Toledo sweeps EMU, enters MAC Tournament as No. 2 seedWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A Central Michigan loss on May 18 clinched the Mid-American Conference West Division regular season championship for the Rockets.
Turns out they wouldn’t have needed the help anyway.
Toledo swept Eastern Michigan this weekend on the way to its first title in school history, culminating in a 12-5 victory on May 19 at Scott Park.
The Rockets finished the season winning six straight conference games, running their record to 30-25 on the season with a 19-8 record in league play. With the sweep over the Eagles (24-29, 14-13 MAC), Toledo earns the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament and will take on No. 7 Miami (28-27, 12-15) in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament at 4 p.m. May 23 in Avon. The victor will take on the winner of No. 3 Central Michigan (30-27, 17-10) vs. No. 6 EMU at 7:30 p.m. May 24.
Against the Eagles, junior third baseman Wes White led an offense that racked up 12 hits on the way to the victory. White recorded a team-high three hits in four at bats while driving home three runs on the day. Senior first baseman Mark Lapikas (2 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI) also made his mark, recording a pair of runs scored and RBI. Freshman right fielder Dan Zuchowski (1 for 3, 2 R) and junior designated hitter Jeff Cola (2 for 5, 2 R, RBI) each scored twice.
Starter Mike Hamann (3-5, 5.80 ERA) won his third victory in his last six starts after going 0-4 in his first eight. The junior allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits over the course of five innings to pick up the win.
Freshman Andrew Marra relieved Hamann and gave up two runs in the sixth as Toledo’s lead was trimmed to 5-3. Classmate Alec Schmenk struck out three in the seventh before giving way to mid-week starter Jared Locke, as he got in two perfect innings of work to close out the game.
The tournament matchups are posted at the Mid-American Conference website.