Flashes Drop Nail Biter to Rockets

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TOLEDO, OHIO- Kent State suffered their third-straight one-run loss to Toledo as the Rockets came back to claim a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Toledo’s Scott Park.

Once again, the Golden Flashes struck first, manufacturing a run in the second. Collin Mathews reached on catcher’s interference and promptly stole second. He moved to third on a fly out and scored on a Mack Timbrook safety squeeze. Mike McNamara made it 3-0 in the third with a two-run homer that cut through the wind and cleared the left-field wall.

Peyton Cariaco got his first collegiate start on Sunday. The lefty was solid on Sunday, allowing single tallies in the third and the fifth and pitched into the sixth. Cariaco went 5.2 innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and struck out four.

After Toledo scored in the fifth, the Flashes answered right back. Again, Mathews got things started with a single, an Aidan Longwell bunt single and a sacrifice put the runners on second and third. Mack Timbrook delivered again with a sac fly to right to make it 4-2.

Toledo drew even in the sixth. After a one-out double, the Rockets got back-to-back two-out hits to knot the game at 4. An inning later, another two-out hit scored the go-ahead run and staked the Rockets to a 5-4 lead.

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