May 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio -- Max Andresen tied a career-high with three hits, including a two-run single in the sixth, lifting Miami to a 5-2 victory over rival Ohio Thursday night at Bob Wren Stadium. Kevin Bower reached base in four of his five plate appearances with a walk, single, double and getting hit by a pitch.
Shawn Marquardt earned the win, scattering seven hits over 5.2 innings pitched. He walked three and struck out three to improve to 6-5. Matt Rosinski earned his ninth save by retiring the final batter in the eighth and all three in the ninth.
Ohio (27-26, 15-10) jumped out early 1-0 lead after two innings. With one out, a pair of singles put runners on the corners, then a sacrifice fly brought in a run.
Miami (27-26, 11-14) grabbed its first lead in the third with a pair of runs, all with two outs. Andresen started things off with a double just inside the first baseline. After Ryan Brenner singled to left, Nate Bowles walked to load the bases. Matt Honchel tied the game with an infield single, then Bower drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch.
But the Bobcats answered back with another sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to pull even at 2-2.
Miami went ahead for good with a three-spot in the fifth. Bower led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Two free passes -- a walk and hit batter -- followed to load the bases, then a balk on Ohio starter Brent Choban (7-5) brought in the go-ahead run. After the second out of the inning was recorded, Andresen pulled the first pitch he saw into right field to plate Bryce Redeker and Dan Walsh, who slid around the tag to make it 5-2.
The Bobcats put two runners on with two outs in the sixth, but Joe Neff got the final out after allowing an infield single. He worked into the eighth, when he gave up a two-out double and gave way to Rosinski.
The two teams meet again tomorrow. Miami needs just one win or a loss by either Akron or Buffalo to clinch a spot in the MAC Tournament. First pitch is at 6 p.m.