Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/11/2013


Saturday's MAC Baseball Results
Kent State 13, Western Michigan 4
Eastern Michigan 17, Northern Illinois 12
Ball State 10, Toledo 6
Akron 11, Central Michigan 2
Ohio 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 1)
Bowling Green 7, Ohio 2 (Game 2)
Buffalo 7, Miami 3 (Game 1)
Miami 13, Buffalo 5 (Game 2)
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 13, Western Michigan 4
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kent State (29-21, 16-7) found their swing again, scoring 13 runs on 13 hits to take down Western Michigan (15-34, 7-16) by a score of 13-4 on Saturday.
Much improvement was made with runners on base in the game, as the Golden Flashes left just four men on.  They also found some power, hitting two doubles, a triple and a homerun in the contest.
"I thought we did a great job executing," head coach Scott Stricklin said.  "We got some bunts down early and moved some runners over, and when we had runners in scoring position we had much better at-bats."
Kent State started the scoring with a run in the second inning.  George Roberts was hit by a pitch, advanced on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Tommy Monnot.
They added two more runs in the fourth on a single, hit by pitch and another single by Monnot.  In the fifth, they tallied two again when Sawyer Polen was hit and came home on an Evan Campbell triple before Campbell himself scored on a RBI groundout by Roberts.
The Golden Flashes plated three runs in the sixth after Monnot had his third base hit of the day before scoring on a double by T.J. Sutton.  Sutton then scored on an error as Derek Toadvine singled.  Toadvine stole a base and scored all the way from second on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.
Scoring continued in the seventh inning as Campbell singled before Roberts cranked a two-run shot over the left field wall to score the ninth and tenth Kent State runs of the game.
In the ninth, the Golden Flashes added on three more runs when Polen singled and came home on a Roberts double.  After that, Alex Miklos reached second on a fielding error that allowed Roberts to score.  The final tally came by way of a sacrifice fly off the bat of Monnot that scored Miklos.
Tyler Skulina earned the win as the starter, going six innings while allowing just one run and four hits.  He walked two and struck out six Broncos.
"Tyler Skulina was very good, gave us a great start, and we were able to get an early lead," said Stricklin.  "Having him throw the ball like that, we were very confident we could hold on to that and get another win."
Roberts and Monnot both went 3-for-4 on the day with four RBI each.  Two of Roberts' hits were for extra bases and he also scored four runs.  Monnot began the game by throwing out a runner trying to steal in the first inning.
"It's good to see Tommy Monnot swing the bat so well and George Roberts swing the bat like we know he's capable of," Stricklin said of the duo.
Kent State sits in second place close behind Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference standings.  The Bulls were rained out on Friday and are playing a Saturday double-header at Miami.
The Golden Flashes look to sweep the Broncos to wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:00pm.
Eastern Michigan 17, Northern Illinois 12
DEKALB, Ill. ( -- Nine different batters in the Eastern Michigan University baseball team's lineup notched at least one hit against Northern Illinois University as the Eagles took a 17-12 victory in the second of three Mid-American Conference games at Ralph McKinzie Field. With the final tally, the Eagles improve to a record of 23-26 and 10-13 in the league while the West Division leading Huskies fall to 21-27 and 15-8 in MAC action on the season.
Leading the offense was a four-hit, two-RBI day by Adam Sonabend and a three-hit day by both John Rubino and Nick Rotola. The 17 runs by the Eagles were a season-best, as the previous high for the Green and White was 15 against both Northern Kentucky, March 16, and Michigan, April 23.
After being limited to just one run a day earlier, Eastern Michigan pounded out five extra base hits in the five-run victory. Jamie Simpson, Lee Longo and Mitch McGeein each hit home runs on the day, while Sonabend collected a pair of doubles.
After a 4.0 inning start by Joe Battistelli, Neil Butara came on in releif to slow the Huskies' offense to just a run over the next 4.0 innings. Butara moved to 4-5 overall after allowing just three hits and a run while striking out one. Taylor Dimmerling and Michael Marsinek finished off NIU in the ninth inning to preserve the win.
Eight different pitchers worked in the game for Northern Illinois as Jordan Ruckman dropped to 2-8 with the setback. Ruckman gave up nine runs while lasting just 4.2 innings.
Despite the victory, the Eagles still finds themselves on the outside of the MAC Tournament picture in the ninth spot behind Akron. Yesterday NIU, Kent State and Buffalo each clinched berths in the upcoming MAC Tournament, May 22-25. If the season ended tonight, UB would be the number one seed followed by KSU (2), NIU (3), Ball State (4), Miami (5), Bowling Green (6), Toledo (7) and Akron (8).
Northern jumped on the board first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Eastern Michigan responded with a four-spot of its own in the second inning to go on top 4-2. After Longo lined out to open the inning, Sonabend doubled to left field and McGeein homered to left field to knot the contest at 2-all. Rotola and Marquise Gill kept the inning going with a pair of singles. Rotola scored on a throwing error by the catcher and Gill came around on a two-out single by Rubino.
Unphased the Huskies poured on runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to retake the advantage at 7-4.
EMU wielded the lumber in both the fifth and sixth innings, plating five runs in each stanza.
Rubino singled to center to open the fifth and moved up 90 feet on a Sam Ott single up the middle. Following a wildpitch, Sonabend pounded his second double of the afternoon to score both Rubino and Ott to cut the lead to one, 7-6. Sonabend advanced to third on a passed ball and McGeenin walked to put runners on the corners. Austin Wilson then pinch hit for Dae Bowden and he answered with a RBI single to again tie the contest. Rotola drove in McGeein with a single to center field and Wilson came around on a wild pitch to round out the scoring in the frame.
After a quick three-and-out by NIU, Jon Savarise replaced Zach Badgley on the mound. The fourth pitch of the at bat to Simpson cleared the wall in left center for his fourth home run of the season. Ott was then hit by pitch and stole second. Longo then belted his team-leading six home run of the year on a 3-1 count to make it 12-7 in favor of EMU. The onslaught was not over though as EMU added two more in the inning to make it 14-7.
The game remained that way until the ninth when the Eagles added three more insurance runs.
Trying to close it out for EMU, Dimmerling struggled with his control with three walks in the bottom of the ninth as the Huskies closed within five runs. Finally, Marsinek was able to get Alex Klonowski to fly out to left to end the nearly three and a half hour affair.
The series concludes Saturday, May 12, with a Mother's Day contest at 1 p.m. CT.
Ball State 10, Toledo 6
Ball State's baseball team posted its seventh straight win with a 10-6 victory over Toledo at Ball Diamond in Muncie, Ind., Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, the Cardinals improved to 26-20 overall and 13-10 in Mid-American Conference action, while Toledo fell to 19-29 overall and 10-13 in league play.
Ball State remains in second place in the MAC West Division, and will host Toledo in the final game of the three game series Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tyler Jordan pitched the final 5.2 innings, allowing only two earned runs and striking out four, to record the win for the Cardinals and improve to 2-5 on the season.  Chris Marangon started on the mound for the Cardinals and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing only one earned run, before leaving the game with a no decision. 
Toledo scored first with one run in the top half of the first before the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the bottom half of the first frame.  Ryan Spaulding singled and scored two batters later on a throwing error by Toledo.  Blake Beemer followed that play up with a double that scored Cody Campbell, who had reached on an error.  Billy Wellman completed the innings scoring with a single to score Beemer.
The Rockets added two more in the top of the third to tie the game at 3-3, but Ball State responded with a three run third inning to take a 6-3 advantage.
Wes Winkle led off the third with a single and scored on a Spaulding double in the next at-bat.  Sean Godfrey singled and put runners on the corners.  Campbell hit a hot liner to third, but a Toledo throwing error while trying to double up the Cardinals scored Spaulding and Ball State led 5-3.  Beemer bunted to score Godfrey and it was 6-3 in favor of the Cardinals.
Toledo added one more in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 6-4 before the Cardinals had their third three run inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-4 advantage.
Wellman opened the inning with another single and managed a 3-for-4 performance on the day.  T.J. Weir was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.  A Sam Tidaback double to left center scored Wellman and put Ball State ahead 7-4.  Winkle's sacrifice fly scored Weir and Ball State led 8-4.  Spaulding's run-batted-in single scored Tidaback and it was 9-4 in favor of the Cardinals.
Ball State added a run in the sixth to make it a 10-4 game before Toledo scored one in the seventh and one in the ninth for the final 10-6 tally.
Campbell led off the sixth with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Wellman singled to move Campbell to third, but a fielding error by the rightfielder enabled Campbell to score and make it 10-4.
Spaulding was 3-for-5 on the day with two RBI and two runs scored.  Godfrey was 2-for-4, while Tidaback was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Ball State's seven game win streak is its longest since the Cardinals won 10 straight games in 2008. 
Akron 11, Central Michigan 2
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The University of Akron (15-32, 10-12 MAC) baseball team clinched the three game Mid-American Conference series on Saturday afternoon against Central Michigan University (22-27, 9-14 MAC) by a score of 11-2 in the second game of the series at Theunissen Stadium.
Freshman John Valek III made his 12th start of the season on Saturday, and provided Akron 8.1 innings on the mound with five hits, two runs and four strikeouts. The native of Parkland, Fla., improved his record to 4-7 with the win.
"Valek was superb today. He is in complete control when he's out there and, before the ninth, one of the three hits he gave up to that point was a drag bunt," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said after the win. "[Valek] kept making pitches under tough weather conditions."
Through the first two innings, the game was in control of the pitchers with no runs scored by either team.
However, the Akron offense began to heat up in the top of the third inning, as the squad rallied for four runs in the inning. Cale Giddings and James Sheltrown notched back-to-back singles against the Chippewas, and were quickly driven in by Joey Havrilak on a two-run double to left center to give the Zips the first lead of the game, 2-0.
Shortstop Matt Rembielak followed Havrilak with a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. Havrilak then scored on a throwing error by the CMU shortstop, which also allowed Rembielak to reach third base.
The final run of the four-run rally came from Rembielak stealing home, giving the Zips a 4-0 advantage after the third inning. Rembielak has four stolen bases this season.
"Our offense produced a big inning in the third inning to begin three straight innings of runs, and swung well all day," Head Coach Rembielak said Saturday. "Balls were hit hard by a lot of the guys."
UA followed up the four-run performance in the third with two runs in the fourth. Freshman Cale Giddings ripped his first collegiate homer, a two-run blast, to put the Zips up by six runs. Junior Brady Stewart scored on the homerun.
Akron plated one run in the fifth to make it three straight innings with at least one run. Senior Jared Turocy roped an RBI single through the right side to score Ahart and give UA a 7-0 lead over CMU. Turocy extended his consecutive game hit streak to 17 games this season.
The Zips offense went scoreless for the next two innings. Akron added a run in the eighth inning, when Giddings unloaded on his second homer of the day, a solo shot to left field. Giddings finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with two homeruns, three runs scored, and three RBI.
"Giddings obviously swung well with two home runs, which was great to see," Rembielak said. "Havrilak did extremely well also after being cleared to play after getting hit in the helmet during Tuesday's game. His swing looked good all day after struggling the last few games."
With the Zips on top of the Chippewas by a score of 8-0, Akron rallied for three more runs in the top of the ninth. Rembielak notched his first RBI of the game on a sac fly, while Turocy recorded his second RBI hit of the game, this time a double. LaRocca scored the final run for the Zips on a wild pitch, giving the Zips a 11-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Chippewas tagged two runs to Valek in the ninth on two sacrifice flies. Daulton Mosbarger came in and shut the door with 0.2 scoreless innings pitched in relief of Valek.
Akron totaled 11 hits in the 11-2 win over Central Michigan. Leading the mob in hits were Havrilak and Giddings with three hits each. Havrilak finished the game with two RBI as well.
The Zips and Chippewas will wrap up the three game series on Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m., scheduled first pitch. Freshman Michael Steensen is the probable pitcher for UA.
Ohio 4, Bowling Green 3 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Bowling Green 7, Ohio 2 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)

ATHENS, Ohio--Mike Frank tossed all ten innings in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, as the Bowling Green State University baseball team earned a split on the road at Ohio. Both games of the double-dip took extra innings, as both were decided in 10 frames. In game one, Ohio got the walkoff win, earning a 4-3 victory over the Orange and Brown. In the second game, the Falcons would score five times in the top of the tenth, winning 7-2. With the split, the Falcons are now 17-26 overall, 11-12 in the Mid-American Conference.
In the first game, the Falcons would fall behind 2-0 after a two-run bottom of the second from Ohio. Cody Apthorpe got the ball to start the game, going 5.2 innings and allowing just three earned runs. The Falcons would hand Apthorpe a lead in the fifth, scoring three times with two outs to take over the lead, at 3-2.
However, the Falcons would not be able to hold the lead, as Ohio came right back just an inning later, tying the game at three runs a piece.
The Falcons had plenty of opportunities to win the first game, as they recorded 12 hits but also left 12 runners on base. Four Falcons - T.J. Losby, Jeremy Shay, Patrick Lancaster, and Brandon Howard - recorded two hits each in the game.
Junior Ethan McKenney would escape a jam in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings, as Ohio put two runners in scoring position with just one out in the inning. McKenney would force Bobcat batters into two straight groundouts, stranding the runners at second and third.
The Falcons would strand a runner in the top of the tenth, before Ohio capitalized to win the game with a walk-off single in the home half.
Game two would start off with a bang for the Falcons, as Matt Pitzulo led off the game with a single. After a Losby single and a Lancaster sacrifice bunt, Jesse Rait would eventually deliver with a sacrifice fly to score Pitzulo.
Frank was the story of the day, as he pitched all ten innings in the second game. Frank scattered just four hits in the contest, finishing the game with an unprecedented streak of 21 straight pitches to end the game without delivering a ball. That streak spanned the final seven batters of the game.
For the second straight game, the Falcons and Bobcats played extra innings. The Falcons would not give Ohio any hope in game two, scoring five times in the top of the tenth to put the game away.
The Falcons would sandwich three straight singles in between their first two outs of the tenth inning, before a single, walk, and error broke the game wide open.
The Falcons will look to win their fifth Mid-American Conference series of the season on Sunday, in a rubber match between the two schools beginning at 1 p.m. With the bullpen saved because of Frank's 10-inning performance, Jason Link will be handed the ball to start the game.

Buffalo 7, Miami 3 (Game 1 -- Boxscore)
Miami 13, Buffalo 5 (Game 2 -- Boxscore)

OXFORD, OH - In a series opening doubleheader that carried well on into the night, the Buffalo baseball team split its two games against Miami (OH) (23-26, 12-11 MAC), winning the first 7-3, and losing the second 13-5. The Bulls (28-20, 16-6 MAC) broke out the bats for a season-high 19 hits in game one, with all nine position players recording at least one hit.

Game one was a back-and-forth contest early, with the Bulls recording at least one hit in every single inning, but also finding themselves unable to create the big inning. In the first, Jason Kanzler manufactured his own run, getting an infield single before stealing second and third base to create an easy RBI opportunity for Kyle Figgins, who drove him in on a two-out single. Kanzler was on base again in the third inning, and came home on a home run to left center from classmate Alex Baldock, making it a 3-1 game.
Miami would tie the game back up after single runs in the third and sixth innings. In those three innings alone, Buffalo had five hits but could not find another run. After a solo home run from Miami to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, Jon Mestas answered in the top of the seventh with a solo home run that would stand up as the game-winner.
Thanks to some clutch hitting, UB was able to put the game away in the late innings, starting with a two-run eighth inning. Kanzler and Baldock led off with singles, and a two-out walk drawn by Mestas would load up the bases. Thomas Richards and Mike Burke hit back-to-back RBI singles that made it 6-3. The team's final run would come in the top of the ninth, when Baldock drove in Mike Scarcello with a single.
Mike McGee earned his fifth win of the season with 6.2 innings of work. He allowed two earned runs, and struck out a pair as well. Ben Hartz picked up his first collegiate save, closing out the last 2.1 innings with one hit allowed and two strikeouts with no walks.
In game two, Buffalo battled bad weather and inconsistent defense, allowing Miami to score six unearned runs and a pair of big innings that put the game out of reach. Kanzler remained hot with a solo home run in the first inning, but Miami would score five runs in the third inning and lead from then on.
The team mounted a comeback attempt in the fourth inning, using three runs to make it a 5-4 game. Richards hit a one out single and Burke followed with a double to put them both in scoring position. Scarcello would bring them both in with a single, and he would later score on a sacrifice fly by Baldock.
Miami would snuff out the comeback quickly in the fourth, scoring three quick runs before a 58 minute rain delay extended the inning even more. When play resumed, the Redhawks scored three more runs in the fourth to break it open to an 11-4 game. It was an important mark, as it was the first time all season that the UB pitching staff allowed double digit runs in a single game (though only seven were earned).
Anthony Magovney took the loss, but the UB bullpen had a solid day of relief. Cory Folk threw 1.1 innings, and Zach Stephens (2.1 IP) and Dan Ginader (1.0 IP) each had shutout appearances.
The deciding game of the series will be tomorrow, with a 1 pm start time. Mike Burke will toe the rubber, trying to help the team maintain its overall lead in the Mid-American Conference.