AKRON, Ohio -- Senior Mac Thoreson struck out a career-high 11 batters, while an unearned run in the seventh inning was the difference in a 2-1 Miami victory over Akron Saturday afternoon at Lee Jackson Field.
With the win -- the third straight in MAC play and the 12th in 18 games since a 2-6 start -- the RedHawks improve to 14-12 overall and 7-1 in the league. Miami is now two games above .500 for the first time this season.
Ryan Elble had a hand in both runs, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a run scored. In the decisive frame, he led off with a single through the left side, took second on a sacrifice by Dan Walsh and came home on a two-out error by the Akron first baseman.
Akron (5-23, 2-6) had taken a 1-0 lead in the third when a leadoff triple was followed by an RBI groundout. The RedHawks (14-12, 7-1) pulled even in the fifth. Elble led off with a bunt single, but a fielder's choice put Walsh at first. Max Andresen singled and Matt Honchel walked to load the bases, setting Alex Johnson up for a sacrifice fly.
Thorseon (3-3) allowed five hits while walking two in his first complete game of the season. John Valek (2-5) took the loss despite a complete-game effort in which he allowed only six hits.
Honchel extended his hitting streak to 11 games by opening the contest with an infield single. Walsh and Chad Sedio had the other RedHawk hits.
The final game of the series is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.