Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 4/25/2013


Wednesday's MAC Baseball Results
Miami 13, Dayton 5
Iowa 3, Northern Illinois 2
Marshall 4, Ohio 2
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 13, Dayton 5
OXFORD, Ohio -- Sophomore Nathan Williams rebounded from a rough first inning to strike out a career-high 10 batters, while Ryan Elble and Kevin Bower both homered in a 13-5 rout of Dayton Wednesday night at McKie Field. The win avenged a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Flyers yesterday in Dayton.
Bower finished the contest 4-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. Dan Walsh and John Crummy had three hits each, while three other RedHawks has a pair of hits.
Williams allowed the first three Flyers to reach base on a walk, single and another walk, then threw a wild pitch to fall behind 1-0. He recovered to get the next three batters out, although the second came on a sacrifice fly that made the score 2-0.
Williams retired 20 of the next 21 batters until a solo home run with two outs in the seventh. He struck out the side in the fourth and had a pair of Ks in both the second and third.
Meanwhile, Miami's offense got rolling. The RedHawks (19-20) had a big inning of their own in the first, scoring three times off two Dayton pitchers. Starter Denton Stegeman walked the first two batters and committed a balk. After a wild pitch that scored a run, he gave up a single to Bower and was replaced. Reliever Corey Johnson gave up a double on his second pitch, then allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly. Walsh capped the rally with an RBI single that pushed Miami ahead, 3-2.
The RedHawks added to the lead in the fourth on a leadoff triple by Walsh and sacrifice fly by Max Andresen, then added another sacrifice fly in the fifth for a 5-2 advantage.
In the sixth, Elble hit his first career home run with one out, then Bower drove in Matt Honchel, who had singled earlier in the frame.
Dayton (9-28-1) closed the gap on a solo home run by Spencer Rohr in the seventh, but Miami broke the game open in their half of the inning. The fourth sacrifice fly of the game made the score 7-3 before and RBI single by Jake Romano and three-run home run by Bower pushed the lead to 12-3.
Dayton tallied two unearned runs in the eighth, while Miami capped the scoring on an RBI double by Walsh in the bottom of the inning.
Williams improved to 4-2 with the win, while Johnson fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Miami returns to Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a key series at Northern Illinois. The Huskies are tied for first in the league with an 11-4 conference mark. The RedHawks are two games behind in a tie for third.
Iowa 3, Northern Illinois 2
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Northern Illinois baseball team (16-22) outhit Iowa in a midweek affair, 6-4, but the Hawkeyes would prevail in the end, 3-2. Both teams committed one error in the game with both of them leading to runs scored in the game. Freshman Tommy Hook (Lockport/Lockport Township) finished 2-for-3 in the game with a triple, two runs and a walk. NIU’s pitching staff combined for eight walks in the effort.
“Generally when you give up eight walks in a game, you give up a lot more than eight runs. We had a lot of energy and we had some opportunities, it was just one of those games that we had in control and not to take away anything from Iowa but they took advantage of their opportunities.”
The Huskies battled with spirit in the first three innings, led by senior Jacob Goldenberg (Syracuse, Ind./Wabash Valley C.C.) on the mound. Goldenberg allowed five runners on base through two innings but methodically pitched to Iowa, forcing the Hawkeyes to swing and allowing the Huskie defense to make outs.
Northern Illinois made strides in the game as it did not surrender a run through three innings. Through five midweek games, the Huskies had surrendered at least one run through the first third of the game.
A leadoff single by Hook got things rolling for NIU in the top of the fourth. The freshman nearly went to third on a bunt by Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) but an interference call forced Hook to stay at first. A Jeff Zimmerman (Tinley Park/Andrew) hit-and-run groundout forced Hook to second and a two-out double by Micah McCulloch (Rochelle/Rochelle Township) scored the freshman to make it a 1-0 game.
Iowa knotted things up in the bottom half of the inning as Jake Mangler hit a fly ball to right centerfield in range of Jamison Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly), who made the catch and threw home to attempt to throw out a tagging Taylor Kaufman but the throw sailed wide of the plate to tie it up 1-1.
Goldenberg would earn the no decision after three innings of work, surrendering one hit, one earned run, one strikeout and five walks in the effort. The senior forced five groundouts in his outing, including a double play in the first inning.
The Huskies responded in the sixth inning as Hook again reached base, this time on a walk. After advancing on an errant throw back to first, the Lockport native again scored from second on a single by Klonowski to right centerfield to make it, 2-1 NIU.
Northern Illinois would rely on proverbial Johnny Wholestaff as Kevin Sweeney (Chicago/Fenwick), Jon Savarise (Lincolnshire/Stevenson), Justin Ruckman (Kankakee/Herscher), Bobby Kuntzendorf (Yorkville/Aurora Christian), Zach Badgley (McHenry/McHenry).
Ruckman stepped on in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and second and worked smoothly to only advance the runners to second and third and earn two outs. An error in the infield allowed both runners to score and give Iowa a 3-2 lead.
In the eighth inning, who else but Hook tripled to put NIU in scoring position with one out. The Huskies would load the bases with two outs on back-to-back walks but were unable to capitalize in the stanza.
NIU will return to action Friday when it hosts Miami (Ohio) in a three-game, Mid-American Conference series at Ralph McKinzie Field. The Huskies lead the MAC with their 11-4 record with Buffalo while the Redhawks sit tied for third with Kent State at 9-6.
Marshall 4, Ohio 2
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