OXFORD, Ohio – After twirling a pair of gems to clinch a series victory, the Miami University baseball team fell victim to a strong pitching performance by Bowling Green in a 5-0 loss on Sunday.
The RedHawks (22-25, 12-9 Mid-American) were held to five hits, keeping them from pulling off a weekend sweep of the Falcons (21-22, 11-10 MAC).
After a quick out, four-straight BGSU batters reached in the first. Jake Thomas singled with one away, but was caught stealing second to clear the bases. The Falcons then loaded the bases on consecutive walks from Jeremy Shay and T.J. Losby along with an infield hit by Andrew Kubuski. Charles Zubrod recovered by freezing Logan Walker on a called third strike to hold the Falcons scoreless in the frame.
The Red and White put a runner in scoring position on a Dan Walsh walk and a wild pitch. Andrew Lacinak worked out of trouble by inducing a pop out and groundout to keep it scoreless after the first.
The Falcons grabbed the lead thanks to a pair of RedHawk errors. With two aboard after a leadoff error and a walk, an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt brought both runners in to put BGSU up 2-0.
Miami put the tying runs aboard in the bottom of the second when Max Andresen singled and John Crummy was hit by a pitch. The threat dissipated when Jeremy Shay dropped a pitch, but recovered to throw out Andresen when he tried to advance to third. Consecutive ground outs kept MU from getting on the board in that frame.
BGSU added two more runs in the top of the third on Brandon Howard’s two-out RBI triple down the right field line. That was the third hit of a frame that was extended on a two-out infield hit that was just beat out by Patrick Lancaster.
Trailing 4-0, the RedHawks put their first three runners aboard to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Honchel drew a walk, Scott Slappey reached on an infield hit and Ryan Elble was plunked to turn the lineup over to the top of the order. However, Lacinak held Miami at bay by inducing a fly out and a double play to keep it trailing by a 4-0 count after five innings.
The Falcons added another run in the eighth. Brian Bien led off with an infield hit and advanced on sacrifice bunt. Shay followed the bunt by slipping a single through the left side of the infield to make it a 5-0 ballgame.
That offense was enough for Lacinak, who retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced after getting into the bases loaded jam in the fifth. He held the Red and White to five hits and only walked two batters to post the shutout. In his final home game, Zubrod logged 6.2 innings and yielded four runs (two earned) on 11 hits while walking three and striking out six. Andresen went 2-for-4, the lone Miami batter with multiple hits.
The RedHawks are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Ohio State. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.