Around The Horn: MAC Baseball Weekend Preview

Updated 3/8/2013

 

Akron: Akron comes into the three game series vs. USC Upstate with an overall record of 0-9. The Zips had their most recent series against No. 11 University of Kentucky, which resulted in a series sweep for Kentucky. Akron fell to Kentucky by a score of 21-2 on Friday, 7-0 on Saturday, and 9-2 on Sunday. USC Upstate plays out of the Atlantic Sun Conference, and has an overall record of 8-3 heading into the three game series. The Spartans played two games against Marshall and one game against Dayton last weekend. USC Upstate went a perfect 3-0 in those three games, defeating Marshall by scores of 3-0 and 6-5, while winning against Dayton by a score of 4-3. USC Upstate also matched up against Garner-Webb on Wednesday, which resulted in a 4-3 loss for Upstate. The Spartans were 33-20 overall in the 2012 season.This will be the first time Akron and USC Upstate will matchup on the diamond. Akron is the only team from the Mid-American Conference that USC Upstate will play this season.
 
Ball State: The Cardinals are 5-6 overall after suffering a pair of losses to the nation's seventh ranked South Carolina Gamecocks Tuesday and Wednesday. Ball State suffered a 10-0 loss Tuesday and a 14-4 defeat Wednesday. Ball State and Coastal Carolina have met nine times and the Chanticleer's have won all nine meetings. The last time the teams met was in 2011 and Coastal Carolina won two games. Ball State and Ohio State have met 17 times, and the Buckeyes own a 12-5 all-time advantage. The last time the teams met was 2010 when OSU won 8-4. Ball State and Harvard have never met in baseball.  Cody Campbell leads the Cardinals with a .333 batting average after starting all 11 games this season. He also leads Ball State with 20 total bases and is second with eight runs-batted-in. Campbell has a team-high five doubles plus one triple in 2013. He managed a .471 batting average in Ball State's four games in Nashville, Tenn.
 
Bowling Green: The Bowling Green State University baseball team split a doubleheader on Thursday, defeating Georgetown 8-7 in game one, before falling to West Virginia 8-2 in game two. With today’s results, the Falcons now sit at 3-8.Bruns picked up the win for the Falcons, improving to 2-0 on the season. The loss snapped a seven-game losing streak for the Falcons. The Falcons will be back in action on Saturday morning, squaring off with the Bison of North Dakota State at 10 am. The game will be played at Chain O’ Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. Mike Frank will take the mound for the Falcons. NDSU is coached by former Falcon pitching coach Tod Brown, who served as Danny Schmitz’s assistant from 2000-07.
 
Buffalo: Junior Mike Burke was named the Mid-American Conference East Division's Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. It was the second straight weekly honor for the division-leading Bulls, and the first weekly honor for Burke in his career. On Sunday he took the ball against Longwood, pitching the team to a 3-2 win. The offense was able to have a relative off day thanks to Burke's performance. The junior righty struck out six and walked only one batter en route to his second straight quality start. He now lowers his season earned run average to 3.66 and is 2-0. For the game, Burke pitched to four or few batters in six of his seven total innings.The team returns to action on Friday for a three-game weekend series at Memphis.
 
Central Michigan: The Chippewas next victory will mark a milestone for the program as it will be the 2,000th in the stories history of the Maroon and Gold. The Chippewas have posted a 1,999-1,217-17 (.621 winning percentage) record overall.  two players are currently batting above .300 for the Chippewas in sophomore Nick Regnier and freshman Logan Regnier. The elder of the two brothers from Novi, Mich., Nick is in the midst of a breakout season as he leads the Chippewas in batting average (.321), hits (17), doubles (4), home runs (3), RBI (13), slugging percentage (.604) and total bases (32). Logan has provided a new element to the Chippewas as his speed and bat have allowed him to record five multi-base hits (three doubles, two triples)
 
Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan University baseball team travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on the University of Cincinnati in a three-game series Friday-Sunday, March 8-10. Game times are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Eagles come into the series with a 3-9 record following a pair of losses against Missouri, March 6, while the Bearcats have won four in-a-row and own a 4-5 mark on the year. EMU and Cincinnati have not met on the diamond since 1983, when the two squads split a doubleheader, April 24, under legendary Head Coach Ron Oestrike (1965-87). In six all-time meetings, the two squads have split three games apiece. 
 
Kent State: Kent State (2-9) will look to build on a win over No. 4 Louisville as they travel south to Charlotte (9-2) for a three game series this weekend (Mar. 8-10). Junior outfielder T.J. Sutton was named the Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week on Tuesday (Mar. 4).Sutton hit .700 in three starts last weekend at No. 4 Louisville; the Cardinals' pitching staff had a combined 1.75 ERA entering the series. Kent State opened last weekend with a 14-2 loss at No. 4 Louisville. The Cardinals jumped out to an early start, grabbing a 12-0 lead at the end of three innings. The Flashes were able to collect ten hits, but left 11 men on. Kent State loss the second game of the series, 10-3. The game was kept close for its majority, but Louisville took advantage of a struggling Kent State bullpen and scored seven runs across the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Golden Flashes finished the weekend with a 3-2 win. Casey Wilson pitched well in the start, showing that Kent State's three-man rotation can be a deadly combination.
 
Miami: After three straight weekends of play to open the season, Miami plays its first midweek of 2013 Tuesday when it travels to local rival Xavier. The game is schedule for 3 p.m. on campus, but could be moved to Prasco Park due to conditions. As a staff, Miami is averaging seven strikeouts per game, while walking only 5.3 per contest. Opponents are hitting .314 against the RedHawks. As a team, Miami is hitting just .205 with 56 hits in 273 at-bats. Only 12 of those have gone for extra bases. 
 
Northern Illinois: The Huskies participated in the Dairy Queen Classic where they finished tournament runner-up with a 1-2 record at the Metrodome. The team fell to Utah 6-1 in the opener and followed up with a pitchers dual against Dartmouth, falling, 1-0. NIU closed with a 2-1 win over Minnesota, led by Alex Klonowski's two-hit complete game. Alex Klonowski threw NIU's first two-hit complete game since 2003 at Minnesota March 3. The Huskies defeated Minnesota for the first time ever during the Dairy Queen Classic. 
 
Ohio: The Ohio University baseball team (2-8) dropped a 4-1 decision to High Point Wednesday afternoon at Willard Stadium to split the two-game midweek series with the Panthers.After pounding out a season-high 15 hits on Tuesday, Ohio's bats were limited to just three hits thanks to a strong outing by High Point starter Ryan Retz.Ohio's home-opener against Oakland will mark the first two of a three-game series with the Golden Grizzles. Over the next two weeks, the Bobcats will play 11 of their next 12 games at Bob Wren Stadium.
 
Toledo: Toledo secured a 9-8 victory over Valparaiso (3-8) on Wednesday morning at the Snowbird Classic. With the win, the Rockets improve to 3-7 on the season.UT equaled its season high in runs and pounded out a season-high 15 hits to claim the one-run triumph. The Midnight Blue & Gold is now 2-3 in one-run games this season.Offensively, junior LF Tyler Grogg (3-for-5, 2 RS), senior DH Matt Delewski (3-for-5, RS) and redshirt freshman C Lucas Sokol (3-for-3, 2 RBI) led the slugfest with three hits each. The Rockets will return to the diamond this weekend for a three-game series at Florida Atlantic. UT will play single games on Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 in Boca Raton, FL. Friday's first pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
 
Western Michigan: In a game against Maine on Wednesday, Western Michigan came out swinging in the first, scoring seven runs on six hits, and stayed the course for a 7-3 victory. Junior Patrick Borlik tossed five and two thirds innings to get the win for the Broncos. Sophomore shortstop Andrew Sohn went 3-for-5 on the day, while senior left fielder Patrick Duncan went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.