May 23, 2012
AVON, Ohio -- Senior Shawn Marquardt scattered five hits in a complete-game effort, leading seventh-seeded Miami to a 5-0 shutout of No. 2 Toledo in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Wednesday afternoon at All-Pro Freight Stadium. Eight of the nine players in the RedHawks' lineup had at least one hit, with Dan Walsh registering three.
Miami (29-27) jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first. Ryan Brenner and Nate Bowles started the game with back-to-back hits, before a sacrifice moved the runners up. A groundout by Kevin Bower opened a 1-0 lead, then Bryce Redeker singled in another run.
That was all the offensive support that Marquardt would need. He allowed hits in each of the first three innings, but in each case left the runner stranded on base. After giving up a leadoff single in the third, he retired 18 straight batters, benefitting from a one-out hit and inning-ending double play in the fourth.
The complete game was the second for Marquardt this season against the Rockets (30-26), On April 1, he struck out five against six hits and three runs (two earned) in an 11-3 decision.
Miami added to the lead in the sixth. Bower reached on an infield single and took third when Scott Slappey singled to left center. A sacrifice fly by Max Andresen plated Bower for a 3-0 lead. After Walsh singled, Ryan Curl reached on an error, bringing home another run.
A one-out hit batter and single in the seventh chased Toledo starter Ryan Wilkinson (7-4). Reliever Cody Umbright walked the bases loaded, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Slappey before allowing any more damage.
Matt Honchel, the MAC Freshman of the Year, extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a ninth-inning single. He finished the day 1-for-3, including the first-inning sacrifice and being hit by a pitch.
Toledo got a leadoff hit in the ninth, but Marquardt sat down the next three batters to complete the victory.
Miami continues tournament play tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.in the winner's bracket against sixth-seeded Eastern Michigan.