The Bowling Green State University baseball team committed five errors, leading to five unearned runs, as they lost to High Point by a final score of 11-2 on Saturday night. With the loss, the Falcons are now 2-8 on the season, having lost six consecutive games. High Point improves to 9-5 with the win.
For the seventh time in 10 games this season, the Falcons would take an early lead with a first inning run. After leadoff hitter Patrick Lancaster was retired, junior shortstop Brian Bien would single back through the box for a one-out base runner. First baseman Jeremy Shay would then double down the right field line, moving Bien to third with one out. Cleanup hitter T.J. Losby would hit a fly ball to right field, deep enough to score Bien and give the Falcons an early 1-0 lead.
Despite a scoreless bottom of the first from Falcon starter Cody Apthorpe, High Point would take the lead for good in the bottom of the second with three runs. The Falcons would not help Apthorpe, as the defense committed three of their season-high five errors during the first three innings.
The Panthers would extend their lead to 9-1 in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs—five unearned—thanks to an error, two hit batsmen, a walk, and an infield single in the inning. Apthorpe would be unable to pitch over the defensive blunders, allowing nine runs in just 2.2 innings of work. Only four of the runs were earned.
High Point would add two runs in the bottom of the fifth, both charged to freshman Tony Landi. Landi made the first appearance of his career, going three innings and allowing just two runs.
Losby and Logan Walker were the lone Falcons to record RBIs in the game. Losby was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Walker was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Walker's RBI single came on the heels of a 13-pitch at bat.
Several Falcons made their first career appearances—or first appearance in 2014—in Saturday night's game. Dustin Peper was inserted into the game at shortstop, walking in his first plate appearance. Tyler Greiner would pinch hit, flying out to right field in his first career plate appearance. Landi and fellow reliever Kevin Delapaz made their first appearances of the season. Delapaz pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance since the 2012 season.