RICHMOND, Ky. – A balanced day from the lineup and pitching staff propelled the Miami University baseball team to a 6-3 win at Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday evening.
MU finished with 12 hits to win its second-straight game, improving to 15-20 in the process.
The RedHawks recorded three hits in the top of the first with Jake Romano and Dan Walsh starting off with singles. The Colonels (17-20) threw out the lead runner when both tried to advance 90 feet on a double steal attempt. Starter Brian Mroz got the second out on a fly out, but Gary Russo drilled an RBI double to right center to put the Red and White up 1-0.
MU’s lower half of the order plated two more runs in the second. Chad Sedio led off with a single and stole second while a one-out walk by Kendall Johnson put two aboard. Steve Sada sliced a double to left center to score both with two away.
Eastern Kentucky got its bats going the second time through the lineup. A Miami throwing error put EKU on the board and Ben Fisher’s RBI single cut the MU lead to 3-2 after three complete inning.
Sada extended the RedHawks’ lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth when he pulled a ball just inside the right field line for his second double of the night. His knock brought Sedio around from second, giving the freshman three RBI for the evening.
In the sixth, Sedio blasted a triple into the left field corner and scored when Matt Honchel’s ground ball found a hole in the pulled in EKU infield. Honchel’s RBI single gave the Red and White a 5-2 lead after six innings. The RedHawks added one more insurance run on Dan Walsh’s two-out RBI single in the top of the ninth.
EKU put together a scoring threat in the bottom of the ninth. With two away, Bryan Solomon slipped a double just inside the third base line to score Luke Wurzelbacher, cutting MU’s lead to 6-3. That hit also brought the tying run to the plate in the form of cleanup batter Ben Fisher. The first baseman hit a drive towards the gap in right center, but Reed Schlesner ran the ball down to secure the win for the Red and White.
The RedHawks used five pitchers on Wednesday evening, with Wynston McMartin making his first collegiate start, tossing three innings and allowing two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Ryan Haynes (2-0) pitched brilliantly out of the pen, throwing three scoreless innings and striking out three batters while yielding just one hit and one walk. Charlie Suich and Christian Bokich put up zeroes in the seventh and eighth innings respectively while Jacob Banks pitched the ninth.
Miami’s lineup put up 12 hits while facing nine Eastern Kentucky pitchers. Four RedHawks posted multi-hit games with Walsh (3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI) and Russo (3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI) tallying three apiece. MU got a lift from the bottom half of its lineup as well with Sedio going 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored and Sada finishing 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI.
Miami resumes Mid-American Conference play when it starts a three-game set at Eastern Michigan on Friday evening. First pitch is at 6 p.m.