Friday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/12/2013

 

Friday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 2, Miami 1
Buffalo 7, Eastern Michigan 4
Northern Illinois 5, Western Michigan 3
Bowling Green 5, Toledo 0
Central Michigan 19, Ball State 2
Akron 4, Ohio 2 (10 innings)
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Kent State 2, Miami 1
OXFORD, Ohio – It didn't come easy, but Kent State (15-16, 7-3) was able to get the 2-1 win over Miami (14-16, 7-3) in a pitcher's duel behind the performances of Taylor Williams and Brian Clark.
 
"Friday night you have two aces going against each other, and both guys really competed well on the mound," said head coach Scott Stricklin.  "Taylor was very good, as good as he's been all year. [Miami starter Brooks] Fiala was outstanding as well.  I thought the starting pitchers were what we expected and we were fortunate to grind out a win."
 
Kent State now shares the lead in the Mid-American Conference East division with Miami and Buffalo.
 
It took the Golden Flashes until the eighth inning to get any runs off of Miami's ace, Fiala.   Alex Miklos led off the inning with a single and got to second on a passed ball.  In his first at-bat of the game, Tommy Monnot raked a RBI double to the left field wall to tie the game.
 
"It was a huge at-bat," Stricklin said.  "He did a good job working the count, getting a fastball count, and he put a great swing on the ball. It was probably the hardest hit ball all game-long.  It was a clutch hit."
 
Derek Toadvine followed with a base hit and Sawyer Polen walked to load the bases with one out for Kent State.  With a full-count on him, Evan Campbell battled, fouling off three pitches, to eventually draw the walk that scored the winning run.
 
Williams (6-1) dominated once again in the start.  He went seven innings with one run, six hits and a career-high 11 strikeouts.  Brian Clark picked up his third save in one of the best outings of his career.  Clark struck out four of the seven batters he faced in two innings of work, throwing a total of 30 pitches, 26 for strikes.
 
"That's the best I've seen Brian throw," said Stricklin of his 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.  "It's really encouraging, it's a confidence builder for him.  He's been a little up and down, but that's as good as I've seen him throw in the last two years."
 
Toadvine went 2-for-4 on the night to lead the Golden Flashes offensively.  Monnot was the only one to hit for extra bases.
 
The two teams face each other again Saturday at 3:00 pm.  Kent State will look to build on Friday's momentum to take the top spot in the MAC East.
 
"Winning Friday does a lot for your psyche and your confidence," said Stricklin.  "It just really changes the way you come to the ballpark the next day." 
 
Buffalo 7, Eastern Michigan 4
YPSILANTI, MI - Boosted by a pair of home runs from Thomas Richards, the Buffalo baseball team (17-13, 7-3 MAC) opened its Mid-American Conference series opener at Eastern Michigan (14-17, 4-6 MAC) with a 7-4 win Friday afternoon. After rushing out to a big early lead, the Bulls coasted to the win.
 
The offense scored a pair of runs in the first inning after taking advantage of Eagle miscues. A walk to start the game by Jimmy Topps and a one-out single from Alex Baldock started things out, and after a wild pitch moved Topps to third, an EMU error off a hit from Tyler Mautner scored him. Another walk, this time to Kyle Figgins, would load up the bases with still one out. Jon Mestas fouled out to the first baseman, but Baldock was able to tag up and score on the play to make it 2-0.
 
In the third inning, the Bulls tripled up on its lead with four runs. Baldock led off with a double and Mautner was plunked with a pitch. After Figgins sacrificed them both into scoring position, Mestas added another sac fly. Mautner would be brough home from third on a single through the left side from Mike Burke, and Burke would then be brough in on a two-run shot by Richards.
 
Richards would cap the team's scoring in the top of the sixth, leading off the inning with a solo home run. It was the first multi-home run game by an individual since Matt Pollock hit a pair at Toledo on May 4 of last season. Richards also had a two home run game in 2012, against Canisius on March 7.
 
The Eagles were able to make it a game with four unanswered runs, but the UB pitching staff was able to pitch around a number of dangerous situations. In the bottom of the sixth, starter Mike McGee was lifted in a bases loaded situation as the Eagles got two runs back, and also scored runs in the seventh and ninth but could not take advantage of eight walks issued by the Buffalo pitching staff.
 
McGee saw his quality starts streak end at three, but he earned the win after allowing just two runs in 5.1 innings of work. Ben Hartz allowed a run in 1.1 innings of relief, and River McWilliams closed out the win with 2.1 innings and an earned run.
 
The two teams will be back at it tomorrow afternoon, as Anthony Magovney looks to build off an award-winning performance against Toledo last Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 pm.
 
Northern Illinois 5, Western Michigan 3
DeKALB, Ill. – Tied 1-1 after two innings of play, the Northern Illinois baseball team (12-19, 7-3 MAC) rallied three runs in the third and one more in the fourth, clinching a 5-3 victory over Western Michigan (11-21, 5-5 MAC). Freshman Jordan Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher) pitched seven innings, striking out and walking four, to earn his first collegiate victory in the Cardinal and Black.
 
Though the Huskies carried a 5-3 lead after six innings of play, the Broncos threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings of play offensively. Ruckman, already with a pitch count over a 100 in the seventh, hurled five pitches in the seventh to retire the side in order.
 
 In the eighth, the southpaw had runners on first and second, opening the door for senior Zach Badgley (McHenry/McHenry) out of the bullpen, who recorded the first out of inning on a 1-3 sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners. The Huskies took advantage of poor base running on the next Bronco at-bat as Brandon Cable went to third on a fielder’s choice back to mound, stranding Hunter Prince between third and home and leading Badgley to Ruzich for the second out. WMU ended the inning to shift momentum back towards NIU’s dugout.
 
“The two big innings for us from a defensive stand point were the seventh and the eighth,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey, “Badgley was awesome out there, he came out throwing strikes and he fielded his spot very well. He knocked his balls down and forced a run down for the second out and didn’t let a run score. In the seventh, we had a chance to score runs and we didn’t do that and for Ruck to go out there the way he did was great.”
 
Following Badgley’s eighth inning magic, Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) stepped onto the mound for the Huskies, striking out the first batter and forcing two more ground outs to earn his first career save.
 
NIU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) led off with a single and stole second to put Northern Illinois into scoring position only five pitches into the game. With a 2-2 count and two outs on him, Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) singled through the right side to drive Wells home and put NIU on top, 1-0. WMU tied it up in the top of the second, 1-1.
 
In the third stanza, Connor Schomig (Darien/Hinsdale South) took the first pitch from Mike Moyer and drove it to right centerfield for a leadoff double. Schomig advanced to third on an infield single by Wells and scored on a fielder’s choice by Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township). Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) drove in another Huskie run on a fielder’s choice and Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) drove in the final run of the inning on a stand up double down the left field line to make it 4-1.
 
After a pair of hits by Schomig and Wells in the fourth, Zimmerman popped up to left field which sent a tagging Schomig home safely and secure the Huskies 5-1 lead. The Broncos came back in the top of the fifth inning and cut their deficit in half with two runs on three hits but were unable to come up with anymore in the game, 5-3.
 
Wells finished 4-for-5 in the game with two runs and a stolen base while Schomig went 2-for-2 with two runs, a double, a sacrifice bunt and one hit-by-pitch. Ruckman earned his first career victory after his seven inning performance, scattering six hits with two earned runs, four strikeouts and four walks.
 
The Huskies will hope to clinch the series against the Broncos tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. at Ralph McKinzie Field. Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) will take the bump for NIU tomorrow, having pitched three-consecutive complete games victories for the Huskies.
 
Bowling Green 5, Toledo 0
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University baseball team scored four runs in the ninth inning on Friday afternoon at Toledo, pulling away for the 5-0 victory. Cody Apthorpe picked up the win, going eight innings and striking out four. Nick Bruns pitched the ninth to complete the shutout of the Rockets.
 
For the first eight innings, the Falcons clung to a 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, Patrick Lancaster would single with two outs, allowing Nick Glanzman to come around and score from second. Glanzman had walked to reach base in the inning.
 
The Bowling Green defense held the lead all day, making several outstanding plays behind Apthorpe. With one out in the bottom of the first, Andrew Kubuski would make a leaping play at the wall to record the second out. With the runner around second, Kubuski would throw to Brian Bien, who would relay it to Jeremy Shay at first for the inning-ending double play.
 
Kubuski extended his on-base streak to 17 games with a single in the top of the second inning. Kubuski reached base all four times in the game, going 2-for-2 with two walks.
 
In the bottom of the third, Kubuski would gun down a runner trying to stretch a base hit into a double. The Falcons would make their only error of the game in the inning, but Apthorpe would pitch out of trouble.
 
In the top of the fourth it appeared that the Falcons would extend their lead to 2-0, as Brandon Howard hit a fly ball which carried to deep center field. Toledo center fielder Ben Hammer would run the ball down to end the inning, crashing into the wall.
 
Glanzman would steal the show beginning in the fifth inning with his first career extra-base hit—a double into the right field corner.
 
Apthorpe would strand runners in scoring position in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings, holding the Falcon lead at 1-0.
 
In the top of the ninth, Glanzman would once again double, scoring two runners to extend the lead to 3-0. Shay would follow with a double just three batters later to put the Falcons on top, 5-0.
 
Senior Bruns would close out the win in the bottom of the ninth, setting the Rockets down 1-2-3.
 
With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-19 (4-6 MAC). Bowling Green will look to win the Battle Of I75 series tomorrow afternoon, with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Scott Park in Toledo.
 
Central Michigan 19, Ball State 2
MUNCIE, Ind. — Central Michigan batted around in two different innings, scoring nine runs in the sixth and five runs in the eighth, to blow out Ball State in the opening game of its Mid-American Conference series Friday afternoon, 19-2.
 
A pitchers’ dual between the Chippewas’ (14-18, 4-6 MAC) Jordan Foley and Cardinals’ (14-16, 4-6 MAC) Chris Marangon quickly turned in the Maroon and Gold’s favor.
 
With the game tied through five innings, 2-2, the Chippewas broke things open with the nine-run sixth. Sophomore Nick Regnier walked to lead off the inning and freshman Logan Regnier was intentionally walked two batters later before another walk to senior Jordan Adams loaded the bases.
 
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs broke the tie with a two-RBI single that plated the Regnier brothers before junior Noel Santos drove in Adams with a single of his own to chase Marangon. Sophomores Cody Leichman and Tyler Huntey were walked following the pitching change to push across a run, while sophomore Alec Ornelas was drilled by a pitch to plate Santos.
 
Nick Regnier came to the plate for the second time in the inning and promptly drove a pitch to the left center gap to plate a pair of runs before a two-RBI single by sophomore Pat MacKenzie capped the frame and gave the Chippewas an 11-2 lead.
 
The Chippewas were able to add a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 13-2 before a near home run off the wall in center field by Adams sparked a five-run eighth to push the lead to 18-2.
 
Adams’ drive plated senior Tom Lally and a sacrifice fly by freshman Morgan Oliver later in the inning allowed Adams to cross the plate. Ornelas reached on an error one batter later, allowing Leichman and Santos to score, and Nick Regnier recorded his fourth hit in as many innings to cap the frame.
 
While the offense was rolling, Foley was putting together another stellar outing on the mound. Foley struck out seven Cardinals and gave up two runs on six hits over seven strong nnings of work to improve to 6-1 on the season.
 
Nick Regnier went 4-for-6 with four RBI to lead the Chippewas at the plate, while Jacobs finished 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and Santos 1-for-4 with two RBI. MacKenzie gave CMU four players with at least two RBI by going 1-for-4 while Adams had a multi-hit contest, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
 
The Chippewas and Cardinals will resume their series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. 
 
Akron 4, Ohio 2 (10 innings)
ATHENS, Ohio – The University of Akron (7-24, 4-6 MAC) baseball team defeated Ohio University (7-25, 3-7 MAC) in a 10-inning affair by a score of 4-2 on Friday evening at Bob Wren Stadium in the opening game of a three game Mid-American Conference series.
 
Freshman JT Brubaker made his team-leading ninth start of the season on Friday. Brubaker pitched 6.1 innings with two earned runs allowed and six strikeouts, but was given a no-decision for his time on the mound.
 
Brubaker's six strikeouts were a career-high for him. He also has the most strikeouts on the Zips pitching staff with 27 strikeouts on the season.
 
Akron posted the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Daulton Mosbarger led off the inning with a walk, which was followed up on a single by shortstop Matt Rembielak.
 
Devan Ahart then reached on a fielder's choice to plate Mosbarger for the first run of the game. Ahart earned an RBI on the play, pushing his season RBI total to 10.
 
The Ohio Bobcats knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle, but the Zips fought back quickly with a run of their own in the top of the fourth.
 
Joey Havrilak led off the fourth inning with a triple to center field. Senior Jared Turocy then registered an RBI groundout to the first baseman, scoring Havrilak. Havrilak – a native of Washington, Pa. – leads the Akron offense with two triples and 15 runs scored this season.
 
Following Brubaker's exit in the seventh inning with the game tied at two, the Akron bullpen shutdown the Ohio offense. Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso combined for four scoreless innings of no-hit baseball. Both Fanning and Trecaso logged two innings out of the bullpen.
 
Along with Trecaso's two innings of work, the senior recorded on strikeout and earned the win. The native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is now 3-1 this season, and has not given up an earned run in a total of 17.1 innings pitched.
 
"It's the first Friday win for us, and feels good to start the weekend that way," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the game. "JT [Brubaker] pitched well again, with Fanning and Trecaso holding OU in check."
 
In the top of the 10th inning, Mosbarger registered a base knock after James Sheltrown reached base on a fielding error by the Ohio shortstop. Sheltrown scored on the play.
 
Rembielak then drove in the Zips fourth and final run of the game on an RBI single up the middle, scoring Mosbarger.
 
Trecaso worked a scoreless bottom of the 10th, which included a spectacular diving grab by Ahart.
 
"Ahart made an unbelievable catch in center field, diving to the base of the wall to end the game," Head Coach Rembielak said. "Without it, one run scores with the tying run in scoring position."
 
Akron and Ohio will continue the three game series on Saturday with a 3 p.m., scheduled first pitch. Freshman John Valek III is the Zips probable starting pitcher.