Toledo Takes Out Ohio in MAC Cross-Division Series Finale, 7-4
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo captured a 7-4 victory against Ohio in Sunday’s Mid-American Conference series finale at Scott Park. With the win in today’s rubber match, UT improves to 15-22 overall, 7-8 in the league.
The Rockets scored all seven runs over the opening four frames to secure the weekend series against the Bobcats (6-30, 2-13 MAC) for the fifth time on seven occasions under head coach Cory Mee. UT won this weekend’s opener and finale, 3-0 and 7-4, and suffered a 3-2 loss in 10 innings in yesterday’s middle contest.
Toledo sophomore Kyle Slack (3-4) was credited with the victory, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with one walk and two punchouts in a solid 6.0 innings of work. Slack won for the third time in his last five starts and appeared in the weekend rotation for the first time since March 8.
The Midnight Blue & Gold also benefited from quality relief efforts from junior RHP Andrew Marra and senior RHP Adam Tyson to preserve today’s three-run triumph. The duo did not allow a baserunner over the final 2.2 frames to close out Slack’s victory. Tyson recorded the final three outs to collect his team-high fourth save of the spring, tied for eighth-most in school history in a single season.
Offensively, Toledo was paced by sophomore RF Ryan Callahan (2-for-4, RS, 4 RBI) and sophomore SS Deion Tansel (2-for-4, RS, RBI) with two hits each. The tandem combined for four hits, two runs scored, five RBI and one stolen base.
Tansel terrorized Ohio pitchers all weekend and totaled a team-high five hits, two runs scored and two RBI in the three games.
Ohio RHP Jake Miller (0-5) was saddled with today’s loss, giving up all seven runs (five earned) on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 4.0 frames of work.
For a second-consecutive game, the Bobcats scored in their opening at-bat on a RBI single off the bat of CF Tyler Wells (2-for-3, RBI). Ohio benefited two UT errors and a two-out hit from Wells to give the visitors the early lead.
The Rockets quickly retaliated with one run in the bottom of the first on the strength of good base running by senior CF Tyler Grogg (0-for-4, RS). With two outs and Grogg on second base, UT’s Callahan hit a ground ball that Ohio SS Garrett Black (1-for-4, RS, RBI) booted and allowed the fifth-year Rocket to circle the bases and draw the teams even.
Ohio momentarily recaptured the advantage on a perfectly executed safety squeeze by Black in the top of the second, only to have Toledo counter with a two-out RBI single by Tansel to knot the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning.
The Rockets then took the game over with one run in the third and four in the fourth to assume an advantage they would not surrender. UT secured the lead for good on the first collegiate round tripper off the bat of sophomore 3B John Martillotta (1-for-1, 2 RS RBI), before Callahan followed with a grand slam to give the home team a five-run cushion.
The score remained the same until the seventh when Ohio plated two runs on RBI singles by RF Jake Madsen (3-for-5, 2 RS, RBI) and Wells off UT freshman LHP Steven Calhoun to cut the margin to 7-4.
The Bobcats would get any closer, though, as UT’s Marra and Tyson came on to pitch and slammed the door shut to close out the series-ending victory.
Madsen led Ohio offensively with a game-high three hits, while Well had two in a losing effort.
The Rockets will return to action on Tuesday, April 22 when they travel to East Lansing to battle Big Ten Conference member Michigan State. The first pitch against the Spartans is slated for 3:05 p.m. at McLane Stadium.
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