March 4, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. -- Miami's Shawn Marquardt held 16th-ranked Ole Miss to six hits and two runs over seven innings, but a late rally fell just short in a 2-1 loss to the Rebels Sunday afternoon at Swayze Field. The RedHawks had seven hits of three Rebel pitchers, including three in the ninth when they scored their run.
Trailing 2-0, Miami (4-5) rallied in the ninth as the first three batters each had hits. Ryan Brenner singled off the pitcher to start, then Matt Honchel stroked a 2-0 pitch into center to put runners at the corner. Bryce Redeker hammered the next pitch to left, plating the first run. After a groundout advanced both runners 90 feet, Alex Johnson lined a pitch to third, but Andrew Mistone made a diving grab. A groundout ended the contest.
Ole Miss (9-2) scored a single run in the second with a walk and back-to-back hits after an out. The Rebels tallied another without the benefit of a hit in the seventh. Marquardt hit the first batter, who then stole second. A groundout and sacrifice fly made the lead 2-0.
Marquardt (1-1) pitched his second straight Sunday gem, after a complete-game three-hit shutout of Michigan State last weekend. He went seven full innings Sunday, walking two and striking out a pair. Matt Rosinski retired all three batters he faced in the eighth.
Mike Mayers, a native of Grove City, Ohio, scattered just four hits over seven innings to improve to 1-1. He struck out five. Brett Huber picked up his fourth save of the season by throwng the ninth.
Miami continues its road trip this weekend, moving to Florida for five games in as many days starting Tuesday. The RedHawks face Villanova at noon in Port Charlotte.