Kent State and Toledo break up a doubleheader dominated by offenses


Kent State held dramatic rallies with Toledo at both ends of Saturday’s double header.

In the first game, the Golden Lightning stormed back from a four-run deficit, exploding seven runs in the sixth inning, and held on to defeat the Rockets 9-8 at Schoonover Stadium.

In the nightcap, the Flashes dug their way out of an even deeper hole and scored six runs in the fifth inning to end the game at eight. But Toledo pushed their way over a run in the seventh inning to score a Saturday split with a 9-8 triumph and will take a 2-1 lead in Sunday’s series finals.

“It was like a college basketball game with all runs,” said KSU head coach Jeff Duncan. “It was an incredible win in game one to come back like this, then we almost made it back in game two. It shows a lot about our team. We still have to find out a few things. We have a couple of people beat up on the hill this weekend. We are a little thinner than in the last few weeks. We just have to navigate through that. “

With the wind blowing on the left field and both teams swinging hot bats, it was difficult to get outs all day. The two teams collectively collected 34 runs with 44 hits. Toledo (8-20, 6-9 Mid-American Conference) scored nine runs from four homers. The lightning bolts (13-13, 6-5) never went deep, but instead lined up 14 of their 24 hits that day in two explosive innings.

Kent senior Michael Turner hit the ball hard all day and ended with three hits - including an RBI double that allowed his team to stay in their first game against Toledo.

Kent State were 6-2 back at the start and were successful five times in a row in the sixth inning. After the bond run scored a throwing error, Senior Michael Turner put the Flashes in the lead to stay with an RBI double. Junior Collin Mathews followed with an RBI triple, and by the sophomore year Justin Miknis tackled a major RBI single – Kent State’s eighth inning hit – to culminate in a seven-run breakout.

“We met in the dugout around the fourth inning and just said stick with it. Make sure things are simple, don’t push, ”Duncan said. “They did that.”

Toledo made things mighty interesting on the track. John Servello’s two-run homer made it a one-run game, and the Rockets had the bases loaded when Jack Zimmerman, the senior of Flashes Senior, scored the final hit to make his fourth save of the year.

Aidan Longwell (1-0), a freshman in Kent, allowed two runs in two innings to score his first college win, while freshman Michael McNamara went 3-3 for the with three singles and two RBIs Speed ​​up offensive.

In the nightcap, Toledo scored four runs in the upper part of the fifth and took an 8-2 lead. The first six batters of the Flashes in the home half of the fifth hit the base, culminating in McNamara’s two-part single that took it to 8-6. After senior Nick Elsen met on a wild field, his older colleague Ben Carew linked the game with an RBI single with two hits – Kent State’s sixth hit.

Toledo regained the lead in the seventh with a sacrificial flight from Mason Sykes, who also hit one of his team’s three homers during the competition. Flashes senior Kevin Dobos flew to the center left warning lane to end the game.

Graduate student Cam Touchette had a triple and a single, Elsen doubled and singled, and both ran two runs for Kent State.

“The culture is very good. You can see we’re not going to stop. We believe we are in the game no matter what. We lost 8: 2 and in no time it was 8: 8, ”said Duncan. “It’s not like we’re playing terrible baseball. I would like to get more quality starts. “

Senior Collin Romel started the opener on the hill for Kent State, giving up four runs in four innings. In the second game, the second starter Richie Dell was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

“We didn’t get off to a good start for Romel in the first game, but our offense found a way to make it happen,” said Duncan. “Dell didn’t play that bad, but made two mistakes and hit two homers with two runs.

“There are weekends when you just have to find a way to tread water. The league is still to be won. We just have to keep building. “