Rockets throttled 10-1 at Ohio StateWritten by Michael Miller | Editor in Chief Emeritus | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo closed out its non-conference schedule on May 15 with a 10-1 loss on the road at Ohio State.
The Rockets (27-24, 16-8 Mid-American Conference) can now focus on the critical three-game series they host this weekend against Eastern Michigan (24-25, 15-9 MAC), which is two games back of UT for first place in the MAC West Division regular season championship. Toledo is also trying to hold off Central Michigan (28-25, 15-9), which is one game back of UT and has won 10 of its last 11 and eight straight league games. The Chippewas have a three-game series this weekend against Western Michigan (23-25, 13-10).
Against the Buckeyes (30-22), Toledo took an early lead before OSU scored 10 straight runs to grab the victory.
On the mound, junior starter Jared Locke (3-7, 5.03 ERA) struggled to hold down Ohio State allowing three runs on five hits in five innings of work. Locke has lost his last three outings giving up 10 runs (eight earned) in 15.1 innings.
Freshman Alec Schmenk followed Locke and gave up four runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks in 0.2 innings. Classmate Andrew Marra relieved Schmenk with one run in 1.1 innings before sophomore Trever Gast gave up two unearned runs in the ninth.
At the plate, senior first baseman Mark Lapikas (1 for 1, HR, 2 BB) scored the lone run of the game with his team-leading seventh home run of the season. He also walked in his other two at bats against the Buckeyes.
Senior second baseman Joe Corfman, who went 2 for 4 at the plate, was the lone Rocket to record a multihit effort. With his double in the first inning, Corfman became UT’s all-time hit leader (256).
The Rockets’ crucial weekend series against EMU begins at 3 p.m. May 17 at Scott Park. Sophomore Ryan Wilkinson will get the start, holding a 7-3 record with a 2.74 ERA on the season.