Miami Blasts Toledo, 11-3, for Series Win
April 1, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Shawn Marquardt pitched his third complete game of the year and Matt Honchel collected a career-best four hits for the second straight day as Miami routed Toledo 11-3 Sunday afternoon at McKie Field. The RedHawks (15-12, 3-3 MAC) had a season-high 16 hits as they won their consecutive games over the Rockets (12-14, 3-3 MAC).
Marquardt (3-3) surrendered three runs, one of which was unearned, on six hits, one walk and one hit batter with five strikeouts. Honchel continued his hot streak, going 4-for-5 on the day and 11-for-14 for the series to raise his season batting average to .436. He and Bryce Redeker provided most of the offense for Miami as they each had two runs batted in and scored three runs apiece. Redeker earned his RBI's on a third-inning home run to left center, his third longball of the year.
Miami opened the scoring in the first inning as leadoff hitter Ryan Brenner and Honchel reached base on singles and eventually came around to score to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The RedHawks added to that in the third when Redeker sent a no doubter over the wall in left center with Honchel on base to increase the lead to 4-0.
The blast prompted a visit to the mound and a reliever to start warming in the Toledo bullpen. Before the reliever could get fully warmed up, Miami continued the hit parade as the next three hitters collected hits off of Rocket starter Jared Locke (3-4), who would ultimately take the loss.
Locke's 59th pitch with one away in the third ended up in left center field off the bat of Max Andresen, who slid into second for a double and plated Kevin Bower from second on the play. Lincoln Rassi relieved Locke and immediately uncorked a wild pitch that allowed John Crummy to score, giving the RedHawks a 6-0 lead.
On the mound for Miami, Marquardt pitched three innings of perfect baseball to start the game. The first hit he surrendered was a close play at first after Toledo leadoff hitter Joe Corfman hit a grounder to the hole at shortstop. Three batters later, a double to left center scored two base runners and cut to margin to 6-2.
The teams traded runs in the bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth to make it 7-3, in favor of Miami through five frames.
Marquardt found himself in a jam in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded after runners reached on a throwing error, single and a hit batsman before the RedHawk pitcher induced a pair of short fly balls to retire the side without issue.
The RedHawks added three more insurance runs after two were out in the eighth as Brenner, Honchel and Redeker each crossed the plate with two outs to increase the lead to 11-3.
Next up for Miami is home game against Ohio State on Wednesday, April 4 at McKie Field.