The University of Dayton baseball team opened its week with a 12-9 win over Toledo on Tuesday afternoon. Dayton has now won 16 of its last 21 games and is now 18-13-1 on the season, while Toledo’s record drops to 10-18 with the loss.
Takahiro Yamada opened the top of the sixth with a walk and Michael Cleary followed with a home run to right for the first of two runs of what would be a five-run inning for the Flyers. Cleary’s home run put Dayton up 9-4, then Connor Echols and Eddie Pursinger both walked to reach base and scored on a two-RBI single to center from Jay Curtis with two outs. Curtis moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, then pinch hitter Marcos Pujolsdrove him in with a line drive single to left field to push the lead up to eight, which was enough of a cushion for the rest of the game.
Top 1: Dayton 4, Toledo 0
Michael Cleary (walk) and Benjamin Blackwell (hit by pitch) both reached base to start the game, then on a double steal attempt, the Toledo catcher threw the ball into centerfield trying to catch Blackwell at second, which allowed Cleary to score. Eddie Pursinger also walked and Riley Tirotta hit his team-high eighth double to drive in a pair. Tirotta moved up to third on an error and scored when Connor Wilson grounded out hard to the shortstop.
Bottom 2: Dayton 4, Toledo 1
Ryan Thompson got Toledo’s first hit of the day with a two-out solo shot to right field.
Top 3: Dayton 6, Toledo 1
Riley Tirotta drew a two-out walk and stole both second and third before scoring on a play where Toledo’s pitcher attempted to pick off Jay Curtis at first base after yielding a walk to Curtis. Curtis advanced all the way to third on the play and would go on to score off a wild pitch.
Top 4: Dayton 7, Toledo 1
Michael Cleary walked and stole second base before two wild pitches allowed him to score.
Bottom 4: Dayton 7, Toledo 3
Darryn Davis got a base knock to reach and Ryan Thompson hit his second home run of the day to bring the score to 7-3.
Bottom 5: Dayton 7, Toledo 4
A leadoff walk to the inning came back to bite starter Cole Pletka, as a Chris Meyers single to left drove home Thomas Eitniear.
Top 6: Dayton 12, Toledo 4
Takahiro Yamada opened the top of the sixth with a walk and Michael Cleary followed with a home run to right for the first of two runs of what would be a five-run inning for the Flyers. Cleary’s home run put Dayton up 9-4, then Connor Echols and Eddie Pursinger both walked to reach base and scored on a two-RBI single to center from Jay Curtis with two outs. Curtis moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, then pinch hitter Marcos Pujols drove him in with a line drive single to left field to push the lead up to eight.
Bottom 9: Dayton 12, Toledo 9
Toledo scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth, all with two outs and brought the game-tying run to the plate, but Tyler Jones came in and slammed the door with a strikeout.
- Dayton is now 16-5 in its last 21 games.
- The Flyers drew 15 walks at the plate.
- Michael Cleary, Riley Tirotta and Jay Curtis all shared a team-high two RBI.
- Jay Curtis went 1-for-3 and now has an 11-game hitting streak.
- Cleary, Tirotta and Benjamin Blackwell, who all ranked in the top 10 of the Atlantic 10 Conference in stolen bases entering the day, all stole a pair of bases.
- Cole Pletka struck out nine batters in 4.2 innings of work as the starting pitcher.
- Pletka has now struck out 27 batters in his last three starts (16.1 innings).
- Justin Longbrake threw 1.1 scoreless innings of relief with no hits allowed.
- The last time Dayton played its next opponent Ohio State was April 9, 2014, which resulted in an 8-5 Flyers victory.
- Dayton will play Ohio State in Columbus tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. (ET), which will also be broadcast on BIg Ten Network Plus ($).
- The Flyers will welcome Richmond to DP&L Stadium next weekend, as UD looks for its fifth straight A-10 series win dating back to last season.