Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 10, Bowling Green 7
Central Michigan 11, Eastern Michigan 9
Miami 6, Northern Illinois 4
Toledo 8, Western Michigan 2
Buffalo at Akron, PPD
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 10, Bowling Green 7
KENT, Ohio – A two and a half hour rain delay did not make Kent State (23-20, 12-6) rusty, as they came out in the same fashion they have all weekend to complete the sweep Bowling Green (14-23, 8-10) by a score of 10-7.
"I'm really proud of the way we played," said head coach Scott Stricklin, "and our kids competed really well this weekend."
The Falcons outhit the Golden Flashes 11-10 in the game, and Kent State had two errors compared to Bowling Green's one, but the difference was in the pitching. The Kent State pitching staff struck out six and only issued one walk while Bowling Green's hurlers struck out just two and walked seven.
The game was a back-and-forth affair in the start. Bowling Green opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the first, but Kent State answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
Derek Toadvine led off the game with a walk, Sawyer Polen followed with a single, then Evan Campbell reached on a fielder's choice and George Roberts walked to load the bases. Tommy Monnot picked up the game's first RBI on a fielder's choice, scoring Toadvine, and Campbell came home on a bunt single by T.J. Sutton.
Bowling Green took the lead back in the second, scoring two runs, but Kent State scored two of their own in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
In the second, Toadvine singled and Polen walked before both came home on Campbell and Roberts singles.
"When they score, it's important that you answer," said Stricklin of the way the game began. "You don't want to give momentum to the other team. If they score, you have to answer, and I thought our guys did a good job of that."
Kent State increased their lead, tallying two runs each in the fourth and fifth. In the former, Justin Wagler led off the inning with a walk and came in to score on a RBI base hit by Campbell. Toadvine also scored in the inning after reaching on a fielding error and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
The two runs in the fifth came on one of the more bizarre plays you will see in the game of baseball. After T.J. Sutton walked, Alex Miklos doubled to left center to score Sutton – but the play wasn't over. Miklos looked to be caught in a rundown trying to get to third, but slid into the bag safely when no one was covering. With three Falcon players now surrounding third base, no one was covering home, so Miklos took off, beat out the defensemen and scored. The play gave the Golden Flashes a 8-4 lead.
I don't think I've seen that before," said Stricklin. "It's bad base running that turned into good base running. He didn't give up on the rundown and he won two foot races in a row, so it was a big momentum changer for us."
Kent State's final two runs came on a Roberts single and Miklos fielder's choice in the seventh, and a walk by Zarley Zalewski and RBI single by Polen in the eighth.
Bowling Green was able to make it a closer game, scoring three runs off reliever Dan Kopcak in the ninth, but Brian Clark came in the game to get the one-out save, his second in as many days.
Casey Wilson (5-4) had a good start, going 6.1 innings with eight hits, three earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Kopcak filled out 2.1 innings with three hits, three earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Clark's save was his sixth of the season.
Offensively, Polen, Campbell and Roberts all had a two-hit day. Roberts, Monnot and Mikos all had two RBI. Toadvine did his job as the leadoff man, scoring a team-high three runs.
The Golden Flashes gained a half game on Buffalo in the MAC East standings, as the Bulls and Zips were rained out on Sunday.
Play continues for Kent State as they take on Eastern Michigan in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio, at 5:00pm. They then play a rubber-match at Youngstown State on Wednesday at 3:00pm. Conference play resumes in the Flashes' last home games of the season, next weekend against Central Michigan. Game times are Friday at 3:00pm, Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday at 1:00pm.
"The next five games are going to be challenging," Stricklin said. "We've got to be ready to play and keep the momentum going."
Central Michigan 11, Eastern Michigan 9
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan's bats appear to be heating up at the right time.
The Chippewas (19-22, 8-10 MAC) pounded out double-digit hits for the second-straight day and senior Jordan Adams finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBI in clinching the series over rival Eastern Michigan, 11-9.
Adams' three-run blast in the third inning capped a four-run frame in which the Chippewas turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead. Senior Tom Lally and freshman Dylan Goodwin led off the inning with back-to-back bunt singles, but Goodwin was forced out at second on a bunt attempt by freshman Logan Regnier, putting runners on the corners with one out.
Sophomore Pat MacKenzie then evened the game at a run apiece when he doubled to right field to score Lally. Adams came to the plate two batters later and just squeezed his fifth home run of the season inside the foul pole down the left field line to put CMU ahead, 4-3.
The Maroon and Gold had fell behind in the top of the first on an error that sparked a three-run frame by the Eagles (20-20, 9-9 MAC), but senior Rick Dodridge settled in and kept the Eagles off the board again until the top of the fifth.
A pair of singles off the bats of Sam Ott and Lee Longo got things started for Eastern in the fifth and a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up. Ott was able to score and even the game on a passed ball and a sacrice fly by Jamie Simpson plated Longo to put EMU back in front, 5-4.
CMU quickly responded though and put Dodridge back in line for the win, scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame.
A Logan Regnier single and stolen base put the tying run in scoring position before back-to-back walks to MacKenzie and Nick Regnier loaded the bases. Adams then came up in the clutch yet again, bouncing a hard hit ball over the head of Simpson at third base to score a pair of runs and put CMU back in front, 6-5.
Sophomore Cody Leichman was intentionally walked to load the bases later in the inning and freshman Morgan Oliver delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to extend the lead to 7-5.
A double down the left field line by the elder Regnier scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and despite a strikeout of Adams later in the inning, an errant throw down to first on the play allowed Regnier to come across.
Redshirt freshman Neal Jacobs tripled down the right field line and scored what proved to be a very important run on a single by Leichman later in the frame, putting CMU in front, 11-9.
Sophomore Dylan Rheault came on in relief of Dodridge in the sixth and breezed through three innings of work before the Chippewas faced a bit of a scare in the ninth.
The Eagles sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs in the inning and had the bases the bases loaded when sophomore Matt Trowbridge got John Rubino looking to end the game.
Dodridge earned the win to improve to 2-4 on the season while Paul Schaak suffered the loss for the Eagles to even his record at 3-3.
Lally finished the day with a pair of hits in his second-straight start at the hot corner, while MacKenzie scored three runs.
The Chippewas are back in action Tuesday afternoon when they host Notre Dame at Theunissen Stadium. First pitch is set for 4:05.
Miami 6, Northern Illinois 4
DeKALB, Ill. -- John Crummy and Jake Romano had two hits apiece and Dan Walsh and Max Andresen both hit solo homers, lifting Miami to a 6-4 win Sunday in the finale of a Mid-American Conference series with Northern Illinois. Seth Varner, making his second start of 2013, struck our five over 6.0 innings of work to earn the win.
Miami manufactured a run in the first after Romano singled with one out and stole second. One out later, Crummy singled to left, making the score 1-0. Walsh led off the second with his first career home run to double the lead.
An throwing error in the fourth led to Miami's third run. Alex Johnson singled on the first pitch. He stole second and gained third when the throw by the catcher was errant. A groundout by Walsh gave the RedHawks a 3-0 lead. Walsh picked up his third RBI of the contest on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Crummy started the inning with a double to left, then reached third on a wild pitch. After a groundout, Walsh's fly out to center made the lead 4-0.
Miami added an insurance run in the seventh. Honchel drew a two-out walk, then stole second. After Romano singled to put runners on the corners, a double steal attempt produced a run, even though Romano was tagged out in a rundown.
Norhern Illinois got on the scoreboard in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-4. A double, walk and single loaded the bases and ended Varner's day. Charles Zubrod came on a struck out the first batter he faced, but then walked two in a row. The rally continued with a two-run single before the second out, then a hit batter reloaded the bases. But Zubrod got a grounder for a fielder's choice that preserved the slimmest of leads.
Miami added a run in the ninth on a one-out homer by Andresen, then turned the ball over to closer Ryan Powers. The sophomore allowed the Huskies to put the tying runs on base with a leadoff single and two-out walk, but got a groundball out for his fifth save.
Varner improved to 1-0 with the win, while Alex Klonowski fell to 4-5 with the loss.
Miami plays its final non-conference games of the year this week when it faces Cincinnati in a home-and-home series. The teams meet at Marge Schott Stadium on Tuesday before returning to McKie Field in Oxford on Wednesday.
KALAMAZOO, MI – Toledo rode the left arm of junior Ryan Wilkinson to an 8-2 victory over Western Michigan in Sunday’s Mid-American Conference series finale at Hyames Field. With the win, the Rockets improve to 17-24 overall, 8-9 in the league.
The southpaw Wilkinson (4-3) tossed his team-best fourth complete game of the spring to help the 2012 MAC West Division champions capture the weekend series against the Broncos (13-28, 6-12 MAC) for a fifth-straight season. The Munster, IN native allowed two runs (one earned) on nine hits with no walks and four punchouts to collect his team-tying best fourth win. The third-year Rocket kept the WMU hitters guessing at the dish all afternoon, as he retired the side in order on three occasions.
Offensively, freshman RF Ryan Callahan (4-for-5, RBI) paced the victorious Rockets with a career-high four hits. The Delta, OH native was simply outstanding against WMU this weekend, hitting a sizzling .600 (9-for-15) with two RBI.
Senior CF Ben Hammer (3-for-4, RS, 4 RBI), junior LF Tyler Grogg (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and freshman 2B Deion Tansel (2-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) also experienced tremendous afternoons at the plate and tallied multi-hit efforts in the six-run triumph. The aforementioned trio comprised the top three in UT’s batting order and did a bulk of the damage, accounting for seven of the team’s 15 hits, four of the eight runs and six of the eight RBI.
WMU LHP Mike Moyer (3-5) was strapped with the setback, allowing four runs (all earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts in 5.0 frames.
After three scoreless innings, Toledo plated the game’s first run on a two-out, RBI single off the bat of Callahan in the fourth. It proved to be a lead the Midnight Blue & Gold would not relinquish.
The Rockets then blew the series finale open with three runs in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-0. Tansel was credited with a RBI double and Hammer followed with a two-run single to end the afternoon for Western Michigan’s Moyer.
UT continued to pour it on offensively and added an insurance tally with the sixth frame on a RBI single by Grogg to build a 5-0 cushion.
The Broncos countered with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings, before Toledo responded with three runs in the eight to make the final score 8-2. The big hit in the eighth was a two-run, two-base hit off the bat of Hammer.
Toledo will take four days off to focus on spring semester exams before returning to the diamond next weekend, May 3-6, with a three-game series vs. Northern Illinois at Scott Park. Friday’s first pitch from the corner of Hill Ave. and Parkside Blvd. is slated for 3:05 p.m.
Buffalo at Akron, PPD