Rocket Bats Erupt Early in 13-5 Victory at Miami; Shutes Stellar on Mound
OXFORD, OH – Toledo evened up its weekend series at Miami on Saturday with a 13-5 triumph over the RedHawks at Hayden Park. The Rockets' win improved their record to 17-24 overall and 8-9 in the MAC, while Miami fell to 19-23 overall and 9-8 in league play.
Freshman RHP Sam Shutes picked up the win for UT and improved his record to 3-2 on the season by yielding just four hits and notching three strikeouts and holding Miami scoreless in a season-high seven innings of work.
Junior RHP Nathan Williams (3-6) was tagged with the loss after yielding eight runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings, walking two and striking out one.
Sophomore RF Ryan Callahan (2-of-5, 2 R, 2B) and sophomore 3B John Martilotta (2-of-4, R, 2B) each registered three RBI to lead the Rockets offensively. Freshman LF Jake Krupar (2-of-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) also slugged his first collegiate homer to add to the Toledo attack.
UT broke the game open early with seven runs in the second and followed that up with one more in the third and five in the fourth. The RedHawks didn’t plate their first run until the eighth and then added four in the ninth.
Back-to-back doubles off the bats of Callahan and sophomore 1B Tyler Baar scored UT’s first run.
The Rockets then loaded the bases with one out and scored one more on Martillotta’s fielder’s choice groundout, With UT’s top of the order batting again, sophomore SS Deion Tansel hit an RBI single to left and senior CF Tyler Grogg followed with an RBI double to put the Rockets ahead 4-0. With the bases loaded again, Callahan delivered another double to bring all three runners home to make it a 7-0 ballgame.
Miami appeared to be on the comeback trail when junior C Max Andresen led off the bottom of the second with a triple, but Shutes stranded him there by inducing a shallow foulout, a strikeout and a flyout to retire the side.
Toledo added another run in the third when Krupar homered over the right-field wall to go up 8-0. After holding MU scoreless in the third, UT batted around for a second time in the top of the fourth. The Rockets plated five runs on a sacrifice fly by Baar, a Krupar RBI single, a bases-loaded wild pitch and a two-run double by Martillotta. That onslaught put the Midnight Blue and Gold ahead 13-0 after four innings.
The RedHawks were unable to get more than one base runner over the first seven innings. MU got on the board in the eighth on sophomore 3B Adam Yacek’s pinch-hit RBI groundout. In the ninth, Miami put together a slight rally with four runs. Junior LF Scott Slappey and junior SS Ryan Elble connected on back-to-back RBI singles. With the bases loaded, Yacek slipped a single through the left side of the infield to bring both Slappey and Elble around to cut the gap to 13-5, but the game ended one batter later on a 4-6-3 double-play ball.
Miami and Toledo conclude their three-game series on Sunday with first pitch at 1:00 p.m.
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