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Central Michigan 4, Western Kentucky 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sophomore Jordan Foley continued his strong start to the season by striking out a career-high eight batters over six innings to lead Central Michigan to a series-opening win at Western Kentucky Friday afternoon, 4-2.
Foley lowered his team-best earned run average to 0.69 by limiting the Hilltoppers (1-3) to just two hits over his six innings of work, earning his first win of the season. WKU failed to record a hit off the righty until the fifth inning and despite putting runners in scoring position twice, Foley was able to pitch out of jams each time.
"Jordan gave us another very nice performance today," head coach Steve Jaksa said. "He put us in a position where our offense could chip away and get some runs. He went out there and did his job by not giving up any runs and put us in a nice position to win the game."
While Foley was working his way through the Western Kentucky lineup with ease, the Chippewas' (2-3) bats was providing all the run support it needed behind a pair of freshmen.
After sophomore Pat MacKenzie produced a run with his legs in the first to put the Chippewas in front, true freshman Zack Field extended the lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth with his second RBI double of the season.
Junior Jordan Adams led off the sixth with a double to right center and stole third before Fields again got behind one and drove a ball deep enough to center field to push Adams across on a sacrifice fly. Rdshirt freshman Neal Jacobs then extended the lead to 4-0 with one swing of the bat, driving a 3-1 pitch to over the fence in left center for his first career home run.
Sophomore Dylan Rheault came on in relief and kept the Hilltoppers off the board in the seventh and eighth, but was unable to stay out of trouble and finish the game. After a hit batter and back-to-back singles gave WKU its first run of the night, Jaksa again went to his bullpen in lefty sophomore Matt Trowbridge.
Trowbridge came on and an error allowed another Hilltopper to score and loading the bases. The sophomore was able to get two big strikeouts to leave the bases loaded however, earning his first career save.
The Chippewas and Hilltoppers will continued their series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Senior Pat Kaminska will take the mound for CMU.
Ball State 7, Bradley 4 (Game 1) - Boxscore
Northwestern 5, Ball State 2 (Game 2) - Boxscore
Ball State's baseball team tallied a 7-4 victory over Bradley in Nashville, Tenn., in the first of a four game set of games this weekend. The Cardinals suffered a 5-2 defeat to Northwestern in the second game of Friday's action.
Ball State, which is now 2-3 on the season, will play at Lipscomb Saturday and face Bradley again Sunday at 11 a.m.
Ball State head coach Rich Maloney has now tallied 599 career victories and needs one to reach the 600-win plateau.
Against the Braves, Ball State fell behind 4-0 after four innings, but rallied for three in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. The Cardinals managed to add on run in the eighth and one run in the ninth to claim the 7-4 win. Ball State managed seven runs on nine hits, while limiting Bradley to four runs on 10 hits.
Cody Campbell, T.J. Weir and Blake Beemer managed two hits apiece, while Sean Godfrey hit a solo home run in the ninth.
Chris Marangon improved to 1-0 on the mound with the victory. He pitched six innings to earn the victory, while Weir pitched 1.2 innings in relief to earn his first save of the season.
The Cardinals started their scoring in the fifth on a Campbell single. Weir and Beemer followed with a pair of singles to load the basses. Billy Wellman grounded to short, scoring Campbell, and Sam Tidaback's fielder's choice grounder scored Beemer, while a throwing error on the play scored Weir to close the gap to 4-3.
In the sixth, Weir's RBI single scored Godfrey, who reached first after being hit by a pitch. Wellman managed a sacrifice fly to score Campbell and Ball State took a 5-4 lead.
The eighth inning saw the Cardinals manufacture a run when Elbert Devarie's bases loaded walk scored Weir. Godfrey's solo homer in the ninth ended the games scoring and solidified Ball State's 7-4 win.
In Ball State's second game of the day vs. Northwestern, the Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals managed one run in the bottom of the second to close the gap. However, a three-run fourth inning by the Wildcats gave them a5-1 edge, and Ball State could manage only one run in the bottom of the eighth to fall 5-2.
Kevin Schlotter managed two hits in four at-bats with one RBI. Wellman was 1-for-3 with one RBI. Schlotter's RBI single in the second inning scored Wellman. Wellman's double in the eighth inning scored Campbell to complete the Cardinals scoring vs. Northwestern.
Nestor Bautista suffered the loss after pitching 3.2 innings and allowing five earned runs, while striking out five. Clay Manering came on in relief and pitched the final 5.1 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out five.
Louisville 7, Akron 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Akron (0-4) baseball team lost to the University of Louisville (3-1) on Friday afternoon by a score of 7-0 in Jim Patterson Stadium.
Sophomore Jon Pusateri started for the Zips in the opening game of the three game series. Pusateri went 5.1 innings with five earned runs allowed and one strikeout. His record dropped to 0-2 in the afternoon loss.
The Zips' bullpen performed well again following a strong Georgia Tech series. Daulton Mosbarger and Andrew Fanning combined to pitch 2.2 innings with one earned run allowed on three hits. Mosbarger's outing was the first of his collegiate career.
Akron had difficulty on the offensive side of the ball on Friday. Louisville Starter Chad Green stymied the UA offense over 7.0 innings with three strikeouts and one hit allowed.
Catcher Brady Stewart broke Green's no-hitter in the seventh inning with a single down the right field line. That single was Stewart's sixth hit in four games.
Joey Havrilak and Devan Ahart also recorded hits in the 7-0 loss. Akron finished with three total hits for the afternoon.
Akron and Louisville will matchup again on Saturday afternoon in Patterson Stadium with a 2 p.m., first pitch. Live stats, video and audio links for Saturday's game can be found on the Akron baseball schedule page.
Murray State 9, Bowling Green 7
MURRAY, Ky.—A six-run seventh inning by Murray State was too much to overcome on Friday, as the Bowling Green State University baseball team dropped a 9-7 decision at Johnny Reagan Field. The Falcons jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Thoroughbreds began their comeback, scoring eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take command. With the loss, the Falcons fall to 2-2 on the season.
Captain Cody Apthorpe started the game for the Falcons on the mound, working into the sixth inning before reaching his pitch count. On the afternoon, Apthorpe struck out six, while not allowing an earned run.
After the Falcons had gone 1-2-3 in the first, Murray State grabbed an early lead thanks to an error and wild pitch by the Falcons in the inning.
The Falcons, who banged out a season-high 14 hits, took little time responding, tallying three in the top of the second. In the inning, Logan Walker, Jake Thomas, and Patrick Lancaster registered RBI hits.
With two outs in the bottom of the second, the Falcons would gun down a runner at the plate on a Nick Paradossi double into the right field corner. Lancaster would chase the ball down at the fence, beginning a perfect relay from Walker to T.J. Losby to keep the ‘Breds off the board.
Apthorpe would continue to hold Murray State down until the Falcons added another run in the sixth. With one out, Thomas would drive a ball to center field, using his speed to scamper into third with a triple. Lancaster would drive Thomas in with an RBI single to center, putting the Falcons ahead 4-1.
MSU would tally two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, before breaking through against the Bowling Green bullpen for six in the bottom of the seventh.
Trailing 9-4 in the eighth, Thomas, Trey Keegan, and Lancaster would all get RBI hits with two outs.
The Falcons still trailed 9-7 following Chris Miller’s scoreless inning on the mound in the bottom of the eighth.
In the ninth, the Falcons would get the tying run to the plate on two different occasions, but couldn’t capitalize on the base runners, falling by a final of 9-7.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT, with Mike Frank getting the start for the Orange and Brown.
San Diego, Calif. – Pre-season All-American Tyler Skulina proved to be what his accolades claim him to be, as he went eight innings allowing just two hits, no runs and two walks while striking out six.
However, the Kent State (0-5) bullpen could not hold on to a one-run lead, giving San Diego (1-3) their first win of the season in two-out, bottom of the ninth, walk-off fashion.
"Tyler Skulina was outstanding, he deserved to win," head coach Scott Stricklin said of his ace. "We couldn't hold on in the ninth, but it was really encouraging to see Tyler pitch like that. That's what we expect to see out of him."
The game was a pitchers duel, with no team scoring until the Flashes took a one run lead after an Evan Campbell solo homerun in the seventh.
With Skulina's performance on the mound, Kent State looked to finish off San Diego for their first victory of the season.
But, the Flashes' bullpen surrendered a walk and two doubles to the Toreros to give the home team their first notch in the win column this year.
Kent State had many scoring opportunities, but left ten men on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
"I think that comes with time," Stricklin said of improving in that realm of the game. "I also think it's a mental thing. Sometimes guys get runners in scoring position and they try to do too much instead of sticking with their game.
"That hurt us early in the first three innings. We easily could have been up three to nothing if we would've just hit ground balls up the middle, and we couldn't do it. It's a little frustrating."
Campbell finished the night 2-for-5 with a homerun and Kent State's lone RBI and run scored. Alex Miklos also picked up two hits in four at-bats with a triple.
Eric Dorsch (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing San Diego's two runs on one hit and one walk in 0.2 innings of work. He also struck out two.
The Golden Flashes have two chances to bounce back tomorrow as the teams face each other in a double-header. Game one will begin at 4:00 pm EST with game two coming shortly after the opening game's completion.
"We're going to keep getting more opportunities and we're going to keep working on it and get better, said Stricklin. "I see positive things happening with this team. We've got a good baseball team. It's not showing up in the win column right now. We're playing really good teams in tough venues and it's going to help us as we go through the season.
"I feel really confident we're going to have a great team. It's going to take a little bit of time, and it usually does."
Furman 6, Miami 5
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Miami forced extra innings with two unearned runs in the ninth, but a bases-loaded single with two outs in the 11th lifted Furman to a 6-5 victory over the RedHawks Friday afternoon at Latham Field.
Nate Bowles and Chad Sedio each had a pair of hits for Miami (0-3). Brooks Fiala struck out eight batters, one shy of his career high, scattering seven hits over seven innings.
The RedHawks trailed 5-3 with two outs in the ninth, but were able to claw their way back. With two outs and a runner on first, Matt Honchel hit a roller to third that was thrown away, putting runners at second and third. An infield single on a chopper to first by Bowles made the score 5-4 before a wild pitch evened the game.
Sedio's two-run single in the second gave the RedHawks a 2-1 lead. Furman answered with a two-run double in the third to go back in front, but the RedHawks equalized in the fifth.
Bowles reached on a fielder's choice, then moved to third on two wild pitches. He came home when a infield fly was misplayed into a fielder's choice.
Furman retook the lead in the sixth when a one-out single was followed by a long fly over the wall in left field.
Charles Zubrod, who replaced Fiala at the start of the eighth inning, took the loss to fall to 0-1. He allowed five hits and a walk in 3.2 innings, while striking out three. Relievers Seth Varner and Charlie Suich each faced a batter in the 11th, allowing a walk and the game-winning hit, respectively.
Ryan Ditmer (1-0) retired all six batters he faced in the 10th and 11th innings to earn the win.
The RedHawks continue play in the First Pitch Invitational tomorrow morning when it plays Western Carolina. The action starts at 10 a.m.
Nevada 7, Northern Illinois 3
RENO, Nev. – Northern Illinois put seven runners on base in the final two innings in the series opener against Nevada to mount a late rally at Peccole Park, but the Huskies fell to the Wolf Pack, 7-3.
NIU found itself in a 3-0 hole after two innings of play off of four hits and led by a Scott Kaplan’s triple in the third at-bat of the inning. Nevada pitcher Bradey Shipley started strong on the Huskies with three perfect innings, commanding the plate with a solid changeup and a 96-mile an hour fastball.
“He’s one of the better college pitchers I’ve seen my years, his fastball is good but his change up is what really makes him a great pitcher,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “What won’t show up in the box score is the fact that we were getting the barrel on the ball against him. If a couple of those balls get by the outfielders or fall in the gap, we get to their bullpen earlier like we did at the end of the game. We were one batter away from having the tying run on base in the ninth inning so I thought we mounted a good charge offensively.
“I was looking for more out of our seniors today on the mound. We needed to be more competitive. I was very proud of how our freshman competed today though. They came in and kept us in the ball game and didn’t give up any runs.”
Landon Tenhagen (Burlington, Wis./Madison Area Technical College) led the top of the fifth inning with a double down the right field line and quickly went to third on a wild pitch by Shipley. Tenhagen would capitalize on fielder’s choice RBI by Alex Klonowski (Kearney, Mo./Kearney) to cut the Huskies deficit to 3-1 following the top of the fifth inning.
Trailing 7-1 in the eighth, Northern Illinois began to gain some momentum as it loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Though they didn’t score in the inning, the Huskies gained some confidence at the plate and it showed in the final stanza with a rally.
Tenhagen came through again to lead off the ninth inning with a single and would advance to third on a fielder’ choice error by the shortstop with Joe Battaglia (Westchester/St. Jospeh) reaching first. Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia) pinch ran for Battaglia and would eventually account for the Huskies second run of the inning.
Klonowski drove in his second run of the game with a single through the left side to score Tenhagen from third and advance Seiton to second. Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb) would prove clutch as he recorded a single through the left side on a 3-2 pitch to score Seiton and keep the Huskies alive, 7-3.
Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) would end the contest at the plate for Northern Illinois, after a trio of high and inside pitches were called for strikes to end the game.
Defensively, NIU did not commit a single error on the day and were only outhit by the Wolf Pack, 8-7, four of which were on Nevada’s winning pitcher Shipley. Shipley is a highly-touted Major League Baseball prospect in this June’s upcoming draft and was named the Alaska League’s top-prospect by Baseball America following his performance this summer.
Klonowski, Sisler and Tenhagen all recorded two hits in the game, with Klonowski leading in RBI, two. The freshmen pitchers once again combined for zero runs in 2.2 innings of work.
NIU will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader with the Wolf Pack, beginning at 1 p.m. Central. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after game one.
Illinois 11, Ohio 6
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (0-3) came up short in the first game of the Keith LeClair Classic as it dropped an 11-6 decision to Illinois (2-2) Friday afternoon inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Senior Marck Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats after he worked 4.0 innings, allowed eight hits and five earned runs to fall to 0-2 on the year. Illinois starter Kevin Duchene picked up the win for the Illini after he went 5.1 innings, giving up just four earned runs.
Offensively for the `Cats, junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio), sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.), senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.) and senior Ben Otto (Menomonie, Wis.) all collected a pair of hits. Sophomore Jake Madsen (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Ohio) also chipped in as they drove in a pair of runs.
Illinois struck first as it plated two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Ohio responded in the top half of the third thanks to an RBI single through the left side by Madsen, which drove home sophomore Tyler Wells (Lexington, Ky.) from third. Wells got on base as he singled into right field.
The Illini would go on to respond in a big way as they plated six runs over the next three innings to take an 8-1 lead, heading into the top half of the sixth.
In the sixth, Ohio finally got its offense going as it scored four runs on four hits to cut the Illini lead to 8-5. Gaertner got the frame going as he doubled down the right field line. Junior Taylor Emody (Milan, Ohio) came up next and would advance Gaertner over to third as he singled into left field. Gaertner scored on the play following an error by Illinois left fielder Jordan Parr. Schmidt followed with a single through the left side.
Two batters later, Nikithser came up and flew out to right field, which allowed Emody to score from third. Ohio would go on to load the bases after Wells got hit a by a pitch. The Bobcats then scored two more runs after Black and Madsen drew bases loaded walks. Cleanup hitter Scott White (Springboro, Ohio) followed, representing the go-ahead run, but was unable to keep the inning going as he struck out swinging to end the frame.
Ohio would not get any closer for the remainder of the contest as Illinois scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth and one in the seventh to secure the win. The Bobcats added one run in the top half of the seventh thanks to a single up the middle by Nikithser, which plated Gaertner from second.
Ohio returns to action later this afternoon against New Mexico State. Freshman right-handed pitcher Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) will get the start for the Bobcats, while the Aggies will counter with Adam Mott.
New Mexico State 7, Ohio 0
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Ohio University baseball team (0-3) suffered a 7-0 loss to New Mexico State in the second game of the Keith LeClair Classic Friday afternoon inside Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Ohio freshman pitcher Connor Sitz (Westerville, Ohio) suffered the loss for the Bobcats after he worked 5.0 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs. New Mexico State starter Adam Mott earned the victory after he logged 7.0 innings, allowed five hits and no earned runs.
Offensively, Ohio outhit the Aggies 6-5, but were unable to get any runners into score as the `Cats were shutout for the second time this season. Individually, junior Garrett Black (Lima, Ohio) led Ohio at the plate as he registered a pair of hits.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings, but in the top half of the third, the Aggies broke the scoreless tie thanks to Michael Paulson's solo home run, which sailed over the right field wall. Two innings later, Paulson struck again as he belted his home run of the day in almost the exact same location as he parked a 2-2 pitch over the right field wall.
The Bobcats threatened in the bottom half of the frame as sophomore Brice Nikithser (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led off the frame with a double into left-center field. Nikithser would then move over to third base thanks to a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher JR Reynolds (Cincinnati, Ohio). However, the `Cats were unable to bring in Nikithser were held scoreless in the fifth.
The Aggies added two more runs in the sixth to make the count 4-0, but it could have been much worse as New Mexico State loaded the bases with just one out. Senior right-hander Brett Barber (Hurricane, W. Va.) came on in relief and would end the Aggie threat as he struck out the final two NMSU batters to get the `Cats out of the jam.
Both teams would remain scoreless over the next two innings, but in the top half of the ninth, the Aggies would break the game open with a three-run frame to make the count 7-0. Parker Hipp highlighted the inning with a three-run homer over run over the right field wall to secure the win.
Ohio's final game for the tournament is tentatively set for Saturday against Boston College with the time to be determined.
Virginia 15, Toledo 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Toledo suffered a 15-0 loss to No. 25 Virginia (5-0) on Friday in the opening game of a weekend series at Davenport Field. With the setback, the Rockets fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Cavaliers scored all their runs on the opening six innings against a quartet of UT hurlers to remain unbeaten on the season. Four different UVa hitters tallied multi-hit efforts in the shutout, including four hits off the bat of Nick Howard (4-for-5, 3 RS, 3 RBI) and three by Brandon Downes (3-for-5, 3 RS).
The home team plated one run in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, seventh in the fourth, three in the fifth and one in the sixth.
UT junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (0-1) was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits with two walks in 3.1 innings.
A bright spot on the mound for Toledo was the performance of sophomore RHP Adam Tyson. The third-year Rockets gave up one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts in 3.0 frames. Tyson is returning to the Rockets' rotation after sitting out last season with an arm injury.
Junior 2B Zack Michael (2-for-4) led the Rockets offensively with a career high two hits.
Virginia LHP Brandon Waddell (1-0) was credited the victory in relief, yielding six hits with 15 punchouts in 6.0 scoreless frames.
The Rockets and Cavaliers will continue their weekend series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Senior LHP Kyle Shaw (1-0) is slated to start for the Midnight Blue & Gold.
Minnesota 7, Western Michigan 1
MINNEAPOLIS- Western Michigan baseball fell on the road at Minnesota in game one of a four-game series Friday, 7-1.
With the win, the Golden Gophers improve to 2-2 on the season, while WMU drops to 0-5 this year.
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