Feb. 25, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Senior second baseman Jon Edgington hit two-run homers in each of his first two at-bats and Mac Thoreson held West Virginia to just five hits over seven innings, lifting Miami to a 12-5 victory over West Virginia Friday afternoon at the Hughes Bros. Challenge. The RedHawks pounded out season-high for runs and hits (15) in evening their record at 2-2.
Six different RedHawks tallied multiple hits, led by Bryan Beaver and Bryce Redeker with three each. Edgington drove in four, and scored three times, while Beaver plated three runs and scored once. Thoreson (1-0) struck out five, while walking just two of the 28 batters he faced.
Miami jumped on West Virginia early, scoring four times in the first inning. Ryan Brenner led off the game with a walk, then stole second and took third on a passed ball. Edgington followed with the RedHawks' first home run of the season, a shot to left. Beaver tripled in Adam Weisenburger, who reached on a fielder's choice, to make the score 3-0 and later scored on Brad Gschwind's groundout.
Edgington homered again in the second, bringing Ryan Curl, who led off with a single and stolen base, in to score. The Mountaineers got one back in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Jeremy Gum, but with one out in the third, Kaup and Gschwind each singled, putting runners at the corners. On the next pitch, Curl tripled into the gap in right center, making the score 8-1. West Virginia closed answered again in the fourth on an RBI double by Gum, but Beaver made the score 9-2 with his second RBI of the game in the sixth. He singled home Redeker, who had doubled one out earlier.
The Mountaineers hit another solo home run in the seventh, but Miami struck back with three in the eighth. Edgington walked and went to second on a single through the left side by Redeker. An error on the WVU shortstop allowed a run to score before a wild pitch put runners at second and third. Beaver singled to center scoring Redeker, then after a walk to load the bases, Gschwind capped the scoring with an RBI groundout to first.
Joe Neff replaced Thoreson in the eighth and retired the first five batters he faced. The junior allowed a walk and a single, but an error on the latter play led to a pair of unearned runs, making the final 12-5.
West Virginia starter Jonathan Jones (1-1) took the loss, surrendering eight earned runs and nine hits in just 2.2 innings.
Miami returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when it faces the host Seahawks of UNC-Wilmington.