May 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio -- A one-out single by Tyler Wells brought home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, giving Ohio a 5-4 victory over Miami Friday night at Bob Wren Stadium. Bryce Redeker and Max Andresen had two hits apiece to pace the RedHawks. Before they even took the field, the RedHawks had locked up the No. 7 seed at the MAC Tournament next week thanks to losses by Akron and Buffalo. Miami will face No. 2 Toledo at a time to be determined on Wednesday.
Miami (27-27, 11-15) had tied the game in the top of the ninth with an unearned run. Andresen singled with one out, then was replaced on the base by Ryan Curl on a fielder's choice. A stolen base got Curl to second, then Brenner battled back from an 0-2 to walk on the 11th pitch. Matt Honchel hit a slow roller that was bobbled, then thrown away, allowing Curl to score.
A leadoff single started the Bobcat rally. After a sacrifice, Wells hit a 1-0 pitch into right field for the game-winner.
Miami broke out on top with a run in the first after the first three batters reached safely. Ryan Brenner led off with a single before a Honchel walk. Kevin Bower laced a single into right center to bring home Brenner.
But Ohio evened the game with a pair of singles around a groundout in the bottom of the inning.
The score remained that way until the seventh, when three hits led the tying run for the RedHawks. With one out, Redeker singled past a diving third baseman before Dan Walsh singled. After a fielder's choice left runners on the corners, Andresen stroked a pitch into right field to bring home Redeker.
Ohio threatened right off against reliever Joe Neff. A leadoff double was followed by sacrifice-turned hit when Walsh slipped at third. A short flyout kept the runner at third, but Neff issued a walk to load the bases. Matt Rosinski, who recorded his ninth save last night, came in and gave up a sacrifice fly and RBI single that put the Bobcats ahead 4-3.
Six of the game's nine runs combined were scored in the final three innings. Rosinski (0-1) took the loss, while Brett Barber pitched the final 1.1 inning to earned his third win in as many decisions. Mac Thoreson allowed just two earned runs in seven innings for the quality start. He gave up 10 hits, but did not walk a batter, while striking out two.
The two teams complete the series and regular season tomorrow with a 2 p.m. start.