Shay shines, comes a single short of cycle in BG win

Chris Sojka and Chris Sojka

Standing in the batters box in the eighth inning in his last at-bat of the game, shortstop Ryan Shay was looking for a mere single to hit for the cycle. Even though he grounded out to third base, he had three of the team’s 19 hits in the Falcon’s 15-9 victory over Toledo in front of 243 at Scott Park Complex. Along with Shay, Brian Hangbers, Tyler Elkins, Derek Spencer and Mark Galvin had three hits apiece in the non-conference win, a game in which UT brought 10 pitchers to the mound. ‘A lot of people contributed today, which was great to see,’ coach Danny Schmitz said. ‘We did a real nice job offensively today.’ It took BG three innings to get runs on the board, but once they started, they were tough to slow down. Shay started off the third inning with a double, Hangbers singled behind him and then Elkins singled. Two hits and an error later, the Falcons led UT, 4-2, in the five hit inning. Starting pitcher Kyle Atkinson, who is now 2-0 on the season, went four strong innings for the Falcons striking out six and giving up only four hits. ‘I thought this was Atkinson’s best outing of the year,’ Schmitz said. ‘He made only one bad pitch in four innings, and that was the home run he gave up in the top of the first.’ The fifth inning was when BG took over the game. Jon Berti led off the inning with a double down the left field line and Galvin singled to right field, advancing Berti over to third base. Ryan Price then reached first base on a fielder’s choice, scoring Berti. After the run, Shay homered to right center which scored Price. After Hangbers walked and Elkins doubled, two more walks and a single in the inning made it a seven-run, six-hit inning for the Falcons. The Rockets threatened in the seventh inning when the scored four runs, but it was not enough to overcome BG’s two big innings at the plate. Even though UT had 14 hits and scored nine runs in the contest, Schmitz was not too terribly concerned. ‘Today was one of those games where we tried getting a lot of people some work.’