Toledo Prevails in Extra Innings at Kent State in Non-League Tilt, 4-3
KENT, OH - Sophomore C/DH James Miglin's RBI in the 12th inning lifted Toledo to a 4-3 victory over Kent State on Tuesday in non-conference action at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium. With the win, the Rockets improve to 11-12 on the season.
Miglin was credited with a sacrifice fly in the third extra frame to tally his 14th RBI of the spring. Senior CF Ben Hammer (3-for-6, 2 RS, 2 RBI) led off the inning with his game-high third hit and advanced into scoring position on a stolen base and a groundout to the right side to bring Miglin to the plate. The second-year Rocket lifted a fly ball deep enough to center field to bring Hammer home with the game-winning run, giving Head Coach Cory Mee his 200th career triumph.
Sophomore RHP Cameron Palmer, the seventh UT hurler to toe the rubber in today's action, was credited with his first triumph this spring. Palmer, who grew up about 30 minutes from KSU's campus in Canton, worked a flawless a 1.1 innings to help the Midnight Blue & Gold win its fifth one-run contest in 2012.
Sophomore LHP Ryan Wilkinson then retired the final two batters in the 12th frame to preserve the road victory and collect his first collegiate save.
Freshman RHP Alec Schmenk made his first collegiate start and worked the opening 4.0 frames, allowing two runs on five hits with three punchouts in a no-decision.
KSU's Eric Dorsch (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing one run on one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.
The Golden Flashes (11-11) opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the fourth frame on the strength of RBIs from Sawyer Polen and Tommy Monnot.
UT cut the deficit in half in the sixth inning when freshman 3B Anthony Smith was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Kent State quickly reclaimed the advantage in the bottom of the sixth frame on a run-scoring two-base hit by Nick Hamilton.
Toledo started its comeback with a run in the seventh frame on back-to-back doubles off the bats of senior 2B Joe Corfman and Hammer.
The visitors then sent the game into extra innings with a RBI single by Hammer in the ninth.
Kent State had a golden opportunity to win the game in the 10th frame, as the home team had runners on second and third base with two outs, but junior RHP Cody Umbright forced a fielder's choice ground out to stall the threat.
The Rockets will return to action on Friday, March 30 when they travel to Oxford to take on Miami in a MAC weekend series. Friday's first pitch from McKie Field at Hayden Park is slated for 6:00 p.m.
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