Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 9, Miami 0
Eastern Michigan 9, Buffalo 2
Northern IllinoiS 3, Western Michigan 2
Ball State 6, Central Michigan 1
Bowling Green 14, Toledo 1
Akron 11, Ohio 8 (10 innings)
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 9, Miami 0
OXFORD, Ohio – Tyler Skulina (2-3) dominated in the start, going hitless through 7.2 innings, and the Kent State (16-16, 8-3) offense aided with nine runs in a shutout, series-clinching win over Miami (14-17, 7-4) on Saturday afternoon.
With the win and a Buffalo loss, the Golden Flashes now sit alone in first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division. Only Northern Illinois in the West now matches Kent State's 8-3 conference record. The victory also secures Kent State's sixth consecutive series victory.
Skulina lived up to his pre-season All-American title, throwing eight innings of shutout baseball while only giving up one hit while walking three and tying a career-high ten strikeouts. He needed exactly 100 pitches in the effort, 61 of those coming as strikes.
"That's Tyler Skulina's best outing of his career," head coach Scott Stricklin said of his starter. "He was just outstanding. He was dominant. I don't know if I've seen a pitcher that dominant in a long time."
Helping the pitching effort, the Golden Flashes' offense produced nine runs on 14 hits. Defensively, they did not commit an error.
"We really can't play much better than that," Stricklin said of the overall complete performance by his team.
Kent State wasted no time getting ahead, taking a 2-0 lead in the first. With two outs, Evan Campbell singled up the middle and scored on a George Roberts double. Roberts then scored on a RBI base hit by Jason Bagoly.
They added two more in the fourth when Alex Miklos tripled and Tommy Monnot flashed his power with a two-run homerun over the left field wall.
The Golden Flashes' biggest inning came in a four-run fifth. Sawyer Polen added in an extra-base hit with a triple to right field and Campbell followed suit with a RBI double. Bagoly then picked up another RBI base hit. After T.J. Sutton was hit by a pitch to put two on, Miklos singled and and Monnot hit a sacrifice fly to pad Kent State's lead to 8-0.
Their ninth and final run came in the eighth inning on a RBI single by Campbell, scoring Derek Toadvine who reached on a full-count walk.
Campbell finished the day with three hits in five at-bats with two RBI. Polen, Bagoly, Miklos and Monnot all had two hits in the game. Monnot led the team with three RBI. Out of nine batters in the lineup, all but one collected a hit and all but one scored a run. Five different players picked up at least one RBI.
Eric Dorsch closed out the game, striking out two in one inning of work while only allowing one hit.
Kent State finishes out the series with Miami Sunday (Apr. 14) at 1:00 pm. A win will secure the Golden Flashes' sole possession of first place in the MAC East.
"It's still early, but we wanted to come here and play well," Stricklin said. "We knew it was going to be a tough series and we knew Miami was going to be ready to play.
"Hopefully we can finish it off. It does set the tone for the rest of the season and hopefully it gives us a little momentum."
Eastern Michigan 9, Buffalo 2
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University baseball team cruised past the University at Buffalo, 9-2, Saturday afternoon, April 13, at Oestrike Stadium. Brian Hill won his third-consecutive game to move to 4-1 on the year and Lee Longo turned in a four-RBI day to even the series at a game apiece.
Following Friday's game in which the Bulls (17-13; 7-3 MAC) jumped out to a 6-0 lead, the Eagles (14-17; 4-6 MAC) did the same Saturday with two tallies in the first inning and four more in the third. The pitching trio of Hill, Brian Valente and Taylor Dimmerling combined to hold a potent UB offense to just two runs while striking out 10.
Longo went 3-for-4 with a team-best four RBI on the afternoon. All three of his hits went for extra bases including his third homer of the year, a two-run blast, in EMU's four-run third inning. Daniel Russell also (3-for-4) while hitting his team-leading fifth triple of the season. The three-bagger was the 15th in his career and tied him for second place all-time at EMU in that category.
Mitchell McGeein posted a 2-for-4 outing with his third round-tripper of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Sam Ott accounted for one of Eastern Michigan's six extra-base knocks on a 3-for-5 afternoon. Ott also drove in three runs for the second time in the 2013 campaign. Adam Sonabend (2-for-5) had the other Eagles' RBI.
On the mound, Hill pitched five innings and gave up a pair of runs on eight hits while fanning five. Valente and Dimmerling combined to pitch four scoreless frames.
For Buffalo, starter Anthony Magovney was roughed up by a potent EMU offense. He lasted just 3.1 innings while allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks. Alex Baldock remained hot at the dish, going 3-for-5. Jim Topps was also 3-for-5, while Tyler Mautner (1-for-4) and Mike Scarcello (2-for-4) posted the UB RBIs.
EMU's bats started off hot as Russell drilled a gapper to right-center for a triple. Ott then scorched an RBI single to right field and Longo cranked a double to centerfield to put the Eagles in the lead, 2-0.
Buffalo threatened with runners at the corners and one out in the second after Mike Burke sent a screaming line drive off the glove of Nick Rotola at second base. Hill worked his way out of the jam with a fielder's choice and a flyout.
Magovney pitched his way into more trouble in the third inning by walking Russell and John Rubino to lead off. With snow flurries in the air, Ott drilled a fly ball off the centerfield wall for a pair of RBI. Longo took a cue from Ott and sent a shot over the wall in nearly the same spot in center for a two-run jack and a 6-0 EMU advantage.
A Scarcello RBI double in the fourth got the Bulls on the scoreboard, 6-1. In the bottom of that frame, Russell and Rubino once again reached base to lead off. Russell moved over to third on an Ott flyout and Rubino stole second to leave a base open for Longo, who was given first to load the bases.
Sonabend smacked a single to centerfield, scoring Rubino while making it a six-run lead once again and chasing Scarcello from the mound. Cory Folk came on in relief and limited EMU to just the one run with a pair of infield popups.
Baldock and Mautner notched back-to-back two baggers in the fifth to pull back to within five, 7-2. That score held until the bottom of the seventh inning, when McGeein went yard to left field to make it 8-2 for the home squad. Another Longo double in the eighth plated Ott from first base and capped off the scoring.
In the ninth, Dimmerling shut the door with a pair of strikeouts and preserved the 9-2 win.
The Eagles and Bulls wrap up this three-game series Sunday, April 14, beginning at 1 p.m.
Northern Illinois 3, Western Michigan 2
DeKALB, Ill. – Heard this before? Junior Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) pitched a complete game Saturday afternoon to clinch the series for Northern Illinois (13-19, 8-3 MAC), defeating Western Michigan (11-23, 5-6 MAC), 3-2. Anderson scattered five hits, struck out a career-high 12 batters while allowing zero walks and zero earned runs in his fourth-consecutive complete game. The NIU hurler is 5-3 this season and is 4-0 in his last four starts.
“Eli had another good outing today, his strikeout total was up so his pitch count was up as well. We watched the quality of his pitches closely at the end of the game and if anyone had gotten on base in the ninth, we probably would’ve had to make a change,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “It would have been nice if we’d played a little better defense behind him but he was strong to the task out there.”
Anderson finished the game with 121 pitches in the effort, 87 of them for strikes, on his way to a new personal-best 12 strikeouts and zero walks. He is 4-0 in Mid-American Conference games with a 0.75 ERA, 32 strikeouts and only six walks. Anderson’s four complete games are the most by an NIU pitcher since Joe Piekarz’ five in 2004.
The early innings of the game gave the impression of a pitchers’ dual as there was no score through three. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) led things off with a well placed bunt to second base for a base hit and advanced to second on a groundout by Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew). With hard wind blowing out and towards left field, Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area TC) launched a 1-1 pitch over the left centerfield wall and off the scoreboard to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.
“Their pitcher was very good, he puts a premium on being able to execute some stuff and we got a couple of outs we shouldn’t have against him. Landon solved him pretty quickly though and hit a home run in the fourth and that ball got out in a hurry and that was great to see,” added Mathey.
Northern Illinois added one more run in the fifth as Klonowski singled to left centerfield to score Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) from second base and give NIU a 3-0 lead. Western Michigan rallied in the eighth and ran up Anderson’s pitch count in the stanza as it scored two runs on a hit and two errors to cut NIU’s lead to one run, 3-2.
Anderson finished strong in the ninth, grounding out the first batter, popping out the second and striking out pinch-hitter Brett Sunde to end the game and seal NIU’s eighth conference win of the season.
Klonowski and Tenhagen finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with a combined three RBI. Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) finished 1-for-3 with two stolen bases. Tenhagen’s home run was his second of the season.
The Huskies will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon against the Broncos with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m. at Ralph McKinzie Field. Klonowski (3-4) will take the mound for Northern Illinois.
Ball State 6, Central Michigan 1
Scott Baker, a sophomore pitcher for the Ball State baseball team, improved to 8-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas Saturday at Ball Diamond.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 15-16 overall and 5-6 in Mid-American Conference play, while CMU fell to 14-19 overall and 4-7 in league play.
Baker pitched a complete game, allowing only one earned run on six hits and striking out 10 batters in the contest. With the win, he improved to 8-0 on the season after entering the week ranked third in the nation with seven pitching victories. Baker limited the Chippewas to one extra base hit on the day, which was a homerun by Neal Jacobs in the seventh inning.
The Cardinals scored four runs in the first two innings before adding one in the fourth and one in the seventh to secure the win.
Blake Beemer started the first inning scoring with his first double on the day. A Sean Godfrey double scored Beemer and Godfrey scored one batter later on a single by Cody Campbell.
In the second inning, Ryan Spaulding led off with his second homerun of the season to put Ball State ahead 3-0. Wes Winkle doubled to left center, and Beemer tallied his second double of the day to score Winkle and put the Cardinals on top 4-0.
Beemer's bat kept the Ball State scoring going when he singled in Elbert Devarie, who had reached base on an error.
The seventh inning saw Billy Wellman lead off with a single to left and advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by T.J. Weir. Wellman advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Spaulding's grounder to the third baseman was not executed and he reached first base on a throwing error.
Ball State suffered a loss in the Friday game with CMU, setting up a Sunday 1 p.m. contest to decide the winner of the three-game series. Admission to all Ball State baseball regular-season games is free of charge.
Bowling Green 14, Toledo 1
TOLEDO, Ohio—The Bowling Green State University baseball team exploded for season-highs in hits and runs on Saturday afternoon, defeating Toledo by a final score of 14-1. The Mid-American Conference game was played at UT’s Scott Park.
The game looked like it would be a pitcher’s duel through much of the first four innings, as sleet and rain fell from the sky. In the fifth, however, the Falcons would score six runs, breaking open a 2-0 game
The Falcons recorded all 18 hits after the second inning on Saturday, as Andrew Kubuski extended his on-base streak to 18 games in the third inning, recording Bowling Green’s first hit of the day. Kubuski would eventually come around to score on a Patrick Lancaster infield single in the inning.
In the top of the fourth, senior Matt Pitzulo would lead off with a double, advancing to third on a wild pitch. At the conclusion of a hard-fought, nine-pitch at bat, Brandon Howard would drive Pitzulo in to put the Falcons on top 2-0.
Two runs would be all that Falcon starter Mike Frank would need on Saturday, as he surrendered just one run over eight strong innings. Frank struck out two batters in the game, picking up his second victory of the season.
The game would turn in the top of the fifth, when the Falcons broke out to the tune of six runs on six hits. Lancaster led off the inning with a bunt single, advancing to third on a single by Jeremy Shay.
The next batter, Jesse Rait, would reach base on a throwing error by Toledo. Rait was initially ruled out by the first base umpire, but when Danny Schmitz asked him to appeal to the home plate umpire, the call was overturned. The home plate umpire had a better view of the first baseman’s foot pulled off the base.
Following that play, Toledo would make another error, on a ground ball hit by Pitzulo. With runners on the corner and nobody out, Pitzulo hit a sharp grounder to third. Shay was caught off the base, but the throw home sailed well over the catcher’s head, allowing Shay to walk home for a 4-0 lead.
With two outs in the inning, freshman Nick Glanzman would hit a bullet back up the middle to score two more runs. Glanzman would steal his second base of the day to move into scoring position, and Kubuski would follow with a single to increase the lead to 7-0.
T.J. Losby would join the party with an RBI single to left centerfield. On that play, Kubuski would score all the way from first when the three Toledo defenders converged and failed to pick up the ball in time to hold Kubuski at third.
The Falcons would add two more runs in the top of the seventh, on RBIs from Kubuski and Losby.
In the eighth, the Falcons would record their 15th hit of the day, setting the new season standard (previously 14) on a Brian Bien single up the middle.
The Orange and Brown would assure that Toledo had no thoughts of a comeback in the ninth inning, scoring four runs on three hits. The big hit of the inning was a pinch-hit, two-run home run to right field by Logan Walker.
Ben Singer would pitch the ninth, retiring the Rockets to finish off the lopsided victory.
The Falcons improve to 10-19 (5-6 MAC) on the season with the win, claiming the series victory over the Rockets. Bowling Green will go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch coming at 1 p.m.
Akron 11, Ohio 8 (10 innings)
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (8-24, 5-6 MAC) baseball team won the three game Mid-American Conference series against Ohio University (7-26, 3-8 MAC) by a score of 11-8 in 10 innings at Bob Wren Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This was the Zips second straight extra-inning victory and third overall extra-inning win this season.
Freshman John Valek III made his eighth start of the season, and lasted 5.2 innings on them mound with five earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. Valek was given a no-decision in the win.
"Another game where we hung in and continued to battle back," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the 11-8 win. "We had many good performances starting with Valek again. We gave him an early lead, and he settled in keeping the ball down in the zone and having good command of his changeup and curve."
The Zips offense started quickly once again, as the squad plated two runs in the top of the first. Kris Simonton led off the inning by reaching on an error, and then was driven in on a Devan Ahart double.
Matt LaRocca then drove in Ahart to give Akron back-to-back RBI doubles, which gave the Zips an early 2-0 lead over the Bobcats.
OU fought back for one run in the bottom half of the first inning, but Akron came back for another pair of runs in the third.
Ahart led off the third with a hit-by-pitch, which was followed by LaRocca's second double of the game to put runners on second and third base.
Senior Jared Turocy contributed his 10th RBI of the season on a single with LaRocca and Ahart on base to give Akron a 3-1 lead. Cale Giddings then drove in the fourth run of the game with a sac fly to right.
Akron tacked on another run in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, which gave the squad a 6-1 cushion heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.
Valek relinquished the Zips lead in the sixth inning, as the Bobcats' offense recorded five runs in the inning to tie the ballgame.
With the game knotted at six, Akron plated two runs in the eighth to take an 8-6 lead. A homerun by Joey Havrilak and an RBI single by Kris Simonton gave the Zips the advantage. Havrilak's homer was his second of the year.
Senior Samuel Trecaso came out the Zips bullpen for the second straight day, and gave up his first earned runs of the year in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at eight.
Trecaso worked 3.0 innings pitched with two earned runs allowed and one strikeout. The senior from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio has now allowed only two earned runs in 20.1 innings of work this season.
The Zips offense rallied again in extra innings, as three Akron runs scored in the top of the 10th inning. Bryan White drew a bases loaded walk to take the lead at 9-8.
Havrilak then struck again with a two-RBI single through the right side to plate both Turocy and LaRocca. Havrilak finished the game with three base hits, three RBI, one stolen base and one run scored. He pushed his team-leading run total to 16 in the game.
Trecaso worked a scoreless bottom of the tenth to improve his record to 4-1 this season. He has the most wins on the Zips pitching staff.
Overall, the Akron offense registered 15 base hits, five walks and two stolen bases. Four different players – Simonton, Ahart, LaRocca and Stewart – registered two base hits.
"Our coaching staff will continue to stress the importance of us keeping our aggressiveness tomorrow," said Rick Rembielak following the extra-inning victory on Saturday.
Eight different UA batters recorded RBI in the 11-8 victory. Havrilak led the squad with three RBI, and was followed up by Giddings with two RBI.
"It seemed like every hitter in the lineup had at least one good or important at bat," Rembielak said Saturday. "Defensively, Matt Rembielak had two tough plays that really saved the game, with one of them coming in the five-run sixth inning when they came back and tied it."
Akron will look to complete the sweep over Ohio on Sunday at 1 p.m., in the series finale of the three game MAC series. Matt LaRocca will be making his first career start at pitcher for UA.