Ohio State 7, Toledo 1
Sophomore outfielder A.J. Montoya crushed a solo home run to provide Toledo's only run its loss to Ohio State in the Pittsburgh Panther Tournament in Vero Beach, Florida on Friday. Junior Steven Calhoun took the loss, lasting just 4 2/3rd innings in his first start of 2016. He allowed four runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks, and struck out five. Montoya finished the game 2-for-4, while senior outfielder Ryan Callahan also collected two hits. The Rockets will take on Pittsburgh Saturday at 11:00a.m.
Ohio 12, UNC-Asheville 5
Ohio exploded for 17 hits in its first game of the season, rallying for six runs in the top of the ninth to run away from UNC-Asheville. Freshman Rudy Rott came up big in his debut, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI's. Junior Ty Black and senior Cody Gaertner each finished the game 3-for-5, while junior Mich Longo collected two hits, two runs scored and three RBI's. Sophomore Gerry Salisbury held UNC-Asheville to just one hit in 3 2/3rd innings, but walked five and allowed two runs. Senior Jake Miller finished as the winning pitcher after throwing an inning and a third of scoreless baseball and striking out one. Ohio and UNC-Asheville will face off again Saturday at 1:00p.m.
Oregon State 7, Ball State 6
Junior Zach Plesac got roughed up in his first start of the season, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks in four innings to take the loss against Oregon State in Surprise, Arizona. Junior Caleb Stayton led the charge for the Cardinals offense with two hits and two runs batted in. Juniors Alex Maloney and Jarett Rindfleisch each scored two runs, with Rindfleisch earning his way aboard the hard way, getting hit by pitches twice. Sophomore Colin Brockhouse pitched four innings in relief, allowing three runs in the sixth inning before posting scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth. Ball State plays Utah Saturday at 8:00p.m.
Utah Valley 5, Ball State 1
The Cardinals didn't find any better luck in their second go of it Friday, as they gave up five straight runs in another losing effort. Senior Matt Haro failed to keep Utah Valley's bats at bay, surrendering four runs, two earned, on seven hits in 3 1/3rd innings. Rindfleisch drove in Ball State's only run, singling to score junior Alex Call in the top of the first inning. Sophomore hurler Brendan Burns showed promise in 4 1/3rd innings of relief, surrendering just one run and striking out five. Ball State plays Utah Saturday at 8:00p.m.
Bowling Green 7, East Tennessee State 1
Freshman Cam Dougherty made his first college plate appearance matter in a big way, smacking a pinch-hit 3-run double to help the Falcons score seven unanswered runs en route to a season-opening win. Junior C.J. Schildt surrendered just one run in five innings of work to earn the win, while senior Devin Dougherty pitched four scoreless innings of relief. Each pitcher totaled four strikeouts. Senior outfielders Kory Brown and Matt Smith each registered two hits and a run scored at the top of the order, while junior shortstop Nick Glanzman finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore catcher Justin Mott drove in two runs in the winning effort. Bowling Green will take on East Tennessee State again tomorrow at 1:00p.m.
Boston College 5, Northern Illinois 1
Junior Joe Hawks floundered in the middle innings of the Huskies' opener, surrendering four runs in the fourth en route to the Friday loss in Pheonix, Arizona. Hawks pitched six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Northern Illinois mustered just three hits against the Golden Eagles, and manufactured its only run in the ninth inning with the help of two wild pitches and a single by sophomore infielder Brad Wood. Northern Illinois will play Boston College again in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1:00p.m.
No. 8 Virginia 8, Kent State 6
The Golden Flashes rallied hard late, but a six-run ninth inning proved to not be enough as they fell to the powerhouse Cavaliers in the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Junior Eric Lauer allowed three runs on four hit and five walks in five innings to take the loss. Freshman Pete Schuler smashed a 3-run double in his first career collegiate plate appearance, while sophomore Dylan Rosa finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Akron transfers sophomore Mason Mamarella and junior Dom Iero each recorded a hit in their respective Kent State debuts. The Golden Flashes will take on Old Dominion Saturday at 12:00p.m.
Georgia State 3, Western Michigan 2; 12 innings
A dominating performance by junior Keegan Akin wasn't enough to hold off Georgia State as the Broncos dropped their season opener in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday. Akin tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11 - including the first five batters of the game - and walking none. Neither team scored until the 11th inning, when both teams posted a pair of runs. Georgia State was one to tack on more in the 12th, Senior Drew Farmer and junior Nick Vogelmeier each finished the game 3-for-5. Western Michigan will play Georgia Tech on Saturday at 2:00p.m.
No. 22 Arkansas 6, Central Michigan 1
Freshman Jason Sullivan was the lone Chippewa to notch a hit Friday, finishing 2-for-3 in the loss. Senior Sean Renzi held the Razorbacks to two runs on five hits in six innings of work, striking out five. Arkansas then tagged senior Adam Aldred for four runs, three earned on two hits in an inning and a third. The Chippewas will take on Arkansas again Saturday at 3:05p.m.
Eastern Michigan 16, Nebraska-Omaha 3
The Eagles put together an offensive clinic in Emerson, Georgia on Friday, compiling 16 runs on 19 hits to blow out Nebraska-Omaha. Ten of those runs came in the fourth inning. Sophomore Brennan Williams hit a 2-run homer for the Eagles, while senior Jackson Martin collected a team-high four hits and four RBI's. Senior Austin Wilson (2 RBI's) and junior Mike Mioduszewski each added three hits. Junior Sam Delaplane put together a quality start on the mound for Eastern Michigan, allowing three runs on six hits in 6 2/3rd innings and striking out eight. The Eagles play a doubleheader against Nebraska-Omaha and New Jersey Institute of Technology Saturday, beginning at 12:00p.m.
Air Force 13, Buffalo 0
Buffalo mustered just five hits on Friday, getting shut out in its season opener in the Davidson Tournament in Davidson, North Carolina. Air Force knocked around Bulls starter Alec Tuohy early, as the junior allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Junior Chris Kwitzer and sophomore Ben Haefner each collected two hits for the Bulls, with Haefner also working a pair of walks. Buffalo will take on Davidson on Saturday at 4:30p.m.
Campbell 7, Miami 0
The RedHawks opened their season by getting one-hit on Friday in Blues Creek, North Carolina, as freshman catcher Hayden Senger provided the only piece of offense for Miami. Junior Brad Schwartz got the start for Miami, tossing a solid 5 2/3rd innings, during which he surrendered just two runs on three hits, walking two and fanning five. Senior Nick Scheller also pitched two scoreless innings in relief.