Thursday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 5/16/2013

 

Thursday's MAC Baseball Results
Miami 12, Ohio 7
Toledo 5, Eastern Michigan 0
Buffalo 10, Bowling Green 4
Western Michigan 6, Central Michigan 4
Ball State 3, Northern Illinois 2
Kent State 5, Akron 4 (17 innings)
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Miami 12, Ohio 7
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami spotted Ohio a pair of four-run leads midway through the contest, but big rallies in the fifth and sixth innings lifted the RedHawks to a 12-7 victory Thursday night at McKie Field. With the victory and an earlier Central Michigan loss, Miami clinched a berth in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament.
 
Every RedHawk in the lineup had at least one hit, with Chad Sedio, Kevin Bower and Alex Johnson each registering a pair. Sedio drove in three runs, all on a bases-loaded double during the four-run fifth.
 
After opening a 1-0 lead on a first-inning RBI double by Johnson, Miami faced the first of its big deficits when Ohio tallied five runs in the third. The Bobcats put the first two runners on, then after an error on a sacrifice, saw three RBI singles among the next five batters. A successful double steal yielded the fifth run of the frame.
 
Miami (24-27, 13-12) got some help in the fourth to claw its way back. John Crummy reached on an error and went to second on a single by Bower. After an out, Bowles doubled down the right field line for the first run. After the second out, Ryan Elble tripled into the gap in left center, cutting the deficit to 5-4.
 
Ohio (13-38, 8-17) added some insurance in the fifth, plating two runs on two hits for a 7-4 lead, but the RedHawks answered right back. Jake Romano singled and took third on a one-out, ground-rule double by Crummy. After a pitching change and hit-batter, Sedio -- who entered the game 3-for-5 this year with the bases loaded -- brought all three runners home and tied the game at 7-7 with a double to left center. An RBI groundout by Bowles after Sedio stole third put Miami up for good.
 
But the RedHawks added three runs in the sixth and a run in the eighth for good measure. A fielder's choice by Crummy plated a run, then Bower singled up the middle for an RBI. A sacrifice fly by Bowles finished off the sixth. An error led to the final Miami run.
 
Brooks Fiala (6-5) struck out six over seven innings of work to earn the win. He allowed seven hits and seven runs, although only five were earned. Charles Zubrod pitched the final two frames, retiring all six of the seven Bobcats he faced, three by strikeout.
 
Brett Barber, the second of five Ohio pitchers, took the loss to fall to 2-6. He came in during the fifth and got the final two outs of the inning, but not before allowing three runs.
 
The two teams continue their series tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at McKie Field.
 
Toledo 5, Eastern Michigan 0
YPSILANTI, MI – Toledo took advantage of a dominating performance from senior LHP Kyle Shaw to claim a 4-0 victory over Eastern Michigan in Thursday’s Mid-American Conference series opener at Oestrike Stadium. With the shutout win, the Rockets improve to 21-30 overall, 12-13 in the league.
 
Toledo also inched closer to securing a berth in next week’s MAC Tournament for a school-record fifth-straight season and ninth time in program history with the blanking, coupled with a Central Michigan loss. UT can officially wrap up a spot in the postseason tourney with a win in one of its final two games.
 
Shaw (5-7) went the distance for a second time this spring and fourth time in his collegiate career, allowing only four hits with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the triumph. The southpaw faced the minimum on six occasions this evening and the most EMU batters he faced was five in the second frame. Shaw surrendered two hits in the second and single hits in the fourth and seventh innings for collect his first victory since April 20.
 
Offensively, UT benefited from a balanced attack as eight starters collected at least one hit against a pair of Eastern Michigan (25-27, 11-14 MAC) hurlers. The league’s top-hitting squad was paced by junior CF Tyler Grogg (2-for-4, RS), junior C James Miglin (2-for-4, RS), sophomore SS Nate Langhals (2-for-3) and sophomore LF Anthony Smith (2-for-4, RS, RBI) with two hits each.
 
The 2012 MAC West Division champions opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning off Eastern Michigan RHP Brian Hill (6-3). UT plated the eventual game-winning tally on a run-scoring groundout off the bat of freshman RF Ryan Callahan (1-for-5). The Midnight Blue & Gold followed it up with a RBI single by senior DH Ben Hammer (1-for-4, RBI). Hammer appeared in the starting lineup for the first time in the last seven games. The fifth-year senior is still recovering from a right knee injury sustained against Northern Illinois on Saturday, May 4.
 
The scored remained the same until the sixth when Toledo pushed across two insurance tallies to make the final difference 4-0. UT received a pair of RBI hits from freshman 3B John Martillotta (1-for-4, RBI) and Smith to put the division showdown out of reach.
 
EMU’s Hill was saddled with the loss, giving up four runs (all earned) on 11 hits with one free pass and no punchouts in 5.1 frames.
 
The quartet of RF Sam Ott (1-for-4), DH Lee Longo (1-for-4), C Adam Sonabend (1-for-3) and 1B Mitchell McGeein (1-for-3) was credited with the home teams’ hits, snapping their mini three-game win streak.
 
The Rockets and Eagles will continue to three-game series tomorrow evening with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch. Junior RHP Cameron Palmer (3-5, 62.1 IP, 4.19 ERA) is slated to start of the bump for the visitors. 
 
Buffalo 10, Bowling Green 4
BOWLING GREEN, OH - The Buffalo baseball team (31-21, 18-6 MAC) pulled together a full-team effort Thursday afternoon in its series opener at Bowling Green (19-27, 12-13 MAC). Needing to likely win all three games in its final weekend series to ensure a regular season title, the Bulls received season-best performances from Mike Burke and Tyler Mautner to boost the team to the win.
 
Jason Kanzler helped generate the opening run of the game for UB, hitting a one-out triple before scoring on a ground out from Alex Baldock in the first inning. Burke would make it a 2-0 game in the top of the second after singling up the middle with two outs to score a hustling Jon Mestas from second. Bowling Green would storm back to take a 3-2 lead after scoring one in the bottom of the second, and plating a pair of unearned run in the third.
 
Burke would come through again to put Buffalo ahead for good, plating two with a two-out double in the top of the fourth to immediately answer the Falcon's rally. Mautner and Figgins hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning, and Mestas sacrificed them over. After a strikout to put the scoring opportunity at risk, Burke doubled down the right field line. Mike Scarcello would follow with a double into the left center field gap to make it 5-3 in Buffalo's favor.
 
Bowling Green scored a two-out run of its own in the bottom of the fourth to tighten the game back up at 5-4, but UB kept finding ways to answer the home team's rallies. Jimmy Topps led off with a bunt single, and moved to second after forcing a rushed throw to first. Kanzler would walk, and Baldock's attempt to bunt them over resulted in another BGSU error that left them all safe. Mautner would single through the left side of the infield to score Topps and Kanzler, but that would be all for the Buffalo fifth.
 
In the very next inning, though, walks to Scarcello and Kanzler and a single from Baldock again loaded the bases for Mautner, who had a nearly identical hit with the exact same results - two runs batted in. The Bulls would add on one more run in the top of the ninth on a two-out single from Burke that would bring home Kyle Figgins for a 10-4 game.
 
Anthony Magovney recovered well from a shaky start last Saturday at Miami, allowing just two earned runs over five innings, finding ways out of numerous jams early to eventually earn his seventh win of the season. McWilliams entered in the bottom of the sixth, going the final four innings to earn his 12th save of the season. He allowed just two hits and struck out three batters. It was his 25th appearance of the season, setting a new program record, and the senior tallied his 16th career save, moving him into a tie with Steve Geltz for the most career saves in program history.
 
Offensively, every batter in the lineup had at least a hit, with Figgins' two hits making him one of three Bulls to have multi-hit games.
 
The two teams will be back at it tomorrow afternoon, with a 1 pm first pitch scheduled. Mike McGee will get the ball, hoping to build off a positive start in his last time toeing the rubber. Live audio of Friday and Saturday's game will be available for free through BuffaloBulls.com.
 
Western Michigan 6, Central Michigan 4
KALAMAZOO, Mich.- Western Michigan took game one of its three-game series with rival Central Michigan Thursday, 6-4, at Robert J. Bobb Stadium.
 
Left-handed junior Steve Laudicina earned the win on the mound and right-handed senior Chris Bossenbery was clutch in late relief. Freshman RHP Gabe Berman came in to throw the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.
 
Laudicina (3-9) went six and two-thirds, scattering six hits and three runs, while striking out five. He worked his way out of a number of situations, stranding 10 runners on base. Bossenbery tossed an inning and a third of hitless relief before Berman took the hill in the ninth.
 
The Broncos(16-36, 8-17 MAC) were in their groove offensively as well, as all nine batters reached base, with six recording hits. WMU had 12 hits overall.
 
Theo Piccirilli (3-for-5) and Andrew Sohn (3-for-4) each had three hits in the game, while Steve Buglione (2-for-5) and Brandon Cable (2-for-3) had two. Piccirilli doubled and drove in two runs, Sohn tripled and swiped a pair of bags. Cable also had a pair of RBIs.
 
After giving up a run in the first, Western Michigan responded with two runs in the bottom of the second. Buglione smacked a leadoff single and moved to second on a groundout. Cable drove in Buglione with a single up the middle. Cable later scored from second on a two-out single by Piccirilli.
 
In the bottom of the third Sohn tattooed a 3-2 pitch to right center for a leadoff triple, his second three-bagger of the year. WMU however, was unable to push the run across.
 
Laudicina loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth and left them full, getting Jordan Adams to ground out to second.
 
Sohn got WMU started again in the fifth with a one-out single. Chippewa RHP Jordan Foley did his best to try to hold Sohn at first with a half dozen checks back to the bag and couldn’t. Sohn stole second and scored on an RBI single to left by Brett Sunde.
 
Central Michigan (23-30, 10-15 MAC) got a run back in the sixth and threatened to get more, only to have Laudicina shut the door again, stranding a pair of runners on base.
 
The Broncos put two runs on the board in the sixth to open a 5-2 lead. Piccirilli hit an RBI double down the left line with two runners on and Jared Kujawa plated the second run with a sac fly.
 
Laudicina exited the game with two outs and two on in the seventh. CMU got one across on a wild pitch by reliever Casey Hall. Bossenbery was then summoned from the bullpen to record the final out of the inning.
 
Cable hit his second RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to push WMU’s lead back to three, 6-3.
 
Both CMU and WMU hit into inning-ending double plays in the eighth. The Chippewas scored an unearned run on a throwing error with tow outs in the bottom of the ninth to make for a 6-4 final.
 
Western Michigan and Central Michigan return to Hyames Field tomorrow for game two and close out the series Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
 
Ball State 3, Northern Illinois 2
MUNCIE, Ind. - Sophomore pitcher Scott Baker tied the Ball State (27-22, 14-11 MAC) baseball record for most wins in a season with his 11th win in the Cardinals 3-2 victory over Northern Illinois (21-31, 15-10 MAC) in Mid-American Conference action Thursday afternoon at Ball Diamond.
 
Baker is now 11-1 on the mound for the Cardinals.  The 11 win record in a season has been held since 2002 by former Ball State right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington.
 
 Baker pitched 9.0 innings giving up five hits while striking out two batters.  Anderson suffered the loss on the mound for the Huskies after 8.0 innings of work he gave up eight hits while striking out three.
 
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning.  The Huskies got on board first after Nate Ruzich singled to left field bringing home teammate Micah McCulloch.
 
After two scoreless innings in the third and fourth, Ball State tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth when Elbert Devarie singled to left center allowing Billy Wellman to cross the plate.  Wellman led off the inning with a single up the middle.
 
Northern Illinois answered in the top of the sixth to take a 2-1 edge over the Cardinals.  Ball State was unable to score in the bottom of the sixth leaving two on base.
 
In the seventh inning, T.J. Weir started the inning off with a single.  Jarrett James would come into the game to pinch run for Weir.  Sam Tidaback got out after popping up to the catcher which brought up Elbert DeVarie.  DeVarie hit a single advancing James to third.  Wes Winkle's squeeze play was successful scoring in James to tie the game 2-2.
 
The Cardinals managed to hold off the Huskies in the top of eighth.  With one out in the bottom of the eighth Kevin Schlotter pinched hit and singled to right field to bring home Wellman.  Ball State would then take the 3-2 edge over Northern Illinois.  Wellman had reached base prior with a walk.
 
Ball State held off Northern Illinois defensively in the top of the ninth to win the ball game.
 
The Ball State baseball team continues Mid-American Conference play when it hosts Northern Illinois Friday at Ball Diamond.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
 
Kent State 5, Akron 4 (17 innings)
AKRON, Ohio – In a game that went scoreless for 13 innings, Kent State (32-21, 18-7) was able to make things happen in the 17th inning to beat Akron (15-35, 10-14) 5-4 in the seventh annual Diamond Classic for Kids at Canal Park on Thursday evening.
 
"It was crazy," head coach Scott Stricklin said.  "You have to tip your hat to them, they really competed hard.  It was a really good baseball game, it's a shame somebody had to lose."
 
Derek Toadvine was walked on a full count to lead off the deciding inning.  When Sawyer Polen put down a sacrifice bunt to move him over, Toadvine took off and didn't stop until he slid safely into third base.  With one out on the board, Evan Campbell hit a sacrifice fly to score Toadvine for the winning run of the game.
 
The Golden Flashes' pitching staff was lights out in relief, including winning pitcher Eric Dorsch who threw 4.1 innings with just one hit and one walk while striking out six Zips.  Dan Kopcak earned the first save of his career by only allowing a single in the bottom of the 17th but retiring Akron on a game-ending double play.
 
"It's awfully encouraging to see the way that our pitching staff reacted to those situations," Stricklin said.  "Those guys came up big time for us."
 
Taylor Williams went seven innings in the start, having one bad inning in the third when he gave up all four Akron runs.  However, he turned back into his normal, dominate self, facing one batter over the minimum through the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.  In all, he allowed seven hits, one walk and struck out nine.
 
The pitching staff was aided by a defense that did not commit one error through the full 17 innings.
 
"To go 17 innings and not make an error, to not be close to making an error, we were as clean defensively as you can be," said Stricklin.
 
Kent State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after Toadvine walked to leadoff the game, stole second, reached third on a passed ball and then came home on a sacrifice fly by George Roberts.  They scored three in the third when Toadvine singled, Polen doubled and Campbell tripled to score two.  Campbell then came home on a fielding error.
 
The win puts Kent State one victory closer to clinching the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge for the second year.  It also keeps the Golden Flashes in second place just a half a game behind Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference Standings.
 
Game two of the series takes place Friday at 3:00pm at Lee Jackson Field on the Akron campus.