March 10, 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Shawn Marquardt threw his second complete game of the season and Miami's first three hitters in the lineup combined for eight hits and five runs, leading the RedHawks to a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh at the Snowbird Classic. The win was the third straight for Miami, which evens its record at 7-7, 3-2 in Florida.
Miami opened the scoring with a run in the first. Brenner extended his hitting streak to all 14 games with a bloop single to center, then took third on a Bowles' chopper through the infield. One out later, Brenner came home when Bowles was caught stealing.
A throwing error after an infield hit led to two more RedHawk runs in the third. With one out, Bowles and Redeker singled. Kevin Bower bounced a hit off the glove of Panthers starter Alex Caravella, but the left-hander forced a throw to first and was wild, allowing both baserunners to score.
The RedHawks poured it on in the fifth. Ryan Curl and Brenner each singled to put runners on first and second. Bowles laid down a sacrifice, but Caravella opted for a play at third, which Curl beat. Redeker cleared the bases with a ground-rule double over the left-centerfield fence. He came home on a groundout later in the inning, making the lead 6-0.
Marquardt (2-1) retired 10 straight before a Panther triple just inside the third-base bag to start the sixth. One out later, a sacrifice fly broke the shutout. From there, he settled back into his routine, allowing only three baserunners amond the final 12 batters. Marquardt finished the day with six strikeouts, while not issuing a walk. He allowed just four hits.
Caravella (0-3) took the loss for the Panthers, despite striking out five. He gave up nine hits in 6.1 innings.
After playing its first 14 games away from Oxford, the RedHawks begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday. First pitch against Canisius is slated for 4 p.m.