Toledo and Miami started their three-game Mid-American Conference baseball series on Friday, with the RedHawks topping the Rockets, 10-6.
Toledo held a brief 2-1 lead through five innings, but surrendered five runs in the top of the fifth. A three-run sixth inning for UT made it a one-run game, but the Midnight Blue and Gold would come no closer in Friday's loss.
Senior Michael Jacob started for the Rockets and struck out five in four innings. Five other pitchers saw time for UT, including junior Austin Calopietro who threw two innings in his team-leading 11th appearance of the season. Senior Riley Campbell had two hits and drove in a run, while sophomore Trace Hatfield drew three walks and scored twice.
Game two of the weekend series will be Saturday at 1:05 p.m. at Scott Park.
How it Happened
• Miami scored a run in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly to take an early 1-0 lead. A leadoff walk was followed by an error that put runners at the corners, setting MU up for the sac fly.
• Toledo took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. A successful sacrifice bunt from freshman Darryn Davis put runners on second and third, and sophomore Chris Meyers scored on a passed ball to tie the game. Freshman Ryan Thompson drove in the go-ahead run with a long fly ball to right field, bringing in Hatfield.
• The RedHawks' offense poured it on in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs to take a 6-2 lead. A two-run double gave them the lead for good, and three more runs built a four-run cushion.
• The Rockets pulled within one in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three to bring the ledger to 6-5. With the bases loaded and no outs, Hatfield scored on a passed ball. Campbell then singled in Davis, and junior Michael Ryan later scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Thomas Eitniear to make it a one-run game.
• Miami added a run in the top of the seventh and three more in the top of the eighth to reach double digits and put UT in a 10-5 hole.
• Toledo managed one run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little too late as the final score came out to 10-6 in favor of the RedHawks.