Toledo Doubles Up Eastern Kentucky in Non-League Tilt, 8-4
RICHMOND, KY – Toledo returned to its winning ways with an impressive 8-4 victory against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field. With the triumph, the Rockets improve to 19-27 on the season.
UT received an outstanding effort on the mound and plate from sophomore RHP John Martillotta (3-for-4, 3 RS) to double up the Ohio Valley Conference member Colonels (22-26). Martillotta (1-0) allowed only three hits with no walks and one strikeout in 4.0 innings in a controlled start to collect his first collegiate victory. At the dish, the Chardon, OH native finished with a career-tying best three hits and a career-high three runs scored.
Martillotta has now hit safely in a season-best six straight games, batting a squad-best .542 (13-for-24) with seven runs scored, a team-high five doubles and a team-high seven RBI.
The Rockets also benefitted from multi-hit efforts by junior C Lucas Sokol (2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI), sophomore SS Deion Tansel (2-for-5, RS, RBI) and sophomore 1B Tyler Baar (2-for-5, RS) to secure the four-run road victory. The trio accounted for six hits, three runs scored and three RBI.
UT established control of the contest with three runs in the both the second and third frames to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Midnight Blue & Gold took advantage of a RBI single by Sokol, a bases loaded hit-by-pitch from freshman LF Jake Krupar (0-for-3, 2 RBI) and a run-scoring hit off the bat of Tansel to make the score 6-0.
After EKU broke up the shutout with one run in the fifth, Toledo countered with single tallies in both the sixth and seventh to extend the margin to 8-1. The Rockets put the finishing touches on the four-run victory with a sacrifice fly by Krupar in the sixth and a RBI single from Sokol an inning later.
The Colonels mustered three runs late, but it was too little too late for the home squad against a trio of UT hurlers.
Eastern Kentucky was paced by CF Kyle Nowlin (2-for-3) and DH Bryce Soloman (2-for-) with two hits each in a losing effort.
EKU’s RHP Chris Cervante (0-2) was saddled with the setback, giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits with one free pass and two punchouts in 2.1 innings of work.
The Rockets return to action tomorrow when they compete against American Athletic Conference. The first pitch against the Bearcats is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Marge Schott Stadium. Sophomore RHP Kyle Slack is slated to get the start versus UC on the bump.
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