Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Miami 13, Toledo 4
Eastern Michigan 5, Ohio 4
Northern Illinois 2, Akron 1
Kent State 11, Ball State 5 (Game 1)
Ball State 4, Kent State 3 (Game 2)
Bowling Green 9, Central Michigan 5 (Game 1)
Central Michigan 5, Bowling Green 3 (Game 2)
Western Michigan 4, Buffalo 4 (Game 1)
Buffalo 7, Western Michigan 5 (Game 2)
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 13, Toledo 4
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Miami bounced back from its first conference loss of the season yesterday by opening a 7-0 lead after just two innings and never looked back in a 13-4 rout of Toledo Saturday afternoon at Mercy Field. The RedHawks pounded out 16 hits in the contest, the seventh straight game with at least nine hits.
Kevin Bower went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two batted in and John Crummy added three hits and scored twice. Four other RedHawks tallied a pair of hits.
Miami (11-11, 4-1) sent eight men to the plate in the first inning, with the first four reaching base safely. Matt Honchel led off with a double to left center, then after an Alex Johnson walk, Bower singled through the left side. Crummy found the same spot, plating Johnson for a 2-0 lead. After a wild pitch and strikeout, back-to-back walks brought home another run, then Miami built a 4-0 lead on a fielder's choice groundout.
The second inning started with a triple by Max Andresen, one of his two hits on the day. Honchel walked and stole second, setting up another big frame. Johnson grounded out to drive in a run, then Bower found a gap in left center, chasing Toledo starter Kyle Slack (1-3). One out later, Scott Slappey launched another double to left center, making the score 7-0.
Miami added run in the fifth when Chad Sedio was hit by a pitch and later scored on an RBI single by Andresen.
Toledo (10-13, 3-2) closed the gap to 8-3 with a run on two hits in the sixth and a pair of runs in the seventh, but Miami broke the game open in the eighth. Honchel started things with his first career triple, then scored on a single by the middle by Johnson. Bower and Crummy singled to load the bases setting up Slappey for a two-run double to left center. A single by Sedio and sacrifice fly by Elble capped the five-run frame.
The Rockets added a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final scoring.
Mac Thoreson picked up his second straight win to improve to 2-3. He scattered six hits over seven innings, allowing just three runs. Charles Zubrod and Cory Klenke each threw an inning of relief to finish the game.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at Mercy Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 5, Ohio 4
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team knotted its series with Ohio University at a game apiece with a 5-4 victory Saturday, March 30, at Oestrike Stadium. Brian Hill (2-1) picked up his second win of the season for the Eagles (11-14; 1-4 MAC) who came away with their first Mid-American Conference win of the year.
The Bobcats (5-20; 2-3 MAC) nearly erased a 5-1 deficit with tallies in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings, but Kristian Calibuso converted the final three outs of the game with the tying run at second for his first save of the 2013 season. Hill recorded the victory after pitching 6.1 innings and giving up three earned runs on five hits.
Lee Longo (0-for-4) drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning and John Rubino (1-for-3) scored that winning tally along with another in the Eagles' three-run first inning. Adam Sonabend (2-for-4) and Daniel Russell (1-for-5) each notched a double apiece and Sonabend chipped in with an RBI for a second straight day. Austin Williams (0-for-3) also posted an RBI for a second time in as many contests and Sam Ott (1-for-4) had one as well.
The top of Ohio's batting order hit a combined 3-for-17, but hitters five through nine picked up the slack with an 8-for-16 effort. Nine-hole hitter Ben Otto went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI, while No. 6 hitter Dan Schmidt was 2-for-3 with a home run and a run driven in. Cleanup man Tyler Wells also connected for a round-tripper on a 2-for-4 afternoon.
Marck Paliotto fell to 1-5 on the season after pitching five innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out six.
After Hill sent the Bobcats down in order in the top of the first, Russell led off the Eagles' half of the frame with a double to the gap in left. With Rubino at the dish, Paliotto uncorked a wild pitch which skipped to the backstop and allowed Russell to slide home just ahead of the tag.
Rubino then walked and moved up to second on another wild pitch. Ott drove him in with a looping single to right center to make it 2-0 Eagles. Sonabend then roped another double to left-center and plated Ott for a 3-0 EMU edge.
Hill rolled through his three of innings, giving up just a pair of walks over that span. The senior lefty ended the third inning by inducing a 6-4-3 double play.
Ohio broke through for its first run and hit with two down in the fourth on a Wells solo blast to left field. That cut the EMU lead to 3-1. Eastern Michigan got the run right back in the bottom of the fourth as Williams grounded out to shortstop while scoring Jamie Simpson from third base. Simpson reached base on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. He then stole third base to set the scene for Williams.
More sloppy fielding led to another EMU run in the fifth to increase the lead to 5-1. Rubino led off and found himself on second base thanks to a throwing error by Schmidt at shortstop. Ott then rolled another grounder to Schmidt, who threw home to try and nab Rubino at the plate. Rubino collided with the catcher and popped the ball out of his glove to score the run.
The Bobcats chipped away at their deficit with runs in the sixth and seventh to make it a 5-3 affair. An RBI double by Jake Madsen in the sixth scored Otto and Schmidt hit a solo homer to left-center in the seventh.
Taylor Dimmerling relieved Hill with one gone in the top of the seventh and gave up a single and a walk to load the sacks as the Ohio lineup flipped over. Cody Gaertner came to the plate and promptly grounded the first pitch right to Rubino at shortstop for a critical double play.
EMU still held a 5-3 lead heading into the top of the ninth. Dimmerling gave up a leadoff double to Schmidt and was pulled Calibuso. Calibuso fanned the first two batters he faced, but Otto lined a double down the left-field line to score Schmidt and put the tying run into scoring position. The home crowd breathed a sigh of relief as Gaertner grounded out in the next at bat to end the game.
The Eagles and Bobcats will play the rubber match of this three-game set Easter Sunday, March 31, at 1 p.m.
Northern Illinois 2, Akron 1
AVON, Ohio – It was Northern Illinois’ (7-17, 3-2 MAC) Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) who emerged victorious in a pitchers’ dual Saturday afternoon versus Akron (4-19, 2-3 MAC) as the junior hurled his second-straight complete game shutout to defeat the Zips and clinch the series, 2-1. Centerfielder Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) broke the NIU record for career stolen bases with his 72nd in the third inning.
“Winning a series on Saturday is a good thing, it puts you in a position to get a sweep and sweeps are valued commodity in this league, much like series wins are. Series wins are goal No. 1 for us,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “It was good to see our guys playing good, clean defense today and Eli continued to do good things for us on the mound. He went out and kept his pitch count down to give himself the opportunity to finish the game.”
The Huskies got on the board in the third inning, started by a leadoff single from Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College), who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC). Ruzich would score all the way from second on a single to right centerfield by Wells to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.
Wells promptly stole second base with Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) at the plate to set the new stolen base standard for Northern Illinois at 72 in his career. Wells broke the record set by Alvin Maynard during the 1979 and 1980 seasons with his eighth steal of the season.
“Jamison is a great kid, he’s worked hard to get better and when he’s on base, he can be that guy. If he continues to get on base he can put that record out of reach for the next guy that comes along. The thing that Jamison appreciates the most is that it came after an RBI single which helped his team win today.”
Two frames later, NIU added to its tally with three straight hits from Ruzich, Tenhagen and a bunt single by Connor Schomig (Darien/Hinsdale South). With no outs, Wells lasered a ball to shallow center field that looked like trouble, but Akron’s Devin Hart came up with the catch for the first out. Hook would come through for the Huskies with a single to right field, scoring Ruzich and giving NIU a 2-0 lead.
From the mound, Anderson extended his scoreless innings streak to 16.2 innings with six strikeouts, zero walks and six hits allowed. Anderson finished the game with 101 pitches thrown (68 strikes), 56 of which were thrown after six innings of play.
Anderson and the Northern Illinois defense did not allow the Zips to reach second base until the eighth inning of the game after a pair of hit-by-pitches. Hart drove in Akron’s run on a single up the middle in the eighth to make it a 2-1 game.
Anderson became the second pitcher this season for NIU to pitch consecutive complete games, matching Alex Klonowski’s (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) feat March 3 -9. NIU has hurled four complete games this season, the most by NIU since 2010.
Both Ruzich and Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) finished 2-for-4 in the game, with Ruzich accounting for both of NIU’s runs. Wells and Hook both record RBI.
The Huskies and the Zips will close the series tomorrow at All Pro Freight Stadium, beginning at 11 a.m. Central.
Kent State 11, Ball State 5 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Ball State 4, Kent State 3 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
KENT, Ohio – Kent State's (10-14, 4-2) offense powered them to a 11-5 game one win over Ball State (12-12, 2-4) on Saturday (Mar. 30), but their bats went silent in game two, losing 4-3 and missing out on a series sweep.
In the first game, starter Tyler Skulina (1-3) allowed three runs through six innings, but he struck out ten batters and got a lot of offensive support to pick up his first win of the season.
"I thought Tyler struggled to find himself a little bit early," said head coach Scott Stricklin, "and then he got settled in, got locked in, and he did well the last couple of innings. I thought he had some really good stuff today."
The Golden Flashes bats were hot from the start, as they scored three runs in the first inning. Derek Toadvine led of the game reaching on an error, then stole second and made his way to third on another Ball State blunder. He came home quickly after that as Alex Miklos flied out to right field to get the sacrifice RBI. Evan Campbell walked during the next at bat and came around to score as George Roberts smacked his first homerun of the season, a two-run shot over the right field wall.
Ball State plated a run in the third, but Kent State scored one more in each the third and fourth innings. Campbell was walked again to lead off the inning and advanced to second when Roberts was hit by a pitch. They then both advanced a base on a double steal before Campbell was able to reach home on a ground out.
They capitalized on more Cardinal mistakes in the fourth as Miklos singled, stole second, and then advanced to third and came home to score on two wild pitches. Ball State tried to make things interesting, scoring two in the fifth, but Kent State scored two of their own in the sixth and then came up with a big four-run seventh.
In the sixth, Jeff Revesz singled and then made his way around to third on an error. Toadvine then picked up a base-hit RBI. Toadvine later came in to score on another wild pitch.
Ball State began their troubles in the seventh by issuing a leadoff walk to Sawyer Polen; that was followed by a single by T.J. Sutton. Revesz then doubled to score both runners. Later in the inning with two outs, Miklos doubled to score Revesz and Campbell followed with a double of his own to score Miklos and increased the Kent State lead to 11-3.
Ball State was able to find some success against the Kent State bullpen by scoring two in the ninth, but they could not overcome the seven run deficit.
Kent State finished with 13 hits in the first game and six stolen bases. They also took advantage of four Ball State errors and three wild pitches. Toadvine, Miklos, Sutton and Revesz all had two hits in the game, with Toadvine, Miklos and Revesz all scoring two runs and picking at least one RBI each.
Game two was a different story, however, as Kent State couldn't muster much more offense, losing 4-3 and grabbing just six hits.
"I'm not really losing a 4-3 game on a game three," said Stricklin. "That's usually when you're able to score some runs. I thought our pitchers gave us a chance to get us a win, and our hitters just weren't able to get it done."
This time, Ball State got things going early, scoring a run in the first after a leadoff triple to start the game and a RBI ground out.
Kent State was able to grab a 2-1 lead, though in the bottom of the inning. Miklos remained tuned in at the plate, singling and scoring on a Campbell base hit. Campbell himself scored in the inning on a single by Sutton.
However, the lead didn't last, as the Cardinals scored two in the fourth and another in the sixth to avoid being swept in the series. The Golden Flashes threatened in the sixth as they scored one run, but hit into a double play with bases loaded to end the inning.
Casey Wilson (2-3) allowed four runs on five hits through 5.2 innings of work, issuing one walk and striking out two. Eric Dorsch and Brian Clark limited the damage in relief, finishing out the game allowing no runs with three hits and one strikeout.
"They put a couple of good swings on him," Stricklin said of his game three starter," and they were able to get some runs on the board.
Miklos was the only member of Kent State's lineup to grab more than one hit in the second game. He finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base.
The series wins marks the Golden Flashes' fourth in a row and second conference weekend win in as many attempts.
"We're not where we need to be yet," said Stricklin. "Winning a series is always important when you're at home. We don't like losing, bottom line, and to lose on game three stalls your momentum a little bit.
"But, we won the series, we're 4-2 in the conference, we're still in a good spot. It's still early, but we need to start playing better."
Kent State will have plenty of chances to find improvement as they play two weekday non-conference games in the upcoming week, Tuesday (Apr. 2) at Toldeo and Wednesday (Apr. 3) at home against Penn State. They remain home for another conference series next weekend as they host Ohio.
Bowling Green 9, Central Michigan 5 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Central Michigan 5, Bowling Green 3 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
Mount Pleasant, Mich.- Central Michigan split Saturday's doubleheader against Bowling Green, dropping its home opening series.
Freshman Zack Fields hit a home run in each of the day’s two games.
In game one of the day, the Falcons (6-16, 2-4 MAC) took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Brian Bien hit a single with one out, and was advanced to third on a Matt Pitzulo double to right field. T.J. Losby brought Bien home with a single to left, advancing Pitzulo to third. Still with one out, Andrew Kubuski hit into a fielder’s choice to score Bowling Green’s second run of the inning.
The Falcons extended their lead in the second, scoring another two runs. Sophomore Dylan Rheault came in to pitch for senor Patrick Kaminska, and walked two of the first three batters he faced. With runners in scoring position and one out, Patrick Lancaster hit an RBI grounder to short to put Bowling Green up 3-0. Brandon Howard came in from third to score on a Rheault wild pitch.
The Chippewas (11-14, 2-4 MAC) cut into the Falcons’ lead in the bottom of the second with lead off home run by Fields over the left field wall, making it a 4-1 ball game.
Bowling Green answered right back in the third with a Jake Thomas RBI single to score Kubuski, who reached base by a fielder’s choice and advanced on a wild pitch.
Sophomore Nick Regnier came out in the bottom of the third inning and started off with a single for Central Michigan. He advanced to second on a walk to Pat MacKenzie, and to third on a double play ball. Regnier came in to score from third with two outs on a fielding error by the first baseman, Lancaster, making the score 5-2 after three innings.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both sides, the Falcons put up three more runs in the fifth. Kubuski hit a single to leftfield to advance Losby over to second and back-to-back walks by Rheault scored one run and kept the bases loaded with one out. Howard brought home a runner with a fielder’s choice RBI, and Rait came in to score off of a Nick Glanzman single, putting Bowling Green up 8-2.
The Chippewas kept scratching at the Falcons’ lead, getting a run back in the bottom of the fifth. MacKenzie took a look at ball four to reach first, and advanced to second after freshman Logan Regnier was hit by a pitch. He made it to third on a Field’s double play ball, and came home on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 8-3.
Despite the Chippewas’ efforts, Bowling Green kept shutting the door on any signs of a rally. In the sixth inning, Losby singled to left to bring home Bien, who reached on a single and advanced on a sac-bunt by Pitzulo.
Down 9-3, Central Michigan would close out the game’s scoring in the bottom of the sixth. Junior Noel Santos and sophomore Tyler Huntey hit consecutive singles with one out and a walk to sophomore Joe Houlihan loaded the bases. Nick Regnier scored Santos and Huntey with a single up the middle, cutting the score to 9-5.
Nick Regnier finished 2-for-5 at the plate with two RBIs. Huntey led the Chippewas with three hits and scored one run. Fields was 1-for-4 with a solo homerun. Pat Kaminska was given the loss, pitching 1.0 inning and giving up two earned runs. Jimmy McNamara closed out the final 4.1 innings for the Chippewas, giving up one run and striking out two batters.
Losby finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Bien went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs. Six different Falcons finished the game with an RBI. Mike Frank moved to 1-4 on the season with the win, pitching 5.1 innings and striking out six batters.
Heading into the eighth inning tied at 3-3, Central Michigan put up two runs to clinch the victory in game two. Nick Regnier opened the inning with a walk and was advanced to second on a sac-bunt laid down by Santos. Logan Regnier reached with one out after being walked by Ben Singer. With a new pitcher in, Fields reached on an error by Glanzman, scoring Nick Regnier and moving Logan Regnier to third. Huntey reached after laying down a bunt that allowed Logan Regnier to score, putting the Chippewas up 5-3.
Sophomore Matt Trowbridge closed out the game, pitching the final 3.2 innings and forcing three groundouts in the ninth. .
After falling in a hole early in game one, Central Michigan came out all cylinders firing in game two, posting three runs in the first inning. Nick Regnier opened the game with a single to left center field and advanced to second on a ground out by Santos. Logan Regnier brought his brother home, hitting a single to left. After stealing second, Logan Regnier was brought home by Fields’ second homer of the day over the left field wall.
Bowling Green would answer in the third inning with an RBI double to left from Jeremy Shay to score Matt Smith.
Down 3-1, the Falcons evened the game up in the fourth inning. A single by Bien allowed Aaron Loconsole to come home from third. After reaching on an error by Santos, Glanzman scored to knot the game up at 3-3.
Fields finished game two 1-for-4 with a two-run homer. Logan Regnier went 1-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. Senior Rick Dodridge earned a no decision, pitching 5.1 innings and striking out six batters. Trowbridge was given his first win of the season and finished with six strikeouts.
Shay led Bowling Green with a RBI and two hits. Rait went 2-for-4 in game two. Trevor Blaylock pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three runs. In 2.2 innings of work, Singer surrendered two runs and struck out two batters.
Central Michigan will be back in action on Tuesday, April 2, at Michigan State. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.
Western Michigan 4, Buffalo 4 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Buffalo 7, Western Michigan 5 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan baseball team won game one of Saturday's doubleheader against Buffalo, 4-3, before falling 7-5 in game two Saturday at Robert J. Bobb Stadium. The Bulls also won Friday's game to take the series.
The Broncos slip to 9-17 on the season and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference, while Buffalo improved to 14-12 and 4-2 in the MAC. Western Michigan continues its seven-game homestand Tuesday, hosting Chicago State in non-conference play at 3 p.m.
GAME ONE RECAP
Left-handed junior Steve Laudicina (2-5) notched his second win of the season, hurling seven impressive innings in a 4-3 Bronco victory. He allowed two runs and held Buffalo to four hits, striking out two and walking none.
Freshman RHP Gabe Berman worked the final two innings to earn his team-leading fourth save of the year.
Western Michigan had 12 hits in the game, led by a 3-for-4 effort at the plate by Vinnie Booker. Booker also drove in a run and stole his fifth base of the season.
Andrew Sohn, Steve Buglione and Hunter Prince all batted 2-for-4. Sohn, Buglione and Jared Kujawa each drove in a run.
The Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the first and WMU pulled ahead with two runs in the third and two runs in the fifth.
Booker sparked the two runs in the third, smacking a two-out RBI single on a full count. He then stole second and scored on a base hit to right field by Sohn.
After putting two runners on with one out in the seventh, Laudicina worked his way out of the inning with a groundball doubleplay.
Buffalo had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth after a leadoff walk and a sac bunt, but Berman got the next two batters to flyout.
GAME TWO RECAP
Buffalo struck early in game two, tallying four runs in the first and another in the second to take a 5-0 lead.
A dropped ball by the Buffalo shortstop helped WMU get on board with an unearned run in the third. WMU then battled to cut the deficit to one, 5-4, with three runs in the sixth. Freshman catcher Brett Sunde belted a two-run, two-out double in the inning.
Both teams scored in the seventh and Buffalo added an insurance run in the ninth to make for a 7-5 final.
Western Michigan loaded the bags in the seventh with one out, but only came away with one run. The Broncos also had the tying run at second in the ninth with one out, following walks by Andrew Sohn and Jared Kujawa and a sac bunt by Steve Buglione. A pair of flyouts however ended the game.
Junior RHP Patrick Borlik (2-2) took the loss on the mound, lasting just two-thirds of an inning before being relieved by freshman Pat Haynes. Derek Schneider and Chris Bossenbery also appeared out of the bullpen. Schneider's appearance was the longest, going 4.1 innings and Bossenbery tossed the final 2.2. Haynes, Schneider and Bossenbery each gave up one run, while Borlik was charged with four.
Offensively, Theo Piccirilli, Kujawa (double) and Sunde each had two hits. Sunde also had the two RBIs. Buglione, Sohn and Patrick Duncan drove in a run as well.