Toledo Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Ohio

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The Toledo baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Ohio, dropping game one 5-2 before coming out on top in game two, 12-8.

UT never led in game one, and did not score its first runs of the game until the ninth inning. Game two was a different story as the Rockets took an early lead over the Bobcats. After Ohio took the lead for the middle innings, Toledo scored nine runs over the final four frames of the game to reach double digits and secure the victory.

Next up for the Rockets is a home game against Oakland on Tuesday at 3:05 p.m., which will be followed by a Wednesday afternoon contest at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Game One: Ohio 5, Toledo 2

Sophomore Trace Hatfield went 2-for-4 at the plate, and the runs were driven in by freshman Darryn Davis and senior Riley Campbell. Junior Layne Schnitz-Paxton started on the mound for UT and tossed six innings, while junior Austin Calopietro threw two innings out of the bullpen.

How it Happened
• The first run of the game came in the bottom of the third, when Ohio scored on a two-out wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead.
• The Bobcats loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth. While Toledo was able to escape the fourth inning unscathed, the Bobcats tacked on another run in the fifth to extend its lead to 2-0.
• Ohio took a 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth. An RBI groundout and a wild pitch brought in the runs, and doubled the UT deficit.
• The Bobcats made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
• Davis and Campbell drove in runs in the top of the ninth, but the Rockets fell short of completing a comeback and ended up on the losing end of a 5-2 decision.

Game Two: Toledo 12, Ohio 8

Making the first start of his career, sophomore Drew Compton went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, including a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Freshman Ryan Thompson reached base four times, tallying two hits and walking twice while scoring two times as well. Freshman Thomas Eitniear and sophomore Chris Meyers both recorded two hits as well. Junior Doug Smith earned his third win of the year and senior Nate Haugh pitched a career-high four innings en route to his fifth save of the season.

How it Happened
• Toledo scored three in the top of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Compton, Eitniear, and sophomore John Servello all drove in runs for the Rockets. Compton slapped a single through the left side of the infield to score a run, Eitniear poked a base hit out to right field, and Servello also singled to right in the Rockets' first inning.
• Ohio got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second, scoring on a sacrifice fly to left field.
• The Bobcats took the lead with a three-run third inning, with a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single putting UT in a 4-3 hole.
• The Rockets had their biggest offensive inning of the weekend in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs to take an 8-4 lead. The tying and go-ahead runs came in on the same at-bat via a passed ball and wild pitch, respectively. Hatfield, Davis, and Campbell all drove in runs with their bats to put Toledo ahead by four.
• Ohio pulled within one, 8-7, with a three-run sixth inning. A sacrifice fly, RBI double, and run-scoring fielder's choice did the damage for Ohio.
• Compton continued his whirlwind week on the diamond with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to put Toledo ahead, 10-7.
• The Rockets added a couple insurance runs in the top of the ninth to take a 12-7 lead. Meyers scored on a wild pitch and Boss came in to score on a line drive to left field from Hatfield.
• Ohio added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but it didn't affect the final outcome as the Midnight Blue and Gold still came away with the victory.