Toledo Dominates Wright State in Non-League Matchup, 10-4
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo posted an impressive 10-4 victory over Wright State on Tuesday at blustery Mercy Field. With the win, the Rockets improve to 10-14 on the season.
UT scored double-digit runs for a third time this spring and totaled 13 hits, tied for the second-highest total in 2014. All but one starter collected a hit in the non-league matchup against the Horizon League member Raiders (14-12), including senior DH Jacob North (2-for-4, RS), senior C James Miglin (2-for-3, RS, 2 RBI), junior 3B Dan Zuchowski (2-for-4, RS, RBI), sophomore 1B Tyler Baar (2-for-3, 2 RS, RBI) and sophomore SS Deion Tansel (2-for-5, RS, RBI) with a squad-best two hits each.
The Midnight Blue & Gold did its damage in the third, fourth and fifth frames, scoring all 10 runs to continue its momentum from Saturday’s series-ending triumph against Akron.
On the mound, sophomore RHP Kyle Slack (2-4) experienced a second-straight solid start, allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits with two strikeouts in 5.2 innings to collect the victory.
Sophomore RHP John Martillotta came on in relief of Slack and was equally as effective, giving up one run (one earned) on three hits with three punchouts in 2.2 frames of work.
Senior LHP Trever Gast then finished off the impressive home victory by recording the final two outs to even UT’s home record to 2-2 on the spring.
After a scoreless opening two innings, UT’s bats came alive in the third, scoring three runs on the strength of four hits. The first three Rockets reached base and came around to score to give the home team an advantage they would not relinquish. Miglin started the scoring with a leadoff home run on the first offering from WSU LHP Robby Sexton (4-3), followed by a RBI triple by senior 2B Zack Michael (1-for-4, RS, RBI) and a run-scoring groundout off the bat of Tansel.
The Raiders threatened in the fourth and had runners at the corners with only one out, but UT’s Slack induced a pair of infield pop outs to keep the visitors scoreless.
In the home half of the fourth, Toledo extended the margin to 4-0 on a solo roundtripper by Baar. The Jenison, MI native turned on an inside pitch from Sexton and crushed it over the wall down the right-field line for his team-tying best second home run of the spring.
The Rockets continued to pour it on offensively and plated six runs in the fifth to increase their lead to 10-0. UT batted around in the inning and the first six hitters crossed home plate to help the home team build a double-digit margin. The big hit in the at-bat was a two-run triple by freshman LF Jordan Kesson (1-for-4, RS, 2 RBI).
Wright State finally broke through for three runs in the sixth frame to end the afternoon for UT’s Slack. The visitors also added a single tally in the eighth, but it was too little too late, as UT coasted to the six-run victory.
WSU’s Sexton was saddled with the loss, surrendering four runs (all earned) on five hits with three strikeouts in 4.0 innings of work.
The visitors were paced offensively by Andrew McCafferty (3-for-4, RS, 2 RBI) with a game-high three hits.
The Rockets will look to continue their impressive play as of late when they travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. Sophomore LHP Ross Achter has been penciled in as the starter on the hill for UT.
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