Toledo Falls Short at Nationally Ranked Virginia in Series Finale, 6-3
For a second-consecutive game, UT was not able to take advantage of a quality starting pitching performance against the unbeaten Cavaliers (7-0). Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (0-1) was outstanding in his collegiate debut, allowing four runs (one earned) on only three hits with two punchouts in 5.0 innings.
As a staff, the Rockets hurlers held high-powered Virginia to a season-low three hits.
Offensively, senior CF Ben Hammer (2-for-4) led Toledo with two hits, while senior DH Matt Delewski (1-for-5, 2 RBI) posted a team-high two RBI.
Today's weekend finale was scoreless until the fourth frame when UVa's Kenny Towns registered a RBI groundout to give the home team the early advantage.
Toledo fought back and mustered its first run of the weekend in the fifth on a two-out solo home run off the bat of junior C James Miglin (1-for-4, RS, RBI). The round tripper was the first of the season for Miglin.
Unfortunately for the Rockets, they could not sustain the momentum of Miglin's equalizer as Virginia countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of only one hit. With two outs in the frame, UVa's Branden Cogswell and Jared King reached base on a walk and an error to bring teammate Derek Fisher to the dish. Fisher made Toledo pay dearly for allowing the home team to prolong the inning with a three-run home run over the wall in left center to make the score 4-1. It proved to be a lead UVa would not relinquish.
UT tried to claw its way back into the game in the seventh frame, taking advantage of a two-run double to right center off the bat of Delewski to make it a one-run difference, 4-3.
Toledo would not be able to get any closer though, as Virginia tacked on a pair of unearned insurance runs in the eighth inning to make the final score 6-3. The home team benefitted from three walks, one error and on wild pitch in the frame to double up the Rockets.
Virginia's Nathan Kirby (1-0) was credited with the victory, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts in 2.1 relief innings.
The Rockets will return to the diamond next weekend in Tampa, FL with a three-game set at South Florida on Friday-Sunday, March 1-3. From there, Toledo will make its way to Port Charlotte to tangle with Georgetown (March 5) and Valparaiso (March 6) at the Snowbird Classic, before concluding its Spring Break trip with three contests at Florida Atlantic on Friday-Sunday, March 8-10.
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