Baseball falls at Toledo, 11-7 as comeback effort falls short
After nearly pitching his third complete game of the season on Sunday, freshman left-hander Tyler Hankins returned to the mound for the Central Michigan baseball team Saturday at Toledo.
Following a 4-1 win in the series opener Friday, Hankins and the Chippewas came up short in game two, 11-7 to the Rockets.
CMU falls to 27-23 on the season and 14-6 in Mid-American Conference play. The Chippewas entered the day leading the West Division by three games and trailing Kent State by two games for first place overall.
Trailing 8-5 in the eighth inning, senior Alex Borglin delivered a two-run single to make it a one-run game. However, the Rockets answered with a two home runs off senior Jordan Grosjean in the bottom of the inning to pull away.
In one of his shorter outings of his career, Hankins (5-2) was pulled after four innings Saturday after surrendering three runs on six hits and one walk. The Bartlett, Illinois native was pulled for sophomore Michael Brettell, who pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on four hits.
Junior Nick Stokowski hit a home run in the eighth inning and had an RBI-double in the fourth. Borglin went 3-for-4 on the day with three RBIs.
Jason Sullivan, Evan Kratt, Zach Heeke and Zach Gilles each added two hits.
The Chippewas and Rockets meet for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sophomore-right hander Dazon Cole (2-5) is expected to get the start.