OXFORD, Ohio—Junior catcher Max Andresen hit a walk-off single to right centerfield in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Miami University baseball team to a 7-6 win over Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon at McKie Field at Hayden Park. The win pushed Miami’s record to 10-10 overall and 2-1 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Broncos dropped to 10-10 overall and 1-2 in MAC play.
The teams played five and a half scoreless innings and combined for 13 runs over the final four and a half innings.
Miami scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting the first runs of the game on the board. A single by junior first baseman Scott Slappy through the left side followed by a sophomore designated hitter Gary Russo double to left field and a junior catcher Max Andresen walk loaded the bases with no outs. Slappy scored the RedHawks first run on a sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Dan Walsh. Another walk put Crummy on first and loaded the bases again, and another sacrifice fly by junior shortstop Ryan Elble scored Russo to give RedHawks a 2-0 lead.
The RedHawks tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Slappy hit into a fielder’s choice but the throw to home was not in time as freshman second baseman Steve Sada scored for the RedHawks’ third run. An RBI singles for Walsh and Elble, plated sophomore Kendall Johnson—who was pinch running for Slappy and Russo. With bases loaded sophomore Reed Schlesner was walked, which sent Andresen across home plate for Miami’s sixth run of the game.
Western Michigan recorded its first run of the game in the top of the eighth off a double by Hunter Prince, which plated Kurt Hoekstra. In the top of the ninth inning, the Broncos knotted the game scoring five runs off five hits.
With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, Andresen blasted his single to right centerfield to seize the win for the RedHawks.
Elble led the RedHawks at the plate, going 2-for-4 and was the lone RedHawk with a multiple-hit game. Junior pitcher Ryan Powers threw 7.2 innings, giving up one run off five hits while walking four and striking out five, however, it was freshman right-hander Jacob Banks who earned the win on the mound for the RedHawks in 1.0 innings of action to move to 1-0 on the season.
The RedHawks head to Tennessee Tech for single games on Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26 before resuming MAC play at Central Michigan for a three-game series March 28-30.