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Toledo Takes Series Finale Against Western Michigan, 12-7

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 04/15/2012
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TOLEDO, Ohio- Toledo pounded out 16 hits off four Bronco pitchers on the way to a 12-7 win over Western Michigan Sunday. The Rockets took the series against WMU, 2-1. The Broncos slipped to 16-17 overall and 6-5 in the Mid-American Conference.

Senior outfielder Jack Scanlon batted 3-for-4 with two home runs and totaled four RBIs. Scanlon hit his first home run of the year yesterday and added his second and third today. He went deep for a solo shot in the third and belted a three-run blast in the seventh.

Toledo (17-19, 6-6 MAC) also flexed its offensive muscles however, as the Rockets registered a season high in runs and had its second-highest hit total of the spring.

UT scored four runs in the first inning off of Bronco left-handed starter Steve Laudicina, using four singles, a walk and passed ball.

WMU cut the deficit to two with a run in the second and Scanlon's home run in the third. The Rockets put a tally on the board in the bottom of the third and then scored three unearned runs in the fourth, increasing their margin to 8-2 and ending Laudicina's day. James Miglin hit a two-run home run for UT in the fourth.

Patrick Duncan hit an RBI double and Nick Bradley drove in a run with a single in the sixth, trimming the score to 8-4. UT's Ben Hammer quickly ended the momentum swing, hitting a two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning.

Scanlon's three-run round-tripper in the seventh cut the lead to 10-7 and Toledo responded with two final runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Laudicina (3-3) lasted 3.2 innings in the loss, allowing eight hits, eight runs (five earned), walking three and striking out three. Chris Bossenbery did a majority of the work out of the bullpen, throwing 3.1 frames. Patrick Borlik and Matt Nestor both appeared in the final inning.

Bradley and Duncan also hit 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI. Dan Shutes drove in WMU's run in the second.

Toledo RHP Mike Hamann (1-4) was worked the opening 6.1 innings to earn the win.

Western Michigan heads to East Lansing, Mich., Tuesday for a 3:05 p.m. matchup against Michigan State.