The RedHawks (10-15, 2-4 Mid-American) dropped game one by a 4-1 score and fell to the Chippewas (16-10, 6-0 MAC) in the series finale, 2-1.
“The pitching was strong today from both our starters and relievers,” Miami head coach Danny Hayden said. “If our pitching continues performing like it did this weekend, I think we’ll do well. However, our offense needs to show up and it didn’t do that this weekend. That makes it hard to win games no matter what your pitchers do.”
Central Michigan 4, Miami 1
The Chippewas got on the board early on Cody Leichman’s RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. The RedHawks had an opportunity to tie it up as Max Andresen led off the second with a walk and moved to third on a bunt and a groundout, but was left there as Pat Kaminska ended the threat on a groundout.
Miami notched a couple hits to tie the game up at 1-1 in the third. Steve Sada started the frame with a single and promptly stole second base. After advancing to third on Dan Walsh’s one-out single, Sada touched home on Gary Russo’s RBI groundout.
After getting into a couple jams early on, Williams settled in during the middle innings. He quieted a two-on, one out scoring threat in the second and retired 11-straight batters at that point to get the game to the sixth. The game was more or less a pitching duel on both sides as MU put only two runners aboard between the fourth and sixth innings, leaving the game deadlocked at 1-1.
The Chippewas regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff double and a RedHawk error put runners at first and third with nobody out. Williams induced a double play ball to get two quick outs, but Logan Regnier scored from third on the play to put Miami behind 2-1 after six complete innings. After working around the RedHawks’ two-out single in the top of the seventh, the Chippewas added another run on Morgan Oliver’s two-out RBI triple to go ahead 3-1. Neal Jacobs’ two-out RBI single in the eighth capped Central’s scoring at 4-1.
With CMU starter Pat Kaminska done after seven, reliever Matt Trowbridge retired all six MU batters he faced to spoil any comeback bid. Williams (1-4) finished one-out shy of his second-straight complete game, allowing four runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out three batters and walked two. Sada (2-for-3 with a steal and a run scored) recorded two of Miami’s four hits and scored the team’s lone run.
Central Michigan 2, Miami 1
Pitching was the name of the game early as both Powers and CMU starter Nick Deeg went through the first three innings without allowing a hit. An error and two hit batters created a bases loaded situation for Miami in the first, but nothing came of it as Deeg ended the threat by forcing a groundout.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth as a pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Chippewas with nobody out. Oliver’s fielder’s choice grounder plated a run and a RedHawk error brought another run home to put the Red and White into a 2-0 hole after five full innings.
After going hitless through the first six innings, Adam Yacek singled with one down in the seventh and a Dan Walsh walk put the tying runs on base. With two away, Sada delivered an RBI single to put the RedHawks on the board. With the go ahead run aboard, Adam Aldred finished the inning with a strikeout to keep the score at 2-1. That started a string of seven-straight batters Aldred retired to finish out the game.
Powers (1-3) took a hard luck loss, allowing only two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked four as well. However, the Chippewas’ league-leading pitching staff held the RedHawks’ to only two hits in the contest.
Miami is back in action on Tuesday when it plays at Cincinnati. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.