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Rodriguez strikes out seven in win vs Omaha

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The Mud Hens came into today’s game, winning four out the first five games of their home stand against the Omaha Storm Chasers. RHP Elvin Rodriguez made his 15th start of the season (16th appearance). In the last three games, Rodriguez had allowed at least three runs, and looked to end that slump today. RHP Jackson Kowar would be his opposer, as Kowar looked to get Omaha back in the winning column.

RHP Elvin Rodriguez would start hot on the mound, striking out the side in the first inning. The offense would get the runs going for the Hens in the second, as Chris Rabago drove in his sixth RBI of the year. Zack Short was credited with the run, after drawing a walk earlier in the inning. Rabago’s RBI single gave the Hens an early 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, the Omaha Storm Chasers would load the bases, however RHP Elvin Rodriguez would leave them full, giving him his third straight shutout inning of the ballgame.

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‘He’s our good luck charm’: University of Toledo baseball team holds special signing day for 6-year-old Ian Alexander

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TOLEDO, Ohio — The University of Toledo baseball team is in the midst of an incredible season and Monday they added another huge recruit.

6-year-old Ian Alexander signed his letter of intent in front of the entire baseball team inside the Grogan Room at Savage Arena. It’s part of a partnership with Team IMPACT that brings youths together with sports teams to live out their dreams.

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Baseball Clipped by Toledo in Sunday Series Finale

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TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team dropped its final game of the four-game series against the University of Toledo Sunday, April 24, 15-5 in seven innings.

Senior Brady Huebbe (Peru, Ill.-La Salle-Peru (Northern Illinois)) led the Eagles offensively, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs on two home runs. Junior Matt Kirk (Milford, Ohio-Milford (Toledo)) added to Huebbe’s awesome power-hitting performance by going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Junior Frankie Volkers (Maple Grove, Minn.-Maple Grove (North Iowa)) (1-3) got the ball to start for Eastern Michigan (15-24, 10-14 MAC) and took the loss.

How It Happened
The Eagles were trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning when they first put runs on the board. Huebbe got Eastern Michigan’s bats going with a one-out solo home run.

EMU kept the Rockets off the board before narrowing the gap further in the fifth. The Green and White offense exploded for four runs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Huebbe, which brought the score to 8-5 in favor of the Rockets. The Eagles were unable to get any closer, as Toledo added seven runs to its tally on the way to a 15-5 final.

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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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