SPORTS

Baseball Wins Series Finale With Toledo

by | Mar 5, 2019 | Sports

Sophomore Ruben Fontes celebrates his homerun with his teammates.

 

Ruben Fontes’ solo home run to right center in the eighth inning was the difference in Sunday’s 3-2 series finale win over Toledo at Wilson Field.

The sophomore’s fourth home run of the season — and second in less than 24 hours — broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Wildcats, now 6-3, win their second straight after dropping Saturday’s series opener.

Shortstop Max Bazin makes a play to first on a ground ball.

“He was in the cage at 7:50 this morning,” said second baseman Matt Frey. “He works his tail off, swings at good pitches and is crushing the ball.”

Frey, who has hit a team-best .467 over the past five games, helped the Wildcats get an early lead and Josh Hudson helped them keep it.

Hitting third in the order, Frey doubled in Eric Jones in the first inning, then pushed the Wildcats back in front 2-1 with an RBI-single in the third.

Meanwhile, Hudson struck out the first five batters he faced and delivered six strong innings in his first Sunday start of the year. He struck out 11 and scattered five hits.

“Hudson was awesome,” said Frey. “He’s just throwing all three of his pitches for strikes, and he’s got some natural cut on his pitches. When he’s throwing all three for strikes, he’s not fun to face.” 

Pitcher Austin Leonard earned the “W” for the ‘Cats.

Added Hudson: “I was able to get ahead in the count a lot. As the game went on, I found better off-speed stuff and that helped me.”

The Rockets (4-5) got their first run on a Brad Boss RBI-single in the third, then tied the game on a Ryan Thompson solo home run in the seventh.

After Fontes went deep, Pete Bloomberg came on to strike out the side in the ninth.

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