8:50 a.m. -- We are 50 mins from game time on Wednesday morning and ready to kick off the 2010 MAC Tourny here from Chillicothe, Ohio. Just to recap last night, I was a bit disapointed to find out that I was misinformed about the BBQ dinner, but the dogs and burgers were still pretty darn good. After food the teams were welcomed to the MAC Awards Ceremony that featured FIVE Falcons receiving awards for their efforts in the season.
After a pretty good fireworks show that ended with a glowing "WELCOME MAC" sign lighting up from right field, the show was over and our recognized players left with their recognitions striaght for bed and an early wake up call... 6:30 a.m. (yuck)
This morning is fairly straight-laced... wake up, get your breakfast, hit the field and it's time to play ball. Ten minutes away from game time, we are having broadcasting issues but we will bring you the action.
10:00 a.m. -- BGSU tacks on one more run. Galvin led the inning off with a bunt single that landed in no-mans land to get aboard and after a ground out placed him at second and a wild pitch that moved him another 90 feet, Ryan Schlater singled to left field and scored BG's fifth run. BGSU 5, BSU 0 after 3 1/2.
9:50 a.m. -- I've tried endless to make this broadcast happen but apparently the broadcast unit that I brought with me and the internet radio station that we do business with are not compatible... our first glitch of the week/weekend. So for better or worse it appears you will not be hearing the sweet sounds of my voice this week (unless some miracle happens or I make really good friends with another broadcasting team).
On a positive note, the Falcons after three innings have a 4-0 lead on Ball State this morning. After the Cardinals finished jumping and screaming like rabid banshees in the outfield during pregame warmups, they have been pretty quiet if not silenced by Brennan Smith through three. He has three K's and has pretty good command of all of his pitches thus far.
Perci Garner really hasn't looked all that bad, but his four-run, third inning was pretty ugly. In fact, they could have been out of the inning early after Logan Meisler lined out to third base and Pitzulo tripped on his return to second base, but the throw from third was thrown into right field and kept the inning alive. After a pair of walks scored one and loaded the bases, Derek Spencer hit the gap in leftcenter and cleared the bases BGSU has a 4-0 lead on the Cardinals.
We head into the top of the fourth... Falcons are threatening again!
11:02 a.m. -- Well the wireless internet here isn't the greatest and its been coming in waves, sort of like the BG wind, but not as strong. BGSU tacked on another run to make it 5-0, but Ball State is making their run to take the lead. After a two-run fifth inning on a two-run double to the rightcenter field gap, Ball State added two more in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run homer.
The porches out here at VA Memorial are VERY short. 325 down the lines and 360 to the gaps. Baumet hit a pop up (and I do mean pop up) to right center field that is only a home run here and at BG's Carter Park (Diamond 3, not 4). Regardless, its 5-4 now. They have just taken Brennan Smith (119 pitches) off the hill after 6.2 innings of pretty good work and now its Nick Bruns' turn to keep the Cardinals at bay. Let's see what the frosh does... (excuse while I now kill this spider that is attacking my computer cord).
11:28 a.m. -- I tried posting this about ten minutes ago but the internet again has been a pretty frustrating thing to deal with today. Bruns got himself out of his first jam and a second pickle in the eighth inning. In the eighth, he gave up a leadoff single, but then struck out Claypool and induced a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. To begin the ninth inning, Ryan Schlater blasted a jackity-jack-jack that would have been gone in any ball park (except maybe the old Polo Grounds) to give BGSU a 6-4 lead as we head into the bottom of the ninth. THREE OUTS AWAY from the Falcons' first MAC Tourny victory since their opening round win over Ohio in 2008!