BASEBALL | Kent State bats not at their best, but still good enough to top Toledo – Sports – Record-Courier

If scoring six runs while facing an opponent’s top starter on a chilly early May evening is a disappointment, your offense has officially started rolling.

The Kent State baseball team chipped more than they fought in the series opener against Toledo on Friday night, but the club did enough in all three stages to score a routine 6-3 win over Toledo at Schoonover Stadium.

After an average of 10.2 runs and 51 extra base hits in the last 10 games, the Golden Flashes (23-20, 10-7 Mid-American Conference) were “held” against the Rockets for nine hits – four for additional bases. . (15-28, 3-14). They did all their damage against Toledo’s starter Doug Smith (3-3) to take control, then runner-up Tyler Drabick nailed Kent State’s ninth win in their last 11 games by getting 3 2/3 innings more hit Relief delivered.

Flashes trainer Jeff Duncan smiled when asked about the “night off” of his offense.

“This offensive is very dynamic. We can get runs in many different ways,” said Duncan. “Tonight we did a good job moving the runners and got away with two hit prey flies. We had some long and gritty at-bats.”

Michael Turner’s sophomore competed twice in victim fly runs and also delivered an RBI double during a third three-run inning that put Kent State 4-1 ahead. Freshman Collin Mathews also plated a run with a sack fly, then tripled and scored in fifth.

Sophomore leadoff hitter Ben Carew continued to set the tone, as he has all season long. Carew, a first year starter who barely played as a Redshirt freshman last year, went 2 for 4 with a doubles to increase his batting average to 0.398 in the year. He leads the Flashes on average, hitting (68) and doubling (12), stealing a team high of 20 bases in as many attempts and attacking three homers and 30 RBIs.

Carew wasn’t in the line-up on Kent State’s opening day but took the opportunity to play when it was unveiled in early 2019.

“It took a while, but I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to play with confidence and have fun,” said Carew. “The game slows down, everything starts to make more sense, and before you know it, things start to fall into place before you even know what is happening.”

Drabick has seized his chances since returning from an arm injury earlier this season. The former North Canton Hoover High School star has not allowed a run in his last three outings, covering 7 2/3 innings. Drabick only allowed two hits and hit six during this stretch.

“I’m finally starting to get into a little groove by doing three or four (innings) at a time,” said Drabick. “Tonight I made progress, just threw my two-seam fastball and let it do its job. I got into a groove and just kept going.”

The senior lefty Connor Wollersheim (5-5) fought his way through the first 5 1/3 innings and enabled three runs with seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts.

“We got off to a good start from Wollersheim. He made some great throws and was strong,” said Duncan. “The real key was Drabick, the way he closed the door. He had very good things – fastball, cutter, a lot of depth and movement, and there was a certain speed behind it. ”

Kent State is currently fourth in the MAC rankings and has eight more games to contend with, starting with the last two Conference home events of the season against the Rockets on Saturday and Sunday.

“Our attack can be fatal. We lost some arms (to injuries) but we’re getting some guys back. We made another zero (mistakes) defensively tonight,” said Duncan. “I think right now we’re a club that nobody wants to play.”

Comments are closed.