Michigan State drops Rockets 7-2Written by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
After taking an early lead, Michigan State scored seven unanswered runs as it cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Rockets on May 9 in East Lansing.
With the out-of-conference loss, Toledo dropped back to .500 on the season at 24-24. It still remains atop the Mid-American Conference West Division at 13-8, one game ahead of Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.
Junior starter Jared Locke (3-6, 4.99 ERA), the winner of last year’s matchup on the road at Michigan, was tagged with the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings while striking out four. He is 0-3 with a 5.59 ERA in his last six starts.
Freshman Alec Schmenk pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing three runs. Senior Alex Radon finished off the rest of the game with 1.2 scoreless innings.
At the plate, senior first baseman Mark Lapikas (2 for 5, HR) led the way in the second inning with a solo home run to give UT an early lead. He has hit safely in six straight games, batting .360 in that span.
Junior right fielder Andy Mix (2 for 2, R) and freshman shortstop Nate Langhals (2 for 4, RBI) also had a pair of hits and contributed the lone other run of the game after Langhals drove home Mix in the eighth with a single.
Looking to remain in first place, the Rockets will face archrival Bowling Green (19-28, 8-13 MAC) on the road in a three-game series this weekend. The opening game begins at 3 p.m. May 11 with junior Ryan Wilkinson (6-3, 2.67 ERA) scheduled to start.