BGSU Baseball falls flat vs Kent State

Emma Tucker, Sports Reporter, Falcon Media Sports Network

The Bowling Green baseball team fell 1-0 against the Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday.

Going into the series with a 6-6 MAC record, Bowling Green took part in a pitcher’s battle versus MAC third-place holder Kent State.

The Falcons had six hits for the day but could not score any runs.

Only allowing two hits for the Golden Flashes, Kent State took an opportunity in the fourth inning, where they scored the game’s only run.

Senior Gage Schenk started on the mound for the orange and brown, pitching seven complete innings while only allowing two hits and one unearned run.

Schenk pitched a clean first inning, throwing two strikeouts and allowing no runners on base.

In the bottom of the first, the Falcons started off with freshman Sam Seidel hitting a single.

Following close behind was sophomore Nathan Archer, also hitting a single.

With aggressive baserunning in mind, both runners also stole second base.

Shortly after, senior Adam Fallon walked, loading the bases for Bowling Green.

With two outs down, the inning was ultimately cut short before anyone could score.

Until the fourth inning, Schenk and Kent State’s starter Ben Cruikshank faced off, with each pitcher allowing no runs.

At the top of the fourth, a Golden Flash hit to third base led to a fielding error for BG, allowing a runner to reach second base.

A single from Aidan Longwell sent an unearned run home, Kent State adding one to the scoresheet.

Moving into the sixth inning, Kent State’s offense began to pick up steam.

After an error that let a runner reach first base, a single to left field, and an intentional walk on Longwell, the bases were all loaded.

Cleaning up their fielding, the Falcons closed the top of the inning with no runs scored.

The bottom of the sixth also saw offensive action from Bowling Green.

Putting two runners on base off of singles, Archer and Leighton Banjoff, the Falcons gathered some momentum.

Even after a fielding error and a walk, a double play left two Falcons on base and the score remained at 1-0.

Going into the eighth inning, Schenk was subbed out for reliever Connar Penrod to finish the game.

Penrod allowed no hits or runs for the remainder of the game, the score stuck at 1-0.

With this series opener in the books, the Falcons move to a 6-7 record in the MAC and an overall record of 11-15.

Three Falcons extended their game-hitting streaks; Kyle Gurney with twelve, Nathan Archer with nine, and Sam Seidel with five.

Bowling Green continues their series with the Golden Flashes starting on Saturday, April 8th at 1 pm.

The Falcons will close out the series on Sunday afternoon, with the first pitch also at 1 pm.

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