BGSU Baseball dominates Central Michigan, win 12-3

Tyler Kavalecz, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

BGSU Baseball (10-13, 5-5 MAC) ended March flying high, defeating Central Michigan (13-11, 4-3 MAC) 12-3 in Mount Pleasant on Friday.

The victory marked their seventh win in the past eight games. 

The win ended BG’s seven-game losing streak against CMU, as the Falcons won in Mount Pleasant for the first time since April 10, 2021.   

The first three innings of the game were scoreless.

The Chippewas struck first in the fourth inning via an RBI double. 

In the fifth inning, the Falcons’ bats came alive when senior catcher Kyle Gurney drove in two runs with a single to the left side, giving BG the 2-1 lead.  

The Falcons added two more runs with a two-out rally in the sixth inning.

Sophomore Gavin Ganun drove in freshman DJ Newman with a single, while senior Leighton Banjoff drove in Ganun with a double to left field, giving BG the 4-1 advantage.  

CMU got on the board again in the bottom of the sixth, making it a 4-2 game.  

The Falcons added three more in the seventh.

Senior Nathan Rose singled, driving in freshman Sam Seidel and Gurney.

Senior Tyler Ross then scored on an error, extending BGSU’s lead to 7-2.   

The Chippewas added another run in the bottom of the seventh.

BG put the nails in the coffin over the last two innings of the game.  

In the eighth inning, Gurney hit an RBI single before Rose drove in another run with an RBI double to left center to push the lead to 9-3.   

In the ninth, senior Ryan Johnston hit an RBI single.

Banjoff then scored on a pass ball before Gurney, driving in his fourth run of the game with a single up the middle.

Over the past nine games, Gurney is batting .500 (16 for 32) with 11 walks, nine runs scored, and nine RBI.   

BG starter Gage Schenk earned the win after allowing just one run and three hits while striking out five over five innings and 109 pitches.

Schenk has now earned the win in two straight starts, while BG has won three of the past four games Schenk has started.  

Over the past eight games, the Orange and Brown have outscored opponents by 35 runs.

Over that span, they have a 3.45 ERA with 74 strikeouts and are batting .275 with 50 walks, 13 home runs, and 22 walks.  

The Falcons will continue weekend action against Central Michigan on Saturday, with first pitch at 11 a.m., and Sunday, with first pitch at 2 p.m. 

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