Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 5, Indiana 3
Kent State 21, Niagara 2
Miami 6, Eastern Kentucky 5
Youngstown State 13, Toledo 4
Xavier 11, Akron 3
Canisius 7, Buffalo 5 (Game 1)
Canisius 2, Buffalo 1 (Game 2)
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 5, Indiana 3
Ball State's baseball team tallied a 5-3 win over the nation's 19th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday afternoon.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 16-17 overall, while the Hoosiers fell to 26-8.
Ball State rallied for three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead in the game. Elbert Devarie reached on a fielder's choice to score Kevin Schlotter, who reached on a single to start the inning. Sean Godfrey's sacrifice fly scored Devarie and an ensuing error on the play plated Wes Winkle, who had singled.
Indiana responded with one run in the third to close the gap to 3-1, but Ball State added a fourth run in the fourth when Sam Tidaback's double scored Schlotter.
The Hoosiers closed the game to 4-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth, and a three hour lightning and rain delay slowed the game in the eighth.
But, Ball State responded when the game resumed with an insurance run in the top of the ninth to seal the 5-3 win. The Cardinals final run was a result of a Devarie double, followed by a pair of sacrifice bunts from Winkle and Blake Beemer.
Clay Manering started the game on the mound for Ball State and pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out four batters to even his record at 2-2 on the season. Tyler Jordan came on in relief and pitched the final three innings, allowing no hits and striking out one.
Devarie was 1-for-4 on the day with one run-batted-in and two runs scored. Godfrey was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Tidaback was 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Ball State will return to Mid-American Conference action with a three-game series at Miami University Friday through Sunday in Oxford, Ohio. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Kent State 21, Niagara 2
KENT, Ohio – Jeff Revesz's career 6-for-6 day was the cherry on top of a 21-2 win for Kent State (19-16) over visiting Niagara (12-24).
Revesz is the first Kent State player since Ty Carpenter on February, 22, 1998, in a game at Winthrop to produce six hits in a single game.
"It feels great," said the sophomore catcher from Grove City, Pa. "I didn't even realize that I was that close. I was just seeing the ball and trying to do what I can with it, hit it well somewhere. I got a couple breaks, didn't hit it as well, but it found a gap."
"It was exciting for Jeff to do that," said head coach Scott Stricklin. "Jeff's had a little bit of struggles this year but he's hit the ball hard. It's good to see a couple of those balls drop for him; he deserves it. He's a hardworking kid, he's a great kid, and to do that, the guys are really rooting for him. It's great to see it happen."
The win is the fifth straight for the Golden Flashes, their longest streak of the season. They have outscored opponents 64-6 in that five game span and the pitching staff has given up just five earned runs.
"We're clicking," Stricklin said. "We've been really consistent in the last few games and that's really what we're hoping to do, be consistent."
Kent State took no time grabbing a lead, scoring five runs in the first inning on a walk, hit by pitch, four singles and a wild pitch.
They continued the offensive onslaught with two more in the second, beginning when Evan Campbell and Jason Bagoly were hit by a pitch. Then Campbell came home when T.J. Sutton reached on a dropped fly ball by the right fielder and Bagoly scored on a sacrifice fly by Zarley Zalewski.
Things quieted down for the next three innings before Kent State busted the game open with six runs in the sixth and seven in the seventh. The sixth was highlighted by a RBI double by Bagoly, a two RBI single by Sutton, and a double by Revesz. The runs began in the seventh when Troy Summers singled and then Tommy Monnot followed with a homerun to left field. Revesz also had another double in the inning. Two runs in the frame came on a walk and hit by pitch with bases loaded.
The Golden Flashes' final run came in the eighth when Derek Toadvine singled on a 0-2 count with two outs to allow Revesz to come to the plate where he picked up hit number six with a single to right.
Niagara's only runs came on a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth.
The bullpen delivered for the second consecutive game for Kent State, with five pitchers spending time on the mound, none throwing more than two innings. John Birkbeck (1-0) earned his first win as the starter, allowing just one hit with two strikeouts in two innings. Both Dan Kopcak and Josh Pierce faced the minimum to finish out the final three innings.
"I think the last two days, the thing I'm happiest about is our pitching," said Stricklin. "Every single guy has come in and done a really nice job of throwing strikes, not walking people, and in the middle of the week, sometimes that's the ting that can get you."
Of Revesz's six hits, two were doubles and he had three RBI. Sutton finished 2-for-4 with a team-high four RBI. Bagoly also picked up two hits in three at bats with three runs scored and two RBI. For the second night in a row, eleven players on the team had a hit. Every player that entered the game scored a run and nine different players had at least one RBI.
Kent State rides their current wave of momentum back into conference play for a big weekend matchup against Buffalo. Buffalo is only one game behind Kent State in the MAC East standings for first place.
"It's a big one," Stricklin said of the upcoming series. "Buffalo's playing really well, so we need to go up there and have a good series and extend our lead in first place."
Miami 6, Eastern Kentucky 5
OXFORD, Ohio -- A day after going 5-for-5 with six runs batted in at Eastern Kentucky, junior John Crummy continued his hot streak against the Colonels, delivering three hits and driving in one during a 6-5 Miami victory at McKie Field.
Jake Romano also had three hits, while Kevin Bower and Alex Johnson each had a pair of base-knocks.
Eastern Kentucky opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff double, stolen base and double play, but Miami evened the game in the bottom of the frame. Matt Honchel and Jake Romano singled to start the rally. After a short flyout, Crummy hit a ball to the warning track in deep right, where the fielder caught it and hesitated, allowing Honchel to score all the way from second.
Miami (16-18) took a 2-1 lead after the first two outs were recorded in the third. Romano tripled down the left field line and came home on a seeing-eye single to right by Bower.
After Eastern Kentucky (11-22) tied the game on an RBI double in the top of the fourth, Miami took the lead for good. Chad Sedio started the bottom of the inning with a single and took second on a failed pickoff attempt. Johnson doubled to left for a 3-2 lead, then scored one out later on a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt by Ryan Elble.
The Colonels manufactured a run in the fifth on a pair of two-out singles with a stolen base in between. But Miami tacked on some insurance runs in the sixth. Johnson singled and stole second with one out. After a walk to Elble and the second out, Romano singled to right center to score a run. When the throw came home, Romano induced a run-down long enough for Elble to cross the plate.
The runs were needed as Eastern Kentucky tallied two in the ninth off closer Ryan Powers. The inning started with a single to left, then Honchel misplayed a fly ball to the left field corner for a three-base error. A groundout made the score 6-5, but Powers struck out the Colonels' last batter for his second save.
Senior Cory Klenke got the win in his first career start. He pitched a scheduled four innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). He walked two and fanned a career-best four. Relievers Shane Kriss and Clay Cinnamon pitched the middle 3.2 innings, allowing four hits and a run. Miami pitchers totalled 11 strikeouts in the contest.
Eastern Kentucky starter Matt Lynch (0-3) took the loss, allowing four runs and nine hits over five innings. He struck out three.
Miami continues its homestand this weekend with a three-game series against MAC West foe Ball State. The RedHawks stand third in the East Division with a 7-5 record, while the Cardinals are tied for second in the West with a 5-7 league mark.
Youngstown State 13, Toledo 4
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo suffered a 13-4 loss to Youngstown State on Wednesday at blustery Scott Park. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 12-23 on the season.
The Penguins (11-26) scored runs in five different innings and took advantage of 15 hits, nine walks and two hit by pitches to hand UT its fifth-straight setback.
Senior RHP Jared Locke was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs (all earned) on three hits with seven free passes and one strikeout in 4.0 innings.
Offensively, junior 2B Zack Michael (3-for-4, 2 RS) led the Midnight Blue & Gold with a career-high three hits and two runs scored. Junior CF Tyler Grogg (2-for-5, 2 RBI), redshirt freshman C Lucas Sokol (2-for-2) and freshman LF Ryan Callahan (2-for-4) also totaled multi-hit efforts against a trio of YSU pitchers.
Youngstown State LHP Jared Wight (1-1) was credited with his first win of the spring, giving up two runs (two earned) on seven hits with one punchout in 6.0 frames.
YSU struck first with two runs on no hits in its opening at-bat. The visitors benefited from a pair of walks, one wild pitch and one passed ball to take a lead they would not give up. 3B Drew Dosch (3-for-5, 2 RS, 3 RBI) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, before Nick Dinello (3-for-5, 2 RS, 2 RBI) followed with a RBI groundout.
The Rockets threatened in the fourth inning and had two runners on base with no outs, but YSU’s Wight recorded a double play and an infield popout to keep it a two-run contest.
The Penguins fed off the momentum from the previous inning and plated three runs in the fifth to increase their margin to 5-0. The visitors batted around and received four free passes, one hit and one hit by pitch to end the afternoon for UT’s Locke.
Toledo finally solved YSU’s Wight in the bottom of the fifth, registering a pair of runs to break up the shutout. The first four Rockets recorded singles in the at-bat, including a two-run hit by Grogg.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they were unable to sustain the momentum as YSU broke the game open with five runs in the sixth to make the difference 10-2. The Penguins batted around for a second-straight inning and at one point had six consecutive batters reach base to push their cushion to eight. Dosch, Dinello and Phil Lipari (1-for-3, 2 RBI) each pounded out RBI hits against Toledo redshirt freshman RHP Austin Schmidt.
The Rockets responded with one run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by senior 1B Matt Delewski (0-for-3, 2 RBI) only to have YSU counter with a two-run single off the bat of Dan Popio (1-for-4, RS, 2 RBI) in the eighth.
The teams then traded singles tallies in the ninth to make the final score 13-4. Dosch was credited with YSU’s RBI, while Delewski once again collected UT’s RBI to set the final margin.
YSU 2B Neil Schroth (3-for-4, 2 RS), Dosch and Dinello paced the victors with a game-tying best three hits each. Seven of Youngstown State’s starters tallied a hit versus a trio of UT hurlers.
Toledo will look to return to its winning ways this weekend with an important three-game series against MAC West Division rival Central Michigan on April 19-21 at Scott Park. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m., while Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will start at 1:05 p.m.
Xavier 11, Akron 3
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (8-25) baseball team dropped the midweek matchup on Wednesday against Xavier University (20-15) by a score of 11-3 at Canal Park.
Sophomore Jon Pusateri made the start at pitcher for the Zips, and turned in 2.2 innings pitched with four earned runs. Pusateri's record fell to 1-7 on the season with the loss.
Akron was put in an early 2-0 hole after Xavier plated one run in the first and second inning. UA was able to knot the game at two with RBI singles from Jared Turocy and Brady Stewart in the bottom of the second inning.
Xavier started to pull away in the third inning, as the Musketeers plated five runs in the inning. Akron rebounded for one more run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single to left field by Joey Havrilak, plating Devan Ahart on the play.
The Musketeers went on to score four more runs in the fourth inning, to put the game out of reach at the final score of 11-3.
Five Akron bullpen pitchers registered scoreless appearances in the loss to Xavier. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning, Joe Cochran, Daulton Mosbarger and Samuel Trecaso each registered scoreless innings on Wednesday.
The bullpen totaled 6.1 innings pitched with one earned run allowed and eight strikeouts. Beaver spent the most time on the mound at 1.1 innings pitched.
Overall, the Akron offense registered six base hits, two walks and one stolen base. Matt LaRocca led the squad in hits with two, which included two doubles. Ahart registered the lone steal for the Zips, pushing his season total to nine.
Akron baseball will travel to Bowling Green State University for a three game Mid-American Conference series. The series opener is set for 3 p.m., on Friday.
Canisius 7, Buffalo 5 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Canisius 2, Buffalo 1 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo baseball team lost both seven-inning games of its Wednesday doubleheader down the road at Canisius (24-10). A comeback attempt by the Bulls (18-16) fell just short in game one, 7-5, and the Griffs were able to walk off with a 2-1 win in the second game.
In the first game, Canisius built up a 4-0 through the first three innings off UB starter Cory Folk. The offense got on the board with a run in the fourth inning, when Kyle Figgins drove in Alex Baldock on a sacrifice fly after Baldock hit a one-out double. The Griffs were able to plate three unearned runs to blow the lead up to 7-1 heading into the final inning.
In the seventh, the UB rally caps came on, and started with a Thomas Richards double to lead off. He went to third on a balk and would score on a Mike Burke sac fly to make it 7-2. Mike Scarcello then hit a one-out double and Jason Kanzler was plunked. Baldock would clear them both on a two-out, two-run triple to make it 7-4. Kyle Figgins would then score him as the Griffs turned to their closer to end the game. With the score now 7-5, it would be the closest UB could manage in the loss.
Game two was a much more pitcher-friendly affair, as starter Zach Stephens was effective in his second start of the season. The senior went six innings and allowed just two hits while striking out five. After River McWilliams drove in Ryan Tulloch in the top of the sixth, though, Stephens would allow a lead off double to Canisius that would lead to the game-tying run in a 1-1 game. After the Bulls were unable to formulate any offense in the top of the seventh, Ben Hartz came in to try and extend the game. He would set the first two batters down in order, but allowed a triple down the right field line. That runner would then come home on a wild pitch to end it.
Buffalo now will shift its focus to the Mid-American Conference weekend, as it will battle Kent State for the East Division lead. Game one is scheduled for Friday at 3 pm, but poor weather may push the series back a day.