May 19, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio -- Freshman Matt Honchel drove in two runs with three hits and Max Andresen drove in two with a bases-loaded double in the first, leading Miami to a 6-3 victory over Ohio in the 2012 regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Charles Zubrod (4-4) pitched five strong innings to get the win, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks. He fanned three before giving way to Brooks Fiala, who earned his first save of the year. Fiala gave up three hits and a ninth-inning run, while walking one and striking out another.
Miami (28-27, 12-15) opened a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. The RedHawks' first three batters loaded the bases with two walks and an error, setting up Andresen for a one-out double off the wall in right.
Kendall Johnson, making just his fourth start, singled to start the second. Ryan Brenner walked around a pair of outs, then Honchel extended his hitting streak to a season-long 12 games with a run-scoring single. Miami then attempted a double steal, but a passed ball on the pitch brought Brenner home easily.
A walk to Brenner set up another run in the fourth. With one out, he took four sraight balls, then stole second. After the second out, Honchel singled to center for his 30th multiple-hit game of the season.
Ohio clawed back with two runs in the fifth, aided by a popup that got lost in the bright Athens sunshine. The Bobcats started with two hits, the second of the infield variety, around a walk to load the bases. A short fly to center kept the bases loaded, then Ben Otto lofted another popup to center. But Ryan Curl lost the ball in the sun and it dropped in for an RBI single. A groundout cut the lead to 5-2, but Zubrod ended the threat with a strikeout.
From there Fiala took over, retiring the first six batters he faced. He put the first two runners on in the eighth, but got three straight outs, then traded outs for hits after the Bobcats started the ninth with two singles.
The RedHawks return to action on Wednesday in the first round of the MAC Tournament in Avon, Ohio. They will face No. 2 seed Toledo with No. 3 Central Michigan and No. 6 Eastern Michigan also in the bracket.