The No. 7 seed Toledo Softball team continued its run of upsets with three wins today to claim the first Mid-American Conference Tournament title in program history and earn an automatic qualifier spot in the NCAA Regionals. The Rockets took down No. 1 seed Miami and swept No. 3 seed Ohio in a doubleheader today en route to claiming the title. Toledo most recently won the MAC regular-season title in 1992, but this was the first MAC Tournament crown for the program.
Toledo claimed the title in dramatic fashion, rallying from a five-run deficit to defeat Ohio, 6-5, in today's second game to set up a winner-take-all battle with the Bobcats. That game was no contest, with the Rockets demolishing Ohio, 9-2.
The Rockets began the tournament with a 4-2 win over No. 2 seed Kent State on Thursday before falling 7-1 to the Bobcats on Friday. Fighting through the loser's bracket in the double elimination-style tournament, the Rockets had to defeat each of the top four seeds to come out on top. All together, Toledo outscored the competition 33-14 in its last five games.
The Rockets were led in the circle this week by sophomore Erin Hunt who tossed 37.1 innings with four complete games, striking out 28 batters over the four days. Her efforts earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team and she was also named the Tournaments' Most Valuable Player.
Hunt was joined on the All-Tournament team by seniors Katie Cozy and Kaitlyn Bergman who were offense standouts all week. Bergman went 6-for-20 with four runs, six walks, two homers, and seven RBIs while catching every game for the Rockets. Cozy went 5-for-21 with five runs, three RBIs, two homers and four walks.
The Rockets will find out their first round NCAA Regional opponent on Sunday. The NCAA Softball Selection Show will air at 9:00 p.m. on ESPN2.