The Toledo baseball team opened up Mid-American Conference play on Saturday with a pair of losses to Bowling Green. UT lost game one of Saturday's doubleheader 10-6 and fell in game two, 9-6.
Game one saw the bulk of its scoring come in the later innings, while game two saw offensive fireworks in the early stages. BGSU took an early 4-0 lead in the first contest and continued to score runs in bunches in the 10-6 victory over UT. In game two, the Rockets took the first lead after scoring three runs in the top of the first. But the Falcons were able to light up the scoreboard in each of the first five frames to overpower the Midnight Blue and Gold.
Toledo and Bowling Green conclude their weekend series on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. contest.
Game One: Bowling Green 10, Toledo 6
Despite neither team tallying a hit through the first three innings, BGSU and UT combined for 16 runs and 18 hits in game one. Bowling Green took the lead first with a four-run fourth frame, and it proved too big a deficit for Toledo to overcome. The Rockets pulled within one in the top of the seventh on a two-run home run from sophomore John Servello, but BGSU would score four in the seventh and two in the eighth to pull away in the 10-6 win.
Freshman Darryn Davis tallied three hits, while both junior Michael Ryan and Servello added two-run home runs. Senior Michael Jacob started on the mound, throwing 6.1 innings for UT, and freshmen Jamie Myers and Kyle Jones contributed out of the bullpen.
How it Happened
• The two teams played three and a half innings before recording the first hit of the game. A one-out single for Bowling Green in the bottom of the fourth put runners at the corners, the first offensive threat for either side to that point. BGSU ended up plating four runs in the fourth, three coming on RBI base hits and one on a bases-loaded walk.
• Senior Riley Campbell tallied the first Toledo hit of the day in the top of the fifth, and freshman Thomas Eitniear drove in the first UT run of the day in the next at-bat, making the score 4-1.
• Servello's two-run homer to left field in the top of the seventh brought the Rockets within one, 4-3.
• Bowling Green tacked on another four-run inning in the bottom of the seventh. A bases-loaded walk and hit by pitch were followed by a two-run base hit to center field, putting BGSU ahead 8-3.
• Ryan slugged a two-run shot to left field to pull within three, 8-5.
• The Falcons got those two runs back in the bottom of the eighth to make it 10-5. A wild pitch and sacrifice fly did the damage for BGSU.
• Davis chipped into the deficit with an RBI single in the top of the ninth, but the Rockets would not come any closer and the game ended at 10-6.
Game Two: Bowling Green 9, Toledo 6
The Rockets jumped out in front of the Falcons this time, scoring three in the top of the first. But Bowling Green was able to score runs in each of the first five innings to surge ahead of Toledo and sweep the doubleheader.
Eitniear led the way with a game-high three hits, while senior Brad Boss, sophomore Chris Meyers, and freshman Ryan Thompson all had two hits apiece. Boss and Thompson each hit home runs to right field as well. Junior Doug Smith started the game on the mound and senior Axel Bueter pitched in relief. Sophomore Kyle Bischoff tossed 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out three and allowing just one hit and one walk.
How it Happened
• Toledo didn't waste any time getting things going in game two. Boss led off the game with a solo home run, Servello followed that up with a double, and he scored on an RBI triple from Meyers. Davis capped the scoring with an RBI fielder's choice to give UT a 3-0 lead before the Falcons took an at-bat.
• Bowling Green got one of those runs back with a run-scoring base hit up the middle in the bottom of the first.
• Boss drove in his second run of the game in the top of the second to make it 4-1, but the Falcons answered with a couple runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull within one, 4-3. Both of Bowling Green's runs came with two outs.
• BGSU took its first lead of the game with a three-run third inning, putting the Rockets in a 6-4 hole.
• Thompson's solo shot in the top of the fourth pulled UT within one, but the Falcons launched a two-run homer in the bottom half of the fourth to once again reclaim a three-run lead, 8-5.
• Bowling Green added a run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to make it 9-5.
• Servello's RBI groundout in the top of the eighth brought home Eitniear and made the score 9-6, but wasn't enough to make a big difference in game two.