COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Miami and Ohio State engaged in a pitchers' duel with a fourth-inning run being the only scoring in a 1-0 Buckeyes' victory over the RedHawks Wednesday night at Bill Davis Stadium. A Miami rally in the ninth was ended with a double-play grounder.
Ohio State's lone run didn't even involve a hit as Clay Cinnamon -- the second of six RedHawk pitchers -- plunked a batter, then moved him to third with back-to-back wild pitches. A groundout to second gave the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan Elble and Nate Bowles had stray hits in the sixth and seventh, respectively, before Miami (12-12) tried to rally in the ninth. With one out, Matt Honchel reached on an infield single, then Alex Johnson caught the Buckeye infield napping for a bunt single. But Kevin Bower grounded into a 4-3 double play to end the contest.
Miami's pitching staff allowed only two hits combined, while striking out six. Starter Brian Thene gave up both hits, while fanning one one in his three innings of work. Freshman Shane Kriss struck our three of the six batters he faced over 1.2 innings.
Ohio State's Jake Post (1-0) picked up the win, while Cinnamon (1-1) took the hard-luck loss. Trace Dempsey earned his ninth save of the year by pitching the ninth. The Buckeyes improved to 18-8 this season, throwing their second straight shutout.
Miami returns to Mid-American Conference play on Friday when it starts a three-game series at Akron. Game times are 3 p.m. for the opener, then 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The RedHawks are in sole possession of first place with a 5-1 mark.