April 13, 2013
Contact: Jeff Sattora
Canfield, Ohio- Senior first baseman Dara Toman made a mark in the Cleveland State record book Saturday, as a seventh inning solo home run not only ignited a comeback win in game one of a doubleheader over Horizon League foe Youngstown State, it also gave Toman the Cleveland State career RBI record.
Toman's blast in an eventual 5-4 comeback win gave the senior her 132nd career RBI, surpassing the previous record of 131 set by Christa Coppus from 2006-2009.
The comeback win for Cleveland State (12-17, 3-2) was the first of two wins of the day for the Vikings, as they also took down Youngstown State 11-6 in game two Saturday.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the seventh inning in that first game win, Toman led off the frame with her fifth homer of the year to get things rolling. Back to back singles by Erica McNew and Nena Doran put two CSU runners on base with no outs in the rally. A sacrifice bunt by Caila Ferro (pushing the runners to second and third) and fly-out by Alyson Broschk took CSU down to its final out still in a 3-2 hole.
Despite the two outs Cleveland State kept fighting as a single by Janessa Rivera-Keahi scored two runs and a throwing error by the Youngstown State second baseman eventually brought Rivera-Keahi around to score on a Darien Ward single to give the Vikings the lead and eventual win.
That seventh inning offense continued in game two of the day, as Cleveland State scored double-digit runs for the first time all season in the 11-6 victory.
Four different Vikings picked up multiple hits in the game two win, led by Erica McNew and Caila Ferro with three apiece. Of her three hits, McNew blasted two home runs, pushing her Horizon League leading total to 12 on the year.
While McNew did her damage with the long ball, Ferro knocked three singles in game two, pushing across one run. Nena Doran (two RBI's) and Dara Toman (one RBI) also each picked up two hits in late game, with Doran hitting two singles and Toman picking up a double and single.
Even with the solid CSU hitting all the way around, game two stayed close until the top of the sixth inning. In that inning the Vikings pushed five runs across, with McNew's second home run accounting for three of those, to turn a 6-6 tie into an 11-6 win.
On the mound for the Vikings Saturday two different players were able to earn wins. Alex Radjen (4-3) earned her fourth win of the year with seven complete inning of work in the 5-4 win, while Susan Knight (7-7) took home her seventh win of 2013 in five innings of action in the 11-6 victory.
Cleveland State will look to continue its hot hitting as the two teams take the field tomorrow to conclude a three game series at noon.