|Updated 3:15 p.m., Falcon baseball wins MAC tournament (5-26-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Sunday, 26 May 2013 14:28|
AVON — Bowling Green’s baseball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament.
The Falcons won the Mid-American Conference tournament championship for the first time since 1999 with a 7-0 win Sunday over Ball State at All Pro Freight Stadium.
Closer Nick Bruns pitched a four-hitter and the Falcons scored all of their runs in the fifth inning. BOX SCORE
BG, 24-29, was the No. 6 seed for the tournament. Ball State, the No. 4 seed, is 31-24.
The NCAA selection show is Monday at noon and will be shown by ESPNU.
The Falcons had eight of their 13 hits in the fifth and were helped by a Ball State error.
Brandon Howard walked to start the inning and Nick Glanzman reached on a throwing error by the catcher on a sacrifice bunt. The error sent Howard to third and Glanzman to second.
Brian Bien’s bunt single scored Howard with the only run the Falcons needed.
Patrick Lancaster, Logan Walker, Glanzman and Bien each had had two hits for the Falcons. Walker’s double was BG’s only extra-base hit in the game. The Falcons totaled six runs and six hits in four-plus innings against MAC pitcher of the year Scott Baker.
Seven different Falcons had an RBI and seven different players scored.
Bruns was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
The senior right-hander was 2-0 with one save in the tournament, not allowing a run in 12 1/3 innings. He allowed five hits, while striking out eight and walking one.
The Falcons advanced to the championship game Saturday with a 1-0 win over No. 7 seed and arch-rival Toledo.
Toledo had forced a second game against BG with a 5-2 win earlier Saturday, giving each team one loss in the double-elimination tournament.
The Falcons scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the sixth.
Glanzman and Matt Pitzulo reached on bunt singles, and moved into scoring position on T.J. Losby’s sacrifice bunt.
Lancaster’s sacrifice fly to deep right scored Glanzman.
Cody Apthorpe was the winning pitcher, going seven innings on just two days rest.
He allowed six hits, striking one and walking one.
Ethan McKenney pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Bruns held Toledo scoreless in the ninth. Bruns struck out two.
Toledo’s Tyler Grogg hit a two-out triple in the eighth, but McKenney ended the inning with a ground out.
Jesse Rait singled twice for BG, while Elmwood High School graduate Ben Hammer singled twice for Toledo. The Rockets’ Adam Tyson, also an Elmwood graduate, retired BG’s final two batters in the ninth.
In Toledo’s 5-2 win, BG’s Jeremy Shay and Hammer both singled and double. Hammer also had an RBI.
The Falcons beat Toledo in five of their six meetings this season. BG swept a three-game MAC series in April and won two of the team’s three meetings in the MAC tournament.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 26 May 2013 20:35|
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