Toledo Stretches Win Streak With Victory Over Cleveland State, 5-1

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Release: 04/06/2011
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Jared Locke allowed one run on four hits with five punchouts in a career-high 7.0 innings to earn his first win in 2011.
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo received another outstanding starting pitching performance and ran its win streak to six-straight games with a 5-1 victory over Cleveland State (6-19) on Wednesday at Scott Park. With the home triumph, the Rockets improve to 13-15 on the season.

Sophomore RHP Jared Locke (1-1) allowed one unearned run on four hits with five punchouts in a career-high 7.0 innings to earn his first win in 2011. Locke's previous best effort was 3.2 frames on two occasions.

Freshman RHP Cameron Palmer came on in relief and was equally as impressive over the final 2.0 frames to collect his first collegiate save.

The Midnight Blue & Gold has now given up three runs or less in four of its six contests during its win streak.

Offensively, sophomore INF Wes White (2-for-3, RS, 2 RBI), junior INF Matt Deleweski (2-for-3, 2 RS) and junior OF Ben Hammer (2-for-5) paced the offensive attack with two hits each.

After a scoreless first frame, Toledo opening the scoring with a pair of runs in the second frame. UT took advantage of a RBI double by White and a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore OF Andy Mix to draw first blood in today's non-league matchup.

The Rockets added to their lead with an unearned tally in the third inning to make the score 3-0. With two outs and runners on first and second base, senior C Jim Vahalik hit a grounder to second base that was bobbled and allowed Delewski to score.

The tally remained the same until the sixth frame when Toledo plated a run on a two-out single by senior INF Chris Dudics to establish a four-run cushion, 4-0.

Cleveland State finally solved Locke in the seventh, tallying an unearned run to break up the shutout.

UT quickly retaliated with an insurance run in the eighth inning to make the final difference 5-1.

CSU' Nate Dick (1-2) was saddled with the loss, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits in 2.0 innings. Alex Johnson paced the visitors with two hits. 

The Rockets return to the diamond on Friday, April 8 to begin a three-game weekend series against M-American Conference East Division foe Buffalo. The opening pitch from Scott Park is slated for 3:05 p.m.

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