March 30, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Offensive fireworks for Miami and Toledo gave way to lightning and thunder as a storm caused play to be suspended in the top of the fourth inning Friday night with the score tied 6-6. Play will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. with the regular-ly scheduled game being played immediately afterwards.
The RedHawks (13-11, 1-2 MAC) and Rockets (11-12, 2-1 MAC) traded leads in what was shaping up to be a slugfest at McKee Field before the rain started. Bryce Redeker put Miami ahead 2-0 in the first inning when he launched an inside pitch over the left field wall with Matt Honchel on second. However, in the second inning, Toledo answered back with a hit parade off RedHawk starter Mac Thoreson. The Rockets led off with a single, followed by doubles in four of their next six at bats-to take a 4-2 lead.
After sitting down Miami in order in the bottom of the second inning, Toledo added to its lead with two runs in the top of the third as the RedHawks struggled in the field. Thoreson threw one wild pitch, catcher John Crummy was charged with a passed ball and first baseman Kevin Bower bobbled a throw in the dirt that allowed a run to score.
Miami battled back in the bottom half of the frame as Ryan Curl scored on a Redeker single before Bower tied it at six apiece with a three-run home run to right center off Toledo starter Matt Hamann. RedHawk reliever Charles Zubrod opened the fourth inning with a walk to the leadoff hitter before lightning sent the game into delay.