May 10, 2011
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Jon Edgington tied a career-high with four hits and Adam Weisenburger added three hits, including a home run, but a late rally lifted Cincinnati to a 9-6 victory over Miami Tuesday evening at Marge Schott Stadium. After the RedHawks had rallied from a 5-1 deficit to lead 6-5, the Bearcats scored four in the seventh to squeeze out the win.
Miami (27-21) jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Weisenburger started the second with a shot over the wall in left field, but UC surged back with five unanswered runs. A double and triple in the bottom of the second even the game at 1-1, before a sacrifice fly later in the frame put the Bearcats head 2-1. They put their first two batters on in the third before an out, ending starter Seth Varner's day. Joe Neff came on in relief, but offered up a three-run homer to Justin Riddell, the first batter he faced.
But the RedHawks weren't phased. Brad Gschwind led opened the sixth with a double, then after a wild pitch, scored on a Kyle Weldon groundout. After a second out, Nate Bowles doubled in Weisenburger, who was hit by a pitch, to close the gap to 5-3.
Miami retook the lead in the seventh, sending nine men to the plate. Pinch-hitter Marcus Makuch walked to lead off the frame, then was replaced by pinch runner Ryan Kaup. The RedHawks put runners on the corners on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run with Ryan Curl finding a hole vacated by the shortstop. Edgington singled in a run to make the score 5-4 before the RedHawks capitalized on a pair of UC miscues. A passed ball moved both runners up 90 feet, then Kyle Weldon struck out but forced a throw to first. When Curl broke for home, Nic Spence threw wildly to the play, allowing two runs to score. The RedHawks added two hits and a walk to load the bases, but left everyone stranded when Bryan Beaver flied out.
UC (26-21) tied the game on a pinch-hit home run by Jake Saylor, but didn't stop there. Brandon Adkins, Miami's fourth pitcher of the day, got the first out, but allowed a double and infield single before an intentional walk loaded the bases. Braden Kline singled in a pair of runs, then Spence atoned for his mistake with an RBI single off Matt Rosinski.
Miami loaded the bases with a hit and two walks around an out, but were again unable to score when Weldon struck out looking and Weisenburger bounced into a fielder's choice. The RedHawks outhit UC 13 to 11, but finished the game with 10 runners left on base,
Adkins suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year, while Dan Glozer (1-0) earned the win despite retiring only one of the three batters he faced. Cory Hough pitched the eighth and the ninth for his third save.
The two teams will meet tomorrow in Oxford to conclude the home-and-home series. First pitch at McKie Field is set for 6 p.m.