Toledo remains in first with sweep of BGWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
With hard-charging Central Michigan nipping at its heels, Toledo swept Bowling Green on the road this weekend to remain one game up in the race for the Mid-American Conference West Division crown.
The Rockets (27-24, 16-8 MAC) needed every win of the weekend to hold onto sole possession of first place with the Chippewas charging. Central Michigan (28-25, 15-9) has won 10 straight games, including eight against league opponents, as it remains one game behind UT. Toledo has three league games left against Eastern Michigan (24-25, 14-10), which is also in the running two games back, while CMU has a three-game series against Western Michigan (23-25, 13-10) remaining.
In the final game of the series, Toledo clinched the sweep, defeating the Falcons 2-1 in 11 innings.
Junior center fielder Ben Hammer played the role of the hero with the game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th to bring home senior second baseman Joe Corfman. Hammer recorded three hits in four at bats on the game.
Corfman (4 for 6, 2 R) was effective throughout, recording a team-high four hits while crossing the plate twice for UT’s only runs. Freshman right fielder Dan Zuchowski (1 for 5, RBI) drove home the Rockets’ only other run.
Starter Michael Hamann recorded another promising outing, giving up just one run on seven hits in six innings, striking out seven. After posting an 8.16 ERA in his first nine starts, the junior has recorded a 2.23 ERA in his last four outings and has allowed less than one run in three of those games.
Senior reliever Tyler Scott replaced Hamann and allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings. Classmate Lincoln Rassi (3-0) recorded his third win of the season in relief, giving up two hits in 1.2 innings. With their outings, Rassi and Scott have lowered their ERAs this season to 1.44 and 2.23, respectively.
With a three-game series with major conference championship ramifications approaching against EMU on May 17, the Rockets will take a small break from MAC play to take on Ohio State (30-22) in Columbus at noon May 15.