Toledo suffered a 5-0 setback to arch-rival Bowling Green in Friday's Mid-American Conference series opener at chilly Scott Park. With the loss, the Rockets fall to 12-19 overall, 4-6 in the league.
The Falcons' (9-19, 4-6 MAC) Cody Apthorpe (3-2) stymied UT's powerful bats over the opening 8.0 innings, yielding only six hits with four strikeouts to collect the victory. The Midnight Blue & Gold entered today's series opener leading the MAC in overall team batting average (.290).
UT senior LHP Kyle Shaw (3-5) was equally as effective in 7.0 frames on the mound, but the southpaw was saddled with the setback. Shaw allowed one run (one earned) on five hits with one punchout. The LaGrange, OH native has now worked at least 6.0 innings in six-straight starts.
Offensively, freshman 2B Deion Tansel (2-for-2, BB) was the only Rocket with more than one hit.
Despite being shutout for the third time this spring, Toledo had its opportunities against Apthorpe, tallying hits in six different innings. Unfortunately for the 2012 MAC West Division champs, they could not come up with the clutch hit and left nine runners on base, snapping their four-game win streak in the series.
BGSU opened the scoring on a RBI single off the bat of Patrick Lancaster (1-for-4, RS, RBI) in the third inning. The visitors took advantage of a one-out walk, a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt and back-to-back hits to grab a lead they would not relinquish.
The score remained the same until the ninth when the Falcons created some breathing room with four runs on the strength of three hits & three walks against UT sophomore RHP Adam Tyson. The big hits in the inning were two-run doubles by 1B Jeremy Shay (2-for-4, 2 RBI) and 3B Nick Glanzman (2-for-2, RS, 2 RBI) to stretch the margin to five.
The Rockets and Falcons will continue their three-game series tomorrow with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Junior RHP Cameron Palmer is slated to start on the hill for Toledo.