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Freshman LF Dan Zuchowski went 4-for-5 with three RBI at Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Courtesy: Toledo Athletics

Toledo Dismantles Northern Illinois in MAC Tilt, 5-1

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 04/21/2012
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DeKALB, IL - Senior RHP Matt Kuna worked a collegiate-best 8.1 innings and helped Toledo to a 5-1 victory over Northern Illinois (11-26, 5-9 MAC) on Saturday at Ralph McKinzie Field. With the win, the Rockets improve to 19-20 overall and 8-6 in the Mid-American Conference.

Kuna (4-1) was simply superb in recording his fourth win of the spring, yielding one unearned run on five hits with a career-tying best seven punchouts. The Griffifth, IN native faced only 32 batters and retired the side in order on five occasions.

Offensively, freshman LF Dan Zuchowski (4-for-5, 3 RBI) paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with a season-high four hits and a season-tying best three RBI, while senior 2B Joe Corfman (2-for-3, RS, RBI) had two hits.

The Rockets set the tone early with two scores in the second inning on a RBI ground out by junior RF Andy Mix and a run-scoring single off the bat of Zuchowski.

Toledo added to its advantage with a two-out, two-run triple by Zuchowksi in the fourth frame. The Hamtramck, MI native turned on the first pitch from NIU's Jake Hermsen and ripped a three-base hit down the right-field line.

UT then closed out the scoring with a single tally on a RBI hit by Corfman in the sixth frame.

The scored remained the same until the ninth when NIU broke up the shutout with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alex Beckmann to make the final difference 5-1.

Northern Illinois' Hermsen (3-4) was tagged with the setback, allowing five runs (all earned) on 10 hits with three strikeouts in 6.0 innings. Jeff Zimmerman led the home team with two hits.

The Rockets will look to complete the weekend sweep tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Junior RHP Mike Hamann is slated to take the mound for Toledo.

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