May 5, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Bryce Redeker and Nate Bowles drove in two runs each with a pair of hits and three Miami pitchers combined for the RedHawks's fourth shutout of the season, 6-0 over Akron Saturday night at McKie Field. The victory was the 200th at Miami for Head Coach Dan Simonds.
Junior Mac Thoreson scattered eight hits over 7.1 innings to improve to 6-3 on the season. He walked two and fanned five. Brandon Adkins faced three batters in the eighth, loading the bases with a walk before ending the frame with back-to-back strikeouts, then Nathan Williams closed the door by retiring three straight Akron batters, one on strikes, in the ninth.
Miami (24-23, 9-11) opened things up with two runs in the second. Matt Honchel led off with a second and took second on a groundout. Dan Walsh followed with a single to put runners on the corners before a sacrifice fly by Ryan Curl. After a walk, Bowles stroked the ninth pitch he saw to center field for an RBI single.
In the third, Kevin Bower and Redeker singled to start the frame. After a sacrifice moved the runners up, Honchel blooped a popup over third to make the score 3-0. The hit chased Akron starter Pat Dyer (3-4), who gave up seven hits in just 2.1 innings of work.
The RedHawks broke the game open in the fourth on a two-run, two-out double down the left-field line. Curl walked and took second on a pickoff attempt that was thrown away. Another walk to Brenner put Miami in position to break the game open, but Akron (17-29, 10-10) seemed to dodge the bullet. The Zips got a forceout at third on a sacrifice attempt and caught Brenner trying to steal third for two outs. But after third walk in the inning, Redeker brought both runners home.
Miami capped the scoring in the sixth when Bowles doubled with one out, bringing in Curl, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
The RedHawks will go for their first MAC sweep of the year tomorrow when the series concludes at 1 p.m. Before the game, seven Miami seniors will be honored in Senior Day festivities.