With the win, the Cardinals improved to 14-14 overall and 4-5 in Mid-American Conference action, while WMU fell to 11-19 overall and 5-4 in league contests.
Jon Cisna tallied the victory on the mound to improve to 2-2 on the season. Cisna pitched seven shutout innings, while striking out three and walking zero in the win. He faced 25 batters and allowed only four hits on the day. Chris Marangon came on in relief and pitchd the final two innings to earn the save.
Ball State rallied for three runs in the first inning and held Western Michigan scoreless until allowing one run in the bottom of the eighth.
Blake Beemer walked in the top of the first to get the Cardinals started en route to the early lead. Sean Godfrey bunted for a single to put runners on first and second and then the pair moved to second and third on a balk. Cody Campbell got Ball State on the board with a single to left to plate Beemer and Godfrey. A Billy Wellman single, followed by a T.J. Weir single, loaded the bases with one out. Kevin Schlotter scored Campbell on a sacrifice fly to complete Ball State's scoring and give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead and all they needed for the victory.
The Cardinals managed three runs on eight hits, while limiting the Broncos to one run on four hits.
Godfrey and Weir were each 2-for-4 from the plate, while Campbell was 1-for-2 wth two runs-batted-in and one run scored. Schlotter's sacrifice fly was his second of the season.
The Cardinals will host Bowling Green Tuesday at 3 p.m. in another MAC game at Ball Diamond. Listen to the contest on www.ballstatesports.com or attend the game free of charge.
Kent State 10, Ohio 3
KENT, Ohio – Kent State (14-15, 6-3) had a big game at the plate, hitting six extra-base hits and 15 hits total in a 10-3 win over Ohio (6-24, 3-6) to earn their fifth-straight series win.
"Today was closer to what we need to be," said head coach Scott Stricklin. "It still wasn't quite there, but you can't complain with a 10-3 win."
Alex Miklos led the charge, with three hits, all for extra bases, including a solo homerun in the fifth inning. He leads Kent State with three round-trippers on the year. Sawyer Polen was also on offensively, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in the contest. George Roberts continued his hot-streak, finishing the day 3-for-5 with a double, stolen base and two RBI.
Casey Wilson (3-3) did well in the start to earn his third win, pitching 6.1 innings with eight hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts. The bullpen did their job to hold on to the victory. John Birkbeck followed Wilson, throwing two shutout innings with a hit, strikeout and walk each. Brian Clark came in the game to successfully get the last two outs.
"Casey Wilson was good on the mound and we got some big hits," Stricklin said. "It was a nice win for us."
Kent State wasted no time taking the lead, scoring two in the first inning when Derek Toadvine singled to leadoff, Polen doubled him home and then came home himself on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Sutton. They added two more when Miklos doubled in the second inning and plated a run on a Troy Summers base hit up the middle. After Summers stole second, he came home on a single by Polen.
"That's the biggest thing, you have to get runs on the board early," said Stricklin. "Days like this are tough days to pitch with the wind blowing out, so we knew we needed to score some runs."
The Golden Flashes' had their biggest inning when they tallied three runs in the third. Roberts singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on an error committed on a fielder's choice by Sutton, and then scored on Miklos' second double of the day. Justin Wagler grabbed himself two RBI in the next at-bat with base hit to right field.
Kent State's last three runs came via the Miklos homerun in the fifth and a two run eighth inning on a Toadvine walk, Polen single and a double by Roberts.
The victory secured the fifth series win in a row for Kent State and third in conference play.
"It's always important to win the series and to win on Sunday to give you a little bit of momentum going into next week," said Stricklin. "Overall, I thought it was a good win, and we just need to look to keep that momentum going Tuesday and Wednesday."
The Golden Flashes head to Penn State on Tuesday night to play under the lights in a 7:00 pm game that will be televised on the Big Ten Network. They return home on Wednesday to take on Toledo in a 5:00 pm non-conference matchup.
Akron 10, Miami 9 (14 innings)
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (6-23, 3-6 MAC) baseball team defeated Miami University (14-13, 7-2 MAC) by a score of 10-9 - a 14 inning affair - via walk-off fashion on Sunday afternoon in the series finale of the three game Mid-American Conference series at Lee R. Jackson Field.
The Akron offense started hot on Sunday afternoon, as six runs scored in the bottom of the first inning. Daulton Mosbarger led off the inning with a walk, which was followed up by a Matt Rembielak single to right field.
Devan Ahart ripped a single to left field, plating Mosbarger for the first run of the game. Ahart went on to score after Brady Stewart reached base on a fielding error by the Miami third baseman to bring the score to 2-0.
Freshman Kris Simonton singled in the next Zips run of the game, which scored Jared Turocy on the play to give the Zips a 3-0 lead.
Cale Giddings continued the rally following Simonton with a two-RBI single to left, which was followed up by an RBI double by Billy Salem down the left field line. Salem's double was the last hit of the first inning rally, and gave UA a 6-0 lead heading into the second inning.
Sophomore Pat Dyer made the start at pitcher for UA, and turned in 2.2 innings pitched with five hits and three earned runs allowed. Dyer had a no-decision in the victory.
Dyer's outing allowed the RedHawks to get back in the game, as Miami totaled one run scored in the second and five runs in the third. While only three of those runs were earned, the southpaw's day was done in the third inning.
However, Matt LaRocca pitched spectacularly out of the bullpen in relief of Dyer. The native of Stony Brook, N.Y., logged 6.1 innings pitched with zero earned runs allowed and five strikeouts. LaRocca would also have a no-decision in the win.
The game stayed tied at six until the sixth inning, when Akron took a 7-6 lead on a run scoring groundout by Rembielak. Miami tied the game again in the eighth inning with an RBI double to center.
The score would remain tied through the 13th inning, as Samuel Trecaso was able to quell the Miami offense through 4.0 innings with three strikeouts and zero earned runs allowed.
Miami broke the 7-7 tie in the 14th inning, as two unearned runs would score in the inning to give Miami a 9-7 lead heading into the bottom half of the 14th inning.
With the Zips down to their final outs in the 14th inning, Rembielak led the inning off by reach on a fielding error. Ahart then doubled to left centerfield to put runners on second and third with no outs.
Following a pop out by Havrilak, Turocy ripped a two-RBI triple to right to tie the game in the 14th inning.
Bryan White came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded, with Turocy still standing at third base. White roped a single through the left side to complete the 14th inning rally, and gave the Zips their first walk-off victory of the season.
In total, the Akron offense banged out 16 hits, eight RBI, six walks, and 10 runs scored. Leading the Zips in hits was Ahart with three hits. Turocy and Giddings tied for the team-lead in RBI with two on Sunday.
Akron's next game is scheduled for Wednesday, when the squad will take on Canisius in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., at Lee R. Jackson Field. Admission is free to all Akron home games.
Links to live stats and a video stream will be made available through GoZips.com.
Northern Illinois 5, Central Michigan 3
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning, the Northern Illinois (11-18, 6-3 MAC) baseball team rallied back with a two-run homerun in the eighth and a pair of RBI walks in the ninth to defeat Central Michigan (12-18, 3-6 MAC) and claim the Huskies first series in Mt. Pleasant since 2009, 5-3. Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) finished 2-for-5 with the two-run blast to tie the game in the eighth. The Huskies claimed sole possession of first place in the MAC West with the win.
"Both starting pitchers did well and so did the defenses. That made for a fun baseball game today," said Head Coach Ed Mathey, "Central Michigan took a lead in the sixth and added one more in the seventh. They brought their closer on in the eighth and it helped our approach seeing him on Friday. Jeff lasered a double and Landon hit a nice shot with a little help from the wind to muscle one 10-15 feet over the fence and tie the game. We did a nice job of taking advantage of the freebies in the ninth and that made for a very good win. It will make for a nice bus ride home."
The Huskies were the first to score as Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) doubled off the centerfield wall to leadoff the fourth inning and nearly grabbed his first homerun of the season, only missing by feet. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice by Tenhagen, Zimmerman would score on a groundout by Connor Duckhorn (Darien/Cowley County CC) to take a 1-0 lead.
With Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) not allowing any damage in his first five innings on the mound, Central Michigan took a 2-1 lead off a triple by Pat MacKenzie over centerfielder Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly). The Chippewas added one more in the bottom of the seventh to increase their lead, 3-1.
Northern Illinois answered in the top of the eighth with CMU's closer Matt Trowbridge stepping onto the mound. After a pair of strikeouts by Huskies Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) and Klonowski, Zimmerman recorded his second double of the day to mount a rally charge. After fouling a ball off the back stop, Tenhagen crushed a ball over the left centerfield wall to tie the game, 3-3.
Anthony Andres (Western Spring/St. Rita) stepped onto the mound in the eighth with an aggressive CMU lineup looking to tie it up. After a leadoff line out, Andres surrendered a walk and allowed the runner to second on a wild pitch, which led to an intentional walk. The junior hurler struck out the next batter and followed up with another wild pitch and another intentional walk to load the bases with two outs. With the sacks juiced and Logan Regnier at the plate, Andres forced Regnier to swing on the first pitch that Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia) collected and threw over to Hook at second to end the inning.
In the ninth, Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) was hit by a pitch in the leadoff spot and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Duckhorn but an error on the throw kept Duckhorn on base. Seiton sacrificed both runners over and three-straight walks by Wells, Hook and Zimmerman gave NIU a 5-3 lead in the game.
Andres stayed on to finish the game, forcing two groundouts and a strike out in the ninth to pickup his second win of the season. The series win was the Huskies first at Central Michigan since 2009 and increased NIU's record to 8-2 in its last 10 games.
Zimmerman finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, an RBI and a walk in the game.
Northern Illinois will return to action Tuesday April 9 for a midweek night contest at Illinois State. First pitch between the Huskies and the Cardinals is set for 6 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 13, Bowling Green 5
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University baseball team jumped out to a 6-0 first-inning lead and never looked back en route a 13-5 win to take the final two games of a weekend series against Bowling Green State University Sunday, April 7.
The Eagles (14-16; 4-5 MAC) came up victorious in their second straight Mid-American Conference series against a Falcons' (7-19; 3-6 MAC) team that gave up double-digit runs in consecutive contests. EMU went to work early Sunday, piling on six runs in the first inning and chasing BGSU starter Trevor Blaylock (0-6) after just two-thirds of an inning. Bowling Green scored a pair in the bottom of the second, but the Eagles put up three runs in the sixth and eighth innings to pull away.
Saturday's hit parade carried over into Sunday as the Eagles mashed 14 hits for a series total of 38. Lee Longo went 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season and three RBI. The Eagles' designated hitter was one-of-five players to record multiple knocks and Sam Ott turned in a 3-for-5 effort with a double, triple, an RBI and four runs scored. Adam Sonabend (2-for-5) also notched three RBI and joined John Rubino (2-for-5) and Tony DiLeo (2-for-4) as the other Eagles with multi-hit days.
Paul Schaak (3-1) won his second straight MAC start in five innings of work. He allowed three runs on six hits while racking up five strikeouts. Brian Valente, Devon Bronson, Taylor Dimmerling, and Kristian Calibuso also pitched an inning apiece.
Bowling Green received a two-RBI day from Jeremy Shay, who went 1-for-4 with a home run. Patrick Lancaster went 2-for-3 and was the lone BGSU player to earn multiple hits.
Sonabend made it a 3-0 game with one swing of the bat in the first inning when he smacked a bases-loaded double to left-center. Jamie Simpson knocked Sonabend in with a single for the fourth run and DiLeo and Marquise Gill also came through with RBI in the inning. It became a 7-0 contest in the second when Ott doubled and Longo drove him in with a single back up the middle.
Schaak gave up all three of his runs in the second and third innings. Brandon Howard tripled in Jesse Rait and Nick Glanzman tallied an RBI in a two-run second frame for the Falcons. In the third, BGSU cut its deficit to 7-3 on a sacrifice fly by T.J. Losby.
Eastern Michigan's offense came back to life in the sixth inning with a trio of runs. The basepaths were clear with two outs, but a pair of hits followed by two fielding errors and a hit batsman allowed the Eagles to take a seven-run lead, 10-3. Daniel Russell, Ott and Rubino all scored unearned runs in the inning.
A two-run round-tripper by Shay made it a 10-5 game in the bottom of the sixth, but Valente limited the damage to just those two tallies. Ott's triple and Longo's two-run jack in the top of the eighth put the game out of reach and sealed another series triumph for the Green and White.
The Eagles are back in action Wednesday, April 10, with a non-conference tilt against the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.