April 21, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Senior left-hander Shawn Marquardt struck out six over eight innings and Scott Slappey drove in three runs with a double and sacrifice fly, leading Miami to a 7-0 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at McKie Field. The shutout was the RedHawks third of the season.
Marquardt (5-3) limited the Falcons to just six baserunners during the contests. He scattered five hits and hit a batter, but did not allow a walk. Brandon Adkins gave up a pair of hits in the ninth, but rolled a double play to complete the effort.
Miami grabbed the lead in the second on Slappey's two-run double just inside third base. After an out to start the inning, the RedHawks loaded the bases when John Crummy and Dan Walsh singled around a Nate Bowles walk. Slappey laced a 1-2 pitch inside the left field line to put the RedHawks on the board.
In the fourth, the same players led to three Miami runs. Crummy singled to left center before Bowles reached on an error during a sacrifce attempt. Walsh bunted again, this one perfectly placed toward third for a base hit. Slappey flied out to center, but it was deep enough to plate a run for a 3-0 lead. A squeeze bunt by Ryan Elble brought home another run before Brenner capped the rally with a chopper through the left side that made the score 5-0.
A fielder's choice by Brenner in the sixth brought home Walsh for the sixth run, while Elble doubled and scored on an error in the eighth.
Bowling Green starter Ethan McKenney (1-6) took the loss, giving up five runs (three earned) before being pulled with two outs in the fourth. The Falcons had a fell to 16-22 overall and 5-9 in the MAC.
The two teams wrap up the series tomorrow afternoon in a 1 p.m. start.