May 17, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio - In a game that was postponed twice this season due to wet weather, it was only fitting that Miami and Xavier played on a cold and damp day. In the end, the Musketeers came out on top 6-0 Tuesday afternoon.
The RedHawks (31-22) finished their home schedule with a 15-4 record at McKie Field and dropped to 1-3 against Xavier (28-24) this season.
Xavier's leadoff hitter, John McCambridge, reached on an infield single in the first and scored the only run needed on a double play. The Musketeers tacked on a pair of runs in the third and one more in each the fourth, fifth and eighth.
Ryan Brenner and Marcus Makuch led the RedHawks at the plate. Brenner went 1-for-2 at the plate and stole two bases -- his 33rd and 34th of the year -- to move into third place in NCAA Division I. Makuch was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Ryan Meyers (2-1) took the loss, surrendering three runs on only one hit in 2.2 innings. He walked three and hit a batter, while striking out a pair. Seth Varner pitched a perfect 1.2 innings, sitting down all five batters he faced while striking out one. Charlie Suich pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit.
For Xavier, freshman Scott Klever (1-1) earned his first career win, scattering three hits over a predetermined four innings of work. He walked just one of the 14 batters he faced.
Miami wraps up the regular season in Athens with a three-game series against Ohio starting Thursday. The RedHawks need just one win to secure the No. 3 seed at teh MAC Tournament, which begins May 25 in Chillicothe, Ohio.