May 6, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Max Andresen hit his first career home run and added a sacrifice fly for a third RBI, lifting Miami to a 4-3 win and series sweep over Akron Sunday at McKie Field. Dan Walsh had three hits, while Scott Slappey added a pair of singles.
The RedHawks (25-23, 10-11) won for the fourth straight and fifth time in six games, while Akron (17-30) has now lost five straight and six of seven. With two weekends left in the regular season, the teams are tied for seventh and eighth in the race for the final Mid-American Conference Tournament berth.
Andresen's blast over the right-field wall came after a two-out walk to Slappey in the second. The RedHawks open a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Walsh led off with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Andresen lifted a fly ball to left.
Akron answered back with two runs during a wild fifth. A one-out double was followed by a single by Brandon Winter, cutting the score to 3-1. On the play, Winter took second on the throw home, then advanced to third when Andresen's throw was kicked loose on the tag attempt. A third straight hit cut the deficit to one, but Charles Zubrod worked out of a second-and-third jam with two short flyouts.
Miami answered right back with a manufactured run in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff walk to Ryan Brenner resulted in another manufactured run. After a stellar defensive play on a line drive to third, he stole second, went to third on a groundout and bolted home on a wild pitch.
But the Zips had some fight left, scoring a run in a wild eighth inning. Nathan Williams, the third RedHawk pitcher, walked the leadoff batter and was replaced by Brandon Adkins. The junior righty struck out the first batter he faced, but issued a second walk of the inning. After a passed ball moved runners to second and third, Adkins registered a second strikeout, but the ball trickled away from Andresen. The freshman made a heads-up diving back to the plate to tag out Brady Stewart, who was trying to score from third. Another wild pitch brought home the Zips third run of the day and moved the tying run just 90 feet away, but Adkins caught Dan Burant looking to end the threat.
Matt Rosinski pitched the ninth, capitalizing on a game-ending double play after an infield error, for his seventh save of the year.
Zubrod, making his first career conference start, improved to 3-3 with the win. He pitched one batter into the sixth, allowing two runs on six hits. He waked one and fanned two. Akron starter Alex Loftin suffered the loss, giving up four runs and seven hits in 5.2 innings.
Miami returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Cincinnati in the final non-conference game of the season. The teams were supposed to meet in the Queen City on Tuesday, but the game had to be cancelled over a scheduling conflict.