Toledo stretched out its lead in the Mid-American Conference West Division after sweeping both games of a doubleheader against Ball State on April 29 at Scott Park.
The Rockets moved to 23-21 with the wins with a 12-6 record in league play. They are now two games ahead of Eastern Michigan (19-23, 10-8 MAC) for first place in the West and three games behind Kent State for the overall conference lead.
In the first game of the day, starter Matt Kuna shut down the Cardinals to collect his fifth win of the season in a 3-1 victory.
UT freshman third baseman Anthony Smith, taken by Vincent D. Scebbi
Kuna (5-1, 2.36 ERA) stifled Ball State, allowing just one run on four hits with six strikeouts in six innings of work. The senior starter is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts this season.
Senior Lincoln Rassi took over where Kuna left off and threw three scoreless innings to collect his third save of the season. Rassi, who has a team-low 1.75 ERA this season out of the bullpen, has given up just one run in his last eight appearances spanning 16.1 innings.
At the plate, Toledo racked up just six hits but managed to score three runs for the victory. Freshman left fielder Anthony Smith was the lone player with a multihit game, going 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored. Freshman right fielder Dan Zuchowski (1 for 4, R) and senior first baseman Mark Lapikas (1 for 4, R) each crossed the plate once while senior catcher James Miglin (0 for 3, RBI) and freshman shortstop Nate Langhals (0 for 1, RBI) each drove home a run.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Rockets had a much easier time with BSU as they cruised to a 10-3 victory.
Toledo got a much needed quality start from Mike Hamann for the second straight game. The junior, who has struggled all season, allowed just one unearned run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. Hamann has given up just one earned run in his last two starts after allowing 26 runs in the previous four games.
Senior Tyler Scott relieved Hamann and gave up two runs in the eighth inning, his first outing surrendering a run in his last six appearances. Junior Cody Umbright finished up the game with a scoreless ninth frame.
Zuchowski led the way offensively, going 2 for 4 at the plate while scoring twice and driving home three. Senior second baseman Joe Corfman (1 for 3, 2 R) and Langhals (2 for 4, 2 R, RBI) each crossed the plate twice while senior designated hitter Matt Delewski (2 for 4, 2 RBI) and junior third baseman Wes White (2 for 5, 2 RBI) each racked up two RBI.
With semester exams this week, the Rockets won’t play again until the weekend when they host Buffalo (12-27, 5-12 MAC) in a three-game series beginning at 3 p.m. May 4.
Tags: Anthony Smith, Ball State, Cody Umbright, Dan Zuchowski, doubleheader, James Miglin, Joe Corfman, Lincoln Rassi, Mark Lapikas, Matt Delewski, Matt Kuna, Mid-American Conference, Mike Hamann, Nate Langhals, Rockets baseball, Tyler Scott, Wes White, Zach Davis