Toledo Trips Up Dayton in Non-League Tilt, 11-6
XENIA, OH – Toledo returned to its winnings ways with an 11-6 victory at Dayton on Wednesday under the lights at the Athletes in Action Sports Complex. With the win, the Rockets improve to 7-10 on the season.
UT put forth an outstanding effort at the dish and finished with 10 hits, to go along with six walks and two hit-by-pitches against six UD (5-13) hurlers.
Freshman RF Jordan Kesson (3-for-5, RS, 2 RBI) and sophomore 1B Tyler Baar (2-for-4, 2 RS, 2 RBI) paced Toledo’s attack with multi-hit efforts in the impressive road triumph. The Midnight Blue & Gold also utilized a stellar performance from junior 2B Dan Zuchowski (1-for-2, 3 RS, 4 RBI, 2 BB) to post at least 10 runs for a second time this season.
Toledo wasted little time in taking the lead, utilizing a hard-hit groundball off the bat of sophomore DH Ryan Callahan (1-for-4) in the first inning to assume an advantage that it would not surrender. Callahan made his season debut this evening after missing the initial 16 games due to injury.
UT then broke open the non-league matchup when Zuchowski blasted a two-out grand slam to make the score 5-0 in the top of the second. The Warren, MI native now leads the team with two roundtrippers on the season.
After giving up one run in each of the third and fourth frames, Toledo continued to pour it on and plated two runs in both at-bats to create a comfortable seven-run cushion. Kesson drove in the first two runs with a two-out triple, followed by a run-scoring single from Baar and a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior catcher James Miglin (0-for-4, RBI).
The Rockets wrapped up their offensive explosion with two tallies in the sixth on a RBI two-base hit by Baar and a two-out RBI single from senior LF Jacob North (1-for-4, RBI).
Dayton was able to muster four runs late to make the final difference 11-6.
On the mound, sophomore RHP Kyle Slack (1-4) earned his first win of the spring, giving up three earned (all earned) on seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts in 6.0 innings.
The Flyers’ Matt Giesler (0-1) was saddled with the loss in his first collegiate start, giving up five runs (all earned) on four hits with one punchout in 2.0 innings.
Offensively, 2B Sergio Plasencia (3-for-4, 2 RS, RBI) led the home team three hits.
The Rockets will look to continue its winning ways when they travel to Kent State to open Mid-American Conference play on Friday-Sunday, March 21-23 at Schoonover Stadium.
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