Toledo Comes Up Short at Kent State in MAC Series Finale, 6-2
KENT, OH – Toledo dropped a 6-2 decision at Kent State in Saturday’s series finale at Schoonover Stadium. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 8-12 overall, 1-2 in the Mid-American Conference.
The duo of KSU hurlers Brian Clark and Michael Clark limited UT's bats to five hits to secure today’s rubber match in the weekend series. The cross-division rivals split their doubleheader on Friday.
The Rockets were their own worst enemy on the mound, surrendering seven walks, two hit by pitch and two balks against the Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-1 MAC).
Sophomore LHP Ross Achter (1-2) was strapped with the loss, yielding four runs (three runs) on four hits with three free passes and five punchouts.
Sophomore RHP Caleb Schillace came on in relief and experienced a little better control, giving up one run (one earned) on one hit with one strikeout in 2.0 frames.
Junior RHP Andrew Marra then finished off UT’s effort on the hill, surrendering one unearned run on no hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 2.0 innings.
KSU struck early and often and held a 5-0 lead after five innings. The home team plated two runs in the first and one each in the second, third and fifth to assume an advantage they would not relinquish.
Toledo's only runs came on a two-run double off the bat of senior C James Miglin (2-for-3, 2 RBI) to drive-in senior DH Jacob North (1-for-4, RS) and sophomore RF Ryan Callahan (1-for-4, RS) in the seventh.
The Golden Flashes tacked on an insurance tally in the bottom of the eighth frame to set the final difference at 6-2.
Kent State’s B. Clark (2-4) earned the victory, allowing two unearned runs on five hits on four strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work.
The Rockets host arch-rival Bowling Green in its home opener on Tuesday, March 25 at 3:05 p.m. at Scott Park.
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