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UT baseball wins 4 straight heading into stretch run

04/21/2017, 12:47am EDT
By By BRIAN BUCKEY BLADE STAFF WRITER

Notebook includes updates on softball, tennis, golf

The University of Toledo baseball team is on a roll at a crucial point of the season.

Entering the latter portion of the Mid-American Conference schedule, the Rockets (14-23) are in the midst of a four-game winning streak, their longest of the season, after winning a 11-7 nonconference game Wednesday at Dayton.

Toledo followed up a weekend sweep of Buffalo with a convincing road win in which the Rockets broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning. Brad Boss and Matt Hansen blasted home runs in the inning.

Joey Prechtel earned his first win this season after pitching four innings and allowing just one earned run.

In the weekend sweep against the Bulls, the Rockets won a wild 21-20 game on Saturday. Toledo finished with 22 hits, while Buffalo recorded 24. An eighth-inning RBI from Hansen ended up being the difference.

The Rockets improved their MAC record to 7-5 with their third series win. Toledo took two of three from Western Michigan and Bowling Green earlier this season.

Toledo plays at MAC foe Kent State in a three-game set starting today.

Softball

The Toledo softball team (20-28, 8-7 MAC) lost 13-7 at Michigan State on Wednesday for its second consecutive loss. The Rockets were coming off a weekend series in which they dropped two of three games against MAC foe Central Michigan.

Chandler Rice hit a home run and had three RBI in the loss to the Spartans, and Megan Choate was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Leah Allison took the loss for UT after allowing six earned runs in 1⅔ innings.

Toledo visits Ball State for a three-game series that starts today.

Men’s tennis

The men’s tennis team travels to Western Michigan this weekend in a big conference matchup.

UT (14-12, 2-4 MAC) lost to the Broncos (14-7, 5-1) 6-1 on March 26. Luka Vitosevic won at No. 3 singles for the Rockets’ only win.

The Rockets are coming off a 4-3 loss to Binghamton in their previous match. Toledo won the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matchups, then got wins from Stjepan Sisko at No. 1 singles and Omar Espinosa at No. 4 singles.

Ultimately, Binghamton won four of the six singles matchups.

Women’s tennis

The women’s tennis team (9-11, 1-6 MAC) hosts Buffalo (9-8, 3-3) in its season finale Sunday.

The Rockets are coming off of their first conference win of the season, a 6-1 victory against Eastern Michigan.

Toledo won two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.

The Rockets also claimed five of the six singles matches, with Mimi Kendall-Woseley (No. 1), Sidnay Huck (No. 2), Colleen O’Brien (No. 3), Megan Miller (No. 5), and Claire Aleck (No. 6) each winning.

Men’s golf

The men’s golf team finished 14th last weekend at the Boiler Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.

Joe Bryce tied for 13th place among the 84 individuals with a three-day score of 3-over-par 219.

Kent State won the team competition by shooting an 865. Toledo had a 910.

The Rockets close the season with the MAC championships in Nashport, Ohio, starting April 28.

Women’s golf

The women’s golf team posted an 11th-place finish at the Buckeye Invitational this past weekend in Columbus.

Michigan State won the team title after shooting a 889. Toledo turned in a total of 948.

Pinyada Kuvanun led the Rockets with a 18-over 234 as she tied for 33rd place.

Toledo closes the season with the MAC championships this weekend in Stow, Ohio.

Contact Brian Buckey at: bbuckey@theblade.com or 419-724-6110.

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