Toledo Splits Doubleheader at Ohio in MAC Action
ATHENS, OH – Toledo split a doubleheader against Ohio on Saturday in Mid-American Conference action at Bob Wren Stadium. The Rockets (9-12, 2-1 MAC) registered a 5-2 victory in the nightcap after suffering a 9-3 setback in the opener. With the triumph in today’s finale, UT won two of the three games against the Bobcats (4-18, 1-2 MAC) to claim the weekend series for the fourth time in six occasions under head coach Cory Mee.
Junior C James Miglin (6-for-9) led the reigning MAC West Division champions with six hits in today’s twinbill, including a career-high five hits in the finale. Senior CF Ben Hammer (4-for-7) and senior DH/1B Matt Delewski (4-for-9) also enjoyed good performances at the plate this afternoon, finishing with four hits each.
In Game Two, junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (2-1) went the distance for the first time this spring to record his second victory in 2013. The southpaw hurler allowed two runs (all earned) on four hits with three punchouts to tally his second career complete game. Wilkinson was simply brilliant all afternoon and retired the side in order on six occasions, including setting down 14 consecutive batters during the middle innings.
Offensively, Miglin (5-for-5, RS, RBI) singlehandedly outhit the Bobcats with his career-high five hits, while freshman RF Ryan Callahan (3-for-5, RS, 3 RBI), junior 3B Wes White (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and Hammer (2-for-4, RS) also totaled multi-hit efforts against a quarter of Ohio pitchers. In total, the Rockets equaled their season high with 15 hits.
After spotting the Bobcats two runs in the second frame, UT countered with three tallies in the fourth to assume a lead it would not relinquish. The big hit in the inning was a two-run blast to left field off the bat of Callahan. It was the Delta, OH native’s team-tying best second round tripper of the season.
The Rockets added to their lead the next inning on a run-scoring single by Miglin to close the book on Ohio starter Connor Sitz (0-3) and make the difference 4-2.
The score remained the same until the ninth inning when Callahan was credited with a one-out, RBI single to set the final margin at 5-2.
Ohio’s Sitz was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs (all earned) on eight hits with one strikeout in 4.1 frames.
In today’s opener, the Bobcats scored the final nine runs to post the six-run victory. The home team did a bulk of their damage in the fifth and sixth innings, plating eight tallies to avoid the weekend sweep.
Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (1-2) was saddled with the setback, surrendering four runs (all earned) on four hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
Delewski (3-for-4, RS) led UT offensively with a game-high three hits, while senior RF Any Mix (2-for-4) and Hammer (2-for-3, 2 RBI) also recorded multi-hit efforts. In addition, junior LF Tyler Grogg went 0-for-4 with two runs scored to snap his career-high 14-game hit streak.
For a second-consecutive contest, Toledo drew first blood with a single run in its opening at-bat. Delewski was credited with a sacrifice fly to give the visitors the early advantage. The Rockets’ effort was aided by an Ohio error and two wild pitches.
UT added to its margin with single tallies in the third and fourth innings on a sacrifice fly by sophomore DH Anthony Smith (0-for-3, RBI) and a RBI single by Hammer to build a 3-0 cushion.
Toledo’s Slack cruised through the first four innings on the hill, giving up only one hit before Ohio roughed him up for four runs in the fifth. The first six Bobcats reached base in the inning and five came around to score, helping the home team establish a 5-3 advantage and end the afternoon for Slack.
Ohio continued to put up good at-bats in the sixth frame, plating three runs to push its lead to 8-3. The monster hit in the inning was a two-run home run by Scott White (2-for-4, RS, 2 RBI).
The Bobcats then wrapped up the scoring with an insurance tally in the eighth to make the final difference 9-3.
Nate Squires (2-for-4, RS), Jake Madsen (2-for-3, 3 RS, 2 RBI) and White paced Ohio with two hits each.
The Bobcats’ Marck Paliotto (1-4) earned his first victory of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with three punchouts in 5.0 innings.
Teammate Sean Kennedy came on in relief and closed out the win, surrendering only four hits over the 4.0 scoreless frames to record the save.
Toledo will return to the diamond on Tuesday, March 26 when it travels to Columbus for a non-league game against Ohio State. The first pitch from Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium is slated for 5:00 p.m.
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