April 22, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami starter Mac Thoreson pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, lifting Miami to a 5-2 victory over Bowling Green Sunday afternoon at McKie Field. With the win, the RedHawks took the series by a 2-1 margin.
Bryce Redeker had two of Miami's six hits, while Nate Bowles drove in a pair with a two-out single in the first.
Thoreson overcame a slow start to improve to 4-3 for the year. He allowed four hits in the first inning, including an RBI single to TJ Losby, but pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the score 1-0. In their next at-bat, the Falcons got a runner to third at the end of an infield single, but Miami first baseman Kevin Bower gunned out the runner trying to take home.
Over the same two innings, the RedHawks struggled to figure out Bowling Green starter Patrick Martin (1-3) as the lefty struck out five of the first six batters. But in the third, he struggled with his command. After registering a sixth strikeout to start the inning, Martin walked and hit the next two batters before a groundout put runners at second and third. Bowles stepped to the plate and ripped a line drive into left field to reverse the deficit, 2-1. Redeker followed with a single down the right field line to score Bowles, who had taken second on a throw home.
The Falcons pulled to within one run in the seventh inning. Thoreson allowed a hit to the first batter, then a error put runners on the corners. Another grounder resulted in the first out of the inning, but allowed the unearned run to score. He got a flyout to left and benefitted from Dan Walsh snare of a line drive at third to preserve the lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Curl
doubled into right center helping Miami to two insurance runs. The first two RedHawks were retired but Redeker and Bower singled to start the rally. Curl, who had come on in the seventh as a defensive replacement, lined the first pitch into the gap, easily bringing home Redeker from second. However, the Falcons' right fielder stumbled, allowing Bower to beat out a play at the plate for a 5-2 lead.
Matt Rosinski pitched the final two innings for Miami, retiring all six batters he faced, two by strikeout. The save was his third of the season.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday with the start of a home-and-home series with Indiana. The RedHawks travel to Bloomington on Tuesday before hosting the Hoosiers on Wednesday at 6 p.m.