Toledo came away with a 10-5 victory in the nightcap of a non-conference doubleheader at Dayton Wednesday night, snapping a 13-game losing streak dating back to March 6. The Flyers claimed the first game 9-1 in six innings, but the Rockets' bats awakened in the second contest for the sixth win of the season.
UT (6-20, 0-4 MAC) returns to league action this weekend at Scott Park, starting with a Friday doubleheader versus Ohio (17-12, 2-2 MAC) at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Akron (13-14, 2-2 MAC) visits the Glass City to challenge the Rockets on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Live stats will be available all weekend at www.utrockets.com.
The Midnight Blue & Gold held an eight-game win streak over the Flyers entering Wednesday's twinbill, but Dayton easily cut the streak off with three runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of game one which lead to the eight-run mercy rule.
UT managed just five hits against UD's Kayla English who struck out nine Rockets for the complete-game win.
Senior second baseman Courtney McCarthy came into the contest with nine hits in her previous 15 at-bats (.600 AVG), and stayed hot with a 2-for-3 effort and her second home run in three games (third total) with a solo shot down the left-field line in the final inning.
Senior center fielder Kristen Roznoski extended her hit streak to a team-best eight games with a double in the early contest and two base knocks in the later matchup.
UD put the Rockets away with two homers, including a two-run shot by Kasi Vazquez in the fifth and a back-breaking three-run bomb by Paige Rhodes.
Freshman Marla Gooding started both games and was dealt the loss in the opener after giving up four runs on four hits through four innings of work. Sophomore lefty Alli Beery gave up five runs (three earned) on three hits in relief.
In the second game, UT jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage with RBI singles by senior catcher Morgan Smith and junior Lani Ernst in the second and third innings, respectively.
The Flyers answered with four runs in the third off Gooding, capped off by another two-run shot from Vazquez, and another score in the fourth when Tiffany Ricks connected on a solo shot for a 5-2 lead.
Toledo wasted no time and poured on five runs with four hits in the next frame to reclaim the lead, 7-5. Sophomore left fielder Alyssa Smith led off with a bunt single, followed by back-to-back hits from Roznoski and McCarthy which allowed Smith to score. Then an error by the shortstop on a ball hit by Ernst allowed Roznoski and McCarthy to cross the plate and tie the score at five.
Junior designated player Erinn Wright came up next and laced her first triple of the season down the right-field line for the go-ahead run. Senior Lindsey Tobias came up next and produced the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Gooding (7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB) settled down and shut down the Flyers over the final three frames for the win. The right-hander allowed just one earned run and went the distance while retiring the last six batters she faced in her fourth complete game.
Four Rockets had two hits in the second game, including Roznoski (2-for-5; 2 R), Ernst (2-for-4; 3 RBI), Tobias (2-for-3; 2 RBI) and A. Smith (2-for-4; RBI).
McCarthy (1-for-4; RBI) and sophomore first baseman Leigh Nebendahl (1-for-4) also recorded a hit.
UD's Alysha Isaacson (4.0 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 1 K) was charged with the loss.
Toledo out-slugged Dayton 12-7 and left six runners on base. The Flyers left four on and committed two errors against UT's one miscue.
Roznoski swiped second base in the third inning to raise her season total to a conference-best 15 steals on the year.