ANN ARBOR, MI - And the Toledo baseball beat goes on and on. The Rockets extended their win streak to 11-consecutive games with an impressive 3-1 victory at Big Ten member Michigan on Wednesday at Ray Fisher Stadium. With the triumph, the Midnight Blue & Gold improve to 18-15 on the season.
Sophomore RHP Jared Locke (2-1) was simply outstanding through the opening 7.0 frames, allowing one run on three hits with three punchouts to record the win. Locke, who attended Michigan games as a youngster growing up in nearby Dundee, equaled his career high in innings worked and finished with 96 pitches to win his second-consecutive start.
Junior RHP Tyler Scott came on in relief and worked a scoreless eighth inning, before freshman RHP Adam Tyson closed out the road victory with a flawless ninth frame to earn his second save of the season.
Offensively, sophomore INF Wes White (2-for-3, RBI) and freshman C James Miglin (2-for-4, RBI) led the way with two hits each. Junior OF Ben Hammer also finished 0-for-2 to snap his career-high 18-game hit streak.
Toledo did all of its damage with three runs in the second frame to record its second victory over the Wolverines under Head Coach Cory Mee. The Mid-American Conference West Division leaders took advantage of a sacrifice fly off the bat of junior OF Jeff Cola and back-to-back run-scoring singles by Miglin and White to assume the early lead.
The Wolverines quickly responded with a single tally in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by Coley Crank to make the tally 3-1.
Michigan (9-22) made the situation real interesting in the eighth inning against UT's Scott, putting runners on first and second base with two outs. Fortunately for the Rockets, Scott forced UM's Kevin Krantz to line out to left field to kill the potential rally. Toledo sophomore LF Tyler Grogg seemed to get a late jump on Krantz's line drive, but he recovered quickly and made an acrobatic over-the-shoulder catch for the third out.
UM's Jake Engels (1-1) was saddled with the loss, yielding the three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
The Rockets return to action this weekend, April 15-17, to begin a three-game series at arch-rival Bowling Green. The first pitch on Friday is slated for 3:05 p.m. from Warren Steller Field.
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