Toledo Prevails at Ball State in MAC Series Finale, 11-1
MUNCIE, IN – Toledo avoided the weekend sweep with an 11-1 victory against Ball State on Sunday in Mid-American Conference action at the Ball Diamond. With the dominating win, the Rockets improve to 20-29 overall, 11-13 in the league.
UT utilized another dominating performance from junior LHP Ryan Wilkinson (6-3) to snap a mini three-game losing skid. Wilkinson allowed only five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 8.0 shutout innings to earn his team-high sixth triumph of the season. The Munster, IN native retired the side in order on four occasions and has now worked at least 8.0 frames in a collegiate-best four consecutive starts.
Offensively, freshman 2B Deion Tansel (4-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) paced the 2012 MAC West Division champions with a career-high four hits and two runs scored. Tansel has now hit safely in nine of the last 10 games.
Freshman RF Ryan Callahan (3-for-5, RS, RBI) and senior 1B Matt Delewski (2-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) also produced multi-hit efforts in today’s lopsided road victory. In total, eight UT starters collected a hit and scored a run against a trio of Ball State (26-21, 13-11 MAC) hurlers.
The Midnight Blue & Gold plated four unearned runs in the third frame to establish a lead they would not give up. Toledo took advantage of three BSU errors and a RBI single off the bat of junior CF Tyler Grogg (1-for-6, 2 RS) to take control of the division matchup.
The score remained the same until the seventh when Toledo added a pair of tallies to push its margin to 6-0. UT’s effort was aided once again by a Ball State error and a run-scoring single by Delewski.
Toledo then put an exclamation point on the impressive road win with five runs in the ninth inning. The visitors sent 11 batters to the plate and received RBI from sophomore LF Anthony Smith (1-for-3, RS, RBI), junior C James Miglin (1-for-5, RS, RBI), senior PH Andy Mix (0-for-1, RBI), sophomore SS Nate Langhals (1-for-5, RS, RBI) and Callahan.
BSU LHP Jon Cisna (2-3) was tagged with the loss, allowing four unearned runs on three hits with two punchouts in 4.0 innings.
Third baseman Billy Wellman (2-for-3) led the home team with two hits, while PH Seth Vautaw (0-for-1, RBI) was credited with a two-out, run-scoring groundout in the bottom of the ninth.
The Rockets will now look to continue this momentum when it travels to Valparaiso on Tuesday, May 14 for a 3:00 p.m. first pitch from Emory G. Bauer Field.
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