COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A surprisingly cold day did little to help the Miami baseball team’s bats in Tuesday’s series opener at Tennessee Tech.
The RedHawks were held to two hits in dropping a 4-1 decision to the Golden Eagles.
TTU (20-5) jumped ahead 3-0 thanks to some two-out hits in the bottom of the first. After the Golden Eagles loaded the bases, Zach Stephens drove in two runs on a single and Tyler Brazelton followed with an RBI single of his own.
Miami (10-11) answered with a run of its own in the top of the second. Max Andresen singled and Scott Slappey drew a four-pitch walk to lead off the inning and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Elble’s RBI groundout brought Andresen home to cut the deficit to 3-1. After tossing a scoreless second, the Red and White put two runners on in the third, but Austin Tolle induced a fly out to escape the jam. With two runners aboard in the bottom of the third, Charles Zubrod kept TTU from adding to its lead by forcing a double play ball to end the frame.
The Red and White had a tough time putting together scoring threats the rest of the way, with two walks representing their only base runners over the next three innings. A wild pitch brought another Golden Eagles’ run to the plate in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-1.
With two outs in the seventh, Elble doubled for Miami’s first hit since the second inning. However, TTU reliever Jeb Scoggins forced a groundout to keep MU from drawing any closer. After going down in order in the eighth, the RedHawks brought the tying run to the on-deck circle when Andresen drew a walk. That was the most Miami threatened as closer Seth Lucio induced back-to-back groundouts to end the contest.
In his second start of the year, Zubrod (0-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings of work. The senior walked four batters and struck out three. Austin Tolle was effectively wild in picking up the win for the Golden Eagles, working around five walks to hold the RedHawks to one run on one hit in five innings.
“It wasn’t an easy day to hit, but we didn’t do much offensively today,” Miami head coach Danny Hayden said. “Tennessee Tech is a good offensive team hitting well over .300, so Charles (Zubrod) and Charlie (Suich) did a nice job keeping them off balance, but we just couldn’t get anything going with the bats.”
Miami wraps up its brief two-game set at Tennessee Tech on Wedesday. First pitch is at 4 p.m. ET.