April 23, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami offense erupted for 26 hits in its doubleheader against Toledo on Friday, but had to settle for a split of the two games. The RedHawks took the opener 10-1 in five innings, but an eight run Rocket sixth inning proved to be the difference as Toledo took the nightcap 11-6. Miami is now 21-20 overall and 6-6 in the Mid-American Conference. The Rockets are 9-30 overall and 3-9 in the MAC.
After Toledo got on the board first with a solo home run in the top of the second inning in the opener, Miami responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. With two outs, Jenna McGivney singled to centerfield. Briana Burke then doubled to deep right center to bring McGivney home. Daniela Torres followed with her fourth home run of the season to make it 3-1.
The RedHawks kept up the pressure with six more runs in the bottom of the third. Alicia Hogl got it started with a single that scored Meghan Mawn. A Rocket error on a Taylor Rice single brought home two more runs and made it 6-1. Burke followed with her second RBI of the game on a single that scored Rice. Coming to the plate for the second time in the inning, Mawn singled through the right side to score both Torres and Lindsay Randall.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hogl completed the Miami scoring with a solo home run to left field. The shot was her 19th career home run and puts her only two away from the Miami record of 21 held by Shawnda Moye (1996-99).
The 10 runs were more than enough for starter Meredith Linch, who gave up no other runs after the solo home run in the second. She allowed only five hits in five innings pitched and struck out two.
Mawn finished the first game 3-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Hogl was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Burke was 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.
Game two started well for the RedHawks as Hogl got them on the board first with a sacrifice fly that scored Jordan McElroy in the bottom of the first inning. In the bottom of the second, Miami made it 3-0 after Randall scored on a wild pitch and McElroy singled to score Torres.
Meanwhile starter Jessica Simpson was cruising as she did not allow a hit for the first 3.2 innings. After retiring the first two batters in the top of the fourth, she gave up her first hit followed by a walk. Mica Sanchez followed with a home run over the left field fence to tie the score at three.
The top of the sixth turned into a disaster for Miami. Toledo recorded six hits, while the RedHawks committed two errors to keep the inning alive. All told it resulted in eight runs coming home for the Rockets, a season-high inning for a Miami opponent this year.
Despite being down 11-3, the RedHawks did not give up. In the bottom of the sixth, Torres led off with a double to left center. McElroy singled to left, while an error by the leftfielder allowed Torres to score. Sarah Billstrom and Hogl each walked to load the bases with one out. After a Miami strikeout, McGivney singled down the left field line to score both McElroy and Billstrom. That would be all the RedHawks would be able to get however, and the Rockets were able to claim an 11-6 victory.
Torres finished the second game 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Mawn was 3-for-4 and for the doubleheader finished 7-for-8. McElroy was 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored.
The RedHawks return to action with a single game against Bowling Green on Saturday. Due to the threat of rain the starting time has been moved to 1 p.m.