Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/5/2013

 

 
Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Buffalo 6, Toledo 3
Miami 7, Akron 2
Central Michigan 6, Northern Illinois 3
Bowling Green 10, Eastern Michigan 4
Western Michigan 12, Ball State 11 (11 inn.)
Kent State 6, Ohio 5
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Buffalo 6, Toledo 3
Boxscore
ROCHESTER, NY - After hitting just one home run over the past nine game, the Buffalo baseball team broke out the big bats Friday afternoon at Monroe Community College in Rochester, beating Toledo (10-17, 3-4 MAC) 6-3 behind three home runs and a pair of doubles. Jason Kanzler was one of four UB hitters to have multi-hit games,Mike McGee earned his third straight win for the Bulls (15-12, 5-2 MAC), and River McWilliams set the program record for saves in a single season.
 
All three Buffalo home runs came from the lead-off hitters, starting with Tyler Mautner in the second inning. With the wind at his back, he crushed his second home run of the season over the wall in dead center to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead. In the third, Kyle Figgins drew the first of his three walks on the day to lead it off, and would later score on a double down the right field line by Jimmy Topps. He would be immediately converted by Kanzler, who went right back up the middle for the RBI single.
 
The lead would be extended to 4-0 in the fourth inning, asJon Mestas led off with a solo home run to left center field, his third of the season. The Rockets would answer back with a run in the top of the fifth, but were unable to convert on a bases-loaded situation, as McGee induced a harmless pop up to the infield. Kanzler would immediately get the run back for the Bulls, homering to left center to lead off the home half of the fifth.
 
Toledo would make it a 5-3 game in the seventh inning, as they would chase McGee from the game after a single and a walk. After a double steal from the Rockets to bring the tying run to the plate, an RBI groundout got the visiting side within two, but the UB bullpen held them to just that. The Bulls would score the final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh, after Kanzler hit a double and was then driven in on a bloop single by Mautner.
 
McGee went 6.1 innings in the game, striking out four and allowing six hits and three runs (two earned). That marks his third straight quality start of the season. Ben Hartzpitched a perfect 1.2 innings as a bridge to McWilliams, who nailed down a stressful sixth save of the season to break a three-way tie for first place, with himself and Steve Geltz, and stake his own claim to the record.
 
The first two UT batters reached via an error and a single, but a foul out and a fielder's choice put runners on the corners with just one out to go. Matt Delewski, serving as the game-tying run in the batter's box, hit a screaming line drive right at McWilliams, who caught it casually for an abrupt ending to a dramatic inning and an important win for the Bulls.
 
"Guys were being aggressive early and we got a few good pitches that we could drive," head coach Ron Torgalski said. "We talk about answering offense with offense all the time. When they get a run, we want to get one back and take the momentum back. That happened today and it helped us get a big win. When there are guys on base, we've been making pitches and making plays behind them all year. We'll walk a guy, or they'll get a hit, but we've found a way to make plays defensively and make the right pitches to get out of those jams."
 
In an odd box score, all nine of Buffalo's hits in the game came from Topps, Kanzler, Mautner, and Mestas. Figgins' three walks in the game were the most since Mike Scarcello drew three in a game at Longwood on March 2.
 
The two teams will be back at it Saturday at noon, playing a doubleheader at MCC. Anthony Magovney will get the ball in game one, and Mike Burke will pitch game two.
 
Miami 7, Akron 2
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AKRON, Ohio -- Freshman outfielder Chad Sedio had a career-high three hits and Brooks Fiala struck out seven over seven innings pitched, leading Miami to a 7-2 victory over Akron Friday at Lee Jackson Field.
 
Miami (13-12, 6-1) manufactured a run in the first inning after Matt Honchel led off with a single and, after an out, stole second. He moved to third on a flyout and scored when John Crummy hit a 1-2 up the middle for a single.
 
Akron took just two batters to tie the game at 1-1, registering a double and single off Fiala. But the RedHawks answered in their next trip to the plate. Sedio started with a double, then took third on a wild-pitch strikeout. Dan Walsh grounded into a fielder's choice to plate the run.
 
Sedio and Walsh combined for another run in the fourth. Sedio led off with a single, then scored on a one-out double by Walsh to make the lead 3-1. The RedHawks broke the game open with three runs in the fifth. Kevin Bower and Nate Bowles singled, putting runners on the corners. After Bowles stole second, a sacrifice fly by Crummy drove in another run. After a walk, Sedio delivered a two-run triple for a 6-1 lead.
 
Akron (5-22, 2-5) tried to rally, taking advantage of a Ryan Elble error after an infield single. With the runner on second, back-to-back groundouts closed the gap to 6-2. But the sophomore second baseman gained redemption, doubling to start the eighth. He scored on a fielder's choice later in the inning.
 
Fiala (4-3) pitched seven complete innings, allowing six hits and walking two. He gave way to Charles Zubrod to start the eighth, while Seth Varner retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to secure the win.
 
Akron starter JT Brubaker took the loss to fall to 0-6. He gave up six of Miami's runs in 4.1 innings of work.
 
The two teams continue the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.
 
Central Michigan 6, Northern Illinois 3
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MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan picked up a key Mid-American Conference win in its series opener versus Northern Illinois Friday afternoon, 6-3.
 
Sophomore Jordan Foley struck out a career-high 12 batters in just 6.2 innings to improve to 5-1 on the season and senior Jordan Adamswent 2-for-2 with a solo home run, RBI double and a pair of walks as the Chippewas (12-16, 3-4 MAC) moved within a game of .500 in conference play. 
 
Foley continued to impress on the mound, taking a shutout into the seventh inning and was nearly through seven scoreless had it not been for an error on junior Noel Santos. The error allowed the inning to extend and the Huskies (9-18, 4-3 MAC) to cut into the CMU lead with three unearned runs. 
 
Fortunately, the Chippewas' offense had come alive in the bottom of the second thanks in part to brothers Nick and Logan Regnier. 
 
With one out and runners on first and second, sophomore Nick Regnier gave the Chippewas a 1-0 lead with a RBI single through the left side that plated sophomore Alec Ornelas. Freshman Logan Regnier came to the plate later in the inning with the bases loaded and promptly hit a 3-2 pitch past the NIU first baseman, allowing his brother and sophomore Joe Houlihan to score to push the lead to 3-0.
 
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs reached on an infield single to the shortstop to lead off the bottom of the third and came around to score on Adams' RBI double. Adams then stole third and scored on a throwing error by the Huskies' catcher, making it a 5-0 game.
 
The run support was all that Foley would need as he worked through the NIU lineup with ease, allowing just two hits and matching his career high in strikeouts through just five innings. After allowing a walk and a single with one out in the sixth, Foley recorded strikeout 11 for a new career high and induced an inning-ending popout to keep the shutout in tact.
 
The sophomore gave up a leadoff double in the seventh before punching out his 12th batter of the game and looked to have the shutout in his pocket before the error extended the inning.
 
Adams quickly thwarted any comeback thoughts by the Huskies when he hit a no-doubt shot over the left field wall with one out to push CMU's lead back to three, 6-3.
 
Sophomore Matt Trowbridge came on in the top of the eighth in an attempt to record a six-out save and did so successfully, marking his sixth save of the season.
 
Logan Regnier went 2-for-4 for his team-best 11th multi-hit game of the season, while Nick Regnier went 2-for-5 with three stolen bases.
 
CMU and NIU will continue the series tomorrow afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Sophomore Dylan Rheault will toe the rubber for the Chippewas.
 
Bowling Green 10, Eastern Michigan 4
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University baseball team scored a season-high ten runs in a 10-4 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday afternoon. The game was played at Warren E. Steller Field. With the victory, the Falcons improve to 7-17 (3-4 MAC) overall. Eastern Michigan falls to 12-16 (2-5 MAC) with the loss.
 
Eastern Michigan got on the scoreboard in the top of the first, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Sam Ott which scored Daniel Russell. Russell had reached on a leadoff error by the Falcons, making the run unearned.
 
The run in the top of the first would be the only one that Cody Apthorpe would surrender in his seven innings of work. Picking up the win to improve his record to 2-2 on the season, Apthorpe has not allowed an earned run in either of his last two starts.
 
The Falcons would take the lead for good in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a few EMU errors to score four runs. Patrick Lancaster would work a two-out walk to begin the rally, eventually coming around to score on an Eagle error.
 
Apthorpe kept the Eagles out of the hit column during the first three innings, allowing the Falcons to increase the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Orange and Brown would start the inning with four straight hits, as T.J. Losby, Matt Pitzulo, and Jeremy Shay scored in the inning.
 
In the fifth, the Falcons would add two more runs, increasing their lead to 9-1.Shay would lead off the inning with a single, before scoring on a Jake Thomas triple into the right field corner.  Thomas would score later in the inning on a balk by EMU pitcher Michael Marsinek.
 
Apthorpe would work out of a jam in the top of the seventh, as he faced a bases-loaded, two-out jam with the top of the Eagles’ order coming to bat. However, Apthorpe would get Russell to fly out to center, stranding the bases loaded and keeping the lead at 9-1.
 
The Falcons would crack double-digits for the first time all season with a single run in the bottom of the seventh, started again by the junior duo of Shay and Thomas. Combined on the afternoon, that duo went 7-for-10 with five RBI and five runs scored. Freshman Nick Glanzman’s first career RBI—coming on a groundout—would increase the Bowling Green lead to 10-1 after seven innings.
 
EMU added two unearned runs in the top of the eighth, before adding their final run in the top of the ninth. Both teams committed five errors in the game, leading to seven unearned runs being scored.
 
The Falcons and Eagles will continue their series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is expected at 1 p.m., with Mike Frank (BGSU) opposing Brian Hill (EMU) on the mound.
 
Western Michigan 12, Ball State 11 (11 inn.)
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan took game one against MAC West counterpart Ball State, 12-11, in a tight game turned into a mid-inning slugfest and a four-hour marathon. The two teams combined for 35 hits in the 11-inning affair.
 
The Broncos improved to 11-17 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Ball State, coached by Bronco alum Rich Maloney, fell to 12-14 and 2-5 in the MAC.
 
After giving up a run in the first, WMU took what seemed to be a comfortable seven-run advantage with eight runs on six hits in the fourth. The Cardinals had their own big inning in store however, and pounded out nine runs on eight hits to regain the lead in the sixth. WMU eventually tied the game at 11-11 with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.
 
The winning run came on a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 11th. Leadoff batter Patrick Duncan got on with a bullet back up the middle and Brooks Beilke reached on an error, after laying down what was intended to be a sac bunt. The runners moved to second and third on a sac bunt by Theo Piccirilli. Vinnie Booker then stepped to the plate to put down a perfect squeeze and Duncan slide in easily for the victory.
 
Freshman right-hander Gabe Berman (1-0) earned his first collegiate victroy after being summoned out of the bullpen in the ninth. He held the Cardinals scoreless and to just one hit over 2.1 innings.
 
Berman entered for reliever Pat Haynes with two on and two out in the ninth. He walked a batter to load the bags but then left them full, ending the inning with a fly ball to center field.
 
WMU went down in order in the ninth and both teams left two runners on base in the 10th. Berman retired the first three batters he faced in the 11th.
 
Left-handed senior Mike Moyer started on the mound for WMU and went 5.0 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. The Broncos used six pitchers in the game.
 
Offensively, WMU totaled a team-season high 19 hits, all of which were singles, and seven players had multi-hit games. Booker went 4-for-6 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Brett Sunde was 3-for-5 and Steve Buglione had a pair of hits, three RBIs and a stolen base.
 
Ball State had 16 hits, including a 4-for-6 effort by Sean Godfrey who also drove in three runs and scored twice. T.J. Weir threw the final three innings for the Cardinals and took the loss.
 
The two sides return to Robert J. Bobb Stadium for game two tomorrow at 1 p.m. and conclude the series with game three Sunday at 1 p.m.
 
Kent State 6, Ohio 5
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KENT, Ohio –  T.J. Sutton scorched an inside-the-park homerun in the eighth to push Kent State (13-14, 5-2) past Ohio (5-23, 2-5) in a 6-5 opening series win. 
 
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, George Robertsissued a leadoff walk before Sutton smacked a shot to center that went past the defenseman and rolled to the wall to score two for the deciding play of the game.
 
Brian Clark then came in the game and got a strikeout, a sharp lineout to first baseman Zarley Zalewski and then a popup to shortstop to secure the win and earn Clark's second save of the season.
 
Kent State took a 1-0 lead out of the first inning whenDerek Toadvine led off the game with a base hit and came around to score on a groundout by Roberts.  Ohio tied things in the third inning, but Kent State grabbed a 3-1 lead right back.
 
In the bottom of the third, the Golden Flashes scored two runs on a two-RBI single by Roberts, scoring Zalewski and Toadvine, who had back-to-back singles to start off the inning.
 
The Bobcats answered with a big four-run inning in the fifth.  They took advantage of five hits and a Kent State error to take the 5-3 lead.  Kent State began their comeback by scoring one in the seventh on a single and RBI groundout before the decisive bottom of the eighth.
 
Josh Pierce (2-1) was awarded the win, coming in the game in relief to pitch two innings of shutout baseball with no hits, no walks and one strikeout.  Taylor Williams went six innings in the start, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven.
 
Toadvine, Zalewski and Tommy Monnot each finished with two hits in the game.  Roberts led the team with three RBI.
 
Game two begins Saturday at 1:00 pm.  It is Military Day, as part of Kent State's PR and Promotions class. Click here for more details.