OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University baseball team captured a pair of wins Friday night on McField Field by scores of 20-11 versus Canisius and 8-4 versus Dayton. The wins improve the Red and White to 6-9 overall.
Canisius Box Score
In game one, a five-run third inning gave Canisius an early 5-0 lead, but it appeared to awaken the Miami bats. The Red and White poured in 19 runs between the third and seventh inning.
CC got things started when Jose Toralba drilled an RBI double after Connor Panas and Christ Conley led off with a single and a hit by pitch, respectively. Ronnie Bernick’s two-run single made it 3-0 Canisius with nobody out in the third. After Seth Varner got consecutive outs to try and limit the damage, the Golden Griffins added two more on an RBI triple by Shane Zimmer and a run-scoring single by Brett Siddall.
Down by five runs, MU racked up six-straight hits after its first two batters were retired to score three runs in the bottom of the third. John Crummy’s RBI double brought Dan Walsh home for the RedHawks’ first run and Crummy himself came around to score on Gary Russo’s RBI single. Two batters later, Russo touched home plate after Max Andresen singled him home to cut the deficit to 5-3 after three innings.
Miami grabbed the lead with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Romano doubled with one out and Crummy brought him in with an RBI single. Russo followed him by belting a long two-run home run to dead center field, his second of the season. The blast put the Red and White on top 6-5 after four.
Romano’s RBI double plated another MU run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Red and White saved their fireworks for the sixth inning. Miami sent 14 batters to the plate to erupt for a 10-run sixth. Russo got things started with an RBI double and came around two batters later on Max Andresen’s two-run double, which also drove in Scott Slappey. With the bases loaded, Andresen touched home on a wild pitch while Walsh’s two-run single scored both Steve Sada and Ryan Elble. Romano later scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded and Russo cracked his second-straight double to plate two more runs. Andresen capped the big inning by also doubling for the second time, driving home Russo to put the RedHawks ahead 17-5 after six complete innings.
A fielder’s choice groundout and a three-run double by Panas stopped the bleeding for Canisius in a four-run seventh, but Miami tacked on two more runs via Romano’s RBI triple and Walsh’s sacrifice fly to make the score 19-9 in favor of MU. After the Golden Griffins scored another run in the top of the eighth, Kendall Johnson’s RBI single brought Andresen around to make it 20-10. CC added one more run in the top of the ninth.
The 20 runs are a new season high for Miami as 10 different MU batters recorded at least one hit. This marks the first time the RedHawks have scored 20 runs since beating Lehigh 20-2 on March 6, 2011. Andresen went 5-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI while Russo finished a triple shy of the cycle after going 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and a season-high six RBI. Romano (3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored), Crummy (3-for-5 with four runs and two RBI), Walsh (2-for-5 with three RBI), Slappey (2-for-4) and Johnson (2-for-5) also had multi-hit games.
Varner (3-1) settled down after CC’s five-run third to win his third-straight decision. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out seven batters and walking three.
Dayton Box Score
In the night cap Miami would once again spot the opposition a lead, this time trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the second. The RedHawks scored twice on the Flyers in the bottom half of the second as Andresen picked up an RBI on a triple and Romano plated the second run following a walk.
The RedHawks would extend their lead in the fourth with the help from a Flyer error and would plate three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Andresen added his second triple of the game to plate Slappy. Schlesner would add an RBI on a sacrifice bunt to bring home Andresen and Sada singled to right to help extend the lead.
Early on in the contest the Flyers’ looked to have starting pitcher Nathan Williams figured out, but Williams calmed down after surrendering two runs in the first two innings. Williams allowed six hits and three earned runs in 6.2 innings, while adding six strikeouts.
Miami returns to action on Tuesday night in a home contest versus Northern Kentucky, Opening pitch starts at 6 p.m.