DAVIDSON, N.C. – A strong start had the Miami baseball team in position for a weekend sweep, but Davidson stormed back to down the RedHawks 13-6 on Sunday.
The setback ends Miami’s (3-6) three-game winning streak, though it did take two of the three games at Davidson (3-5) this weekend.
A one-out error by the Wildcats opened the door for the RedHawks in the second inning. After Adam Yacek reached on a miscue, Tommy Ricciardi and Chad Sedio followed with singles to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Jake Romano opened the scoring and Scott Slappey blasted a three-run home run to put the Red and White ahead 4-0 after an inning and a half.
Romano’s speed caused havoc in the top of the fourth. With two outs and nobody on, the sophomore singled. He promptly stole second base and then stole third base. On his second steal attempt, a throwing error brought him the final 90 feet to home plate, putting the RedHawks on top 5-0. Davidson finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on Nathan Becker’s solo homer, but that was the Wildcats’ lone base runner of the frame.
Leading 5-1, Miami’s base running created another run in the top of the fifth. Gary Russo singled with one out and stole second base. After a ground out moved him up to third, the sophomore scored on a wild pitch to give MU a 6-1 lead. The Wildcats climbed right back into the game in the bottom of the frame as Ryan Lowe belted a grand slam with two down to pull them within 6-5. After hitting the next two batters, Powers escaped further damage by inducing a comeback groundball to retire the side.
After holding MU off the board in the top of the sixth, Andrew Pope’s RBI single evened the score at 6-6 after six innings of play. The Red and White were again held off the board in the top of the seventh and the Wildcats put up seven runs in the bottom of the frame to go up 13-6. An RBI double and two MU errors plated the first two runs to give Davidson its first lead. Sam Foy’s solo homer added another run and the rest of the runs came via RBI doubles from Pope and David Daniels along with an RBI single from Lowe. The Davidson bullpen limited Miami to only two singles over the final two innings.
Ryan Powers tossed six innings for the second-straight start, though a fifth inning grand slam upped his line to six runs (all earned) allowed in those frames. He struck out three batters while allowing seven hits and one walk.
Miami returns to action on Friday when it travels to No. 12 Louisville for a three-game series. First pitch in the series opener is at 3 p.m.