Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/24/2013


Tuesday's MAC Baseball Results
Eastern Michigan 15, Michigan 10
Toledo 15, Notre Dame 3
Bowling Green 9, Xavier 0
Ohio 9, Morehead State 1
Niagara 9, Buffalo 3
Dayton 5, Miami 4
Canisius 4, Akron 3
Youngstown State 10, Kent State 4 (Game 1)
Kent State 5, Youngstown State 2 (Game 2)
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 15, Michigan 10
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – A rain-soaked, three-hour, fifty-two minute contest ended on a bright note for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team, which won a fourth-straight home game, 15-10, over the University of Michigan Tuesday evening, April 23. The Eagles (19-18; 8-7 MAC) dropped the Wolverines (22-17) for a fifth straight time dating back to 2011 and have moved past the .500 mark for the first time this season.
The game began with Michigan scoring four runs in the first inning. The Eagles answered right back with four of their own in the bottom of the first and busted out for five more in the second to take a 9-5 lead. EMU never relinquished that lead, scoring four more times in the sixth inning of a game which saw a total of 25 runs, 23 hits, 18 walks, 15 stolen bases and 387 pitches.
Tuesday's game was Eastern Michigan's longest of the season by 39 minutes, surpassing the previous high of 3:13 in Bowling Green, April 6. For Michigan, it was the most runs the squad had allowed all season—one higher than the previous plateau of 14.
Each of the nine offensive players in Head Coach Jay Alexander's lineup had at least one hit on the evening including Adam Sonabend, who led the way with a 3-for-5, two-RBI effort. Daniel Russell (2-for-4) provided speed on the basepaths with a trio of stolen bases.
Sam Ott (2-for-3) and Jamie Simpson (1-for-3) each chimed in with their third triple of the season. As a team, the Eagles have now hit 18 triples. Ott, Sonabend and Tony DiLeo (1-for-5) also recorded a double apiece.
Joe Battistelli (2-4) pitched three solid innings in relief of starter Ryan Lavoie, giving up just one earned run (three runs total) and striking out a pair. Michael Marsinek, Taylor Dimmerling and Neil Butara also pitched scoreless baseball for the Green and White.
UM was successful on 12-of-13 steal attempts Tuesday, with Patrick Biondi swiping a staggering six bases. Biondi went 2-for-4 and a pair of walks, while Cole Martin (2-for-4) was the only other Wolverine to post multiple hits. Martin also had a game-best three RBI. Staring pitcher James Borque (4-5) took the loss, giving up  six runs in one-plus innings of work.
Walks plagued Lavoie to begin the game as the right hander put the first two batters of the game on base via the free pass. A double steal allowed an O'Neill chopper to first base to score Biondi from third base and Michigan took the lead. A Jacob Cronenworth sacrifice lineout then made it a 2-0 game for the Maize and Blue. Martin then posted a two-RBI single to cap off a four-run inning for the visitors.
The Eagles charged up their offense to tie the game at four in the bottom half of a first inning which would ultimately last close to 45 minutes total. A stolen base for Russell got the senior speedster into scoring position and an Ott double drove him in for the first run. Lee Longo followed with an RBI single and the UM lead was down to a pair, 4-2. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases with Eagles. DiLeo notched an RBI on a dribbler in the infield and a wild pitch scored Simpson to tie the contest, 4-4.
After Michigan took a 5-4 lead in the second on a throwing error by Battistelli, the Eagles put runner at the corners with nobody out. John Rubino, the runner at first, got caught up in a rundown. In the meantime, Russell took off from third base toward home plate. A throw home arrived late and Russell slid in safely for his third stolen base of the day as Rubino trotted back to first.
The Green and White took its first lead of the day, 6-5, when Ott hit a triple to straight-away centerfield and scored Rubino. It became a two-run game as Longo hit a foul sacrifice fly to score Ott. Still in the second, Simpson teed off with the Eagles' second triple of the frame. Dae Bowden cashed him in with the fourth hit of the inning and DiLeo made it five with an RBI double.
By the time the second inning ended, EMU had scored five times and had taken a 9-5 lead.
Four straight walks in the third resulted in a bases-loaded situation for Longo, who roped a two-RBI double down the left-field line. Matt Ogden finished the inning off with a pair of strikeouts, but not before EMU pulled further ahead, 11-5.
Michigan got two back in the fourth and cut the EMU lead to 11-7. Michael O'Neill hit an RBI groundout to shortstop and then scored unearned as the result of a Marquise Gill fielding error.
A single and two walks loaded the sacks with Eagles again in the sixth. With one out, Gill slapped a two-RBI, opposite-field base hit. Rubino then grounded out for an RBI and Gill scored on a wild pitch to cap off a four-run inning and give EMU a commanding 15-7 lead.
The Wolverines added another pair of runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it a 15-10 game, but the pitching duo of Butara and Kristian Calibuso limited the damage carried the Eagles the rest of the way to a fifth straight win over Michigan.
The Eagles are back on the diamond, Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, against Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Toledo 15, Notre Dame 3
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo obliterated a 19-game losing skid to Notre Dame with a convincing 15-3 victory on Tuesday at Scott Park. The Rockets’ last win against the Fighting Irish (22-16) came on April 2, 1977. With today’s impressive triumph, UT improves to 15-24 on the season.
The Midnight Blue & Gold dominated all facets of the non-league matchup to record its third victory in its last four contests. Toledo scored multiple runs in five different innings, pounded out 14 hits against five UND hurlers, blasted a season-high four home runs, received good starting and relief pitching and turned two clutch double plays.
Offensively, the trio of senior CF Ben Hammer (4-for-4, 4 RS, 2 HR, 5 RBI), freshman LF Ryan Callahan (3-for-5, 3 RS, 2 RBI) and junior LF Tyler Grogg (2-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) did a bulk of the damage, combining for nine hits, nine runs scored and eight RBI. Sophomore SS Nate Langhals (2-for-5, 2 RS) also tallied a multi-hit effort in the offensive explosion. In total, seven of UT’s nine starters recorded a hit in the lopsided affair. The 2012 Mid-American Conference West Division champions came into today’s game with six home runs total through the first 38 games.
On the mound, senior RHP Jared Locke (2-4) was superb over the opening 6.0 frames, allowing only one run (one earned) on six hits with one punchout to record the victory.
Sophomore RHP Andrew Marra came on in relief and was equally as effective over the final 3.0 innings to register his first save of the spring.
Toledo wasted little time in jumping all over Notre Dame RHP Matt Ternowchek (4-3) in the first inning, taking advantage of a three-run home run by Hammer. The fifth-year Rocket turned on the first offering from Ternowchek and blasted it off over the wall in right-center field for the first of his collegiate-best two roundtrippers on the afternoon.
UT added to its lead with two tallies in the third frame to make the score 5-0. The Rockets received a run-scoring single by senior 1B Matt Delewski (1-for-5, RBI) and a sacrifice fly from freshman DH Tyler Baar (0-for-4, RBI) against UND RHP Nick McCarty.
Notre Dame put together a serious threat in the fifth inning as the visitors had runners on second and third base with only one out, but UT’s Locke recorded an infield pop out and a groundout to preserve the shutout.
Toledo properly used the momentum from the previous frame and collected solo home runs from junior C James Miglin (1-for-4, RS, HR, RBI) and Hammer to extend the margin to 7-0. Hammer now leads the team with three home runs on the season.
The Fighting Irish finally solved Locke in the sixth inning, stringing together a pair of leadoff hits to break up the blanking. UND received a double from 3B Eric Jagielo (2-for-3, RS) and a RBI single by 1B Trey Mancini (2-for-4, RS, 2 RBI) to make it a six-run difference.
The Rockets were not to be outdone though, plating six runs on the strength of four hits and two Notre Dame miscues to set the score at 13-1 in the bottom of the sixth. The first six UT batters reached base as the Midnight Blue & Gold sent 10 batters to the plate and benefitted from run-scoring hits from Callihan, Grogg and Hammer to essentially put the game out of reach.
UT continued to pour it on offensively and concluded its scoring in the seventh inning on the heels of a two-run blast by junior 2B Zack Michael (1-for-3, 2 RS, HR, 2 RBI). It was the first collegiate home run for the Powell, OH native.
Notre Dame countered with a pair of tallies on RBI hits by PH Blaise Lezynski and Mancini in the eighth frame, but it was too little too late as the Rockets went on to claim the impressive 12-run triumph.
The Fighting Irish was led offensively by LF Conor Biggio (3-for-4) with three hits, while Jagielo and Mancini totaled two hits each.
Toledo will look to keep the momentum rolling tomorrow when it hosts Defiance College at 4:05 p.m. at Scott Park. Freshman RHP Kevin Kline is slated to make his first collegiate start against the Yellow Jackets.
Bowling Green 9, Xavier 0
CINCINNATI, Ohio—A six-run, fourth inning was enough to carry the Bowling Green State University baseball team to a 9-0 victory on Tuesday afternoon at Xavier. Freshman Brett Fitzwater went a career-high five innings for his second win of the season. With the win, the Falcons are now 14-20 overall. The Orange and Brown will host Wright State on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Fitzwater lasted a career-high five innings on the afternoon, striking out three while scattering just five hits. Jason Link would relieve him, pitching the sixth and seventh innings. Devin Daugherty and Nick Bruns each pitched an inning to close out the win. The Falcons’ bullpen did not allow a hit in the game.
The offense jumped on Xavier pitching all game long, knocking out 12 hits against the Musketeers. XU starter Vinny Nittoli lasted just 3.1 innings, surrendering seven runs to the Orange and Brown.
The Falcons would bat around in the top of the fourth inning, scoring six runs in the frame. The first four Falcons to come to bat in the inning would record hits, as the Orange and Brown started the inning with two singles and two doubles. Following two straight fielder’s choices and a wild pitch, Xavier would turn to the bullpen, already trailing 4-0. The Falcons would not greet the new Xavier pitcher any kinder, extending the lead to 7-0 before the inning was over.
The score would hold until the top of the ninth, when junior T.J. Losby knocked his third home run of the season. Losby’s two-run homer scored Brandon Howard and gave the Falcons a 9-0 lead.
Bruns would come on for some work in the bottom of the ninth, striking out two batters and retiring the side in order.

The Falcons have now won seven of their last eight overall. Following tomorrow’s game with Wright State, the Orange and Brown will travel to Kent State for a three-game series against the Golden Flashes. The two teams are separated by just one game in the standings.  

Ohio 9, Morehead State 1

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University baseball team (10-28) wrapped up its nine-game homestand with a 9-1 win against the Morehead State Eagles (13-29) Tuesday at Bob Wren Stadium.
Junior left-hander Sean Kennedy (Columbus, Ohio) earned the win after a strong 5.1 innings of relief. Kennedy allowed three hits, one run and struck out one. Junior righty Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) worked the final 2.2 innings and allowed no runs. He also posted a strikeout.
Kennedy improved to 2-0 on the season, while Morehead State starter Craig Pearcy (Louisville, Ky.) took the loss (0-1) after allowing six runs in two and two thirds innings.
Offensively, senior shortstop Dan Schmidt (Lynnwood, Wash.) led the way as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. It marked his second home run of the season.
Senior second baseman Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) also notched two hits and knocked in two runs for the Bobcats.
Freshman right-hander Jake Miller (Westerville, Ohio) started the game and struck out one in a scoreless opening inning.
Ohio took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after sophomore right fielder Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second off a wild pitch and scored on a single to right from Otto.
Schmidt extended the Bobcats' lead to 4-0 with his three-run homer in the third inning.
Ohio tacked on its fifth run in the third with a sacrifice fly by third baseman John Adryan (Delran, N.J.) that scored junior catcher Kyle Dean (Athens, Ohio). Ohio added a fifth run in the inning to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Ohio scored again in the fifth (7-0) with a single to left by Otto that scored Dean from third. The 'Cats added two more runs in the sixth to grab its biggest lead of the game at 9-0.
Morehead State scored a run in the seventh after a home run by Brandon Rawe cut the Ohio advantage to 9-1, but the Eagles could not muster another run for the remainder of the contest.
The Bobcats return to action tomorrow as they face Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
Niagara 9, Buffalo 3
BUFFALO, NY - Bolstered by a six-run first inning, the Niagara Purple Eagles (13-27) beat the UB (21-17) baseball team 9-3 Tuesday afternoon. Thomas Richards led the offense with three hits, including a two-run home run, but the Buffalo bats were uncharacteristically quiet for the opening innings of the game.
The first inning was a rough one for UB starter Cory Folk. The junior lefty walked the first batter of the game, then allowed six straight hits. The Eagles wound up with seven hits total in the first inning, scoring six runs to stake an early lead. After adding another run in the top of the third, Folk's day was done.
Dan Ginader pitched a strong game in relief, allowing two unearned runs over four innings while striking out three batters and walking none. Tyler Wilson pitched through two outs in the ninth, and Brandon Bentley threw a hitless ninth inning.
Offensively, the Bulls were impatient, drawing only one walk against a pitching staff that came into the day with nearly as many walks as strikeouts through its first 39 games of the season. Freshman Nick Sinay joined Richards as the only Bulls with multiple hits, as he beat out a pair of infield singles. Richards has been heating up over the past nine games, batting .414 with three home runs over that stretch.
He drove in Jamie Jiron with a towering shot to right field in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 9-3 game, after Jason Kanzler opened the team's scoring in the eighth inning with a screaming double down the third base line to score Sinay all the way from first base.
The team is scheduled to play at St. Bonaventure tomorrow, though forecasted showers already threaten to postpone the game a third time. The scheduled first pitch in Olean will be 3 pm.
Dayton 5, Miami 4
DAYTON, Ohio -- Miami rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 lead, but a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth lifted Dayton to a 5-4 win over the RedHawks Tuesday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium. The RedHawks fell behind 3-0 after just two innings, but were able to score a pair of runs in both the sixth and eighth to move ahead.
John Crummy and Alex Johnson had two hits apiece, while Dan Walsh plated two during a 1-for-4 day. The RedHawks were outhit by the Flyers 11-9.
Trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Miami (18-20) picked up two unearned runs in the frame to move ahead. Crummy beat out an infield single to lead off and was replaced by pinch-runner Jake Romano, who stole second. After two outs were recorded, Kevin Bower -- out of the starting lineup for the first time all season -- hit a sharp grounder to first. But the ball skipped into right field and Romano raced home. Two pitches later, Walsh doubled off the wall in left center and Bower scored all the way from first.
But in the ninth Dayton (9-27-1) found a way to win. Closer Ryan Powers, who had three saves in the last seven days, got the first out on a comebacker, but gave up a double on a 1-2 count. After a full-count walk, pinch hitter Kevin Colburn drove the next pitch to the wall in right center for the walk-off win.
Powers suffered his first loss of the season in falling to 1-1. Freshman Wynston McMartin was in line for the win after three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just two hits to the 12 batters he faced. Starter Brian Thene lasted five innings, but faced control issues. He gave up seven hits and six walks, while striking out a pair.
Dayton plated two runs in the first inning, taking advantage of a leadoff walk, hit-and-run single and sacrifice fly to open the scoring. The Flyers followed with three straight singles to add the second run, but a 5-3-2 double play prevented any more damage. Another leadoff walk and two-out bad-hop double in the second added a run, making the lead 3-0.
Miami answered with a pair of runs in the sixth. With one out, Johnson doubled to left center, then stole third, the first steal outside of second base for the RedHawks this year. Chad Sedio followed with a double to put Miami on the board. After a balk and walk to put runners on the corners, Walsh's slow roller to short was enough to drive in a run, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
Nick Weybright, the third Flyer to take the mound during the contest, picked up the win to improve to 2-1. He struck out three of the five batters he faced, allowing only a ninth-inning single.
The two teams meet again tomorrow when Dayton visits McKie Field in Oxford. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
Canisius 4, Akron 3
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University of Akron (9-29) baseball team fell in the midweek matchup to Canisius College (28-10) by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the Demske Sport Complex.
Jon Pusateri made the start at pitcher for UA, and saw his record fall to 1-8 in the loss. The sophomore from Randolph, Ohio pitched 3.0 innings with four earned runs and one strikeout.
The Akron offense was aided by two early long-balls, which gave the Zips a 3-0 lead following the top of the third inning.
Senior Jared Turocy plated the first run of the game on a solo homer to right field in the second inning, his second homerun of the season. Turocy's homer was also the second of his collegiate career.
Right fielder Joey Havrilak also utilized the homerun ball in the top of the third inning – a two-run shot – to put Akron on top of Canisius 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third. Havrilak leads the Akron lineup in homeruns with three. 
The Zips bullpen performed admirably following the exit of Pusateri. Zach Beaver, Andrew Fanning and Samuel Trecaso combined for 5.0 scoreless innings with four hits allowed. Beaver logged the most time on the mound with 3.0 innings pitched.
Overall, UA totaled six base hits on Tuesday afternoon. Six different batters – Matt Rembielak, Devan Ahart, James Sheltrown, Cale Giddings, Havrilak, and Turocy – recorded base knocks in the midweek matchup.
Akron will look to this weekend's series against the University at Buffalo, which is set to begin on Friday with a 6 p.m. first pitch in Canal Park.
Admission to all Akron baseball home games is free of charge. Live stats and an audio broadcast will be made available through GoZips.com. 
Youngstown State 10, Kent State 4 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Kent State 5, Youngstown State 2 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)
KENT, Ohio – Kent State (20-20) struggled in all aspects in game one, but was able to recover in game two to split a double header against Youngstown State (13-29) on Tuesday (Apr. 23).
They lost the opening seven innings by a score of 10-4 but bounced back to win the latter 5-2.
"I'm really disappointed by game one," said head coach Scott Stricklin.  "What I'm happy about is how we turned the page."
Kent State was unable to get a hit until the sixth inning of game one.  They plated a run in the first when Derek Toadvine reached on dropped ball by the left fielder and was able to advance all the way to third on the error.  He came in to score when Sawyer Polen grounded out to shortstop.
Youngstown State put up four tallies in the third inning and six in the fifth frame.  In the third the Penguins took advantage of two hit batsmen, one walk and had four hits.  They broke the game open with seven base hits in the fifth.
The Golden Flashes' first hit came on an infield knock by Jeff Revesz to lead off the sixth.  Polen then walked and Evan Campbell brought both runners home with a triple off the high wall in right center.  Campbell then scored on a sacrifice fly by George Roberts.
Nick Jensen-Clagg (2-3) got tagged with the loss, going 2.2 innings in the start with five hits, four runs, two walks and three strikeouts.  Spencer Bryant and Jason Revesz were the only Kent State pitchers out of five to not allow a run.  They threw 1.1 and two innings, repectively.  Jason Revesz did not allow a hit.
Kent State had just three hits in the game.
Game two was contrary, with the Golden Flashes posting a five run inning to open the game in the first on route to a 5-2 win.
The game began with back-to-back base hits by Toadvine and Polen followed by a RBI double by Campbell.  Both runners then advanced, with Polen scoring, on a wild pitch.  Roberts then got on base with a walk and stole second before Tommy Monnot picked up a RBI on a ground out and Cody Koch followed with a RBI base hit.  Koch plated the fifth run, advancing to third on a single by T.J. Sutton and then scoring on a passed ball.
"We were definitely more aggressive in game two, which we needed to be," said Stricklin of the quick turnaround.
Youngstown State's two runs came in the second on a leadoff double, RBI triple and a ground out.
That would round out the scoring on the day, as Kent State's bullpen of Eli Martin and Josh Pierce dominated the middle innings.  Martin pitched 2.1 innings facing the minimum with no hits and three strikeouts.  He threw just 25 pitches, 19 for strikes.  Pierce followed in the same suit, going 1.2 innings with no hits, two strikeouts and throwing 16 of his 19 pitches for strikes.  John Birkbeck (2-0) picked up the win while Brian Clark (4) earned the one-out save.
Kent State is now off until the weekend when they host Bowling Green in another big conference series.  The Falcons currently sit a game behind the Golden Flashes in the East Division standings.  They handed Kent State two of their three MAC losses a year ago.
"Our kids will be ready to play," Stricklin said.  "Bowling Green will be ready to play.  We're just looking forward to getting back on the field Friday."
The series opener is set for 6:00pm on Friday with Saturday and Sunday's game slated for 1:00pm.