TOLEDO, Ohio. —- The University of Toledo baseball coach Cory Mee had to double check the address of the busiest corner in the Mid-American Conference and the home of the Toledo baseball program at Scott Park, he might have thought he was on the corner of a Nightmare on Elm Street instead of starting a weekend Mid-American Conference series against Eastern Michigan University.
Eastern Michigan University did not have any ill-effect of the luck associated with Friday the 13th the offense woke up from a small nap and launched 23 hits and scored 18 runs and defeated the University of Toledo Rockets 18-2, Friday afternoon May 13, 2011.
Eastern Michigan University baseball coach Jay Alexander said after the game his team just came into the game ready and focused.
“Our focus level is ready to go and these guys know what is at stake and they know what they want to accomplish, so it is all on them,” Alexander said about his team’s offense. “ I told them if you guys wanted then you go and get it just be prepared and practice.”
The Eagles worked out through the week because there was no midweek game scheduled and Alexander just went through fielding and hitting drills and worked on some game situation.
“I think it is two-fold, I think if you prepare your team during that off time you can come out looking sluggish but we kept practice, we kept it focused and we simulated a couple of things that we have struggled with at, last couple of weeks. And I think it has paid off,” Alexander said. “I took the high road instead of being a drill sergeant I am a player coach and I listen to my players.”
Eastern Michigan University second baseman Zack Leonard asked his assistant coach to talk to Alexander and take Monday afternoon off and come back to work on Tuesday and Alexander said that he listen to his players more than anybody else.
Alexander said this Eagle team is a mature team and they showed emotion after losing the home series last weekend against Northern Illinois University at the coziest corner in the conference Oestrike Stadium.
Eastern Michigan University open up the game in the fifth inning by scoring nine runs and sending 12 batters to the plate.
Leading the Eagle offense Eastern Michigan University Leonard going 4 of 7 and knocking in four runs also joining Leonard third baseman Ben Magsig, he knocked in four runs and finished the day 4 of 6 and Magsig scored two runs.
At the start of the day, the Eagles lead the conference with 102 double. The Eagles hit five more doubles, coming off the bench Eagle center fielder Wally Gerbus hit two doubles and scored two runs and finished 2 of 3 and one run batted in.
Eastern Michigan University starting pitching Robert Wendzicki worked seven innings striking out eight and gave up five hits and one earned run and even his record with five wins.
Alexander said Wendzicki is a Friday afternoon pitcher, he is dominating his pitches and has earned his status as the pitcher on Friday afternoon.
“That is a Friday performance, I have said earlier in the year, we don’t have a Friday guy now I think I can say that he is now a Friday guy,” Alexander said about Wendzicki’s performance after the game. “He goes out there and dominates and he give a chance to win.”
Finishing the game for the Eagles Alexander went to the bullpen and replaced Wendzicki with Taylor Dimmerling, the hard throwing relief pitcher threw two innings and struck out two and one run.
Toledo started Kyle Shaw lasted three innings and gave up four runs and six hits, Mee went to the bullpen and brought into the Adam Tyson and Mee and the rest of the Rockets baseball fans watch the struggled as Tyson gave up 10 runs and eight hits.
Mee went to the bullpen again and replaced Tyson with Trever Gast and he finished the game working four innings and he gave up four runs.
Leading the offense for the Rockets James Miglin going 3 of 4 and scoring one of the two runs scored by the Rockets.
The series continues Saturday afternoon at Scott Park and the Rockets will celebrate Senor Day by honoring the six seniors on the roster. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
The Eagles would like to continue the nightmare for the rest of the series and keep the Rockets up all night and put the rest of the conference on notice that the Eagles are going to be hunting dreams for the rest of the season.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.