Baseball Rolls Behind 15-Hit Attack
March 23, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Miami's first four batters combined for 11 hits, seven runs and six RBIs, while pitchers Mac Thoreson and Brandon Adkins allowed just one run and seven hits over nine innings, lifting the RedHawks to a 9-1 victory over Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Miami finished the day with a season-high-tying 15 hits.
Leadoff batter Ryan Brenner was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, while Matt Honchel added three hits and run from his No. 2 position. Bryce Redeker was 3-for-3 with three runs batted in, while scoring twice, and clean-up man Kevin Bower recoreded three hits, three RBIs and a run.
Those first four batters gave Miami (13-9, 1-0) all it would need after just a half-inning of play. Brenner led off with a single up the middle Honchel flied out. Redeker and Bower followed with back-to-back doubles for a 2-0 lead.
The RedHawks added three runs in the third. They loaded the bases on singles by Honchel and Bower around Redeker being hit with a pitch. John Crummy laced the very next offering from Eagle starter Steve Weber (1-3) down the left field line for a two-run double. Later in the inning Bower scored on a groundout.
Two more runs in the fourth on a Bower single and a two-run single by Redeker in the fifth wrapped up the RedHawks's scoring. In between, Eastern Michigan (6-14, 0-1) picked up its lone run on a groundout to third.
Thoreson, winner of three straight after an 0-2 start, gained the victory by pitching 7.2 innings, allowing seven hits and four walks, while striking out three. He gave way to Adkins after a two-out single in the eighth. Adkins surrendered only a walk to the five batters he faced.
Redeker and Nate Bowles extended their team-high hitting streaks to 11 games during the victory. The RedHawks also continued their streak of turning a double play in every game this season. The team has a national-best 33 in 21 games in 2012.
The two teams resume the series tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.