May 20, 2011

Box Score

ATHENS, Ohio -- Adam Weisenburger had three hits and Kyle Weldon drove in three runs, but four errors cost Miami a chance for doubleheader sweep Friday at Ohio. The RedHawks won the first game 8-7, but gave up three unearned runs in a 3-2 loss in the nightcap.

Weldon finished the day's action with four hits in eight at-bats, while Weisenburger and Bryce Redeker each added three hits.

Miami (32-23, 18-8) is already locked into the No. 3 seed at next week's MAC Tournament. That happened yesterday when Northern Illinois lost to Western Michigan and Kent State defeated Akron.

In the opener, Miami benefitted from two Ohio errors in the second to open a 1-0 lead. Ryan Curl singled with two outs and took second on a failed pickoff attempt. He stole third and on that play, the ball skidded into left field, allowing Curl to score.

The RedHawks added three in the third to go up 4-0. Adam Weisenburger doubled in Edgington before a groundout plated another run. Weldon singled through the right side for an RBI.

Ohio answered in the sixth with a two-run home run off reliever Shawn Marquardt. He replaced Mac Thoreson, who was pulled after five innings in preparation for the MAC Tournament next week. The RedHawk starter improved to 5-3 by scattering scattered four hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Miami immediately responded with a four in the seventh to break the game open. Brenner singled and went to second when Edgington walked. Both runners moved up on a double steal, allowing a one-out single to make the score 5-2. Redeker singled in a run, then Weldon capped the inning by lacing a double down the right field line.

The Bobcats tried to rally, using four hits, a walk and a hit batter to plate five runs. But Sam Dawes settled down, striking out the next hitter to end the contest.

Game two was scoreless until the fifth when Miami plated an unearned run. Ryan Brenner singled and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. He scored when Weldon reached first on a strikeout that got past the catcher and went to the backstop.

Ohio took advantage of two Miami errors in the seventh to move ahead 2-1. The Bobcats' leadoff hitter singled and went to second when Matt Rosinski's throw to second on a sacrifice attempt was high. A double tied the game at 1 and put runners at second and third before another error loaded the bases. The go-ahead run scored when the RedHawks opted to turn a double play.

Miami pulled even in the eighth after Weldon singled and Redeker doubled to start the frame. Kevin Bower delivered a long sacrifice fly that tied the game and moved Redeker to third, but Weisenburger struck out as a pinch hitter and Curl bounced out in a bang-bang play at first to strand the runner.

A single and an error by Ryan Kaup at shortshop put Ohio runners at the corners with one out. A fielder's choice erased the lead runner, but a double off Dawes by Ethan Newton -- his fourth hit of the game and sixth of the day -- gave the Bobcats the win.

Rosinski (2-3) took the loss allowing the leadoff runner in the eight. Seth Streich (3-6) pitched his second straight complete game for Ohio.

The regular season concludes tomorrow with the series finale at 3 p.m. Ohio still has a chance to earn a spot in the league tournament, but needs a win and two Bowling Green losses at Buffalo.