Series Record: 1-2
Conference Record: 12-9
Overall Record: 27-17
How it happened:
Game 1: Friday, May 1st — Toledo 11 Ohio 2
Ohio was able to scrap across an early run to take a 1-0 advantage in the second inning off Toledo starter Cameron Palmer. Cody Gaertner reached on an error to begin the inning and eventually was driven in on a groundout by Ohio’s Tyler Wells.
However, the lead was short-lived for the Green and White as Toledo would knock around Ohio starter Jake Miller in the visiting 3rd inning, all with two outs. John Martillotta knocked in the Rockets’ first runs with a two-run base hit to center field to give Toledo a lead they would hold onto for the entire game. Following Martillota’s two-run knock, Toledo would back up the “hits are contagious” theory of baseball, with three consecutive RBI singles by Dalton Bollinger, Corey Tipton, and Jacob Britt to extend the Toledo lead to 5-1.
The third inning would be the last for Jake Miller, who got framed with the loss as he was charged with all five runs, and dropped his record to 2-3 on the season.
Two Ohio errors in the fifth inning would lead to more runs for the Rockets. Nate Longhals knocked in two with a single and an error by Ohio’s Garrett Black allowed an additional run to score to increase the Rockets lead to 8-1.
Ohio’s couldn’t mustard much more off of Toledo starter Cameron Palmer. Palmer would pick up his fifth win of the season, throwing eight innings and giving up two runs on just five hits.
Errors would hurt the Bobcats late in the game as reliever Jeremy Cronk gave up three unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning, extending the Rocket’s lead to 11-2.
This marked the fourth win in the last five games for the Rockets.
Player of the Game: (TOL) CF- John Martillotta: 3-3, 3 RBI, 3R
Game 2: Saturday, May 2nd – Ohio 7 Toledo 4
Ohio trotted out starter Connor Sitz, who was going for a team-high sixth win on the season. However, Sitz was roughed up in the opening frame, allowing two runs on three hits—an RBI suicide squeeze by Deion Tansel and run-scoring base knock by Dalton Bollinger to give Toledo the early 2-0 advantage.
Despite being granted the early lead, Toledo starter Steven Calhoun couldn’t maintain it as the Bobcat offense would chip into that lead right away.
After Jake Madsen’s groundout plated an Ohio run in the first inning, sophomore infielder Ty Black was hit by a pitch with two outs, which set up a two-run homerun (1st of the season) by catcher Kyle Dean, leapfrogging Ohio into the lead.
Ohio would play long ball once again just one inning later, DH Cody Gaertner parked his second home run of the season, a solo shot to extend the Green and White’s lead to 4-2.
On the back of a two run lead, Sitz once again struggled in the 4th inning. After walking a batter and allowing a base hit, Sitz was replaced by reliever Tom Colletti. Colletti loaded the bases with two outs before walking Matt Hansen to allow a run and hitting Deion Tansel to force in the tying run. Colletti was able to get out of the inning by getting John Martillotta to ground into a fielder’s choice and kept the game tied at four.
After giving up a two-run lead, Ohio’s offense would score in three of their next four innings. In the bottom of the 4th, Kyle Dean laid down a successful bunt that scored Tyler Wells to give the lead back to Ohio at 5-4. Two innings later, Garrett Black roped a single through the 5-6 hole to plate Ty Black and give Ohio their second two-run lead of the game.
Cody Gaertner would add his second hit of the game, a double to left center to score Jake Madsen and Ohio had their biggest lead of the game at 7-4.
In the ninth inning, Ohio closer Logan Cozart tossed a 1-2-3 inning to record his 9th save of the season and give reliever Tom Colletti his third win of the season.
- With the win, Ohio has won 13 of their last 16 games
- Cozart’s 9th save tied Chad Reed’s nine saves in 1992 for most in a single-season
- Cozart also lowered his ERA to a team-leading 1.91
- Mitch Longo went 2-4, his 18th multi-hit game in 2015
- 8 of 9 Ohio starters recorded a hit
Player of the Game: (OH) DH- Cody Gaertner: 2-3, HR, 2RBI, BB
Game 3: Sunday, May 3rd – Toledo 6 Ohio 4 (15)
In the rubber match of a three game series, Ohio called on starter Jake Rudnicki to take the hill, and he delivered a quality outing. Through the first five innings, Rudnicki held the Rockets scoreless and to just one hit, while the Ohio offense was able to take the lead.
Facing one of Toledo’s best starters in Caleb Schillace (2.48 ERA), Ohio took the lead right away in the bottom frame of the first inning with an RBI double by Garrett Black that scored center fielder Manny DeJesus, who led off the game with a walk.
A leadoff walk once again led to an Ohio run in the third inning, when Mitch Longo doubled down the left field line to score Kyle Dean. This gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead, and gave Longo his team-leading 36th RBI of the season.
Rudnicki stayed clean through the sixth inning despite giving up a pair of singles, but could not get out of the 7th. A DeJesus error in center field allowed Dalton Bollinger to score on a Ryan Callahan single, cutting the Ohio lead to just 2-1.
In the Toledo eighth inning, the Rockets were able to knock around Ohio reliever Corey Wells. Toledo’s John Martillotta, who knocked in three runs in the opening game of the series, doubled in a run to tie the game and Dalton Bollinger singled in the go-ahead run with two outs.
The lead was short-lived for the Rockets, as senior Jake Madsen led off the bottom of the eighth inning with his second home run of the season, this one off reliever Adam Tyson to tie the game at three.
Ohio reliever Tom Colletti would pitch great throughout the rest of the marathon match, stranding seven Toledo runners on base from the 8th inning through the 14th. With two on and two out in the bottom of the 14th, Madsen had a chance to win it for Ohio, but fouled out to third base, sending the game to the 15th.
Colletti could not get out of the 15th inning, as he loaded the bases before being replaced by reliever Jake Miller. Miller would face just one batter, hitting Toledo’s Nate Langhals and forcing in a run to give the Rockets the lead. Spencer Sapp came in to pitch for Ohio, but a fielder’s choice followed by a throwing error, led to two more runs for Toledo and a 6-3 lead.
Ohio got a team-leading 5th homerun of the year by Tyler Wells in the bottom of the 15th, but the comeback attempt came up short as Toledo’s Kyle Rago nailed down his first save of the season, giving Toledo the 6-4 win and their fourth consecutive MAC-series win.
- Reliever Tom Colletti pitched 6 2/3 innings and was handed his second loss of the season
- The two teams combined for 30 hits and used a total of 11 pitchers
- Tyler Wells knocked his team-leading 5th homer of the season
- 22nd time this season Ohio had ten or more hits
- Outfielder Manny DeJesus went 2-4, his 15th multi-hit game of the season
- 8 of 9 Ohio starters had a hit
Player of the Game: (OH) SS- Garrett Black: 4-7 2B, RBI
Despite the loss, it was the first MAC-series loss for the Bobcats since losing two out of three to the Bowling Green Falcons (4/10-4/12).
With their win in the second game of the series, Ohio now has 27 wins, 2nd most in the entire MAC Conference, behind Central Michigan’s 30 wins.
Despite the 2nd most wins in the conference, Ohio sits 1.5 games back of Kent State, who took two out of three games over the weekend against MAC-East cellar dweller Buffalo.
Looking ahead for the Bobcats, they will have to win it on the road over their next two series. They are 12-8 on the road this season. Before their final two road MAC-series, Ohio will host their final game of the season at Bob Wren stadium in Ohio, a non-conference showdown with the Dayton Flyers. This season, Ohio has posted a 14-8 non-conference record.
In their final two MAC-series, Ohio looks to have the more favorable schedule, with road matchups against Eastern Michigan (18-29, 8-13), and rival Miami (OH) (11-34, 9-12). Kent State will host a three game series with Bowling Green (19-24, 11-10) and a road series with Akron (22-24, 10-11) to finish the season.