UT loses MAC opener to OhioWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In their first game of Mid-American Conference play, Toledo starter Mike Hamann was rocked as Ohio grabbed a 9-3 victory at Scott Park.
With the loss, the Rockets are now 8-12 on the season while Ohio ran its record to 10-10.
Hamann (0-4, 6.17 ERA) allowed six runs on eight hits in three innings of work to pick up the loss. He has struggled so far in 2012, allowing more than four runs in four of his six starts. Last season, the Rockets ace didn’t give up more than three runs in any of his nine starts, recording a 1.96 ERA in 59.2 innings before missing the remainder of the season with an arm injury.
Senior second baseman Joe Corfman had a team-high three hits in four at bats with an RBI, raising his batting average to a team-best .317 on the season. Junior left fielder Tyler Grogg (2 for 4, RBI) and senior designated hitter Matt Delewski (1 for 4, RBI) also drove in runs for UT.
The Rockets did have an early advantage, going ahead 3-0 in the second after six straight hits. Hamann, however, gave up six in the third to relinquish the lead. Senior Tyler Scott threw three innings of relief allowing one run before giving way to freshman Alec Schmenk who gave up two unearned runs in 1.2 innings. Sophomore Trevor Gast and senior Alex Radon combined to pitch the final 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Toledo will look to take game two of a three-game series against the Bobcats at 1 p.m. March 24.