RedHawks Down Bulls, 6-5
April 29, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y.--Junior first baseman Kevin Bower went 3-for-4 from the plate with a run and four RBI to propel the Miami University baseball team to a 6-5 win at the University at Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 22-23 overall and 7-11 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Bulls drop to 12-27 overall and 5-11 in league play.
Miami got on the board quickly. Senior second baseman Ryan Brenner reached on an error to open the game and advanced to third when freshman leftfielder Matt Honchel singled through the right side, leaving runners on the corners with no outs. Bower stepped to the plate and scored Brenner on a sacrifice fly to left field to hand the RedHawks 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
Buffalo retaliated with three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Bulls evened the game on a sacrifice fly and then took a 3-1 lead off a two-run homer over the right centerfield fence. Buffalo extended its lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI triple to take a 4-1 advantage.
After scoreless third and fourth innings, Miami knotted the game with a three-run performance in the top of the fifth. Freshman catcher Max Andresen ignited the inning with a triple to right field. It looked as if Buffalo might get out of the inning unscathed after two quick outs, but Honchel reached on an error while Andresen crossed the plate for the RedHawks' second run. Bower then blasted a two-run shot over the right field fence to even the game, 4-4.
In the seventh, senior centerfielder Ryan Curl led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to third off a Brenner sacrifice bunt and a Honchel ground out. Bower's single to left field allowed Curl to score, and the Red and White took a 5-4 lead.
Two innings later with two outs, Brenner singled through the right side and then stole second to help set up an insurance run for the RedHawks. Honchel singled to centerfield, scoring Brenner to give Miami a 6-4 lead.
The extra run proved to be beneficial as the Bulls plated a run off an RBI single through the left side to pull within one of the RedHawks, 6-5. Miami thwarted a Buffalo ninth-inning rally after an infield fly and a fielder's choice resulted in the second and third outs of the inning.
Junior pitcher Mac Thoreson threw 7.0 innings, earning the win on the mound and moving to 5-3 on the season, while senior hurler Matt Rosinski earned his fifth save of the season in 2.0 innings of work. Thorson gave up four runs off nine hits and threw four strikeouts in the winning effort.
Honchel was the other RedHawk with a multiple hit game, going 2-for-5 with one run and 1 RBI.
Miami returns to action next weekend, hosting Akron in a three-game weekend series May 4-6. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.