BG to face Toledo after offensive surge

Chris Sojka and Chris Sojka

After wind gusts of over 30 mph last weekend at Steller Field, pitcher Kacy Dwornik stressed the importance of really getting over his front leg and keeping the ball as low as possible. ‘You have to hope they don’t hit any into the air to get into that jet stream,’ he said. ‘And you have to hope the defense is playing well behind you.’ For Miami and BG pitchers, always keeping the ball low in the strike zone was a challenge last weekend as 26 home runs were hit in the series. Luckily for the pitchers, position players and coaches, the wind gusts are not supposed to be nearly as strong today when the Falcons take on Toledo in a non-conference game at Steller Field at 3 p.m. ‘Baseball is not too fun to play in this [wind,]’ coach Danny Schmitz said. ‘It’s tough to be a pitcher and tough to be a position player, but both teams have to play in it.’ The Falcons have a 110-81 series lead over UT, winning the last three games, including a 15-9 victory in a game played last week at Toledo. Ryan Shay, who hit four home runs and had eight RBI last weekend, had a huge day at the plate last week in Toledo, as he was just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. ‘He’s a great hitter and he can get on some hot streaks and he’s on one of those right now,’ Schmitz said. Along with Shay, the whole Falcon squad has been hitting the baseball well. As a team last weekend, BG hit .424 and had a slugging percentage of .896, while hitting 17 home runs out of the park. Before the weekend series against Ohio University at Steller Field, the Falcons will travel to South Bend, Ind., tomorrow to take on Notre Dame in another mid-week game at 6 p.m. ‘