JD Orr delivered a 4-for-5 performance with two runs, two RBI and four stolen bases; and Peyton Burdick was 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs as Wright State pounded Toledo, 10-5, in non-conference college baseball action on Wednesday at Nischwitz Stadium.
Wright State won its fifth in a row and improved to 9-4. Fueled by wins over top 20 programs Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and East Carolina earlier in the season, the Raiders begin Horizon League play on Friday, hosting the opener of a three-game weekend series against Milwaukee at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Raiders jumped to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and never trailed. Riley Perlich completed four innings in his first start and allowed just one earned run while striking out five. Henry Von Hollen entered in relief and recorded the win, though he was reached for three runs and five hits. Bradley Deboutte recorded two scoreless frames with four strikeouts, and Triston Haught allowed a run and two hits finishing the game in then ninth.
Perlich opened with a seven-pitch first inning using three fly outs to retire the Rockets in order. The Raiders opened the scoring when Zane Harris hit a ball that touched down just a couple feet from the left field line for a double. Burdick, who singled and advanced to second base on a balk scored on the Harris double. Wright State proceeded to load the bases, but Toledo starter Axel Bueter escaped without allowing any more runs.
After leaving the bases full in the first, Wright State took full advantage of offensive opportunities in the second. The Raiders tallied four runs in the inning all with two outs to open up an early 5-0 lead. Orr singled into right and then stole both second and third for his first two of four stolen bases on the day. Chase Slone took a four-pitch walk to put runners at the corners and Burdick singled for an RBI. Harris ripped a bases clearing double to left and Zach Weatherford added the final run of the frame with an RBI single.
The Rockets put a run on the board and the Raiders responded with a run of their own. Burdick stayed patient at the plate and drew a lead-off walk on seven pitches and scored the sixth Wrigh State run after a Weatherford double.
Toledo put together their best offensive stretch of the day, scoring three runs in the fifth on Henry Van Hollen. Wright State once again answered by adding two runs of their own, extending the lead to 8-4 after the fifth. Orr and Burdick continued their fantastic day at the plate with an RBI each in the frame.
Wright State put the finishing touches on their third straight home game with ten or more runs by adding two more runs in the sixth. The Raiders kept the pressure on the Rockets by stealing seven bases in the game, two of which were swiped by Damon Dues, who eventually scored on a wild pitch. Justin McConnell scored the final run for the Raiders on yet another Orr single and RBI.