OXFORD, Ohio -- Sophomore Max Andresen and freshman Chad Sedio combined to drive in eight runs and Mac Thoreson pitched around a 58-minute rain delay, leading the RedHawks to a 13-5 victory over Buffalo Saturday night at McKie Field. The Bulls took the opening game of the doubleheader 7-3.
Andresen had a three-run home run in the second inning of the nightcap, then restarted the game after the delay with a two-run single in the fourth. Sedio had a two run-triple and RBI single as part of a 3-for-4 effort.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Miami exploded for five runs in the second. Sedio gave the RedHawks the lead driving in two with a triple to left center. After a walk, Andresen made the score 5-1 with his second home run of the season, a blast to right center.
Buffalo closed the gap with three runs in the fourth, capitalizing on four hits and an error, but Miami struck back. Andresen walked and Matt Honchel singled to start the rally. One out later, with runners on second and third, an error on the Bulls's second baseman allowed two more runs to score. A walk loaded the bases and chased starter Anthony Magovney (6-4). After the second out, Sedio singled through the left side for another RBI.
After a walk, rain halted play for 58 minutes, but the RedHawks weren't through. Andresen worked the count full, then hit the seventh pitch of the at-bat into center for a two more runs and an 11-4 advantage.
The Bulls tallied a run on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Thoreson, but the senior escaped the jam with a flyball to center. Miami finished the scoring when two runs scored on an groundball error in the fifth.
Thoreson, who earned his bachelor's degree from Miami earlier in the day, gained the win to improve to 5-5. He allowed seven hits and five runs (four earned) in seven innings. Seth Varner and Brandon Adkins each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
In the opener, Miami battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game, but the Bulls scored four runs in the final three innings for the victory. Buffalo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the RedHawks pulled even on an Alex Johnson sacrifice fly.
A two-run home run in the third put Buffalo back ahead, but Johnson singled in a run in the bottom of the third and led off the sixth with a solo home run to even the score at 3. But a Bulls round-tripper in the seventh proved to the game winner.
Johnson finished the contest with three hits, then added a pair of hits in the nightcap.
With the split, Buffalo (28-20) maintained its lead in the Mid-American Conference with a 16-6 record, one-half game ahead of Kent State. Miami stands 23-26 overall and 12-11 in league play. The Redhawks are a game out of fourth place.
The two teams complete the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.