Saturday's MAC Baseball Results

Updated 3/2/2013


Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information 
Toledo 5, South Florida 4

TAMPA, FL - Toledo scored the game's final three runs to claim a 5-4 victory at South Florida (3-6) on Saturday at USF Baseball Stadium. With the win, UT improves to 2-5 on the season.
Sophomore RHP Adam Tyson (1-0) was simply brilliant out of the bullpen to collect the victory, allowing only three hits with five punchouts in 4.2 scoreless innings.
The Rockets also received a solid start from freshman RHP Kyle Slack to help them even the weekend series against the Big East member Bulls at one win a piece. Slack allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings in his second collegiate start.
Offensively, senior DH Matt Delewski (4-for-5, RS, RBI) pounded out a game-high four hits for a second-consecutive contest to lead the charge. Junior RF Tyler Grogg (3-for-5, 2 RS, 3 SB) added three hits with two runs scored and junior C James Miglin (2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI) tallied two hits with two RBI.
The Rockets exploded out of the gate and scored single runs in their first at-bat to assume the early lead. UT tallied runs on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore 3B Anthony Smith and a two-out RBI single by Delewski.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when South Florida plated four tallies on the strength of four hits and two walks to end the afternoon for UT's Slack. The Bulls sent nine batters to the dish and received RBI from Zac Gilcrease (0-for-3, RBI), Alex Mendez (3-for-3, RS, RBI), James Ramsay (1-for-4, RBI) and Jimmy Falla (2-for-4, RBI) to establish a 4-3 advantage. 
Toledo was a resilient bunch and countered with three runs in the game-changing seventh frame to recapture the lead, 5-4. The Rockets benefitted from four hits and two stolen bases to turn their one-run deficit into a one-run margin. It proved to be a lead the visitors would not relinquish. Miglin drove in the first two runs with a two-base hit, before junior 1B Wes White belted a run-scoring single to plate the eventual game-winning tally.
USF's Lawrence Pardo (1-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up two runs on two hits 1.1 relief frames. 
The Rockets and Bulls will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson will get the nod to start on the hill in the series finale.
Kentucky 7, Akron 0
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Akron (0-8) baseball team lost the second game of the three game series against No. 8 University of Kentucky  (9-1) by a score of 7-0 at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman lefty John Valek III made his second start of the season, and was tagged with the loss to drop his season record to 0-2. Valek went 5.2 innings pitched with two strikeouts and five earned runs allowed. The native of Parkland, Fla., had made it through 4.0 innings with one earned run allowed before allowing three runs in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth.
"Valek wasn't perfect, but he continues to show good control and very good mound presence especially for a freshman," Head Coach Rick Rembielak said following the loss. "We need to feed off of him and support his efforts."
The bullpen stopped the Kentucky offense following the exit of Valek. Daulton Mosbarger, Zach Beaver, and Andrew Fanning combined to come out of the bullpen for 2.1 scoreless innings with four hits and two walks allowed. Mosbarger and Fanning each went one inning, while Beaver pitched a third of an inning following Valek.
"We'd also like to see our relievers come in and work ahead better. We haven't done that these two games," Rembielak said Saturday.
The Akron offense was stymied by Kentucky starting pitcher Jerad Grundy. The Zips mustered two hits off of the Wildcats' starter, and three hits overall on Saturday. Grundy tossed 8.0 innings with 12 strikeouts and faced 26 batters.
Matt Rembielak recorded his third hit in three games in the loss. Matt LaRocca and James Sheltrown also tallied base hits against Kentucky.
"We still have a case of not hitting.  I thought as the game continued our swings got more tentative and slow," said Rembielak of the Akron offense. "Their pitcher had a very good changeup, and it slowed our aggressiveness at the plate. Until we learn how to combat that, our results will be the same."
Akron's weekend series at Kentucky will wrap up on Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium with a scheduled first pitch for 1 p.m. Live stats and video links are available on the Akron baseball schedule page. 
Buffalo 11, Longwood 4

FARMVILLE, VA - After a frustrating day at the plate in the first game of a weekend series against Longwood Friday, the Buffalo baseball team (5-4) found its power stroke in the middle game Saturday afternoon, cranking out three home runs and seven extra base hits in total to lead an 11-4 rout of the Lancers (4-4). Anthony Magovney earned his second win of the season after a solid seven-inning start, and Jason Kanzler recorded four hits and came just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
Buffalo opened the scoring in an unconventional manner, starting with a hit batter to lead off the game. A botched pickoff attempt moved him to second, and another Lancer error would score him. In the second inning, Mike Scarcello drew a leadoff walk and was moved over on a bunt single by Kyle Brennan. A wild pitch would move Scarcello to third, and Jimmy Topps executed a suicide squeeze that would make it a 2-0 game. A single up the middle by Kanzler would score Brennan and make it a 3-0 game after the first two innings.
In the fourth, Topps led off with a double and would trot home thanks to Kanzler's two-run home run to left.  Kanzler's home run was the fourth of the season and the 13th of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh on the career home run list. Also with a pair of stolen bases in the second inning, he moves into the program's top 10 for career swipes and is now tied for ninth with 33 steals.
Tyler Mautner built off the home run with a double to left center in the very next at bat, and he would eventually be driven in from third on a groundout by Thomas Richards. Longwood would score an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth and another run on a sacrifice fly in the fith to make it a 6-2 game, but the Bulls would put the nails in the coffin in the sixth and seventh innings.
UConn 6, Central Michigan 2

DeLAND, Fla. - Central Michigan's offense was unable to come up with key hits at key times as the Chippewas stranded 12 runners on base in a 6-2 loss to Connecticut Saturday afternoon.
The Chippewas (3-6) were held off the board until the final inning when sophomore Tyler Huntey led things off with a pinch-hit single and came around to score on a triple by sophomore Pat MacKenzie. Freshman Zack Fields reached on an error allowing MacKenzie to score from third, but it would all the Maroon and Gold could muster as junior Cody Leichman hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.
CMU had runners in scoring position in all but two innings, but the Huskies' (5-3) pitching staff was able to hold onto its lead from start to finish.
The Huskies went ahead with a run in the first and pushed the lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third. Another run in the fourth chased senior Pat Kaminska from the game after just 3.1 innings, forcing head coach Steve Jaksa to bring on freshman Jimmy McNamara.
The freshman pitcher helped save the CMU bullpen from further damage by pitching 3.2 innings. McNamara held the Huskies at bay until a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth put CMU in the hole, 6-0.
Freshman Logan Regnier continued his hot start to the season with a 2-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot that included his second triple of the season. MacKenzie also went 2-for-4 with a run and a RBI,
CMU will conclude the Brighthouse Invitational Tournament Sunday versus Ohio State at 11 a.m. 
Kanzler led off the sixth with a triple and was driven in on a sac fly from Alex Baldock, and Richards then followed with a solo home run to right center. In the seventh, Scarcello was plunked to start the inning, and Brennan would convert with a two-run home run down the left field line for his first career home run. A walk and another hit batter would put runners on first and second with two outs. Baldock would tally his fourth double of the season and earned an RBI to push the score to 11-2.
That would be more than plenty for Magovney, who was consistent in his performance, pitching seven innings and allowing just two earned runs while walking just one batter and striking out three. Now after three starts, the sophomore righty has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any start. Cory Folk pitched a scoreless inning in the eighth, and Tyler Wilson closed the game out in the ninth with one run allowed.
The Bulls will go for the series win tomorrow afternoon, sending Mike Burke to the mound for a 1 pm start.

Kansas 5, Eastern Michigan 4 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Kansas 8, Eastern Michigan 0 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas ( — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team came up empty by scores of 5-4 and 8-0 in a doubleheader against Kansas University at QuikTrip Park Saturday, March 2. The Eagles are now 2-7 on the season, while the Jayhawks move to 6-4.
Game one went 10 innings with Kansas coming up a 5-4 winner. The Eagles tied the game on a bases-loaded walk to Daniel Russell in the ninth, but aggressive Jayhawks' baserunning led to an error which allowed the winning run to score.
Eastern Michigan was limited to just one hit through the first six innings in the second game as Kansas starter Thomas Taylor went distance in an 8-0 Jayhawks' victory.
Saturday marked the Eagles' third doubleheader of the season. They fell to 1-5 on the season when playing two games on one day.
The conclusion of this four-game series is slated for Sunday, March 3, at 11 a.m. central time.
Game One
The Green and White held a 3-1 edge until Kansas scraped together three runs in the seventh to take a slim 4-3 lead. Patience at the plate in the ninth resulted in three walks and a hit batsman and allowed the Eagles to tie the game at four and send it to extra innings.
Kansas kept Eastern Michigan off the scoreboard in the 10th and won it when a double steal resulted in a botched attempt to catch the baserunner, Jordan Dreiling, taking third base.
After struggling in his first start last weekend, starter Brian Hill put together a solid performance on the bump against the Jayhawks. Hill struck out seven and walked just one over six innings. He gave up two earned runs and five hits.
Joe Battistelli (0-1) recorded the loss despite Kansas' winning run being unearned. He pitched the final 1.1 innings, giving up a hit, a walk and striking out one.
Sam Ott's bat remained hot in Saturday's opener in a 2-for-4 game. He also posted two RBI on a single in the seventh. Daniel Russell (1-for-4) and Jamie Simpson (1-for-3) posted the other two RBI for EMU.
Jordan Piche (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for Kansas after two innings of relief work. Starter Wes Benjamin tossed seven innings of three-run, seven-hit baseball en route to a no-decision. The Jayhawks had four players with multiple-hit games including leadoff hitter Dakota Smith, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
EMU opened the scoring in the second inning when Simpson sent a one-out single to left field to score Adam Sonabend. Hill retired eight straight batters until Tucker Tharp singled with one out in the fifth. Tharp came around to score later in the inning on a Tommy Mirabelli sacrifice fly to tie the game, 1-1.
Russell and John Rubino combined for back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the sixth. Russell took third on Rubino's single and Rubino scooted over to second as Kansas tried to nab the speedy Russell on his way to third. EMU's heads-up baserunning paid off as Ott drove them both home with a single to center to make it 3-1.
Hill was pulled form the game after allowing a lead-off double in the seventh. Brian Valente came on in relief, but Kansas scored three times before the inning ended and jumped ahead, 4-3. Marcus Wheeler singled in Kansas' first run, Smith poked a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the score and Justin Protacio hit the go-ahead knock to right with two out.
Down to their final three outs, the Eagles got their first two hitters aboard as Sonabend was plunked and Simpson walked. Marquise Gill then bunted the runners over to second and third before Tony DiLeo was also issued a free pass to load the bases.
Russell did not have to lift the bat off his shoulders to earn an RBI as Robert Kahana walked the senior center fielder on four pitches. That tied the game, 4-4.
Battistelli recorded the first out in the bottom of the 10th, but Dreiling walked and Alex DeLeon was hit to put a pair on base. Dreiling then broke for third base and DeLeon for second. Sonabend's throw down to third was misplayed by Gill, allowing Dreiling to cruise home and win it for KU.
Game Two  
Saturday's second game featured shutdown pitching from Thomas (1-0) and a potent Kansas lineup that touched up EMU starter Ryan Lavoie (0-2) for five earned runs over 3.2 innings. The Jayhawks struck for three more scores in an 8-0 victory.
Thomas pitched a complete game and scattered just three hits while fanning eight batters and walking three. Sonabend (2-for-2) and Simpson (1-for-2) were the only two EMU hitters to solve Thomas.
KU's three-hole hitter, Dreiling, was once again the top playmaker for the home team, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a trio of runs scored.
Kansas took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles from DeLeon and Tharp. That lead grew to 6-0 with a four-spot in the fourth. With a run already across, Michael Marsinek came on in relief of Lavoie, but failed to hold the KU baserunners. Three of the runs were charged to Lavoie and one to Marsinek.
Single runs in the fifth and sixth innings made it an 8-0 game. EMU had just one hit through six innings and was unable to scrape any offense together save for two hits in the seventh.
Louisville 10, Kent State 3

Louisville, Ky. – Kent State (1-9) kept things close for most of the game at Louisville (9-1) on Saturday (Mar. 2), but mistakes in the last three innings allowed the Cardinals to escape with a 10-3 win.
The Golden Flashes were only able to produce three runs in the game, despite averaging more than ten hits through the first nine games of the season.  They also allowed five walks and hit two batters, and the Cardinals successfully stole six bases.
"We just couldn't keep them down," head coach Scott Stricklin said of Louisville.  "They are a good offensive team and if you give them free chances, they're going to take advantage of it."
Louisville got on the board early for the second day in a row, scoring three runs in the first.  However, The Flashes answered back with two runs in the third.  T.J. Sutton singled and Derek Toadvine walked before both came in to score on a two-run double by Evan Campbell to make it 3-2.
The game remained close until the sixth inning when things began to go downhill for Kent State.  Louisville plated three runs in the sixth, all of which were unearned, and then added two more runs in each of the next two innings.
Sutton finished with two of the Flashes' three hits of the day in three at-bats.  He also scored a run and picked up a RBI.
Taylor Williams (1-1) pitched well as the starter, going six innings with six hits, three earned runs (six unearned), one walk and four strikeouts.
"I thought Taylor Williams competed well and gave us a chance," said Stricklin.  He kept us in the game and we just weren't able to give him enough runs to get a win."
Kent State sends Casey Wilson to the mound on Sunday (Mar. 3).  Wilson has struggled in his two previous starts, as he makes the transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation this season.  The Flashes' stacked bullpen will also look to prove they are more than what they've showed through the opening ten games.  Stricklin believes pitching will be the key to getting the win.
"Casey Wilson has to give us a quality start.," Stricklin said.  "If he can get us into the 5th or 6th inning and keep us in the ballgame, our bullpen is fully ready.  We've got guys ready to go.  If we can keep the game close, I want to see our bullpen do what they're capable of doing."
A win against No. 4 Lousiville on Sunday would surely give Kent State the boost they need to get on a winning track this season.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
"I'm hoping at some point it's going to turn, I think it's going to," said Stricklin of the team's slow start.  "This team is too good to continue playing like this.  It's been frustrating and it's been disappointing.  But we're going to keep fighting, we're going to keep trying to get better and do everything we can to get a win on Sunday."
Mercer 9, Miami 6 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Mercer 11, Miami 0 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
MACON, Ga. -- Facing one of the hottest teams in the country, Miami dropped both ends of a doubleheader Saturday at Mercer, falling 9-6 and 11-0. The RedHawks fell to 2-6 overall after suffering a three-game sweep and their first shutout of the year.
Miami trailed 9-1 in the opener before trying to rally. The RedHawks scored five times in the seventh, highlighted by a a pair of home runs. Matt Packer led off with a shot over the wall in left, before Matt Honchel registered an RBI single four batters later. On the next pitch, Nate Bowles hit a three-run bomb to left.
Mac Thoreson (0-2) took the loss for Miami, allowing eight runs and 11 hits in 5.1 innings.
Grant Papelian (2-1) earned the win, pitching into the seventh, while Demitri Kourtis picked up his second save.
In the nightcap, Miami managed just one hit off Mercer starter D.J. Johnson (1-1), a seventh-inning single by Packer. Nathan Williams (1-1) suffered the loss for Miami, lasting just two innings
Miami is slated to play its first midweek game of the season on Tuesday when it travels to Xavier. However, the weather forecast is not favorable. Check for updates.
Dartmouth 1, Northern Illinois 0 
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Starting pitcher Eli Anderson (Glenview/New Trier) pitched his second quality start of the season for Northern Illinois versus Dartmouth at the Dairy Queen Classic Saturday afternoon, but a solo homerun by the Big Green in the bottom of the seventh defeated the Huskies, 1-0. Anderson struck out six batters while only walking two batters, both in the first inning.
“Eli was outstanding today, he gave the team a great chance to win this game and as a starting pitcher that’s your goal and he did that versus Dartmouth,” said Head Coach Ed Mathey. “He did a good job of mixing up his pitches and his command was pretty good for the most part of today. When he did wander, he righted himself enough to get out of jams and end the innings in those instances. To lose on a solo home run, that’s baseball. You have to give Dartmouth’s hitter a lot of credit in that instance – he did a good job of staying alive on a full count.”
Both Northern Illinois and Dartmouth battled on the mound in the game, only allowing two hits apiece through six innings of play.
Northern Illinois began to put the barrel on the ball in the sixth inning when Dartmouth relief pitcher Mitch Horacek stepped onto the mound. Both Danny Seiton (Batavia/Batavia) and Jameson Wells (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly) flied out to right centerfield and left centerfield, respectively, but made solid contact on the ball to force the outfielders to make a play in the gaps.
Anderson continued to work on the mound in the seventh, entering the inning with 83 pitches thrown, and quickly got the first two outs. Anderson worked left fielder Ryan Toimil to a full count and Toimil battled back with four foul balls to stay alive. On the 10th pitch of the at bat, Toimil hit a solo home run over the tarp in right center field covering the Metrodome bleachers to score the only of the game, 1-0.
Anderson would close the game with a career-high 111 pitches thrown in seven innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks, while only allowing four hits and one run. Both of his walks were allowed in the first inning of play.
The Huskies had an opportunity to get on the board in the eighth inning as Nate Ruzich (Joliet/South Suburban College) singled through the left side, followed by a walk by Wells. With two outs, Brian Sisler (DeKalb/DeKalb) hit a solid line drive to center field but it did not drop fast enough as the Big Green got underneath it to end the inning.
“Their starting pitcher did a good job of limiting base runners working the plate on us today,” added Mathey, “the relief pitcher did a good job as well but we were able to get to him a little more as well. We need to get those good pieces of the ball with a little less air underneath them. This team will hit. Right now we’re not doing it but this team will hit.”
Anthony Andres (Western Springs/St. Rita) entered in relief for Northern Illinois in the eighth inning and picked off the runner on first base inherited by Anderson for the first out. Following a single, he struck out Trent Goodrich to get the second out of the inning but a double by Ennis Coble sent Thomas Roulis to third and put Dartmouth in scoring position.
Andres appeared to throw a wild pitch following  the double that sent Roulis home, but catcher Joe Battaglia (Westchester/St. Joseph) appealed to the home plate umpire that the ball hit the foot of batter. The crew got together and determined the was hit by the pitch after the awkward bounce of the ball to save the run and load the bases. Andres would force a groundout to Sisler to end the inning and the threat.
“That was a good veteran crew today,” said Mathey, “they got together and determined the ball went off the foot of the batter and that saved us a late run in the game. Anthony did a good job not to get rattled after that and ended the inning.
The Huskies were unable to start a rally in the ninth inning and fell to the Big Green, 1-0.
Northern Illinois (1-9) will close the Dairy Queen Classic tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. when it faces host Minnesota.
Rhode Island 3, Ohio 0

CARY, N.C.Marck Paliotto worked 6.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs, but it was not enough as the Ohio University baseball team (1-6) dropped a 3-0 decision to the University of Rhode Island Saturday afternoon at Coleman Field inside the USA Baseball Training Facility.
Paliotto (Columbus, Ohio) suffered the loss to fall to 0-3 on the year. In 6.1 innings of work, Paliotto gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked a pair. Rhode Island pitcher Mike Bradstreet earned the win after he tossed a complete game shutout, limiting the Bobcats to just two hits.
Ohio was held without a run for the third time this season.
Rhode Island got on the board in the second as it plated one run. The Rams were positioned to have a big inning as it loaded the bases, but Paliotto worked his way out of the jam as he got URI's Pat Fortunato to fly out to second base to end the threat.
In the third inning, Brad Przebieda (Lancaster, Ohio) led off the frame as he reached on a throwing error. Przebieda then advanced to second thanks to a sacrifice bunt by senior Dan Schmidt (Kamiak, Wash.), but the `Cats were unable to move the Ohio junior in to score.
URI would then increase its lead to 2-0 as Mike LeBel came into score following a single by Chase Livingston.
Ohio still did not have a hit heading into the seventh inning, but that all changed when sophomore Cody Gaertner (Allison Park, Pa.) led off the frame with a single into left centerfield. Gaertner would then move over to third, but the `Cats could not get the runner in to score.
URI added another run in the bottom half of the seventh, but the Bobcats would then be held to just one hit for the remainder of the game as the Rams picked up their first win on the year.
Ohio returns to action Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. and will take on Massachusetts to conclude play in the Irish Classic.
Northeastern 4, Western Michigan 2 (Game 1) -- Boxscore
Western Michigan 1, Maine 0 (Game 2) -- Boxscore
In game one, seven different Broncos recorded hits against NU's Nick Berger, who threw seven innings giving up two runs on seven hits.
Starting RHP Will Nimke tossed five innings and gave up three runs on five hits for Western Michigan in the loss.
Northeastern opened up the scoring in the first inning with a two out single through the left side. The Huskies added on to the lead in the fifth inning with two more runs on two hits.
Western Michigan got on the board in the sixth inning when Jared Kujawa reached on an error by the left fielder. Andrew Sohn followed up with a shot up the middle advancing Kujawa to third. With runners on first and third, Brandon Cable grounded to second base igniting the 4-6-3 double play, scoring Kujawa.
The Broncos tacked on another run in the seventh capitalizing on an error by NU, but it was not enough.  Northeastern added an insurance run in the ninth and that was enough to seal the victory.
In the second game of the day, LHP Mike Moyer hurled seven and one thirds innings without allowing a run. Gabe Berman relieved Moyer, throwing an inning and two thirds to earn the save. Moyer picked up his second victory in the win.
Hunter Prince had himself a day at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI double. Two other Broncos recorded multi-hit performances in Cable and Steve Buglione. Cable was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Buglione was 2-for-3 and added a walk. Buglione also played robber by stealing a hit away from Maine in a diving effort in cente rfield.
Western Michigan rebounded from a rough day in the field yesterday by not committing an error in either game today. With solid defense the team was able to keep both games close.   
The Broncos are now 2-9 on the season and will face off against Air Force tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m.