Toledo Takes Down Ohio in Series Finale, 5-2
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo took advantage of another quality start from junior RHP Jared Locke and registered a 5-2 victory over Ohio on Sunday in the Mid-American Conference series finale at Scott Park. The Rockets won two of three games against the Bobcats (10-12, 1-2 MAC) this weekend, improving to 10-12 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Locke (3-3) was impressive over the first 6.0 innings to record his third consecutive victory, allowing two runs on six hits with a career-high seven strikeouts.
Sophomore LHP Ryan Wilkinson came on in relief and worked the next 2.2 frames, yielding just two hits with a pair of punchouts, before freshman RHP Andrew Marra recorded the final out to collect his team-high third save of the season.
Offensively, freshman 3B Anthony Smith (2-for-3, 2 RS, RBI) paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with two hits. In total, six UT starters finished with a hit against a trio of Ohio hurlers.
Toledo opened the scoring with two runs in the second inning on the strength of a run-scoring single by Smith and a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt by junior LF Tyler Grogg.
Locke kept the Bobcats off the board until the fifth frame when Ethan Newton was credited with a sacrifice fly. The visitors took advantage of leadoff hits from Douglas Holmes and Tyler Wells to put a runner in scoring position, setting the stage for Newton's sacrifice fly to right field.
The Rockets were quick to counter, though, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 4-1. UT benefitted from hits by senior 2B Joe Corfman and Grogg, as well as two crucial Ohio errors to establish a three-run cushion.
Ohio would not go quietly and mustered a run in the sixth on a leadoff home run off the bat of Jensen Painter, his third on the weekend.
The score remained the same until the eighth inning when the Rockets plated an insurance run on the strength of another Bobcats' throwing error to make the final difference, 5-2.
Local product Jason Moulton (1-2) was tagged with the loss for Ohio, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings. The Start High School graduate finished today's contest with four strikeouts.
Wells led the visitors with a game-high three hits.
The Rockets return to action on Tuesday, March 27 with a non-league game at Kent State. The first pitch from Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium is slated for 3:05 p.m.
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