Toledo Cruises Past Miami in Home Opener at Mercy Field, 10-2
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo opened its home slate with an impressive 10-2 triumph over Miami on Friday in Mid-American Conference action at Mercy Field. With the win, the Rockets improve to 10-12 overall, 3-1 in the league.
Senior LHP Kyle Shaw (3-3) was outstanding over the opening 8.0 innings to earn his team-high third win of the spring, allowing two runs (all earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts. Shaw has now worked 8.0 frames in each of his last two starts. The LaGrange, OH native did a good job with his off-speed pitch and induced three double plays to help UT claim its third win in its last four games.
Offensively, junior LF Tyler Grogg (3-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) paced the Midnight Blue & Gold with a game-high three hits. The MAC’s leading hitter, Grogg has now hit safely in 16 of 17 games this spring with eight multi-hit efforts.
Senior 1B Matt Delewski (2-for-5, 2 RS, 2 RBI) and junior RF Jacob North (2-for-3, 2 RS) also tallied two hits each against a pair of Miami (10-11, 3-1 MAC) hurlers.
The Rockets opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single off the bat of Delewski in the third inning.
Miami countered with a two-out run-scoring double by Chad Sedio to knot the score at 1-1 in the fifth frame.
UT recaptured the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth on the strength of a RBI single by Grogg and a two-run triple by senior CF Ben Hammer (1-for-3, RS, 2 RBI). The Midnight Blue & Gold sent seven batters to the plate and benefitted from two hits, one hit by pitch and one walk to secure a three-run margin.
Toledo added to its advantage with one run in the sixth frame on a two-out fielding error by the Miami infield to make the difference 5-1. North started the rally with a two-out single and stolen base to get himself into scoring position. Sophomore SS Nate Langhals (1-for-3, RS) followed with a routine ground ball up the middle that RedHawks’ shortstop Scott Slappey could not handle, allowing North to make his way home and score the team’s fifth tally.
The Midnight Blue & Gold continued to put up good at-bats in the seventh inning, registering four runs to end the afternoon for Miami starter Brooks Fiala (3-3). Toledo nearly batted around in the frame against a pair of MU hurlers and pounded out three hits to build an insurmountable margin, 9-1. The quartet of Delewski, junior C James Miglin (0-for-3, RBI), sophomore DH Anthony Smith (0-for-5, RS, RBI) and junior 3B Wes White (0-for-4, RBI) were credited with RBI in the at-bat.
The teams then traded runs in the eighth frame to make the final score 10-2.
Miami’s Fiala was saddled with the loss, yielding nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits with three punchouts in 6.0 innings. Matt Honchel (2-for-4, RS) and Scott Slappey (2-for-3) paced the visitors with two hits each.
The Rockets and RedHawks will continue their three-game series tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch from Mercy Field. Freshman RHP Kyle Slack (1-2, 5.01 ERA) is slated to start on the mound for Toledo.
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