Falcons avoid series sweep, snatch first win of 2023

Rhys Patrykus, Sports Reporter, FMSN

BGSU Baseball won their first game of the new season, picking up a 10-4 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles to avoid a series sweep.

Righty reliever Connar Penrod was credited with the Falcons’ first win of the season, throwing 2.1 hitless innings and striking out five batters.

LHP Brock Smith got the start for Tech, giving up three hits and seven runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings of work.

The first inning was scoreless, as Bowling Green’s batters went down in order and Tennessee Tech left a runner on third base.

Senior Jack Krause got the Falcons on the board first in the second inning.

Krause laid down a sacrifice bunt, which led to a fielding error (E1), allowing Nebraska transfer Leighton Banjoff to score.

2B Eddie Garza helped the Golden Eagles answer back, reaching home thanks to a sac fly from LF Elijah Brooks.

The fourth inning was the push that allowed BG to come out on top, as they put up six runs in the top of the frame.

Tech went scoreless in the bottom of the fourth, while Bowling Green tacked on another run in the top of the fifth for a 8-1 BG lead.

In the bottom of the frame, Tech started to show some signs of life.

RF Theo Bryant IV doubled to center, bringing two runs in.

Designated Hitter Preston Ford then doubled to left center, bringing Bryant home.

Ryan Johnston iced the game, scoring the game’s final two runs in the seventh and ninth innings.

Seidel, who came into the game in the fifth as a pinch hitter, led the way alongside sophomore Nathan Archer with two RBIs.

Four other Falcons each brought one runner home.

Bowling Green heads down to the Bluegrass State next weekend for another 3-game series against the Louisville Cardinals.

First pitch is at 3 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday and Sunday open at 1 p.m.

For more information about the team, visit the athletics webpage.