AVON, Ohio -- Senior Nate Bowles extended his career and Miami's season Friday morning with pinch-hit, walk-off single, lifting to the RedHawks to a 6-5, 10-inning win over Central Michigan in an elimination game at the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Miami advances to face Kent State, a 3-1 loser to Ball State in the 10:30 game, at approximately 5 p.m.
Bowles came to the plate with one out and laced a single over a drawn-in right fielder to score Chad Sedio from third, giving Miami its first walk-off win of the year. The inning started when Sedio bounced a 1-2 pitch up the middle to lead off the 10th. The freshman stole second despite a pitchout by Central Michigan, then took third when Dan Walsh completed a successful sacrifice bunt. Head Coach Dan Simonds went to the bench in place of Max Andresen, who was 1-for-4 in the contest, and Bowles delivered for third time in as many pinch-hit at-bats this season.
The Friday morning action was the conclusion of a game that began at 12:30 on Thursday. After two separate rain delays that covered more than four hours, play was suspended with the score tied 5-5 in the sixth. John Crummy grounded out to shortstop on the first pitch after a 2-2 restart count, allowing the Chippewas to escape a bases-load jam.
From there, both pitchers settled in. Miami's Seth Varner (2-1) opened the seventh in place of starter Mac Thoreson and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced. His only blemish was an eighth-inning walk that he corrected by picking off the runner on a steal attempt of third.
Central Michigan's Jason Gamble (2-1) continued his short stint Thursday by working out of the original jam and another bases-loaded situation in the seventh before retiring the RedHawks in order in the eighth and ninth. He faced two batters in the 10th before Matt Trowbridge surrendered the game-winning hit.
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