Rockets drop fourth straightWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite racking up 15 hits, Toledo fell in a non-league game to Kent State 8-4 on April 4 at Scott Park. The loss is the fourth straight for the Rockets as they fall to 12-16 on the season and maintain a 3-3 Mid-American Conference record.
“We had some really good at bats, we just couldn’t get that clutch hit when we needed it,” UT head coach Cory Mee said. “I think that was the story of the game. We gave them too many opportunities. They are a very good team, we made some mistakes and we weren’t able to come back from it.
“Right now we are a really inconsistent team. If we can iron that out, I think we still have a chance to do pretty well.”
Although Toledo’s 15 hits were the second-most of the season, UT left 13 runners stranded on base against the Golden Flashes (15-13). Senior first baseman Matt Delewski (3 for 5, R), freshman third baseman Anthony Smith (3 for 5, RBI) and junior designated hitter Wes White (3 for 4) each tallied three hits for the Rockets. Sophomore catcher James Miglin (2 for 4, R, RBI) crossed the plate once and drove in a run.
“Matt and Anthony have swung the bat for us really well lately,” Mee said. “They are executing our plan. Right now what we need to do collectively as a team is get everyone on the same page and put up good at bat after good at bat. That’s been the Achilles heel for us offensively is the inconsistency.”
Sophomore pitcher Cameron Palmer (1-1, 6.75 ERA) was tagged with his first loss on his first start of the season after giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits in 4.1 innings.
“We need to get better performances out of our starting pitching,” Mee said. “We just need to get more innings out of our starters. We are having to go to our bullpen too soon and we are taxing them right now. I think that if we can do that and get a lot more innings out of our starters, the guys that we are bringing out of the bullpen that have done real well for us over the year will be even more successful.”
Sophomore Trevor Gast struggled in relief of Palmer, getting lit up for four runs in 1.2 innings. Senior Lincoln Rassi and junior Cody Umbright combined to throw the last three scoreless innings.
Toledo will need to try to avoid its losing streak moving to five games when it takes on Central Michigan in a three-game series on the weekend in Mount Pleasant. The opening game will take place at 3 p.m. April 6.