CINCINNATI, Ohio -- For the second time in four days, Miami rallied from a pair of early deficits only to fall in walk-off fashion. Xavier scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the RedHawks 7-6 Wednesday in the third-place game of the Joe Nuxhall Classic.
Miami (14-15) trailed 5-0 after three innings and 6-5 after seven but evened the score both times. Chad Sedio tied his career-high with three hits, including a double, and had a sacrifice fly, while John Crummy and Jake Romano had two hits apiece.
In the decisive frame, Daniel Rod led off with an infield single off the arm of Miami's pitcher Charlie Suich. After a sacrifice bunt, Joe Forney laced a liner to center for the game-winner.
Xavier (15-15) used back-to-back two-out doubles to open a 1-0 lead in the first. The Musketeers added three in the second, starting with three straight hits and adding a two-out walk and single, to chase Miami starter Brian Ghiselli. A pair of one-out singles, followed by a double down the left field line, added another run in the third.
But Miami clawed back. Scott Slappey led off the fifth with a double to center and took third on a bunt single by Romano. Matt Honchel, who earlier in the day extended his hitting streak to 14 games, flied out to center to bring home Slappey. Kevin Bower singled to load the bases, before Crummy ripped a double down the line in left to make the score 5-3. A sacrifice fly brought home Bower, then Crummy crossed the plate on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Xavier retook the lead in the sixth on a leadoff single, sacrifice and blooper to right, but the RedHawks capitalized on two errors in the eighth to retie things at 6-6. Sedio doubled to start the frame, but a failed sacrifice kept him at second. Max Andresen hit a hard shot that got under the first baseman's glove, then made it all the way to third when the ball got away from the right fielder. But a lineout against a drawn-in infield and strikeout prevented the go-ahead run from scoring.
Miami used six pitchers in the game, capped by Suich, who suffered the loss to fall to 0-1. Jacob Bodner, who pitched the eighth and ninth for Xavier, earned the win to improve to 1-1.
After completed a string of nine straight games away from Oxford, Miami returns home for a key Mid-American Conference series against defending champion Kent State. The RedHawks are 7-2 in league play and in sole possession of first place. At 6-3, the Golden Flashes are a game-behind in the East Division.
Games are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.