Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/5/2012
Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Miami 6, Akron 0
Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 0
Toledo 3, Buffalo 0
Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 1
Western Michigan 3, Ball State 2
Kent State 4, Ohio 1 (Resumed from 5/4)
Kent State 8, Ohio 1

Stories courtesy of Home MAC Sports Information Offices

Miami 6, Akron 0
OXFORD, Ohio -- Bryce Redeker and Nate Bowles drove in two runs each with a pair of hits and three Miami pitchers combined for the RedHawks's fourth shutout of the season, 6-0 over Akron Saturday night at McKie Field. The victory was the 200th at Miami for Head Coach Dan Simonds.

Junior Mac Thoreson scattered eight hits over 7.1 innings to improve to 6-3 on the season. He walked two and fanned five. Brandon Adkins faced three batters in the eighth, loading the bases with a walk before ending the frame with back-to-back strikeouts, then Nathan Williams closed the door by retiring three straight Akron batters, one on strikes, in the ninth.

Miami (24-23, 9-11) opened things up with two runs in the second. Matt Honchel led off with a second and took second on a groundout. Dan Walsh followed with a single to put runners on the corners before a sacrifice fly by Ryan Curl. After a walk, Bowles stroked the ninth pitch he saw to center field for an RBI single.

In the third, Kevin Bower and Redeker singled to start the frame. After a sacrifice moved the runners up, Honchel blooped a popup over third to make the score 3-0. The hit chased Akron starter Pat Dyer (3-4), who gave up seven hits in just 2.1 innings of work. 
The RedHawks broke the game open in the fourth on a two-run, two-out double down the left-field line. Curl walked and took second on a pickoff attempt that was thrown away. Another walk to Brenner put Miami in position to break the game open, but Akron (17-29, 10-10) seemed to dodge the bullet. The Zips got a forceout at third on a sacrifice attempt and caught Brenner trying to steal third for two outs. But after third walk in the inning, Redeker brought both runners home.
Miami capped the scoring in the sixth when Bowles doubled with one out, bringing in Curl, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

The RedHawks will go for their first MAC sweep of the year tomorrow when the series concludes at 1 p.m. Before the game, seven Miami seniors will be honored in Senior Day festivities.

Eastern Michigan 6, Bowling Green 0
YPSILANTI, Mich. (— Junior right hander Steve Weber (6-3) pitched his second complete-game shutout in three starts as the Eastern Michigan University baseball team rolled to another win, 6-0, over Bowling Green State University Saturday, May 5, at Oestrike Stadium. Weber moved to 5-0 in his last six starts as the Eagles remained just one game behind the University of Toledo for the top spot in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
Weber's nine-inning performance marked the third complete game for the Eagles (22-23; 12-8 MAC) in the last three weeks. The North Royalton, Ohio native accounted for the first against Ball State University, May 21, while Neil Butara tossed the other, April 27.
With Saturday's gem, Weber now has two-career complete games and has dropped his season ERA from a 7.78 mark after his April 7 outing at Western Michigan to 5.40. In his last three appearances, the 6-foot-6 righty is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA and has pitched 25.1 out of a possible 27 innings. He finished the day against Bowling Green allowing four hits—three of which were weakly-hit infield singles—and struck out four while walking three.
Matt Hitt provided the game-winning solo homer in the second inning for his team-leading fifth long ball of the year. The senior catcher was 2-for-3 at the dish with two RBI and a run scored.
Brent Ohrman was the only other EMU player to turn in a multiple-hit game. He went 2-for-5 with a double and his squad-best 32nd RBI of the season.
Ben Magsig reached base for a 29th consecutive game Saturday, marking the longest such streak for an Eagle this season. The previous high was Bo Kinder's 28-game stretch. Magsig went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a walk. The free pass was his 41st and moved him into a tie for the sixth most in a single season in EMU annals. It was also the 110th of his career, which is also good for sixth all-time.
The Falcons (18-27; 7-13 MAC) tightened up a bit on defense in game two, but could not solve Weber. Jake Thomas (1-for-2), Brandon Howard (1-for-1), Jessee Rait (1-for-2) and Alex Davidson (1-for-2) were the only BGSU players to record hits on the afternoon.
Ethan McKenny (1-8) took the loss for Bowling Green, giving up five earned runs and seven hits in four innings of work.
Hitt played long ball to put the Eagles on the scoreboard in the first. Magsig and Tucker Rubino then started off the third inning with back-to-back singles. Ohrman then pushed a base knock to left to load the bases. Sam Ott used a sacrifice fly to plate Magsig before Lee Longo tucked a double down the right field line to score Rubino and send Ohrman to third. Hitt rounded off a three-run inning with the second sacrifice fly of the inning to make it a 4-0 game.
EMU filled the sacks again in the fourth, this time with two outs. Kinder came in to score on a wild pitch by McKenney, but Bowling Green limited the damage to just one run.
Rubino came around to score the Eagles' sixth and final tally in the sixth inning when Ohrman knocked him in with a double down the left-field line.
A 6-0 lead was plenty for Weber to work with. After allowing a leadoff single to Thomas in the first frame, Weber allowed only one more batter to reach base until Thomas worked a two-out walk in the sixth. That inning ended when Tyler Wynn was called out on batter's interference.
The Falcons threatened to chase Weber from the mound in their final at-bat when they loaded the bases with two out. Patrick Lancaster hit a soft bouncer to second baseman John Rubino, who stepped on second base to seal the shutout on Weber's 138th pitch of the game.  
Sunday's (May 6) series finale will get underway at 1 p.m. The 2012 graduating senior class will be recognized during a pregame ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive early to enjoy the ceremony! If you are unable to attend, Eagle All-Access will also begin live audio coverage at 12:25 p.m.

Toledo 3, Buffalo 0
TOLEDO, OH - Senior hurlers Matt Kuna and Lincoln Rassi limited Buffalo to five hits and led Toledo to a 3-0 shutout victory on Saturday afternoon at Scott Park. With the blanking, the Mid-American Conference West Division leading Rockets even the weekend series at one win each and improve to 24-22 overall, 13-7 in the league.

Kuna (6-1) surrendered three hits with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings to claim his team-tying best sixth victory of the spring. The Griffith, IN native faced the minimum of three batters in a frame on five occasions this afternoon and the most Bulls (13-30, 6-13 MAC) he matched-up against was five two times. The right-handed hurler has now won three consecutive starts and worked at least 7.0 innings in two of those appearances.

Rassi came on in relief and yielded two hits with three punchouts over the final 2.0 frames to collect his team-tying best fourth save of the season. The Goshen, IN native has now given up only two runs over his last 10 relief outings, covering 22.0 innings of work.

Offensively, senior 1B Mark Lapikas (2-for-4, RS), senior 2B Joe Corfman (2-for-5, RS) and freshman SS Nate Langhals (2-for-3, RS, RBI) led the Midnight Blue & Gold with multi-hit efforts against a pair of UB hurlers.

The Rockets started today's contest with a chip on their shoulders and made a statement in their opening at-bat, taking advantage of a RBI single by sophomore C James Miglin. The table was set for the second-year backspot following a leadoff single by Corfman and a well-executed sacrifice bunt by freshman RF Dan Zuchowski to move Corfman into scoring position. Miglin stepped to the dish and delivered a run-scoring hit through the left side of the infield to give the home team a lead they would not relinquish.

The Bulls threatened to put runs on the board in the third inning, as they had runners on first & second base with two outs, but UT's Kuna produced a fly ball out to stall the potential threat.

In the bottom of the fourth, Toledo loaded the bases on the strength of a pair of hit by pitches. Unfortunately for the home team, Buffalo RHP Jeff Thompson induced a fly ball out to keep it a one-run difference. Earlier in the inning, Lapikas laced a single through the right side and junior 3B Wes White tried to score all the way from second base, but a perfect relay toss from Buffalo RF Dan Scahill to home cut down White.

The visitors had another golden opportunity to produce its first run of the afternoon in the seventh inning, as they again had runners at first and second base with two outs. UT's Kuna was up to the challenge, though, and recorded a ground ball out to keep the visitors off the board.

Feeding off that momentum, Toledo tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI ground out off the bat of senior CF Ban Hammer to make the score 2-0. With the bases loaded and one out, senior CF Ben Hammer hit a ground ball to UB 1B Alex Baldock. The Bulls' infielder stepped on first base to record the second out and then tried to cut down Langhals at home, but the UT shortstop beat the tag to double up the advantage.

Buffalo had one other chance to get on the board in the top of the eighth frame, putting runners on second and third base with two outs against Rassi. Fortunately for the Midnight Blue & Gold, Rassi induced a fly ball out to preserve the shutout.

The Rockets then created some breathing room for themselves in the bottom of the eighth, utilizing a run-scoring single off the bat of Langhals to make the final score 3-0.

UB's Thompson (2-2) was the hard-luck loser in today's cross-division matchup, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with one strikeout in 6.1 innings.

Michael Burke (2-for-4) was the lone Bull with more than one hit against Kuna and Rassi, finishing with two hits.

The teams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch at Scott Park. UT will start junior RHP Mike Hamann (2-4, 6.41 ERA, 60.1 IP, 70 H, 53 R, 43 ER, 27 BB, 41 K), while UB will counter with Burke (3-6, 5.10 ERA, 42.1 IP, 48 H, 34 R, 24 ER, 16 BB, 42 K). With a victory in Sunday's series finale, the Rockets would secure their fourth consecutive MAC weekend series and remain in sole possession of first place in the West Division.

Central Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 1
DeKALB, Ill. – Pitcher Jake Hermsen (New London, Wis.) went the distance for Northern Illinois, pitching a career-high nine innings and 11 strikeouts against Central Michigan but the Huskies fell to the Chippewas, 3-1.

“Jake was dealing out there on the mound today. He ran into a little bit of trouble in the first inning and that was the difference in the game,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “When Jake is on, he is on, and he proved that today. Credit to Central Michigan for taking advantage of their opportunities in the spots that were given to them.”

The Chips rattled off three hits in the top of the first inning and squeaked off two runs on a Sam Russell double to give CMU its 2-0 lead, which was held for the next five innings. In the second and third innings NIU left three runners on base, including two in the third. With a full count, Alex Jones (Kansas City Kan./Piper) popped out to the third baseman in foul territory, highlighted by a sliding catch in warning track gravel.

In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, Hermsen got out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Tyler Hall and forcing Jordan Dean to ground into a 5-2-3 double play. Troy White (Chicago/Whitney Young) fielded the ball and threw the runner out at home and Joe Battaglia (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph) threw back to first to throw Dean out in time to end the threat.

Battaglia lead the bottom of the fifth with a single to left centerfield and advanced to second on a Jordan Rishavy (Rochester, Minn./John Marshall) sacrifice bunt. After groundout pushed Battaglia to third, Jordan Huffman (Sergaent Bluff, Iowa) scored the NIU catcher for the Huskies lone run of the contest. CMU answered in the top of the sixth with a solo homerun by Reid Rooney to increase its lead, 3-1.

With his pitch count high down the stretch, Hermsen did not falter as he struck out three batters in the final two innings, catching Tyler Hall looking in the ninth for his 11th strikeout of the game. Hermsen now owns a 3-6 record on the bump for NIU. CMU’s Patrick Kaminska improved to 4-2.

Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo.) finished the afternoon 3-for-4 at the No. 7 batting spot.

Hermsen finished the game with six hits surrendered and three earned runs in the contest. Hermsen was the last Northern Illinois pitcher to strikeout at least 10 batters, doing so on April 21, 2010 versus Iowa.

Northern Illinois (14-32, 7-12 MAC) will close its series with Central Michigan tomorrow afternoon with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. Tony Manville

Western Michigan 3, Ball State 2
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State baseball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 Mid-American Conference contest to rival Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at Ball Diamond. The Cardinals allowed three unearned runs in the loss as they committed four fielding errors on the afternoon.

Junior right-hander Chris Marangon (Maple Valley, Wash./Edmunds CC) was the hard luck loser as he worked 7.1 innings of six-hit baseball and did not allow an earned run, while striking out three. Western Michigan left-hander Steve Laudicina improved to 5-4 on the season as he allowed two runs while scattering 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Western Michigan (19-24, 9-10 MAC) opened the scoring in the top of the second inning against Marangon. Ryan McMillan led off the inning with a hit by pitch and moved to second on a ground ball. The Broncos scored the game's first run as Andrew Sohn reached on a two-base error allowing McMillan to score from second base.

Ball State answered back in the bottom half of the inning with a run to tie the game. Sophomore T.J. Weir (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) led off the inning drawing a walk and reached third as junior Blake Beemer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) lined a one-out single into center field. Freshman Elbert Devarie (Kissimmee, Fla./Gateway) dropped down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt plating Beemer and reaching first base to tie the game at 1-1.

Ball State took its only lead of the afternoon in the bottom of the fourth inning as Beemer led off the inning with a bunt single. After a ground ball by Devarie moved the runner into scoring position, sophomore Mitch Overley (Zionsville, Ind./Brebeuf) lined a two-strike, run-scoring single into right center field to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

Western Michigan retook the lead in the top of the seventh inning as it scored two runs without a hit to go in front 3-2. The Broncos took advantage of three Ball State errors in the inning and a walk to score the unearned runs.

Ball State threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning as Wes Winkle (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) reached on a fielder's choice and Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) singled through the right side to put runners on the corners with one out. WMU reliever Monty Porter came on and got a big strikeout for the second out of the inning before Billy Wellman (Portland, Ind./Jay County) just missed a home run as he flew out to the wall in left field to end the inning.

Western Michigan tried to add an insurance run in the top of the eighth inning as Jack Scanlon and Patrick Duncan singled to put runners on the corners with one out ending Marangon's afternoon. Sophomore left-hander Devin Wilburn (Selma, Ind./Wapahani) came on in relief and on one pitch got an inning-ending double play to keep it a one-run contest.

Ball State came within inches of winning the game in the bottom of the ninth inning as Kevin Franchetti (Highland, Ind./Andrean) singled with one out. Winkle stepped up and drilled the first pitch he saw deep into left field but the potential home run was caught high against the wall for the second out of the inning ending any threat of a walk-off victory.

Ball State and Western Michigan will conclude its three-game series Sunday afternoon in the home finale of the 2012 season. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Ball Diamond. The Cardinals will recognize seniors Ross Overstreet (Greenfield, Ind./Lincoln Trail), Tim Issler (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), Mitch Widau (Richmond, Ind./Richmond) and Cal Bowling (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) prior to the game.

Kent State 4, Ohio 1 (Resumed from 5/4)
Kent State 8, Ohio 1
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (23-23) dropped a pair of games to Kent State Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium, falling 4-1 in the suspended game from Friday night and 8-1 game two.

Seniors Brent Choban and Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) both suffered losses as they fell to 6-4 and 4-3 in games one and two, respectively. Choban went 6.0 innings, struck out four and allowed just one earned run. In 2012, Choban has not gone fewer than 6.0 innings this season. Moulton's afternoon included 7.0 innings of work where he allowed 10 hits and two earned runs.

Offensively for the Bobcats, sophomore Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) led the way with four hits over the two-game stretch. Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) also chipped in with a pair of hits in the first game, but was held hitless in the second game.

Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio) was held without a hit and did not get on base in game one for the first time since May 7, 2011 - a span of 52-consecutive games.

In game one, which was started Friday night, but was suspended until Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Bobcats fell behind early as Kent State scored three runs through two innings. In the fifth, Ohio loaded the bases, but was only able to manage one run. Freshman Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) was hit by a pitch which allowed sophomore Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) to score from third base.

From the sixth inning on, Ohio was only able to manage one hit as the Golden Flashes went on to secure the win after it added a run in the top half of the ninth inning.

In game two, Kent State jump took the lead and never looked back as it plated two runs in the top of third to take a 2-0 lead. Ohio countered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single up the middle by Black, which allowed White to score from third base.

The game remained close for the next four innings as Moulton allowed just three hits during that stretch as Ohio remained just one run behind Kent State.

In the eighth inning, Kent State plated three runs on four hits to take a 5-1 lead. It would then break the game open in the ninth with three more runs to extend its lead to 8-1.

Ohio and Kent State conclude the three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. inside Bob Wren Stadium. The game-three matchup on the mound will feature Ohio junior captain Seth Streich (Ridgeway, Pa.) against Kent State's Tyler Skulina.