Toledo (5-17, 0-2 MAC) dropped another pair of close games on Friday afternoon in a slugfest with Miami (6-18, 2-0 MAC), 7-5 and 11-10. Both teams opened the conference portion of the schedule by combining for 57 hits on the day.
UT will be back in action at Scott Park on Saturday, March 30 against Ball State (16-10, 2-0 MAC). With threatening weather in the forecast for early Sunday, the Rockets and Cardinals will now play a doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The Midnight Blue & Gold never held a lead over Miami and came up just shy of completing an epic comeback in the later contest. The RedHawks seemed to have put the game away with a four-spot in the sixth inning and another score in the seventh for a commanding 11-5 lead. However, the Rockets roared back with six hits and five runs in their last chance, but stranded the tying run to end the game.
Miami jumped out to a quick 6-1 advantage in game one thanks to a pair of home runs in the top of the second, but Toledo answered in the next frame when junior Erinn Wright launched a grand slam with two strikes and two outs to cut the lead to one. That was all UT could muster up though, as MU plated another run in the fourth.
Hitters on both sides had outstanding efforts at the dish, led by UT senior Courtney McCarthy and MU junior Kayla Ledbetter who each went perfect in the second game.
McCarthy came off the bench during game one and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, then went 4-for-4 and knocked in two runs later on.
Ledbetter had a career performance, going 3-for-3 with 2 RBI and single shy of the cycle in game one. She followed that up with two doubles and 4 RBI, while going deep for the second time for another perfect outing at 4-for-4 in game two.
The visitors out-slugged the home team 19-18 in the second game, as UT also received multi-hit efforts from senior Kristen Roznoski (2-for-5; 3 R), junior Lani Ernst (3-for-5; 2B, 3 RBI), senior Morgan Smith (3-for-4; SB) and sophmore Alyssa Smith (3-for-4; 2 R, 2 SB).
Each team knocked 10 hits apiece in the opening contest. Roznoski (2-for-4; 2 R) and Ernst (2-for-3; RBI) led the way with McCarthy and Wright.
Sophomore LHP Alli Beery (1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R) and freshman 2B/RHP Marla Gooding (6.2 IP, 16 H, 8 R) were charged with a loss in each game, respectively.
MU's Megan Mattera (3-6) earned the win in both games.