Baseball drops midweek contest to Bowling Green

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Red shirt junior Reilly Hawkins slides safely to second base against Youngstown State University on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Kent State lost 11-6.  

Henry Palattella

Freshman center fielder Jake Wilson and junior first baseman Randy Righter each hit home runs to help lead Bowling Green State University (9-19, 4-5 Mid-American Conference) over Kent State (17-11, 5-2 MAC) by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday. 

Wilson opened scoring in the bottom of the first, hitting a leadoff home run off Kent State starter Connor Wollershiem. In total, the Falcons scored six runs in the first two innings, the last of which came on Righter’s home run. Wollershiem surrendered all three of the runs in his three innings on the mound, earning the loss.  

Kent State’s first run came on a fourth-inning RBI single by junior left fielder Reilly Hawkins. That was all the damage the Flashes were able to inflict in the fourth inning, however, as senior designated hitter Sam Hurt fouled out the catcher to stop the rally. 

The Falcons responded in the bottom of the inning when senior designated hitter Greg Basalyga hit a two-run double. The Flashes would score two more runs on RBI hits by senior second baseman Dom Iero and and junior catcher Tim DalPorto, but that was all they would be able to muster.

Freshman pitcher Chandler Stillings started the game for the Falcons, allowing two runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Sophomore winning pitcher Brad Croy pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief to pick up the victory.

The Flashes will be back on the diamond this weekend when they take on Northern Illinois University in a three-game series.  

Henry Palattella is the sports editor, contact him at [email protected]