Sunday's MAC Baseball Results
Ball State 4, Eastern Michigan 1
Central Michigan 8, Kent State 2
Western Michigan 3, Akron 2
Ohio 4, Buffalo 3
Bowling Green 10, Miami 8
Toledo 9, Northern Illinois 2
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ball State 4, Eastern Michigan 1
Ball State swept the three game series from Eastern Michigan with a 4-1 Sunday victory to improve to 22-20 overall and 11-10 in the Mid-American Conference.
It marked the first time the Eagles were swept in a home series since the 2010 campaign, and the first MAC three game series sweep for Ball State since the 2010 season when the Cardinals swept Northern Illinois. EMU dropped to 21-24 overall and 9-12 in the MAC with the loss.
Ball State limited Eastern Michigan to five hits on the day and only one extra base hit in the contest. Jon Cisna started the game and allowed only three hits and no earned runs in 4.2 innings. Tyler Jordan faced one batter in the game before T.J. Weir went the final 4.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, while striking out seven to earn the victory. Weir improved to 3-2 on the season with the victory.
Ball State opened the scoring in the top of the second with a pair of doubles up the gap in left center. Cody Campbell's two-bagger led off the frame and Billy Wellman's double drove Campbell in to score.
A throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt allowed Elbert Devarie to move up to second base with two out in the third. That miscue would result in an unearned Ball State tally as Sean Godfrey's hit through the left side plated DeVarie to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.
The hits kept coming for the Cardinals in the fourth. Ball State batters recorded four hits in the inning and added another run for a 3-0 edge.
EMU put two on with two outs in the fifth thanks to a pair of infield singles before Cisna pitched around Sam Ott and walked him on four straight pitches to load the bases. That spelled the end of the day for Cisna and left it up to Tyler Jordan. Jordan got the ground ball he needed, but an error while trying to get the force out allowed a run and the Eagles closed the gap to 3-1.
Ball State got the run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from Campbell. The Cardinals did not record a hit in the inning as Jarrett James was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, took third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on the sacrifice fly.
The Eagles' bats remained quiet through the eighth inning as Weir recorded the final two outs of that frame via the called third strike. In the ninth, Eastern Michigan started with a leadoff single to right, but the Eagles went down in order after that as the Cardinals completed the series sweep.
Campbell was 2-for-4 on the day with one run-batted-in and one run scored. Blake Beemer was 2-for-3, while Wellman was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Ryan Spaulding and Sam Tidaback managed two hits apiece.
Ball State will play a non-conference game at Bowling Green Tuesday and a midweek home game with Purdue Wednesday before returning to MAC action with a three game home series vs. Toledo Friday through Sunday.
Central Michigan 8, Kent State 2
KENT, Ohio - Central Michigan Baseball won the final game of its series at Kent State on Sunday, 8-2. Nine different batters accounted for the Chippewas’ 13 team hits.
Sophomore Cody Leichman led Central Michigan (20-25, 9-12 MAC) with three RBIs and three hits. Senior Tom Lally went 2-4 with two runs while senior Randon Henika and freshman Dylan Goodwin each added an RBI. Senior Rick Dodridge started on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out five batters over 4.2 innings. Freshman Jason Gamble earned the victory, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing one hit and no runs.
Jason Bagoly led Kent State (27-21, 14-7 MAC) with two hits. Sawyer Polen went 1-3 with a run. Zarley Zalewski recorded the Flashes only RBI of the game. Casey Wilson pitched 7.0 innings, striking out nine batters and giving up five earned runs. Eli Martin closed the game, surrendering no runs and one hit.
The Chippewas added separation on the scoreboard in the third inning, extending their lead to 5-0. Lally singled up the middle and advanced to second on a fielding error that allowed sophomore Nick Regnier to reach first. The bases were loaded with one out after senior Jordan Adams was hit by a pitch. Leichman scored two runs with a double down the right field line and Henika brought home the third run of the inning with an infield single to score Adams.
Kent State cut into the deficit in the fifth inning, scoring two runs. Polen opened the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Roberts reached on an error, moving Polen to third. With one out and runners on the corners, Alex Miklos walked to load the bases. Zalewski hit into a fielder’s choice that caught Miklos at second but allowed for Polen to score. Another wild pitch moved Zalewski to second and scored Roberts, bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of Central Michigan.
The Chippewas answered in the seventh inning with a lead off homerun by Goodwin.
Leichman and redshirt-freshman Neal Jacobs opened the eighth inning with back-to-back singles and both stole bases to move into scoring position. Leichman came in to score on a throwing error by the pitcher, and Jacobs on a bunt single laid down by freshman Logan Regnier, concluding the scoring at 8-2.
Central Michigan recorded the game’s first runs in the top of the first inning. Lally singled with one out and then moved to second on a wild pitch. Nick Regnier singled to left to advance Lally to third. Leichman singled to center field to score Lally, putting the Chippewas up 1-0. Leichman stole second, and Nick Regnier came home on the throw.
Central Michigan will be back in action on Tuesday, May 7, against Kalamazoo College at Theunissen Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.
Western Michigan 3, Akron 2
AKRON, Ohio- The Western Michigan (15-31, 7-14 MAC) baseball team battled for a 3-2 victory in game three Sunday at Akron (12-32, 8-12 MAC).
Senior Chris Bossenbery (2-0) allowed just two hits over three innings of relief to pick up the win on the mound.
Junior Steve Buglione led the Bronco offense, going 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Buglione got WMU started with a leadoff single in the top of the first and crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Jared Kujawa.
The score remained 1-0 until the seventh inning when Buglione drove in Vinnie Booker with a single to center field. Booker had reached base with his fifth double of the season.
WMU starter Mike Moyer kept Akron's bats fairly quiet through the first six innings. After putting the first two batters on in the seventh, he would give way to Bossenberry. Tyler Begun tied the game with a two-run double off of the reliever.
The Broncos fought back to score the eventual game-winning run in the top of the eighth. Patrick Duncan hit a one-out single to extend his current hitting streak to nine games. Brandon Cable and Brooks Beilke followed with singles of their own, Beilke recording an RBI.
Both Cable and Theo Piccirilli batted 2-for-3 in the game. WMU had 12 hits overall, while the Zips had eight.
Reliever Zach Beaver (2-2) was the pitcher of record for Akron.
Western Michigan returns from this weekend's road trip to close out the 2013 regular season with an eight-game homestand, beginning Tuesday against Michigan State at 3 p.m. WMU will also host MAC opponents Kent State (May 10-12) and Central Michigan, as well as non-conference foe Notre Dame (May 14).
Ohio 4, Buffalo 3
ATHENS, Ohio - Sophomore Jake Madsen went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Ohio University baseball team (12-33; 7-14 MAC) to a 4-3 series finale victory over the University at Buffalo Bulls Sunday afternoon at Amherst Audubon Stadium.
"It was good to see us come out with a win today," said head coach Rob Smith. "I was proud of the fact that our guys didn't roll over and quit. I think today's game show a lot about our team's character."
Madsen's (Cincinnati, Ohio) three-hit afternoon was his 22nd multi-hit game of the year. His three-hit game also marked the fifth time this season in which he has tallied three hits in a single game. Freshman Nate Squires (Plain City, Ohio) also chipped in offensively for the Bobcats as he went 1-for-5 with an RBI and reached base for the 23rd-consecutive game.
"Jake had a great game today," Smith said. "He hit the ball hard all weekend and he finally caught a couple of breaks, so it was good to see some production out of him."
In the Bobcats' last five Sunday games, Madsen and Squires have combine for 19 hits and are batting .478 and .421, respectively. Ohio is 3-2 in its last five Sunday games.
Senior Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) came on in relief freshman starter Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) and picked up the win to improve to 2-5 on the year.
Although Sitz did not figure into the decision, he did post his second-consecutive quality start as he went 6.1 innings, struck out three and did not allow an earned run. In his last four appearances, Sitz has a 2-1 record with eight strikeouts and a 2.03 earned run average. Three of Sitz's last four outings have been quality starts.
"Connor's (Sitz) progression has been great to see," Sitz said. "He's given us a chance to win in each of the last four outings."
Ohio jumped out to an early lead as it scored two runs in the top half of third inning thanks to an RBI single by Nate Squires and an RBI double by Madsen, which came with two outs in the frame.
Buffalo fought back to tie the game in the fifth as it plated a pair of runs with one hit, but Ohio would re-claim the lead in the seventh inning thanks to a RBI single to right centerfield by sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.), which scored junior Scott White (Jacksonville, Fla.) from second base. White led off the inning after he reached base on an error.
The Bulls would not go away as they evened the count at three apiece in the eighth, but the Bobcats answered in the top half of the ninth as senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) scored from third base following a sacrifice fly to left field by redshirt junior Chandler Geller (Austin, Texas).
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore Logan Cozart (New Philadelphia, Ohio) came in to slam the door as he retired the Bulls in order to pick up his third save on the year.
The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers. First pitch is set to begin at 4 p.m.
Bowling Green 10, Miami 8
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—With tension high in both dugouts on Sunday afternoon, the Bowling Green State University baseball team held on for a 10-8 win over Miami University. The Mid-American Conference game was played at Steller Field. With the series win, the Falcons improve to 16-24 (10-11 MAC) overall. With Sunday’s loss, the RedHawks are now 22-25 (11-10 MAC) on the season.
Senior Nick Bruns started his first game since 2011 on Sunday, giving the Falcons four innings of solid baseball.
Sunday’s game was chaotic throughout, beginning in the top of the first. To begin the game, MU would get the first two runners on with singles. With runners on the corner, Bruns would throw an 0-2 pitch that would get to the backstop. The Falcons would appeal the swing, but Miami’s Matt Honchel would score on what appeared to be a wild pitch. The umpires ruled that John Crummy had not swung, but they also ruled that Crummy had been hit by the pitch. That forced Honchel back to third, loading the bases with nobody out for the RedHawks in the first.
A walk, a sacrifice fly, and a single would all get runs home for Miami in the inning, and they led 3-0 after half an inning.
LHP Seth Varner got the start for the RedHawks. Before Sunday, Varner and Bruns had combined to make 35 appearances on the season, with just two starts between them.
The Falcons would not let the early deficit keep them down, showing Miami that they were in for a dog fight from the get-go. After a leadoff single from Matt Smith, the next two batters would be retired. Junior T.J. Losby was hit by a pitch, however, and Jesse Rait singled to right field with two outs. With the bags full of Falcons, third baseman Logan Walker would line a triple into the left field corner, clearing the bases and tying the game.
Bruns would settle down after the first, surrendering just three harmless base hits over his final three innings of work.
The Falcons would take the lead for good in the bottom of the second, but the lead would not come without drama the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the second, Brandon Howard would walk before being retired at second on Brian Bien’s fielder’s choice. After a strikeout, Bien would steal second and advance to third on a ball in the dirt. With two outs, Patrick Lancaster delivered with an RBI double into the left-center field gap.
Miami would make a pitching change for the third inning, going to Nathan Williams. He would set the Falcons down, surrendering just a two-out single to Walker.
The Falcons would add a tally in the fourth, increasing their lead to 5-3. The aggressiveness of Bien on the bases would once again pay dividends. After an infield single with one out, Bien would take advantage of a ball in the dirt to move up to second. After advancing to third on a fly out to right, Lancaster would bring him home with a two-out single.
The Orange and Brown would add two to their run total in the fifth, producing all with two outs. Walker would start the rally with a single. After a Jake Thomas single, Walker would come home on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Thomas would scamper home on a passed ball.
Miami would get a run off reliever Jason Link in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of two singles and a balk.
Bowling Green would respond with a run in the home half, regaining their four-run lead at 8-4. With two on and one out, Jeremy Shay and Losby would execute a double steal to move into scoring position. This is where things would get interesting.
With Shay at third and Losby at second, Rait would hit a one-hop grounder to the shortstop who was on the edge of the grass with the infield in. Losby would take off for third, with Shay retreating on the play. Ryan Elble, the shortstop, would try to run down Losby at third, but as Losby slid in safely, Shay would take off for home. Elble would chase down Shay at home, and turn and fire towards second base as Rait attempted to take the extra base. As that was all happening, Losby would get up from third and come scampering home for the Falcon run.
The Orange and Brown would add two runs in the bottom of the seventh, helped in part by two consecutive Miami errors.
In the top of the eighth, Miami would make it 10-5 on a wild pitch. In the ninth, the first three batters would reach base—two via singles and one via error. After a walk, the Falcons would turn to freshman left-hander Brett Fitzwater to face the lefty Dan Walsh. Walsh would hit a sacrifice fly into foul territory in right field, with all three base runners moving up on the play.
After Bruns had started a Sunday game in which Trevor Blaylock has started much of the year, the ninth inning turned into a role reversal for Bowling Green. With one out and the tying run coming to the plate, Blaylock would come into the game. The first batter would hit a grounder to short, Bien going to a knee up the middle to throw out the batter at first. With a 10-8 game and a runner on third, Blaylock would blow three straight fastballs by Miami’s Chad Sedio to end the game.
The Falcons, currently sit in a tie with Toledo for the sixth spot in the upcoming MAC Tournament. If the tournament were to start tomorrow, the Falcons would earn the sixth-seed by virtue of their series sweep over the Rockets. However, with six Mid-American Conference games remaining, the Falcons sit just one game out of a fourth-place tie. Bowling Green will travel to Ohio University next weekend, before hosting Buffalo in the final MAC series of the season.
Prior to the series between the Bobcats and Falcons beginning on Friday, the Falcons will host Ball State on Tuesday afternoon. The nonconference matchup will begin at 3 p.m.
Toledo 9, Northern Illinois 2
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo closed out its home schedule with a dominating 9-2 victory against Northern Illinois on Sunday at sunny Scott Park. With the convincing win, the Rockets improve to 19-26 overall, 10-11 in the league.
Junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (5-3) tossed a third-consecutive complete game and fifth overall this spring to help the reigning MAC West Division champions capture the weekend series against the Huskies (20-26, 14-7 MAC) for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. The Munster, IN native allowed two runs (one earned) on only four hits with one walk and one punchout to collect his team-best fifth win. The third-year Rocket did an excellent job changing speeds and eye level on his pitches all afternoon, retiring the side in order on five occasions.
Offensively, UT pounded out a season-high 16 hits against five NIU hurlers to record its seventh victory in the last 10 games. Every starter tallied a hit, including a team-high three from senior 1B Matt Delewski (3-for-5, RS, RBI) and freshman DH Tyler Baar (3-for-5, RS, RBI). Other Rockets recording multi-hit efforts in the lopsided win were sophomore SS Nate Langhals (2-for-4, RS, RBI), freshman 3B John Martillotta (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and freshman 2B Deion Tansel (2-for-5, RS, RBI). In total, eight different players scored at least one run and collected at least one RBI.
The Rockets exploded out to a big lead in the second inning, posting five runs on the strength of six hits. UT batted around in the frame and strung together five-consecutive run-scoring hits from freshman RF Ryan Callahan (1-for-4, RS, RBI), Langhals, Martillotta, junior CF Tyler Grogg (1-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) and Tansel to grab an advantage it would not give up.
NIU quickly countered with one run in the third on a RBI double by CF Jamison Wells (1-for-4, RBI). The Huskies effort was aided by a Toledo infield throwing error to break up the perfect game and shutout.
The Midnight Blue & Gold recharged their bats in the fifth frame and registered a pair of runs to essentially put the contest out of reach. Junior C James Miglin (1-for-3, RS, RBI) and Baar were credited with back-to-back RBI singles to build a comfortable six-run cushion, 7-1.
The teams then traded runs in the sixth on a RBI single by Northern Illinois RHP Alex Klonowski and a run-scoring hit off the bat of UT’s Delewski to keep a six-run difference, 8-2.
Toledo put the finishing touches on the impressive triumph with a two-out RBI single by Martillotta in the seventh inning to set final tally at 9-2.
NIU’s Klonowski (4-6) was strapped with the loss, yielding seven runs (all earned) on 12 hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 frames.
No Northern Illinois player had more than one hit in today’s series finale, snapping its MAC weekend series five-game win streak.
UT will look to continue its strong play as of late when the Midnight Blue & Gold travels to Wright State on Monday, May 6 for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch from Nischwitz Stadium. Senior RHP Jared Locke has been penciled in as the tentative starter against the Raiders tomorrow evening.