Toledo Trounces Wayne State in Home Opener, 20-3

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 03/17/2009
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Jeff Cola (pictured to the right) went 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored vs. Wayne State in Tuesday's home opener.

TOLEDO, OH Toledo pounded out 18 hits en route to a 20-3 victory over Wayne State in Tuesday’s home opener at Scott Park. The Rockets scattered the ball all over the field and finished with eight extra-base hits.

All nine UT starters collected at least one tally against five WSU hurlers, including five multi-hit efforts. Freshmen Jeff Cola (3-for-5, 4 RBI, 2 RS) and Joe Corfman (3-for-5, 3 RBI, RS) paced the offensive attack with three hits each. The Rockets scored runs in six of their eight at-bats to improve to 6-8 on the season.

Other key contributors to the Rockets’ attack included sophomore Dan Sherwood (2-for-6, 3 RS, 3 RBI), senior Jake Oester (2-for-2, 4 RS, RBI) and junior Aaron Dudley (2-for-4, RS, RBI).

Sophomore RHP Matt Suschak (2-0) earned the victory, allowing three runs on three hits with one strikeout in five frames. Junior LHP Jacob Bernath tossed the next two innings, before freshmen LHP Ben Hammer and RHP Tyler Scott each threw one frame of scoreless relief work to complete the double-digit win.

Toledo jumped on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning on the strength of a two-run blast by Sherwood. The Richfield, OH native is now first on the team with three round trippers this season.

After Wayne State (6-8) split the lead in half in the top of the fourth, the Rockets countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on a two-run home run by sophomore Jim Vahalik.

The Warriors kept the non-conference contest close for a while with two runs in the fifth on a solo round tripper by Scott Martin and a sacrifice fly by Matthew Williams.

With the Rockets holding a slim 4-3 lead, the home team exploded for six run in the bottom of the fifth with the aid of four two-base hits. UT sent 10 batters to the plate to break the game open and received run-scoring hits from Cola, Corfman and Dudley.

Toledo continued to pour it on and plated seven additional runs on seven hits in the sixth. The big tallies in the inning were a two-run triple by Corfman and a two-run single off the bat of Cola.

The Midnight Blue and Gold were still not done and scored one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to make the final 20-3.

WSU’s Josh Wedesky (0-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in four innings. The Warriors registered five hits in the game and did not have a player finish with more than one hit.

The Rockets return to action tomorrow when they travel to Fort Wayne, IN to battle IPFW. The opening pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. from Mastodons Field.

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