The University of Toledo baseball team split its Saturday doubleheader with Winthrop, falling 17-3 in game one before winning game two, 8-5, in comeback fashion.
The Rockets finish the weekend 2-1 after defeating the Eagles on Friday. Sophomore Chris Meyers hit .538 during the weekend and drove in a team-high four runs. Freshman Darryn Davis had six hits over the three games in his first collegiate weekend. Senior Riley Campbell led the team with a .636 on-base percentage during the three-game set with the Eagles.
Next up for Toledo is a weekend in Nashville, with games scheduled against Austin Peay, Belmont, Middle Tennessee, and Lipscomb.
Game One: Winthrop 17, Toledo 3
Toledo struck first in game one, but Winthrop's offense proved unrelenting, putting 17 runs on the scoreboard. A huge, nine-run second inning proved too much for the Rockets to overcome. Meyers had a career-high four hits, including a home run, in the losing effort. Davis also recorded multiple hits in game one. On the mound, senior Axel Bueter was credited with 2.1 scoreless innings and freshmen Aric McAtee and Jamie Myers both threw scoreless frames in their collegiate debuts.
How it Happened
• Toledo kicked off the scoring with a bang in the top of the first. Meyers launched a two-run home run off the scoreboard to put UT ahead, 2-0. Servello hustled out an infield single to reach base and then Meyers went opposite field for the Rockets' first dinger of the year.
• An RBI single for Winthrop cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first, making the score 2-1.
• The Eagles opened up the floodgates in the second inning, scoring nine runs to take a 10-2 lead over the Rockets. The offensive deluge started with back-to-back home runs to left field, which started a streak of seven straight hitters reaching base.
• Winthrop scored twice in the third, three times in the fifth, and twice again in the sixth to extend its already sizable lead to 17-2.
• A sacrifice fly from Davis brought home a run and gave the freshman his third RBI of the weekend.
• A pair of freshmen had good collegiate debuts for Toledo in the later innings. Aric McAtee worked his way out of a bases loaded jam in the seventh to toss a scoreless inning, and Jamie Myers sent down the three batters he faced in the eighth in order.
Game Two: Toledo 8, Winthrop 7
For the second time in two nights, the Rockets mounted a late-inning comeback against the Eagles. Trailing 5-2, UT pushed across five runs in the eighth inning to take an 8-5 lead. Winthrop made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth, but senior Nate Haugh was able to close things out and notch his second save of the weekend.
Toledo pounded out 16 hits in game two, with seven players having multi-hit performances. Senior Brad Boss tallied three hits, including the game-tying, two-run double in the eighth inning. Meyers and fellow sophomore Trace Hatfield both drove in two runs, while Davis notched three base hits. Freshman Kyle Jones threw 2.2 scoreless innings and earned the win in his first appearance for the Midnight Blue and Gold.
How it Happened
• For the third time in the series, Toledo lit up the scoreboard first. After Davis walked and Schwartzenberger doubled, Campbell's RBI single to left field gave UT a 1-0 lead.
• Winthrop tied the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on two-out, RBI single to center field, their first hit of the game.
• UT retook the lead the next inning on a sacrifice fly by Hatfield. Servello and Meyers had led off the inning with back-to-back base hits, and Servello scored on the fly ball to center field.
• The Eagles' big inning back in the bottom of the sixth. A passed ball was followed by a three-run home run to left field that put the Rockets in a 5-2 hole.
• Toledo's five-run eighth inning started with singles from sophomore Zach Schwartzenberger and freshman Thomas Eitniear and a walk from Campbell. With the bases loaded, Boss placed a double down the right field line that brought home two runs and tied the game at 5-5. Servello was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Meyers was plunked to bring in the go-ahead run. Hatfield and junior Michael Ryan registered consecutive sacrifice flies to bring the ledger to 8-5.
• Winthrop scored two, two-out runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Haugh remained unfazed and closed out the Eagles en route to UT's victory.