TOLEDO, OH - Toledo put together nine solid innings of baseball and notched a 7-5 win over Dayton on Tuesday at blustery Scott Park. With the victory, the Rockets improve to 14-18 on the season.
Senior 2B Joe Corfman (4-for-5, RS, 3 RBI) paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with a season-high four hits and three RBI, while junior 3B Wes White (2-for-2, 2 RS, RBI) and senior DH Matt Delewski (2-for-4, RBI) finished with multi-hit efforts in the home triumph.
On the mound, senior RHP Tyler Scott (2-1) worked 1.2 scoreless frames of relief to earn his second win of the spring. The second of four hurlers to toe the rubber against the Flyers (15-19), Scott allowed just one hit to help UT sweep the two-game series from its intrastate rival. UT also claimed a 7-4 victory against UD on Wednesday, March 14 at AIA Stadium in Xenia.
Senior RHP Alex Radon closed out today's two-run win with a perfect ninth inning to secure his first save of the season.
UD opened the scoring with three runs in the top of the second inning off UT junior RHP Jared Locke. The Flyers sent eight batters to the plate and benefited from a two-run double by Mike Coughlin and a RBI single by Jared Broughton.
The Rockets cut into the deficit with a run-scoring single by Corfman in the bottom of the second frame.
UT continued to chip away and plated three runs in the fourth inning to take its first lead of the contest, 4-3. The Rockets received a sacrifice fly from senior C A.J. DeMarco and a two-run triple by Corfman to end the afternoon for UD starter LHP Tommy Konrad.
The Flyers quickly retaliated with a run on a RBI groundout by Brian Blasik to knot the score at 4-4 in the fifth frame. The damage could have been a lot worse for the Rockets as the visitors had runners on the corners with only one out, but Locke retired the next two batters to limit the damage.
Dayton had a golden opportunity to reclaim the advantage in the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out, but UT's Scott recorded back-to-back outs to keep the score tied 4-4.
Toledo fed off that momentum and responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh frame to assume a lead it would not relinquish. They received a RBI groundout off the bat of senior RF Jeff Cola and a run-scoring single by White to make the score 6-4.
The Flyers tried mightily to get back in the matchup and utilized a tally in the top of the eighth inning on the strength of a sacrifice fly from Brian Blasik, but they could not get any closer.
UT put the game away with an insurance tally in the home half of the eight frame on a RBI single by Delewski to set the final difference at 7-5.
UD's Denton Sagerman (0-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
C.J. Gillman, Josh Jeffrey, Broughton and Coughlin each totaled two hits to lead the visitors.
The Rockets return to action tomorrow when they travel to Ann Arbor, MI to battle Big Ten member Michigan. The first pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. from the Wilpon Complex.
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