March 15, 2013
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -
Miami University starting pitcher Brooks Fiala threw a complete-game shutout as the Redhawks downed the Navy baseball team, 6-0, on Friday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Fla. Fiala held Navy to just two hits and struck out 13.
Miami's Nate Bowles led the Redhawks (7-7) with three RBIs as he went 2-for-5 at the plate. He helped Miami grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when he reached on an error, allowing a run to score. MU's other run in the inning came on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Bower.
Fiala allowed just one hit through three innings but started to run into trouble in the bottom of the fourth when Brad Borosak led off with a single through the right side for his second hit of the game. Robert Currie was then hit with a pitch to give the Mids runners at first and second with no outs. Fiala then got the next two Navy hitters to strike out, but walked Kash Manzelli to load the bases. But the next hitter, Brandon Beans, grounded out to second base to end the threat.
The bottom of the fourth proved to be Navy's last opportunity to get back into the game as Fiala allowed just one more base runner the rest of the way.
Miami slowly extended its 2-0 lead with solo runs in the top of the fifth and seventh innings and then added two more in the ninth. A two-out RBI double down the left field line by Bowles made it 3-0 in the fifth inning and another sac fly by Bowser in the seventh gave Miami its fourth run of the game.
In the top of the ninth, Matt Honchel doubled to left field to score another run and Bowles picked up his third RBI of the day with a single to right field.
Navy starting pitcher Anthony Parenti went 4 2/3rds innings, allowing three runs off five hits and took the loss to fall to 1-1. The Mids used a total of six pitchers in the game, including Sam Sorenson and Charlie LaMar, who combined for three innings of middle relief. The duo kept the game close, allowing a total of two hits and one run.
Navy (6-11) will wrap up its spring trip tomorrow when it takes on Yale at 10 a.m. in Babson Park, Fla., on the campus of Weber International University.