May 24, 2012
AVON, Ohio -- Kevin Bower's two-out base hit through the right side of the infield drove in Ryan Curl from second base, lifting No. 6 seed Miami to a 2-1 victory over Eastern Michigan Thursday night in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
With the win, the RedHawks (30-27) advance to the final game of their bracket, playing either the Eagles or Central Michigan at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Those two teams play at 12:30 in an elimination game.
Mac Thoreson (7-3) enjoyed his best outing of the season, allowing only two hits and an unearned run over nine innings. He walked just one, hit a couple, while striking out six. Matt Rosinski earned his 10th save of the season, with two strikeouts and a game-ending fly ball in the bottom of the frame.
Steve Weber (7-5) suffered the hard-luck luck loss, pitching all 10 innings for the sixth-seeded Eagles (25-30).
Ryan Curl started the final rally with a single to center field. After a strike out, he took second on a hit-and-run groundout by Matt Honchel. Bower hit the next pitch past a diving first baseman, although he deflected the ball, ensuring Curl Would score. The inning could have been bigger, after Bryce Redeker and Max Andresen singled, but Bower was thrown out at the plate trying to add some insurance.
Unlike yesterday, when it led 2-0 after 1, Miami fell behind by surrendering an unearned run in the first. A leadoff hit off Thoreson's leg set up a bases-loaded situation after a one-out error on shortstop Scott Slappey and hit batter. A groundout scored the Eagles' opening run.
After the rocky first, Thoreson settled down to retire 23 of the next 27 batters. He was helped by a double play in the seventh, erasing the only hit allowed in that span. The other runners reached by a walk, error and hit batter.
Miami loaded the bases in the sixth, but was only able to get the tying run across. Kevin Bower walked before Redeker and singled. John Crummy fouled off five pitches before striking out, but Dan Walsh followed with a high bouncer to first that scored Bower.
Redeker and Andresen both had two of Miami's nine hits in the contest.