Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 6, Eastern Michigan 4
Kent State 6, Central Michigan 3
Buffalo 8, Ohio 0
Toledo 6, Northern Illinois 3
Akron 3, Western Michigan 2
Miami 9, Bowling Green 1
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 6, Eastern Michigan 4
Ball State's baseball team tallied a 6-4 win at Eastern Michigan Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the three game series with the Eagles. With the win, Ball State improved to 21-20 on the season and 10-10 in Mid-American Conference action.
Chris Marangon improved to 3-3 on the year after pitching six innings, allowing seven hits and striking out one. T.J. Weir, who is 2-2 as a pitcher, tallied his third save of the year. He pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead with a four run second inning. With runners on first and second, Ryan Spaulding singled through the left side to score Blake Beemer and give Ball State a 1-0 lead. Sam Tidaback singled to load the bases and Elbert Devarie doubled to right and scored Spaulding and Billy Wellman. Wes Winkle's ground out scored Tidaback and the Cardinals led 4-0.
After allowing one run in the fourth and one in the fifth, Ball State took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning and scored two runs in the top half to lead 6-2. The Cardinals firepower was a Winkle home run to left field that also scored Tidaback. It marked Winkle's first HR of the season and gave Ball State the four run advantage.
Ball State allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but maintained its lead in the final two frames to record the 6-4 victory.
Winkle was 1-for-5 on the day with a team high three runs-batted-in, while Devarie was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Spaulding managed a 1-for-3 performance from the plate with one run scored and one RBI. Tidaback was 2-for-2 on the day with two runs scored.
The two teams will complete the three game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Eastern Michigan. EMU fell to 21-23 overall and 9-11 in the MAC with the loss.
Kent State 6, Central Michigan 3
KENT, Ohio – Pitching once again led the way for Kent State (27-20, 14-6) as they completed a series win over Central Michigan (19-25, 8-12) with a 6-3 victory Saturday night.
The trio of Tyler Skulina, Dan Kopcak and Eric Dorsch only allowed five hits in the game and only walked one batter while striking out 13 Chippewas. The performances on the mound were needed, as Kent State, despite picking up 12 hits, left 13 men on base and needed the help of five Central Michigan errors.
"From very early on we left way too many guys on base," head coach Scott Stricklin said. "We had opportunities to score runs and just didn't do it. We allowed them to hang around… We were very fortunate to get out of here with a win."
Central Michigan took an early 1-0 lead in the first after two errors allowed runners to reach and then come home. Kent State answered with two in the bottom of the inning, though. Derek Toadvine led off the game with a base hit and Sawyer Polen reached after him after being hit by a pitch. Evan Campbell then doubled to left center to score a run. George Roberts followed suit with a RBI single.
The Chippewas tied the game right back in the top of the second on a single, double and groundout, but Kent State answered again and took the lead for good. They tallied a run in the bottom half of the frame after T.J. Sutton doubled and Polen singled him home.
The lead increased to 4-2 with a run in the fourth on a single, stolen base and advancement on an error by Toadvine before Campbell picked up another RBI on a groundout.
Central Michigan looked to rally in the seventh, scoring a run on a double and sacrifice fly, but with a runner in scoring position with one out, Kopcak came in the game and got a strikeout and fly out to end the threat.
The Golden Flashes added two insurance runs in the eighth after Polen reached on an error and scored on a Roberts double. Roberts later came home on a wild pitch.
Dorsch finished the game on a high, striking out the side to secure the win and earn himself his third save of the season.
"Extremely encouraging to see him strikeout the side there in the ninth," said Stricklin of Dorsch's performance. "I think that's going to give him a boost, and it gives our team a boost because our guys really back Eric very well."
Roberts continued hitting at a hot pace in conference play. The reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI. His batting average in MAC play has now swelled to .433 in 20 games. The top three in the order (Toadvine, Polen and Campbell) all had two hits on the night.
The win is Kent State's eighth straight and couldn't come at a better time. With a Buffalo win and a Northern Illinois loss earlier in the day, Kent State sits second in the conference behind the Bulls. The Flashes hold the tiebreaker over the Huskies.
The Golden Flashes go for their second straight conference weekend sweep on Sunday (May 4) at 1:00pm. It is senior day, with Jason Bagoly, Evan Campbell, George Roberts and Casey Wilson playing at Schoonover Stadium for the final time.
Buffalo 8, Ohio 0
BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo baseball team could do little wrong Saturday afternoon, matching a season high in hits while winning by its largest margin of victory all season in an 8-0 win over Ohio (11-33, 6-14 MAC). The Bulls (26-17, 15-4 MAC) pushed its win streak to five games, thanks to a complete-game shutout from Anthony Magovney and five batters with multi-hit games.
As a team, UB went 16-33 at the plate, good for a .485 average that raised the team's season average five percentage points.
It started early for the offense, as three runs came across in the second inning. A single from Jon Mestas and a walk to Thomas Richards started things off, and Mike Burke hit a laser that got past the Ohio third baseman for two runs. Mike Scarcello was able to beat out a bunt to put runners on the corners with still no outs, and Jimmy Topps brough in Burke with a sacrifice fly. But, as would be the case in the early part of the game, Ohio was able to turn a double play to escape further harm. In the first, second, and fourth innings, UB saw potential damage be snuffed out by double play balls.
The double plays would ultimately matter little, as the Bulls kept swinging the bat with abandon all afternoon. The team had a hit in every single inning, and put the lead off batter on base in seven of eight opportunities.
In the fifth inning, Topps and Jason Kanzler started it all off with singles, and after a wild pitch put them both into scoring position, Alex Baldock drove in Topps with a sacrifice fly to center field. Despite being the only batter in the order without a hit, Baldock still reached twice on errors and had a walk to go with his RBI.
The game was put away in the sixth inning, as four more runs would come home. Mestas led off with a double down the third base line, and Richards beat out a swinging bunt to the right side of the infield. Burke would drive in Mestas on a single, and after a bunt to move both runners into scoring position, a wild pitch would make it a 6-0 game. Topps would then pull off the perfect suicide squeeze, bringing in a husting Burke for a 7-0 advantage. Topps finished the game with three hits and a pair of RBI.
Jason Kanzler kept the inning alive with two outs, hitting his fifth triple of the season over the right fielder's head. Baldock would reach on another error that allowed Kanzler to score for the final UB run.
The offense knew early that it could afford to be aggressive, as Magovney came out of the gate strong and threw his second shutout of the season with just 85 pitches. The sophomore would retire the first seven batters of the game, and picked off the lone base runner he allowed in the third. Ohio would never have more than one base runner in any inning, and only one Bobcat would stand on second base all day, when Ben Otto hit a two-out double before the inning would end in the next at bat.
Magovney allowed four hits for the game, and did not walk a single batter while striking out four. He now matches his teammate Mike Burke for the post-reinstatement record for shutouts in a season, with two. He also is riding a 19-inning shutout streak, dating back to his start against Kent State on April 21.
At the plate, Kanzler and Mestas each enjoyed three-hit games along with Topps, while Richards and Burke had two hits apiece.
"This was the most complete game we have played all year," head coach Ron Torgalski said. "There have been games where we've pitched it and booted a few balls or didn't hit it. Today, we made every play and executed our situation hitting. We hit it one through nine in the lineup, and we pitched it great. To get the second one of the weekend, now we can be greedy and come out tomorrow and go right at them."
The team will look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon, as Mike Burke gets the start at 1 pm. It will be Senior Day for seven Buffalo players - Jamie Jiron, Zach Stephens, Ryan Tulloch, River McWilliams, Jason Kanzler, Alex Baldock, and Jon Mestas.
Toledo 6, Northern Illinois 3
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo secured a 6-3 victory over Northern Illinois on "Senior Day" on Saturday in Mid-American Conference action at sunny Scott Park. With the win, the Rockets improve to 18-26 overall, 9-11 in the league.
The 2012 MAC West Division champions received a quality start from junior RHP Cameron Palmer to even the weekend series against the Huskies (20-25, 14-6 MAC) at one win each. Palmer (3-3) allowed two runs (both earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings to collect his third win of the spring.
UT also benefited from solid relief performances from sophomore RHP Andrew Marra and sophomore RHP Adam Tyson to preserve the three-run triumph. Marra came on in relief of Palmer and worked the ensuing 1.1 frames, before giving way to Tyson who recorded the final five outs to earn his second save of the season.
With the Toledo pitchers holding their own against the current MAC West Division frontrunners, the bats came through in a big way against a foursome of NIU hurlers. The quartet of senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-4, game-high 3 RBI), sophomore SS Nate Langhals (2-for-4), freshman 2B Deion Tansel (2-for-2, RS, RBI) and freshman 3B John Martillotta (2-for-4, RS, RBI) fueled the attack with two hits each. This group combined for eight hits, five RBI and three runs scored.
Northern Illinois LHP Jordan Ruckman (2-7) was charged with the loss, yielding six runs (all earned) on eight hits with two punchouts in 6.0 frames.
Toledo opened the scoring with a two-out, run-scoring bloop single by senior 1B Matt Delewski (1-for-4, RBI) in the bottom of the first.
The Huskies countered with two tallies in the third inning on a RBI single by 1B Jeff Zimmerman (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of SS Brian Sisler (0-for-1, RBI). The visitors took advantage of three hits and one walk to assume their first lead of the contest.
NIU’s advantage did not last long though, as UT received a two-run single up the middle by Hammer in the bottom of the third. The first three Rockets in the at-bat reached base and the initial two came around to score on Hammer’s team-high 38th and 39th RBI of the season to give the home squad a lead they would not relinquish.
UT added to its lead on the strength of a two-out RBI single up the middle by Martillotta to build a two-run cushion, 4-2, in the fourth inning.
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the seventh when Toledo plated a pair of insurance tallies to end the afternoon for NIU’s Ruckman. The Rockets received a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tansel and a RBI single by Hammer to make the score 6-2.
The damage could have been greater for Toledo in the seventh, but Hammer was cut down at the plate as he tried to score from third base on a fly ball. Unfortunately for Hammer, NIU C Nate Ruzich corralled a throw from CF Jamison Wells and successfully blocked the plate to tag out Hammer and complete the double play.
Northern Illinois tried to mount a comeback in the late innings, utilizing a RBI single by DH Joe Battaglia (1-for-4, RBI) in the eighth, but the Cardinal & Black would not get any closer.
NIU was led offensively by RF Micah McCulloch (3-for-5, RS) with a game-high three hits. McCulloch and the Huskies had trouble collecting clutch hits though, as they left 12 runners stranded on base.
Toledo and Northern Illinois will wrap up their three-game series tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson is slated to start for the Rockets on the mound in the home finale.
Akron 3, Western Michigan 2
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron (12-31, 8-11 MAC) baseball team clinched the series win on Saturday against Western Michigan University (14-31, 6-13 MAC) by a score of 3-2 at Lee R. Jackson Field in the second game of the three-game Mid-American Conference series.
Freshman John Valek III made the start at pitcher for UA, and earned the win to improve his season record to 3-7. Valek turned in a performance of 6.1 innings pitched with two runs allowed and two strikeouts.
Offensively, the Zips lineup totaled eight hits in the win over the Broncos. Leading the mob in hits were Matt Rembielak and Devan Ahart at two hits each. Rembielak also scored a run in the win.
WMU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead following an RBI double in the first inning.
Akron struck back in the second inning to tie the game at one run on a throwing error by the WMU pitcher, allowing Matt LaRocca to score from second.
The Zips scored the game-deciding runs in the bottom of the third inning, as senior Jared Turocy extended consecutive game hit streak to 13 games on a two-RBI single to left field.
Western Michigan added another run in the seventh inning to bring the game to the final score of 3-2.
LaRocca was the lone reliever to come out of the bullpen for Akron, and earned his fourth save of the season. The native of Stony Brook, N.Y., registered 2.2 innings pitched with one hit and two strikeouts. LaRocca also collected one base hit and one run scored in the victory.
Akron and WMU will wrap up the three game series on Sunday at 1 p.m., on Lee R. Jackson Field. Admission to all Akron home games is free of charge.
Miami 9, Bowling Green 1
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Junior John Crummy scored two runs and drove in three runs with a 3-for-5 performance and Mac Thoreson allowed just one run over eight innings, lifting Miami to an 9-1 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at Steller Field.
Dan Walsh, Jake Romano and Kevin Bower had two hits each with Romano registering two RBIs. Thoreson (4-5) scattered six hits, walking just one while striking out four.
Miami (22-24, 11-9) came out looking for redemption after falling 5-4 in the ninth yesterday. The RedHawks opened a 1-0 lead after just three batters when Matt Honchel led off the game with a single, took second on a groundout, and scored on a single by Crummy.
The RedHawks broke the game open with a five-run sixth, stringing together six hits in the inning. Romano and Crummy had infield singles before a force out at third. Alex Johnson singled to load the bases, then Chad Sedio drove in a run with a hit through the left side. Walsh followed with a two-run single through the right side. After a pitching change yielded a strikeout, Walsh stole second, setting up Ryan Elble for single that drove in two more runs, making the score 6-0.
Bowling Green (15-24, 9-11) tried to rally, starting its sixth with a leadoff home run and putting a runner on second with one out, but Thoreson limited the damage with a couple groundouts.
Miami added to the lead in the seventh. Romano beat out an infield single before Crummy tripled to deep center. Bower stroked a single to left to put the RedHawks up 8-1. The Falcons' defense prevented more damage as Bower was later thrown out at home trying to score on a single by Walsh.
An RBI single by Romano in the eighth capped the scoring. Wynston McMartin closed out the contest with a 1-2-3 ninth, registering one strikeout. BGSU starter Mike Frank took the loss, giving up six runs before leaving in the sixth.
The rubber game of the series takes place tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Steller Field.