Rockets lose pitching duel with Xavier in series openerWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Rockets ace Mike Hamann broke out of his recent slump but came up short in a 1-0 loss to Xavier on March 16 in Cincinnati.
Hamann (0-3, 4.91 ERA) allowed just one unearned run on four hits in seven innings with a season-best seven strikeouts. The junior starter entered the contest with a 6.45 ERA on the year, allowing more than four runs in three of four starts. He didn’t allow more than three runs in any of his nine starts last season.
With the loss, Toledo dropped to 6-10 on the season. It had won three of four games coming into the game against the Musketeers (5-11).
The Rockets were held scoreless while racking up just three hits against Xavier. Junior center fielder Ben Hammer and senior first baseman Mark Lapikas each went 1 for 4, while freshman third baseman Anthony Smith had one hit in two appearances.
Freshman reliever Andrew Marra pitched a perfect eighth in relief of Hamann.
Xavier scored its lone run in the third inning after an error by Smith. Another error in the inning by senior second baseman Joe Corfman advanced the runner to third before a single brought home the winning run.
Toledo will look to bounce back in the second of a three-game series when it takes on Xavier on March 17 at 1 p.m.