The Toledo baseball team wrapped up its weekend series with a Saturday doubleheader against Northern Illinois, dropping both games to the Huskies.
Prior to the first game, the Rockets honored their seven seniors: Brad Boss, Axel Bueter, Riley Campbell, Chris Hampton, Michael Jacob, Luke Schaefer, and Jake Stout.
Toledo lost game one, 3-2, before falling in game two by a score of 4-0. The Rockets held a 2-1 lead in the first contest, but NIU scored runs in the seventh and ninth to come out on top. The second game was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings, with the teams combining for just four hits. But the Huskies plated three runs in the sixth and one in the eighth to clinch the series over the Midnight Blue and Gold.
Toledo hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday before traveling to Ball State next week to conclude the 2019 season.
Game one: Northern Illinois 3, Toledo 2
How it Happened
• NIU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The first three hitters all reached via base hits, then a 6-4-3 double play allowed a run to score and put Toledo behind.
• Sophomore Drew Compton tied the game at 1-1 with a double down the right field line that scored Schwartzenberger in the bottom of the second.
• After allowing the run in the top of the first, Jacob was very good, not allowing another run until the seventh inning and tallying two 1-2-3 innings during that stretch.
• Toledo took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth when freshman Darryn Davis launched the first pitch he saw over the fence in right field for his second home run of the season.
• NIU put two runners on to lead off the top of the seventh, then pushed across the tying run on a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-2.
• The Huskies took the lead in the top of the ninth. The leadoff hitter reached on a single up the middle, then scored two batters later on a base hit into right field.
Game two: Northern Illinois 4, Toledo 0
How it Happened
• After allowing the first batter of the game to reach base with a base hit, senior Nate Haugh retired the next 15 of the next 16 batters he faced. Haugh faced the minimum in innings two, three, four, and five, erasing the only runner to reach base in that stretch with a double play.
• Toledo had more offensive success than NIU in the first five innings, putting four runners on base, but was unable to bring any of those runners home.
• The Huskies took advantage of two Toledo errors in the top of the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. After a pickoff attempt resulted in a two-base error and put a runner on third, a single up the middle brought in the first run of the game. A two-out base hit through the left side of the infield brought home two runs and put Toledo in a 3-0 hole.
• Freshman Kyle Jones tossed 3.2 innings in relief, allowing one run and striking out four while not allowing a walk. In fact, the Rockets did not allow a walk at all in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, the second time they have accomplished that feat this season.
• Another UT fielding miscue resulted in a run in the top of the eighth, bringing the score to 4-0.
• The Rockets put runners on base in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but couldn't push across any runs.