MILLINGTON, TN - Toledo (2-0) remained perfect on the season with a 13-6 victory over Bradley (0-2) on Saturday at the USA College Classic in USA Stadium.
Freshman RHP Mike Hamann (1-0) was simply outstanding in his collegiate debut, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts in 6.0 innings to earn the win.
The Rockets also received a quality relief effort from classmate Cody Umbright to not allow the Braves to mount a comeback. Umbright came on in the eighth frame with runners on first and second base with no outs, but the righthander was able to record a punchout and a double play to stall the potentially big inning. He then closed out the ninth inning to preserve the neutral-site triumph.
Senior Aaron Dudley led the way offensively for the Midnight Blue & Gold with a perfect 4-for-4 effort with three runs scored and three RBI. Other Rockets tallying double-digit hits included senior Tim Krofcheck (2-for-5, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI), junior Chris Dudics (2-for-5, 2 runs scored, RBI) and sophomore Joe Corfman (2-for-5, 2 runs scored, RBI).
UT started quickly for the second-consecutive game and plated six runs in its opening at-bat. Dudics had two hits in the frame and junior Jared Hoying was credited with a two-run triple. Dudley and Corfman also tallied RBIs in their initial plate appearance.
After Bradley plated single runs in the bottom of the first and third, UT countered with single tallies in the fourth and sixth frames to make the score 8-2. Junior Dan Sherwood drove in the run in the fourth with a two-out single and Dudley was collected a sacrifice fly to help build a comfortable cushion.
The Rockets then blew the game open on the strength of a three-run home run off the bat of Krofcheck in the seventh and a solo round tripper by Dudley in the eight. Bradley did not quit, though, and scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh and one more in the eighth to make the final score 13-6.
UT closes out the opening weekend tomorrow with a game vs. Big East member Pittsburgh at 11:00 a.m.