BG wins first MAC road game, loses two of three to Miami

The BG baseball team picked up its first Mid-American Conference road victory of the season, but lost two of three games to Miami this weekend.

The Falcons opened the series with a strong effort Friday, picking up a 7-2 win against the RedHawks. Miami put up a run in the first inning, but BG countered with one in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to go ahead, before sealing the game with three runs in the eighth inning.

Jeremy Shay hit a leadoff home run in the second inning, and Andrew Kubuski had two hits and three RBI to pace the Falcons offensively.

Matt Malewitz picked up his third win of the season, pitching five effectively wild innings. He allowed two runs — one earned — on two hits and five walks, recording one strikeout.

The start — Malewitz’s sixth of the season — brought his earned-run average down to 3.94.

The successes the Falcons had Friday were met in each of the next two games. BG was shut out 7-0 Saturday and lost 5-2 Sunday.

While the Falcons had seven hits in Saturday’s game, no player in the lineup had more than one hit, and the Falcons struggled to string hits together.

Ethan McKenney started for BG and picked up his sixth loss of the season, throwing 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs — three earned — on seven hits and a walk.

Sunday, the Falcons were able to keep the score close throughout the game, but ultimately fell short.

The Falcons opened the scoring in the first inning on a T.J. Losby RBI single. The score remained the same until BG starter Patrick Martin surrendered three runs in the third inning. Martin finished the game allowing three runs on three hits in four innings.

The Falcons scratched across another run in the seventh, but Nick Bruns allowed two runs in the eighth inning to extend the Miami lead to three.

Ben Singer threw three hitless innings of relief in the game for BG. In the three games series, he threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing no runs, two hits and a walk, striking out five.

BG now stands at 16-23 overall, and 5-10 in MAC play. BG falls a game behind Miami in the MAC East standings.

The Falcons will be back in action Wednesday night as they take on Ohio State in Columbus. The Falcons will resume conference play this weekend against Ohio University in a three-game home set.