Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 15, Akron 2
Toledo 5, Eastern Michigan 2
Ohio 5, Miami 4
Western Michigan 5, Central Michigan 3
Bowling Green 6, Buffalo 3
Ball State 11, Northern Illinois 2
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Kent State 15, Akron 2
KENT, Ohio – The Kent State baseball team plated nine runs in the sixth inning, and four players posted multi-hit efforts in a 15-2 rout of Mid-American Conference East Division foe Akron Friday (May 18) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The victory over the Zips (17-37, 10-17 MAC) marked the 12th win in a row for the MAC champion Golden Flashes (36-17, 23-3 MAC) and sealed up Kent State's fifth straight MAC series win and eighth of season to close out the 2012 regular season campaign. The Flashes have won 27 of their last 34 games – including 16 of their last 18.
"Today was a complete win," said eighth-year head coach Scott Stricklin. "We pitched well, played great defense and had a lot of great at-bats."
Senior catcher and 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.) crushed two home runs in a game for the third time in five games and fourth time in his career and led Kent State's offense with three hits and three RBIs. He upped his career home run total to 24. Senior shortstop Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) finished with a home run and double to go along with two RBIs and three runs scored, marking the 16th straight game he has hit safely. The MAC's all-time hits leader now has 332 for his career. Freshman center fielder Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.) hit his second career home run and added a single to go along with two RBIs and two runs scored. Junior first baseman George Roberts (Summerhill, Pa.) tallied two singles, two RBIs and a run scored.
"We had a lot of good swings today,' said Stricklin. "We hit a lot of balls hard."
Junior right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) fanned four over 5.1 innings and earned the pitching victory for Kent State to improve to 7-2 on the season. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits. Redshirt sophomore southpaw reliever Michael Clark (Akron, Ohio), redshirt freshman right hander Eric Dorsch (Gibsonia, Pa.) and redshirt freshman righty Dan Kopcak (Streetsboro, Ohio) combined to toss 3.2 scoreless relief frames to help close out the win.
"Ryan had a very good outing on a low pitch count," said Stricklin. "Michael, Eric and Dan are big guys for us out of the bullpen. It was good to see them throwing the ball well."
Kent State struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Lyon blasted a two-out solo shot over the left field wall.
The Flashes extended their lead to 3-0 in the third. Miklos and Rider drew back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, and both advanced 90 feet on a wild pitch. That set the table for a two-RBI base hit to left center by Roberts.
Akron got on the board in the top of the fourth when freshman shortstop Matt Rembielak legged out an infield single and scored one out later when junior left fielder Jared Turocy served up a triple to right center to cut Kent State' s lead to 3-1.
Kent State answered back with two runs in the home half. Sophomore second baseman Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) beat out an infield single, advanced to second on a bunt by Miklos and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Rider plated Toadvine with a single to left. Rider moved up to second on another wild pitch, then scored on a base hit to left by Lyon to make it 5-1.
The Zips put the heat on the Flashes by loading the bases in the top of the sixth and getting a run back, but Clark came out of the bullpen to put out the fire.
"Michael had a great day," said Stricklin. "He got us out of that inning, then struck out the side the next inning. It's good to see him peaking at the right time."
Kent State's bats built off of Clark's momentum by plating nine runs in the home half. Fifth-year senior left fielder Joe Koch (Austintown, Ohio) drew a leadoff walk to set up a two-run blast over the left field wall by Miklos. Rider followed with another round tripper over the left field wall, and Lyon made it back-to-back-to-back dingers with a shot over the scoreboard in right field. Roberts cracked a single to left to keep the inning going, and freshman pinch hitter Tommy Monnot (Canton, Ohio) and sophomore right fielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) followed by drawing back-to-back walks. Freshman third baseman Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) was hit by a pitch to bump home Roberts. Koch drew his second walk of the inning to send Monnot home. A fielder's choice that put Toadvine on allowed Sutton to score. Miklos coaxed a walk to put two on for redshirt junior pinch hitter Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio), who capitalized with a two-run double down the left field line. When the dust settled, Kent State had increased its lead to 14-2.
The Flashes tallied a final run in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore first baseman Cody Koch (Sandusky, Ohio) hit a leadoff single to left, advanced to third on a fielding error by Akron redshirt freshman center fielder Devin Ahart and scored by way of a single to right by redshirt sophomore right fielder Troy Summers (Minerva, Ohio).
Akron freshman left-handed starting pitcher Pat Dyer was hit with the pitching defeat, falling to 3-5 on the season. He allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out two.
Kent State goes for its fourth straight MAC series sweep and seventh of the season when it hosts Akron on Senior Day Saturday (May 19) at 1 p.m. at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. The Golden Flashes will have the opportunity to tie the 1992 squad for the most MAC wins in a single season in program history. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tyler Skulina (Strongsville, Ohio) will get the start for Kent State and oppose Akron senior right-handed starting pitcher Alex Loftin.
Kent State will honor Koch, Lyon, Rider, right-handed pitcher Ryan Mace (Tallmadge, Ohio) and southpaw ace David Starn (Hudson, Ohio) in a pregame ceremony. The five seniors have helped Kent State win 163 games, two straight MAC regular season crowns, three straight conference tournament titles and reach the NCAA Championship Regionals three years in a row.
Toledo 5, Eastern Michigan 2
TOLEDO, OH - History was made at Scott Park on Friday, as Toledo clinched its first Mid-American Conference West Division title with a 5-2 triumph over Eastern Michigan. With the impressive victory, the Rockets improve to 29-25 overall and 18-8 in the league.
Senior RHP Matt Kuna (7-1) made today's achievement possible with a near perfect 7.0 innings of work to earn his team-tying best seventh win of the spring. Kuna allowed only two hits with no walks and five strikeouts to give the Midnight Blue & Gold its first division championship since the MAC switched to divisions at the start of the 1998 campaign. The Griffith, IN native stymied the Eagles' (24-28, 14-12 MAC) potent offense, retiring the opposition in order on three occasions and the most batters he faced in an inning was five in the third.
Offensively, UT pounded out 10 hits against a pair of talented EMU hurlers, including senior DH Matt Delewski (2-for-4, 2 RS, RBI), senior 2B Joe Corfman (2-for-4, RBI) and sophomore C James Miglin (2-for-4, RS) with two hits each.
The Rockets did a bulk of their damage with four runs in the second inning. The home team collected RBI hits from Delewski and Corfman, as well as run-scoring ground outs off the bats of junior 3B Wes White and freshman SS Nate Langhals to assume a lead they would not relinquish. The first four batters in the frame reached base and each came around to score.
The division showdown remained the same until the sixth frame when Langhals added an insurance tally with a RBI single up the middle to push the margin to 5-0. Toledo's effort in the inning was aided by an EMU infield miscue.
The Eagles could not get their offense to click until the ninth inning when they received a RBI run-scoring double by Lee Longo and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Daniel Russell to break up the shutout. But in the end, it was too little too late, as UT called upon junior RHP Cody Umbright to close out the three-run victory for a second consecutive day.
Eastern Michigan's Steve Weber (7-4) shouldered the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits with four punchouts in 6.0 innings.
The visitors were limited to four hits in the contest, with Longo posting a team-high two hits.
The Rockets will now look to complete the weekend sweep in tomorrow's regular-season finale. The opening pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. from the corner of Parkside Blvd. and Hill Ave. Junior RHP Mike Hamann (2-5, 6.08 ERA, 71.0 IP, 82 H, 59 R, 48 ER, 29 BB, 52 K) is expected to draw the start for UT, while EMU will send LHP Collin Taylor (2-0, 3.51 ERA, 33.1 IP, 28 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 19 BB, 35 K) to the hill.
Prior to the start of tomorrow's contest, the Rockets will bid farewell to their eight seniors - Jeff Cola, Joe Corfman, A.J. DeMarco, Matt Kuna, Mark Lapikas, Alex Radon, Lincoln Rassi and Tyler Scott. This octet has helped lead Toledo to 113 wins and four consecutive appearances in the MAC Tournament during their time donning the Midnight Blue & Gold.
Ohio 5, Miami 4
ATHENS, Ohio - Freshman Tyler Wells hit a walkoff single to lead the Ohio University Baseball team (28-26,16-10 MAC) to a thrilling 5-4 win over Miami Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium.
Wells' (Lexington, Ky.) game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth drove in senior Doug Holmes (Twinsburg, Ohio) from second, which secured the win for the Bobcats.
With the win, Ohio picked up its 28th victory of the season surpassing last season's win total of 27. The Bobcats are just two wins away from clinching their 83rd all-time winning season.
Junior Right hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) got the win after he worked in 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs. Senior starter Jason Moulton (Toledo, Ohio) took a no decision despite pitching 7.2 innings allowing just three earned runs and eight hits.
Miami's Matt Rosinski took the loss in an inning of relief giving up three hits and one run. Mac Thoreson started the game, but did not figure into the decision after he went 7.0 innings.
The Bobcats were led by a balanced attack offensively, Wells led the team with three hits and an RBI. Senior Jensen Painter (Willshire, Ohio), freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.), junior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash), and freshman Ian Mezlak (Lorain, Ohio) all contributed with an RBI as well.
Miami took an early lead in the top half of the first thanks to a single by Kevin Bower, which scored Ryan Brenner.
The 'Cats tied the game in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single to left field by Painter which drove in Wells from second base.
Ohio would go on to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth (2-1). Freshman Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led off the inning with a double down the right field line and would later advance to third off a sac-bunt by sophomore Scott White (Springboro,Ohio). Mezlak followed and drove in Gaertner by singling to left field.
Miami scored in the top of the seventh and eighth to reclaim the lead 3-2.
Ohio regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth thanks to Gaertner's sac fly which brought in senior captain Ethan Newton (Norfolk,Va.). In the ensuing at bat, Schmidt singled to left field scoring Gaertner from third.
Miami tied the game back up in the ninth as it capitalized on a pair of Ohio errors, but the `Cats fought back to win the game in the bottom half of the frame.
Ohio returns to action tomorrow for its season finale with the Redhawks and coach Joe Carbone's final game. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. Junior right-hander Seth Streich will take the mound. In his last start, Streich logged a complete game at Akron.
Western Michigan 5, Central Michigan 3
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan saw its chances for a third-straight Mid-American Conference West Division championship come to an end Friday, falling to rival Western Michigan, 5-3.
The Chippewas (29-27, 17-10 MAC) needed a win after Toledo defeated Eastern Michigan, 5-2, earlier in the day, but with the loss the Rockets were able to clinch the West Division and the No. 2 seed in next week's MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio.
CMU jumped out to an early lead, 3-1, through two innings with a run in the bottom of the first on a Broncos (25-26, 14-11 MAC) error and back-to-back two-out RBI singles by senior Tyler Hall and junior Jordan Dean in the bottom of the second.
The Broncos were able to cut the deficit in half with an unearned run in the top of the fourth and took the lead with two runs in the sixth. Andrew Sohn led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a wild pitch prompting the Chippewas to make a change on the mound and bring in senior Ryan Longstreth. Vonnie Booker laid down a suicide squeeze bunt to the tie the game, 3-3, before Jack Scanlon doubled down the left field line to score Dan Shutes and take the lead, 4-3.
Zach Thoma ripped another double for the Broncos in the eighth to scoring Shutes for the second time and extend the Broncos' lead to 5-3.
The Chippewas had a scoring chance in the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second after junior Reid Rooney was hit by a pitch and senior Eric Wrozek walked, but redshirt freshman Pat MacKenzie flied out to center to end the threat.
Hall led off the ninth by being hit by a pitch, but senior William Arnold grounded into a fielder's choice and senior Nate Theunissen struck out to end the game.
Saturday's rubber match will prove to be a crucial one with MAC Tournament seeding still on the line. The Chippewas will turn to junior Dietrich Enns on the mound looking to secure the No. 3 seed with a win. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m.
Bowling Green 6, Buffalo 3
BUFFALO, NY – After scoring 14 runs in the series opener yesterday, the University at Buffalo baseball team managed just three runs, falling to Bowling Green on Friday afternoon, 6-3. The loss is a big hit to Buffalo's playoff hopes, but is still alive following Akron's 15-2 loss to Kent State this afternoon. Buffalo needs to win tomorrow and have Akron lose to clinch the final spot in the 2012 MAC Tournament.
The Bulls scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second as junior Tom Murphy led off the inning with a double down the left field line. A single from Alex Baldock drove Murphy in to give Buffalo the 1-0 edge.
The Falcons got on the board in the top of the fourth off Buffalo starter Jeff Thompson as they scored a pair of runs to take the lead. However, UB responded in the bottom half of the inning as Murphy led off the frame with a home run to left center field. Baldock followed with a single and was moved to third on a wild pitch and a ground out. He came in to score on a bloop single to right field by Thomas Richards, who was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
The Bulls had regained the lead at 3-2, but Bowling Green came back in the fifth inning with three runs against Thompson, who was a little unlucky since three of the hits never left the infield, including a couple of bunt singles up the third base line. Bowling Green added another run in the eighth inning off the UB bullpen for the 6-3 final score.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with the home run and a double, while Baldock went 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a walk. Thompson allowed 11 hits and five runs in 6.1 innings of work, striking out two. Matt Malewitz picked up the victory for Bowling Green as he pitched 8.1 innings, striking out six.
The Bulls and Falcons will be back at it tomorrow afternoon in the rubber game of the series at 1:00 pm. Prior to first pitch the Bulls will honor their senior class.
Ball State 11, Northern Illinois 2
DeKALB, Ill. – Sophomore Chris Divarco (Long Grove, Ill./Carmel Catholic) finished Friday afternoon’s game against Ball State with a team-best three hits in four at-bats, but the effort was not enough as the Huskies fell to the Cardinals, 11-2.
“Ball State’s pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance today. He has two wins in two days so credit to him. We just weren’t able to get the big hits that we needed,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “Chris (Divarco) is a guy who’s been working hard in the program. He’s been able to put the barrel on the bat lately and he’s shown it the last two games. It’s good to see guys who have been working hard take advantage of their opportunities.”
BSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and increased it by one in the second stanza, 4-0, but the Huskies accounted for one run in the bottom of the second inning on a Joe Battaglia (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph) sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Jordan Huffman (Sergaent Bluff, Iowa) and bring NIU to within three runs, 4-1.
he Cardinals tacked on one run in the fourth and extended its lead with three runs in each the sixth and seventh innings to give Ball State a 10-run lead, 11-1. Starting pitcher Jake Hermsen (New London, Wis.) pitched five innings in the game, surrendering eight hits, three earned runs and three walks in the contest for his eighth loss of the season (3-8).
Though he did not score or drive in any runs, Divarco was a catalyst for the Huskies offense, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate, including 2-for-3 with runners on base. Defensively, he did not commit an error on first base.
In the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, Huskies Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick) and Anthony Andres (Western Springs, Ill./St. Rita) combined for two hitless and scoreless innings, along with two strikeouts. Following a pair of singles in the bottom of the ninth, freshman Micah McCulloch (Rochelle, Ill.) scored Troy White (Chicago/Whitney Young) from third base on a fielder’s choice to give the Huskies one more run in the game, 11-2.
Northern Illinois (15-39, 7-19 MAC) and Ball State (13-36, 8-18 MAC) will close the season tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 1:05 p.m. The Huskies will honor its eight seniors before the game for Senior Day and will hold a 40th anniversary reunion for the 1972 NIU baseball team, the Huskies first NCAA Regional qualifying team.