Two Falcon errors which led to two unearned runs proved to be the difference as the Bowling Green State University baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision at Belmont on Sunday afternoon. The game, which was played at E.S. Park, was the series finale. Bowling Green drops to 1-2 on the season with the defeat, while Belmont improved to 2-1.
Making his first start since April 1, 2012, redshirt freshman Andrew Lacinak went 5.0 innings while allowing just three hits and striking out two. He was in control for much of his outing, only allowing one walk. He would exit the game after five innings with a 1-0 lead, but would end up getting a no-decision.
The Falcons would take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, after recording just one hit through the first four. Senior Andrew Kubuski began the top of the fifth with an infield single. He would move to second on Trey Keegan's single through the left side of the infield. Kubuski and Keegan would move into scoring position on Aaron Loconsole's sacrifice bunt for the first out of the inning. Jesse Rait would bring Kubuski home—giving the Falcons a lead for the third consecutive game to begin the 2014 season—with an RBI groundout to short.
In relief of Lacinak, freshman Devin Daugherty would struggle with his command to start the bottom of the sixth. Daugherty would walk the first two batters he faced in the inning, setting up Belmont to move both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Bowling Green would trade the tying run for an out, as the Bruins grounded out to short for the second out of the inning. With a runner on first and two outs, it appeared that the Falcons would get out of the inning with a trickling ground ball up the middle. Second baseman Aaron Loconsole and shortstop Brian Bien would converge, and Bien would field the ball, crossing in front of the second base bag. His throw would cause first baseman Jeremy Shay to stretch, and Shay was unable to make the catch to record the out. The next batter would flick a pitch over the BGSU infield's head, giving Belmont a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins would tack on a crucial insurance run off of Trevor Blaylock in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, an infield throwing error would extend the inning for Belmont. The next two batters would single to give BU another unearned run, and the home team led 3-1 after seven innings.
Patrick Lancaster would single to begin the top of the eighth, and Bien would follow with a walk, giving the Falcons two base runners with nobody out. For the second straight day, Jeremy Shay would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. With one out and two runners in scoring position, T.J. Losby came to the dish with a chance to tie the game with a hit. The second pitch of the at-bat went to the backstop, and Lancaster would be caught between third and home. Belmont would get Lancaster into a run down, eventually retiring him 2-1-5. Bien would move to third on the play, but Losby's flyout to right would end the frame.
The Falcons would get two on in the ninth, but could not capitalize on the baserunners, falling 3-1. The Orange and Brown will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Murray, Ky. for a three-game series with Murray State.