three hits each, while Logan Walker drive in three with a pair of hits.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ryan Brenner walked and stole second. He took third on a wild throw by the catcher, then came home when Nate Bowles singled to center.
But the lead was short-lived. A one-out home run in the second tied the game, then the Falcons took the lead for good with two runs in the third. A walk and triple plated the first, while a single one out later made the score 3-1.
A one-out triple followed by a single in the fourth put the Falcons up 4-1, but Miami struck back in the fifth. With one out, Elble hit a 1-2 pitch to the wall in right center for his first career triple. When the next batter flew out to center, Elble bluffed toward home, forcing an errant throw that allowing him to score anyway. The RedHawks continued to threaten, putting runners on first and second but Falcon starter Matt Malewitz struck out Kevin Bower to end the frame.
Bowling Green added three insurance runs in the eighth to make the final score 7-2, although Miami put its first two batters on base in the ninth.
Malewitz, the first of three Falcon pitchers, improved to 3-3 by allowing two hits over 5.0 innings. Only one of the runs he surrendered was earned and he struck out one. Brooks Fiala (2-5) took the loss after giving up four runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings.
The two teams continue their series tomorrow afternoon with a 3 p.m. contest at McKie Field.
Ohio 6, Buffalo 4
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Tyler Wells went 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season and senior Jensen Painter got on base for the 37th-consecutive game as the Ohio Baseball team (20-17; 9-4) defeated Buffalo 6-4 Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium in the first of a three-game weekend series.
Wells (Lexington, Ky.) also finished with two runs and two RBI on the night, while sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) also had a strong performance, going 2-for-3 with a sac hit. Senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) went 1-for-3 and scored a run as well.
Pitcher Brent Choban (Rittman, Ohio) secured the win in the game as he improved to 6-2 on the year. The senior pitched seven innings, allowed 11 hits and recorded three strikeouts, while junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va) was credited with the save, his fifth of the season.
Buffalo jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Alex Baldock singled to center field to drive home Matt Pollock, but Choban was able to drop the next two batters with a strikeout and fly out to center field.
After two wild pitches from Camp in his first action on the mound, Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) advanced to third base as Wells (Lexington, Ky.) and Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) both got on to load the bases. Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) then flied out to right field, but it was enough to bring senior Ethan Newton (Norfolk, Va.) home and tie the score at 1-1. Junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) singled to score Wells and Painter added one more run before the end of the inning to help the Bobcats take the lead 3-1.
A scoreless second inning from both teams provided the Bulls an opportunity to tie the game as Tom Murphy hit a two-run home run to left field to knot things up 3-3. Buffalo continued its offensive pressure into the top of the fourth, scoring the go-ahead run with no outs on the board to take the lead 4-3. The Bulls would threaten by putting more runners on base, but the Ohio infield was able to turn a double play to get the 'Cats out of the jam.
Wells provided the heroics in the bottom of the fifth, blasting a home run to left-center field to tie the game at four runs apiece. Painter followed by getting on base with his third walk of the night, but the Bulls prevented Ohio from generating momentum and regaining the lead as pitcher Cameron Copping retired the next three Bobcat batters.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Wells continued to find the hot bat as he recorded a base hit to drive in a Holmes run and give Ohio the 5-4 lead. Choban and company kept up solid infield play to begin the seventh and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) flied out to left field, allowing Madsen to score and extend the Bobcats' lead to 6-4 with two innings left to play.
Junior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) replaced Choban in the top of the eighth inning and helped seal the win for Ohio, striking out two of Buffalo's final three batters.
Both teams return to Bob Wren Stadium Saturday, Apr. 21 for the second contest of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Ball State 8, Eastern Michigan 4
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team posted its largest single-inning scoring output of the season scoring seven runs in the fourth inning as the Cardinals opened a three-game Mid-American Conference series against MAC West Division leading Eastern Michigan with an 8-4 victory Friday afternoon at Ball Diamond. The victory improves the Cardinals to 5-8 in MAC play while the Eagles fall to 8-5 in league action.
Sophomore right-hander/designated hitter T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) continued his strong play of late as he picked up his second victory of the season while also hitting his second home run of the year. Weir worked 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three. He drove in a pair of runs at the plate as well connecting on a fourth inning home run and posting an RBI groundout in the same frame.
Eastern Michigan (17-20, 8-5 MAC) opened the scoring in the top of the third inning against Weir. John Rubino started things with a one out single and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Brent Ohrman lined the first pitch he saw into left field scoring Rubino for the 1-0 lead.
Ball State (10-25, 5-8 MAC) answered right back against EMU right-hander Neil Butara in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Mitch Overley (Zionsville, Ind./Brebeuf) drew a one-out single and moved to third as junior Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) doubled over the right fielder's head. Widau tied the game as he lifted the first pitch he saw into deep center field driving in Overley to tie the game at 1-1.
The Cardinals broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate scoring seven runs on five hits to take an 8-1 lead. Weir helped his own cause out to lead off the inning as he crushed the first pitch he saw high over the right center field wall for his second home run in as many league games to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
Ball State continued the inning as it loaded the bases without a hit as Butara walked a batter and hit one to go along with a fielder's choice. Overley came through with a two-run bases loaded single through the right side for the 4-1 lead. After a walk loaded the bases, Widau poked a two-run single into right field to keep the inning alive.
Sophomore Sean Godfrey (New Albany, Ind./New Albany) drove in the Cardinals' sixth run of the inning as he doubled off the right field wall. Weir capped the scoring as he grounded out to notch his second RBI of the inning giving the Cardinals an 8-1 lead.
Eastern Michigan came back in the top of the fifth and scored two runs to narrow the BSU lead to 8-3. The Eagles took advantage of two Weir walks to lead off the inning before getting a sacrifice fly from Ohrman and a RBI single from Sam Ott. The Cardinals' defense came through to limit the damage as Weir got Tucker Rubino to line into an inning-ending double play to Widau with the bases loaded to thwart the threat.
Eastern Michigan battled to the last out as the Eagles loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning with two singles and a BSU fielding error. Moeller buckled down striking out Matt Hitt for the second out of the inning before getting Daniel Russell to fly out ending the game.
Moeller picked up his first career save as he worked the final 3.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits while posting a pair of strikeouts. Butara (3-3) picked up the loss for the Eagles in his shortest start of the year. He lasted just 4.0 innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits while walking three batters.
Ball State and Eastern Michigan will continue its three-game series Saturday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond with right-hander Chris Marangon (Maple Valley, Wash./Edmunds CC) on the hill for the Cardinals.
Central Michigan 3, Kent State 0
MOUNT PLEASANT - Senior Zach Cooper pitched his second complete game shutout of the season Friday afternoon, striking out a career-high 13 batters versus Kent State to earn the victory, 3-0.
The senior was dominant from start to finish, helping the Chippewas improve to 7-6 in the Mid-American Conference and 17-22 overall on the season. With the loss, the Golden Flashes fall to 10-3 in the MAC and 21-16 overall.
Cooper struck out two in the first inning before striking out the side in the second inning to notch five strikeouts over the first two innings.
The Chippewas got all the scoring they would need in the bottom of the second frame, as senior Sam Russell hit a single and scored one batter later on a double by junior Jordan Adams to grab a 1-0 lead.
A strikeout each in the third and fourth innings gave Cooper seven on the day before the Maroon and Gold extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth. Russell led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout by Adams before coming across to score on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze bunt by freshman Joe Houlihan.
Another strikeout and a timely line out double play helped Cooper in the top of the fifth and the Chippewas played small ball later in the inning to pad their lead to 3-0.
Senior Tyler Hall was hit by a pitch and junior Jordan Dean extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single before the two runners pulled off a double steal to move to second and third. Senior William Arnold then hit the next pitch to deep center field for a sacrifice fly and a 3-0 CMU lead.
Cooper struck out another KSU batter in the sixth, two more in the seventh and got his biggest punch out of the game in the bottom of the eighth when he got Jason Bagoly to go down swinging with runners on first and second to end the Golden Flashes' only true threat. The strikeout was his final of the game, setting the new career high.
Russell led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Dean finished 2-for-3. Houlihan, Adams and Arnold each drove in a run.
Cooper walked only one in the contest that lasted just 1 hour and 59 minutes, sitting the Golden Flashes down in order in six of the nine innings. He improved to 4-3 on the season, including 4-1 in MAC play, and lowered his ERA from 3.13 to 2.73 in the contest.
CMU and Kent State will resume the series at Theunissen Stadium tomorrow at 2:05 p.m.
Toledo 7, Northern Illinois 3
DeKALB, Ill. – Scattering nine hits and playing errorless baseball defensively, the Northern Illinois baseball squad fell to Toledo on a chilly and frigid Friday afternoon, 7-3.
“Taylor Nawrocki did a nice job on the mound for us and he got up in the pitch count a bit, but he was throwing it pretty good,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “Toledo’s pitcher did a good job and we had some opportunities to add on to our lead but we didn’t and that’s what a Friday pitcher in the MAC can do to you. We have to keep the ball game closer at the end of the game. We made some mistakes, it’s game one in the series but we’ll be back tomorrow to get it done.”
The Huskies and the Rockets traded blows in the first two innings, as each squad scored a run and were level, 2-2, after two innings. In the third, NIU took the lead on a Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) double past the third baseman and down the left field line to put the Huskies up, 3-2.
Troy White (Chicago/Whitney Young) hit his second triple of the season to score Northern Illinois’ first run of the game in the opening stanza and freshman Micah McCulloch (Rochelle, Ill.) hit a hard liner down the right field line in the second to drive in Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo.) from second.
From the bump, Taylor Nawrocki (Fairmont, Minn./Granada-Huntley-East Chain) pitched 7.1 innings and did a good job in the middle of the ball game to limit his pitch count and retire the Rockets side 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth. He finished with four strikeouts, two walks and four runs.
Northern Illinois combined for five extra base hits, including White’s triple in the first inning. Alex Jones (Kansas City, Kan./Piper) popped off his 15 double of the season and his fourth in the last four games during the third tilt.
The Huskies will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon against UT, with the first pitch being delayed to 1:15 p.m. for the ceremonial first pitch thrown by Dr. Ken Chessick, the main benefactor for the Huskies indoor practice facility which breaks ground tomorrow afternoon.