Walsh's Career Day Propels RedHawks
March 9, 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Sophomore Dan Walsh had his first multiple-hit game with singles in his first four trips to the plate and John Crummy added three hits to lead Miami to a 7-5 victory over Seton Hall Friday afternoon. Two other RedHawks had a pair of base-knocks as part of a 14-hit attack.
Miami (6-7) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. The frame started with a strikeout, but Matt Honchel and Bryce Redeker each singled. After another K, John Crummy drove in a run with a base hit through the right side. An error on the second baseman led to a 2-0 RedHawk lead.
Seton Hall answered right back in the top of the second. After an out, a single, double and single tied the score at 2. The Pirates capitalized on a leadoff walk in the fifth to move ahead 3-2. A sacrifice and single set up a safety squeeze that resulted in the RBI.
Miami chased Seton Hall starter Jon Prosinski (2-2) with four runs in the fifth. A pair of walks around a strikeout and a single by Walsh loaded the bases and forced the Pirates to the bullpen. Scott Slappey, the nine-hole hitter, drew a five-pitch walk to even the game, 3-3. One out later, Ryan Brenner put the RedHawks ahead to stay with an infield single, with another run coming when the throw to first was high. A wild pitch plated the final run of the frame, making the score 6-2.
Walsh delivered an RBI single in the seventh to add to the lead. All of the damage came after the first two outs were recorded as Crummy and Marcus Makuch walked before the hit.
Seton Hall (5-8) closed the gap with two runs on just one hit in the seventh. A leadoff walk and wild pitch put the first runner in scoring position before a strike out. Another walk ended Thene's day, but Joe Neff was greeted with run-scoring single. A throwing error brought home another run to make it 7-5, but Neff ended the threat with his second strikeout.
Nathan Williams pitched the ninth, giving up a single hit, to earn his second save.
Brenner, who has hit safely in all 13 games this season, and Honchel both finished the day with two hits.
Miami concludes its Florida trip tomorrow morning with an 11 a.m. affair vs. Pittsburgh. The RedHawks open their home schedule Tuesday with the first of two games against Canisius.