May 26, 2012
AVON, Ohio -- Central Michigan's Rick Dodridge allowed just six hits in a complete-game shutout and the Chippewas broke the game open with a five-run fourth, eliminating Miami from the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 7-0 decision Saturday afternoon. The loss left the RedHawks one game short of a second straight championship game appearance after the Chippewas survived the loser's bracket with consecutive wins.
The Chippewas (34-28) started the game in similar fashion to last night, turning a double from the leadoff hitter into a 1-0 lead. After a groundout, a flyball to center was just deep enough to score a run. CMU added another run in the second, parlaying three straight one-out hits into a fielder's choice RBI.
Miami tried to rally in the second getting a hit from Redeker and walk by Honchel, but some defensive heroics killed a scoring chance. On a hit-and-run, Scott Slappey lined to short center field, where Tyler Hall made a spectacular diving catch to start a triple play.
Central Michigan broke the game open in the fourth, repeating its nine-batter, five-run effort of last night. This time, though, two errors by the RedHawks compounded the problems. Miami made a pair of pitching changes during the frame, pulling starter Ryan Powers (0-1) and his replacement, Brandon Adkins.
Redeker and Honchel started the fifth with back-to-back singles in an attempt at another rally. But after loading the bases with one out, pinch hitter Jacob Wolf grounded into a 6-3 double play, the Chippewas' third multiple-out defense of the game.
Dodgridge, who entered the game with a 2-6 record and 6.17 ERA in 12 appearances this year, was masterful with three walks and three strikeouts.
Matt Rosinski, the RedHawks' third pitcher of the game, shut down the Chippewas over the final 5.1 innings, but the damage was too much to overcome. He gave up one hit and a walk to the 17 batters he faced. The effort was the longest of his 104 appearances over four years, which rank second all-time.
Miami finishes the season with a 30-29 record, the 13th time in the last 15 years that the RedHawks have posted a 30-win season.
Following tournament play, which concluded with a 3-1 Kent State victory over Central Michigan, three RedHawks earned all-tournament team honors. They were Bryce Redeker, who batted .533 in four games, Shawn Marquardt and Mac Thoreson