Thoreson Pitches Miami to 8-2 Win
March 8, 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Mac Thoreson struck out six in a complete-game effort and John Crummy drove in three runs with a pair of hits, leading Miami to an 8-2 victory over Sacred Heart Thursday afternoon at North Charlotte Park. Ryan Brenner and Matt Honchel also had two hits for the RedHawks, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Thoreson, who had struggled in three previous starts this season, returned to his 2011 self, when he earned first-team All-MAC honors. He allowed just six hits and a walk, with only one of his runs earned, in improving to 1-2.
For the fourth time in five games, Miami (5-8) fell behind early. A pair of doubles around two outs in the second put the Pioneers up 1-0. But the RedHawks struck right back in their half of the inning. Jacob Wolf and Honchel got free passes with a walk and hit batsman to start the rally. After an out, Crummy singled home both runners, giving Miami a 2-1 lead.
Sacred Heart (1-7) pulled even in the third with an unearned run. A leadoff single turned into a runner on third after Crummy's attempt to throw out the stealing runner sailed into centerfield. A one-out single tied the game.
But Miami exploded for four runs on five hits in its next at-bat. Consecutive singles by Bryan Beaver, Bryce Redeker and Kevin Bower loaded the bases for Wolf, who picked up his first career RBIs with a double to left center. A groundout and sacrifice fly each plated another run, pushing the lead to 6-2.
From there, Thoreson took control, retiring eight straight before a fielding error put a runner on in the sixth. The Pioneers loaded the bases with a walk and single, but a groundout ended the threat. After a leadoff single and error to start the seventh, Thoreson started a double play by catching a popped up bunt, then retired the next seven straight to end the game.
Meanwhile, Miami added two more in the eighth on run-scoring singles by Crummy and Brenner.
Jeff Stoddard took the loss for Sacred Heart as he lasted just three innings. Robbie Maguire threw the final five, striking out seven RedHawks.
Miami returns to action tomorrow at 12 noon with a matchup against Big East member Seton Hall. The trip concludes Saturday with an 11 a.m. game against Pittsburgh.