BGSU Baseball stays hot, sweep Mastodons

Reese Lannon, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green baseball team won 7-4 against the Purdue-Fort Wayne Mastodons on Tuesday.

In a game that was dictated by pitching, the Falcon bullpen continued their strong season, firing four scoreless innings to keep the Mastodon offense at bay.

BGSU got things going early on the scoreboard in Fort Wayne.

Freshman Sam Seidel got the game’s first run, grabbing an early lead for BG.

Later in the first frame, Bowling Green loaded the bases up, chasing Mastodons starter Rex Stills after just two-thirds of an inning.

However, the Falcons were left stifled, ending the inning with just one run.

In the second inning, Seidel worked solo as he blasted a home run into right field to extend the lead to 2-0.

An inning later, with runners on first and third, center fielder Nathan Archer stole second base and advanced to third on a PFW throwing error. First baseman Tyler Ross scored on the play.

In the same at-bat, catcher Cooper McKenzie drove in a run on a groundout to shortstop, making the lead 4-0.

Junior Rigo Ramos got the start for the orange and brown, and was virtually untouchable through two innings, striking out five of the seven PFW hitters he faced.

However, in the third, he got into some trouble following back-to-back walks, before allowing a home run and cutting the Falcon lead to 4-3.

In the fifth, PFW again threatened, getting a runner to third with just one out.

Following a popout for the second out, a ground ball to shortstop Mason Montgomery looked to end the inning.

However, Montgomery’s throw to first was off-line and tied the game for PFW on the throwing error.

BGSU picked up their pitcher in the sixth inning.

However, as with runners on the corners, a wild pitch scored Montgomery to retake the lead.

One batter later, a balk was called on Mastodon pitcher Kevin Fee, plating Siedel and making the score 6-4.

Ramos showcased his skills in this game, throwing a season-high five innings.

He allowed three earned runs overall and set a new career-high in strikeouts with seven in the afternoon.

RHP Connar Penrod came out of the Bowling Green bullpen in the sixth inning, throwing two innings without allowing a baserunner and striking out a pair of Mastodons.

In the seventh, Archer stole third base and then came in to score following a short hop that ate up PFW third baseman Jacob Walker.

This extended the lead to 7-4.

In the eighth, freshman left-hander Luke Krouse came on for BG, and he kept the positive momentum, firing a scoreless, hitless inning to keep the game at 7-4 after eight innings.

Freshman relief pitcher Jacob Turner came on for the orange and brown in the ninth for his first career save opportunity and was successfully able to hold down the save.

With runners on the corners and two outs, he struck out pinch hitter Cade Fitzpatrick on three pitches to close the door on the PFW rally.

With the win, BGSU improved to 9-13 overall, with wins in six of their last seven games while PFW dropped to 6-20.

The Falcons also swept the season series in the process, dating back to last Tuesday’s win over the Mastodons.

Ramos earned the victory, with Fee getting the loss, and the save to Turner.

The club is back in action this weekend for a three-game series in Mount Pleasant, Mich. against the Central Michigan Chippewas.

First pitch for the series opener on Friday is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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