Toledo Scores Late to Take Down South Florida, 5-4
Sophomore RHP Adam Tyson (1-0) was simply brilliant out of the bullpen to collect the victory, allowing only three hits with five punchouts in 4.2 scoreless innings.
The Rockets also received a solid start from freshman RHP Kyle Slack to help them even the weekend series against the Big East member Bulls at one win a piece. Slack allowed four runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings in his second collegiate start.
Offensively, senior DH Matt Delewski (4-for-5, RS, RBI) pounded out a game-high four hits for a second-consecutive contest to lead the charge. Junior RF Tyler Grogg (3-for-5, 2 RS, 3 SB) added three hits with two runs scored and junior C James Miglin (2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI) tallied two hits with two RBI.
The Rockets exploded out of the gate and scored single runs in their first at-bat to assume the early lead. UT tallied runs on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore 3B Anthony Smith and a two-out RBI single by Delewski.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when South Florida plated four tallies on the strength of four hits and two walks to end the afternoon for UT's Slack. The Bulls sent nine batters to the dish and received RBI from Zac Gilcrease (0-for-3, RBI), Alex Mendez (3-for-3, RS, RBI), James Ramsay (1-for-4, RBI) and Jimmy Falla (2-for-4, RBI) to establish a 4-3 advantage.
Toledo was a resilient bunch and countered with three runs in the game-changing seventh frame to recapture the lead, 5-4. The Rockets benefitted from four hits and two stolen bases to turn their one-run deficit into a one-run margin. It proved to be a lead the visitors would not relinquish. Miglin drove in the first two runs with a two-base hit, before junior 1B Wes White belted a run-scoring single to plate the eventual game-winning tally.
USF's Lawrence Pardo (1-1) was saddled with the loss, giving up two runs on two hits 1.1 relief frames.
The Rockets and Bulls will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson will get the nod to start on the hill in the series finale.