Toledo Batters The Citadel in Non-League Tilt, 8-1
CHARLESTON, SC – Toledo won back-to-back games for the first time this season, claiming an impressive 8-1 victory against The Citadel on Wednesday at rainy Riley Park. With the win, the Rockets improve to 4-6 on the season.
UT pounded the ball all over the park against the Bulldogs (6-7), collecting a season-high 14 hits to continue its momentum from yesterday’s 5-2 triumph versus nationally ranked College of Charleston.
Five Rockets recorded multi-hit efforts against a whopping nine hurlers from the home team, including sophomore SS Deion Tansel (3-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) with a game-high three hits. Tansel has now hit safely in all 10 games this spring, posting a squad-best eight multi-hit efforts.
Junior 3B Dan Zuchowski (2-for-3, RS, RBI), junior DH Cory Finkler (2-for-5, RBI), sophomore 1B Tyler Baar (2-for-5, RBI) and freshman RF Jacob Britt (2-for-4, RS, RBI) also tallied two hits in the dominating performance, while senior CF Tyler Grogg (1-for-3, 3 RS, RBI, 3 SB) posted a game-high three runs scored and three stolen bases. In total, eight of Toledo’s nine starters finished with a hit.
The Rockets jumped all over the Bulldogs at the outset and plated one run in the first, three in the second, two in the fifth and two in the sixth to coast to the road victory.
With the offense hitting on all cylinders, UT also took advantage of an outstanding pitcher effort. Freshman RHP Sam Shutes (1-0) was simply brilliant in his first collegiate start, giving up only four hits with two strikeouts in 6.0 scoreless innings of work to register his first victory. Shutes allowed more than one baserunner on only one occasion in the sixth frame, but the Three Rivers, MI native quickly recovered and recorded back-to-back outs to end the threat.
The Citadel’s Brett Tompkins (1-1) was saddled with the loss, yielding four runs (three earned) on five hits with one strikeout in 1.1 frames of work.
UT will look to continue its impressive play with a three-game weekend set at Charleston Southern. The Rockets and Buccaneers will square off on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at 6:00 p.m. before wrapping up the series on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m.
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