May 11, 2012
KENT, Ohio -- Ryan Brenner and Matt Honchel had two hits each, but a first-inning home run was all Kent State would need in a 3-0 victory over Miami Friday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium. The shutout was the first against Miami this season and the second straight time that the Golden Flashes have held the RedHawks scoreless dating back to the 2011 MAC Championship game.
Shawn Marquardt (5-5) suffered the loss, despite throwing seven solid innings against the MAC's top team. He scattered nine hits and struck out six, the seventh time this season he fanned at least that total, while walking just one. The first inning home run came against the second batter he faced and was on a 1-2 count.
The Golden Flashes, who have already clinched the East Division title, improve to 19-3 in the league and 31-17 overall. They added a run in the second on an infield single with one out, a groundout and single to right center. Kent State's final run was unearned as two hits around a passed ball and walk made the score 3-0.
Miami (26-24, 10-12) had its best chance to get on the board in the seventh. Honchel, the leading hitter in the MAC and the nation's top-hitting freshman, led off with a single up the middle. After a strikeout, Ryan Curl dropped down a perfect bunt for and infield single. But David Starn struck out John Crummy, pinch-hitting for Max Andresen, and got Brenner to fly out to left to keep the RedHawks at bay.
Starn (7-3) struck out nine RedHawks over seven innings, with two other pitchers added two more Ks in helping to complete the shutout. The 11 strikeouts was one shy of Miami's season high.
The two teams meet again tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.