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Updated 8:30 p.m., Schmitz earns 600th win in BGSU baseball sweep of Akron (4-20-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 20 April 2013 19:17
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Danny Schmitz
Bowling Green’s baseball team had plenty of reasons to be happy Saturday.
Most of all, the Falcons played well most of the day en route to a 14-6, 5-1 sweep of Akron in a Mid-American Conference doubleheader at Steller Field.
BG totaled 20 hits, received good pitching and was solid defensively overall to reward head coach Danny Schmitz with his 600th and 601st career wins.
The Falcons — who  have won six straight overall and five consecutive MAC games — are 13-19 overall and 8-6 in the MAC East Division.
Akron is 8-29, 5-9.
“We played well in all three phases (pitching, hitting and defense),” said Schmitz, who is 601-569-5 overall and 312-298-1 in the Mid-American Conference during his tenure.
The only negative for BG was its four errors in Game 1 that led to Akron’s first three runs and 3-2 deficit in the third inning.
But BG quickly rallied with nine runs in the bottom of the third to put the game away.
“Those were good team victories,” Schmitz said.
Schmitz, in his 23rd season, is just the third coach in MAC history with 600 wins, joining Western Michigan’s Fred Decker (791) and Ohio’s Joe Carbone (689).
Ball State’s Rich Maloney (614) also has 600 victories, but he's been a head coach at Michigan in addition to serving at Ball State.
Maloney, who is in his second stint as Ball State’s head coach, is the only one of the other three who is still active.
Under Schmitz, the Falcons have won four MAC regular-season championships, seven MAC East Division titles and two MAC tournament championships.
“601 was more important than 600 because it means the Falcons had a good day today,” the 58-year-old Schmitz said.
Schmitz’s milestone was recognized between games and the Falcon players presented their coach with an autographed baseball after the sweep.
“I’ve been blessed with some great players and great assistant coaches, and great support from family and friends,” Schmitz said. “(Bowling Green’s) been a great place for me and my family. We really do love Bowling Green.”
The Falcons were led by Jeremy Shay, who was 5-for-8 in the doubleheader with four runs scored, two home runs, a double and five runs batted in.
Shay homered twice in the first game, the first a two-run homer to open the scoring in the first and the second a solo homer in the fifth.
T.J. Losby and Jesse Rait each three hits in the doubleheader, and Matt Pitzulo, Logan Walker, Brandon Howard and Jake Thomas each had two.
Ten Falcons scored in the two games and seven had at least one RBI.
“We stuck with our game plan, hitting the ball up  the middle and the opposite way,” said Shay,” who leads BG with a .313 average. “Our hitting was good. We got guys on, we had timely hits, we moved runners and we had two-out hits.”
BG had excellent pitching, highlighted by Mike Frank’s effort in Game 2.
Frank held Akron hitless for 6 1/3 innings and combined with Nick Bruns on two-hitter.
The junior right-hander lost his no-hitter on Devan Ahart’s single through the right side. Ahart scored on Jared Turocy’s two-out double to the right-center field gap.
“That was disappointing to lose the no-hitter, but you have to regain your focus real fast,” Frank said. “I’m probably more upset about the second hit and the pitch I made for that. I lost my focus for a split second and at this level every hitter can hurt you.”
Frank pitched eight innings, striking out eight and walking two. He was dominant with his  fastball, curveball and slider.
“I was working ahead and staying ahead in the count, that really helped me out a lot,” Frank said.
Frank is 3-5 with a 3.47 earned-run average.
“He was outstanding,” Schmitz said.
Bruns pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one and walking one.
In Game 1, Cody Apthorpe pitched well for the Falcons, despite allowing six runs on five hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
He deserved far better results, but the four errors led to five unearned runs for Akron.
Ethan McKenney was solid in relief, allowing no runs on two hits over the final four innings. He struck out four and walked two.
“Our pitching was outstanding today,” Shay said.
The Falcons played errorless defense in Game 2 after their woes in Game 1.
In Game 2, left-fielder Andrew Kubuski and center fielder Thomas both made diving catches to preserve the no-hitter during the early going.
“Our defense bounced back," Shay said.
Schmitz called BG’s overall performance in Game 2 “one of ours best of the season.”
The Falcons go for a sweep of the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

FIRST GAME
BGSU 14, AKron 6
Akron                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Msbrgr dh    2    2    0    0    Kubuski lf    3    2    0    2
Rmblk ss    2    1    1    1    Rait rf    5    2    1    0
Salem ph    1    0    0    0    Shay 1b    5    3    4    4
Ahart cf    5    0    2    2    Losby c    4    1    1    1
Lrcca 3b    4    0    0    2    Pitzulo 2b    4    1    2    0
Turocy lf    1    0    1    1    Bien ss    4    1    1    0
Begun ph    2    0    0    0    Walker ss    1    0    0    0
Hvrlk rf    3    0    0    0    Thomas cf    4    2    1    1
Gddngs 1b    4    0    0    0    Howard 2b    3    1    1    2
Stewart c    4    1    1    0    Glnzmn 3b    3    1    0    1
Shltbrn 2b    4    2    2    0        
Totals    32    6    7    6    Totals    36    14    11    11

Akron    003    300    000    —  6
BGSU    209    210    00X    —14
E—Turocy (2). Sheltrown (5), Bien (10), Howard (7), Glanzman 2 (8). DP—BGSU. LOB—Akron 7, BGSU 8. 2B—Ahart (11), Turocy (2), Bien (3). 3B—Rait (1). HR—Shay 2 (4). S—Rembielak (10). SF—Larocca (3), Turocy (3), Kubuski (1). SB—Howard (3), Glanzman (4). CS—Mosbarger (1), Ahart (5).

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Akron
Brubaker L,0-7    2 2-3    7    9    7    2    3
Fanning    1-3    1    2    0    1    0
Cochran    4    3    3    3    2    0
Pusateri    1    0    0    0    1    1
BGSU
Apthorpe W, 4-2    5    5    6    1    3    4
McKenney S,2    4    2    0    0    2    4
HBP—by Brubaker (Glanzman), by Cochran (Thomas), by Cochran (Howard). WP—Brubaker(4), McKenney (3).

SECOND GAME
BGSU 5, AKRON 1
Akron                    BGSU
ab    r    h    bi        ab    r    h    bi
Msbrgr dh    3    0    0    0    Kubuski lf    4    0    0    0
Rmblk ss    4    0    0    0    Raut rf    4    1    2    0
Ahart cf    4    1    1    0    Shay c    3    1    1    1
Lrcca 3b    4    0    0    0    Losby 1b    4    2    2    0
Turocy lf    4    0    1    1    Lncstr dh    3    0    0    0
Hvrlk rf    0    0    0    0    Walker ss    3    1    2    2
Wshgtn rf    2    0    0    0    Howard 3b    3    0    1    0
Gddngs 1b    2    0    0    0    Thomas cf    4    0    1    2
Salem 3b    1    0    0    0    Glnzmn 3b    2    0    0    0
Stewart c    2    0    0    0        
Shltbrn 2b    3    0    0    0        
Totals    29    1    2    1    Totals    30    5    9    5

Akron    000    000    100    —1
BGSU    000    310    010    —5
E—Rembielak (10), Turocy (3), Walker (7). LOB—Akron 4, BGSU 6. 2B—Turocy (3), Shay (6), Losby (20. S—Lancaster (2), Glanzman (4). CS—Havrilak (3), Rait (2).
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Akron
Valek L,2-6    7 1-3    9    5    5    3    2
Beaver     2-3    0    0    0    0    0
BGSU
Frank W,3-5    8    2    1    1    2    8
Bruns    1    0    0    0    1    1
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:05
 

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