COLUMBUS, Ohio – Charlie Suich logged a career-high six innings and Jacob Banks pitched three scoreless frames to deliver the Miami University baseball team a 3-1 win at in-state rival Ohio State on Tuesday.
The RedHawks improve to 23-25 with the victory while the Buckeyes dropped to 27-22 on the year.
“This was the first time in a while that we got a good start in a midweek game,” Miami head coach Danny Hayden said. “Charlie did a great job throwing strikes and keeping hitters off balance today while Jacob took the ball and pitched well to close it out.”
Miami threatened in the second inning when Chad Sedio and Matt Honchel posted back-to-back singles with one out. However, Sedio was erased when both runners attempted to advance on a wild pitch in the dirt and a groundout ended the threat.
The Red and White took advantage of a couple Buckeye miscues to get on the board in the top of the third. John Crummy singled and moved up to second on an error. Steve Sada reached first when he dropped a sacrifice bunt down and OSU unsuccessfully attempted to throw out Crummy at third. Crummy touched home after Ryan Elble successfully executed a squeeze bunt to put MU up 1-0.
Sedio was Miami’s catalyst in the fourth when he singled and stole second with nobody out. Honchel’s sacrifice bunt moved him to third and Scott Slappey delivered a sacrifice fly to center to put the RedHawks ahead by a 2-0 count.
Suich retired the first nine batters he faced, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Nick Sergakis led off the inning with a single and a double by Troy Kuhn put runners at second and third with one away. Suich recovered by fanning Pat Porter and retiring Josh Dezse on a lineout to end the inning with the RedHawks still ahead.
The RedHawks added another run in the sixth to go on top 3-0. Gary Russo and Sedio posted consecutive singles with one out. After a strikeout, Slappey salvaged the inning by singling through the box plate Russo.
OSU chased Suich with back-to-back singles to start the seventh. Banks came out of the pen, but yielding a single to Troy Montgomery that drove home Porter to cut the MU lead to 3-1. The freshman then retired the next two batters before issuing a walk to load the bases and put the tying runs in scoring position. He finished the frame by getting a fielder’s choice groundout to preserve Miami’s advantage. Banks then retired the side in order in both the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first collegiate save.
Suich (2-2) earned his second win of the season by tossing six strong innings. He held the Buckeyes to one run on five hits while striking out three batters without walking a single hitter. Sedio (3-for-4) and Honchel (2-for-3) combined to post five of Miami’s 10 hits.
Tuesday was Miami’s final midweek game of the season, starting a seven-game road trip to close the regular season. The RedHawks begin a three-game series at Buffalo on Friday at 3 p.m.