Lacinak's Complete-Game Shutout Leads Falcons To 5-0 Win
13abc.com Joe Nugent, Sports Anchor/Reporter - email
Andrew Lacinak threw a complete-game shutout on Sunday afternoon, guiding the Falcons to a 5-0 win at Miami. The lefty from Reading, Ohio was masterful all afternoon, allowing just five hits while striking out three. His nine innings pitched were a career high. With the victory, the Falcons improve to 21-22 on the season and 11-10 in Mid-American Conference play. Miami drops to 22-25 overall and 12-9 on the year.
The Falcons threatened in the first inning, but left the bases loaded. Bowling Green attacked Miami pitching all afternoon, recording 15 hits in the game.
In the second, the Falcons got on the board first, breaking a scoreless tie on two Miami errors. Patrick Lancaster led off the inning with a shot at first baseman John Crummy. Crummy was unable to corral it, and Lancaster reached on what was ruled an error. After stealing second base and a walk to Brandon Howard, the Falcons had two runners on with nobody out for Jesse Rait.
Rait would lay down a sacrifice bunt out in front of the plate. Miami starter Charles Zubrod would attempt to cut down Lancaster at third, but his throw went down the line in left field. Lancaster was able to get up from third and score easily, and Howard scored all the way from first on the play.
In the third inning, the Bowling Green offense continued to pepper hits around the field, as Andrew Kubuski led off the frame with a single up the middle—his second hit of the game. With two outs in the inning, Lancaster would hit a high chopper towards the first baseman. He would beat Crummy to the base, though, for the infield single.
With two runners on base and two outs, Howard would break out of a weekend-long slump with a triple into the right field corner, scoring both runners and giving the Orange and Brown a 4-0 lead.
Miami had their biggest threat of the game in the bottom of the fifth, as they loaded the bases with nobody out. With leadoff batter Steve Sada up, Lacinak would bear down. Sada would hit a shallow fly ball to left field, but Jake Thomas was positioned perfectly to make the catch and hold the runners in place.
With the Miami crowd attempting to rattle Lacinak on the mound, the poised left-hander would deliver a pitch to third baseman Dan Walsh. Walsh would hit a one-hopper to Logan Walker at second base, which would start a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play.
The Falcons would tack on a run in the top of the eighth, as Brian Bien led off the inning with a single up the middle. After moving to second on Thomas's sacrifice bunt, he would score on Jeremy Shay's single to left field.
Having thrown 106 pitches through the first eight innings, Lacinak would take the mound looking for the complete game in the ninth. He would drop a breaking ball into Miami's DH Gary Russo for a backwards-K to begin the inning. After a one-out single, a ground ball towards short would turn into a fielder's choice and the second out of the inning. The final batter of the game would fly out to Thomas in left, finishing off Lacinak's career day on the mound.
Bowling Green will take a break from midweek games to focus on final exams this coming week, before returning to action next weekend at Steller Field. The Falcons will host the Ohio Bobcats in a crucial three-game series, beginning on Friday at 3:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early on both Saturday and Sunday for pregame festivities. Prior to Sunday's games, the Falcons will honor their 13 seniors on the 2014 roster.