Falcons’ 8-4 win first at Xavier since 2013


CINCINNATI – The Bowling Green State University baseball team picked up an 8-4 win over Xavier on Saturday to conclude the weekend series.

Bowling Green captured the win after jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The win marks the first for Bowling Green at Hayden Field since 2013 and keeps BGSU above .500 with a 12-10 record on the season.

The Falcons jumped out in front early, drawing back-to-back walks to start the game. A double from D.J. Newman scored two before a Jack Krause two-run home run gave Bowling Green a 4-0 advantage after one inning, chasing the Xavier starting pitcher out of the game with just one out recorded.

BGSU added two more in the fourth inning to push the score to 6-0. Xavier chipped away, but insurance runs in the fifth and seventh secured the 8-4 victory for the Falcons.

Nathan Archer and Sam Seidel drew back-to-back walks to start the game. With two ducks on the pond, DJ Newman ripped a double to left center, scoring both Archer and Seidel for a quick 2-0 BGSU lead before an out was recorded in the game.

After an out was logged, Jack Krause stepped in and smashed a two-run home run to push the BGSU lead to 4-0 in the first.

From there, Rigo Ramos took over on the mound, striking out six of the first nine outs defensively over the first three innings.

In the top of the fourth, Caden Parker drew a leadoff walk before an Archer double put runners on second and third. Seidel laid down a bunt on the first base side of the infield, scoring Parker for a 5-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Leighton Banjoff put a ball in play to third with a fielding error allowing Archer to score for a 6-0 BGSU advantage.

A bases loaded hit by pitch in the bottom of the fourth pushed across the first Xavier run of the game. A walk followed for a 6-2 score.

In the fifth inning, Takats was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. He stole second and took third on a wild pitch, setting up an RBI single to left for Parker to push the lead to 7-2.

A solo home run in the sixth inning for Xavier chipped away at the BGSU lead, down to 7-3.

BGSU responded in the seventh. Parker knocked a double to right field with Archer following with a single to score Parker and make it an 8-3 advantage. Xavier tallied a run in the bottom half, matching Bowling Green’s double-single sequence for a score of 8-4.

Sam Seidel wasted no time continuing his on-base streak, drawing a walk in the first inning. Seidel has now reached in all 21 games he’s played in this season with his streak reaching 32 games going back to last season.

Jack Krause’s first inning home run stretched his on-base streak to 13 games, the third-longest active on the team. It also marked Krause’s fifth home run of the season.

T.J. Takats (Perrysburg) singled in the first inning of the game to push his on-base streak to 12 games, the fourth-longest active streak on the roster.

Cooper McKenzie has now reached base in every game he’s logged a plate appearance this season, accounting for a nine-game on-base streak.

Nathan Archer extended his hitting streak to four for the Falcons and has logged a hit in seven of the last eight games for Bowling Green.

Owen Poole picked up the win for the Falcons, marking his first win at the collegiate level.

BGSU’s next MAC series is against Northern Illinois on April 5-7 and their next home game is scheduled for April 10 at 3 p.m. against Purdue Fort Wayne.

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