May 26, 2011
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- Ryan Kaup and Brad Gschwind both homered to lead Miami to a 12-2 victory over Western Michigan Thursday night at the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
With the win, Miami improves to 34-24 and is just one win shy of Saturday's championship game. The RedHawks will face the either Central Michigan or Western Michigan tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.
For the second straight day -- and just the third time this season -- Miami got a complete game from its starter. Tyler Melling scattered six hits and walked a pair, while striking out six. His lone mistake was a two-run homer to Troy Fortin in the second inning.
Miami scored in each of the first two innings to open a 2-0 lead. Redeker singled to left to bring in Adam Weisenburger, one of three RedHawks to walk in the first frame. Kaup hit his first home run of the season, and second of his career with one out in the second to add to the lead.
But Western Michigan answered in the bottom of the second when Tim Cross led off with a single before Troy Forton hit a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall.
But from there it was all Miami as the RedHawks struck for three in the third and three in the fourth to lead 8-2. Gschwind and Adam Weisenburger singled to start the rally. After a fielder's choice at second, Redeker delivered another RBI single to left to break the tie. A failed pickoff play at first brought in another run and sent Redeker all the way to third, allowing him to score later when Brooks Fiala flied out.
Western Michigan (26-30) went to the bullpen in the fourth as Chris Bossenbery replaced starter Casey Webber (4-7), but Miami's bats kept going. With one out, Kyle Weldon grounder. Redeker delivered again, doubling off the wall in left.
Western threatened in the fourth, but a stellar defensive play kept the Broncos off the board. A leadoff double and single had two runners in scoring position and Melling in trouble. But the senior lefty struck out Dustin Ditsworth and got Vinnie Booker to fly out. A run could have scored on the second play, but Tim Cross tagged up and broke for home, but turned back to third. The Broncos tried a double steal for a run, but the RedHawks played it to perfection, throwing down to second, over to first, back to second and then home for the third out.
That started a string of 13 straight batters retired by Melling until an eighth-inning walk.
Melling improved to 8-2 with the win, He had one other complete game in his career, finishing off Bowling Green at the 2009 MAC Tournament.
Check MURedHawks.com for information on Friday night's opponent. Live stats and a live blog will also be available on the website.