May 4, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Bryce Redeker went 2-for-4 with an RBI, scored a run and registered an outfield assist on a potential tying run at the plate, leading Miami to a 4-3 win over Akron Friday night at McKie Field.
Shawn Marquardt was strong on the mound for Miami, but left in a 2-2 game in the seventh. He struck out six, while walking three and allowing six hits.
Akron's Andrew Brown (6-6) suffered the hard-luck loss, as two of Miami's four runs were unearned. He allowed seven hits and two walk, while striking out two in the complete-game effort.
Miami (23-23, 8-11) opened the scoring with a run in the first. With two outs, Kevin Bower walked before an error on the Zips shortstop put runners on the corner. Bryce Redeker roped the next pitch into center for an RBI single.
Akron (17-28, 10-9) answered back right back with an unearned run of its own. With two outs, Sam Trecaso lined a shot off Marquardt for a single, but when Miami's Dan Walsh rushed the throw to first, it was wild. After a walk, a single over the shortstop's head tied the game at 1.
Another Zip error in the second led allowed Miami to retake the lead. Scott Slappey was hit by a pitch to start the frame. A bouncer to second was fumbled on the throw attempt, leaving both runners safe. Two outs later, Matt Honchel tapped in front of the plate, driving home Slappey with the infield single.
The RedHawks gained the lead in the seventh and added some insurance in the eighth by manufacturing runs. First, Ryan Brenner stretched a single to left center into a double. After a sacrifice, Bower lined a pitch into left center to put Miami up 4-2. In the next frame, Redeker doubled down the line in left, despite a fantastic diving effort by Jared Turocy. A sacrifice bunt moved Redeker to third, allowing Slappey to hit a 1-2 sacrifice fly.
In between, Akron seemed poised to tie the game. A two-out walk was followed by a double into the right-field corner. But Redeker retrieved the ball and fired to Brenner just off the infield. The converted centerfielder fired a perfect strike to the plate, where Max Andresen stood his ground to end the eighth.
Akron put another scare into Rosinski and the RedHawks in the ninth. A one-out double put a runner in scoring position. After an infield pop out, back-to-back singles made the score 4-3 and put the tying run at second. But Rosinski got a flyout to centerfield for the final out of the contest.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at McKie Field with the contest being designated Walter "Smokey" Alston Day. Please note the special start time due to Miami University's commencement ceremony earlier in the day.