May 8, 2011
KENT, Ohio -- Brad Gschwind drove home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Brooks Fiala struck out seven over eight innings, lifting Miami to a 3-2 win over 28th-ranked Kent State Sunday afternoon at Schoonover Stadium. The win ended a two-game losing skid and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference Tournament for the RedHawks.
After falling behind 1-0 on a George Roberts RBI double in the second, Miami took the lead on a two-run homer by Kyle Weldon in the fourth. Gschwind had singled with one out in the previous at-bat.
Kent State answered in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run by catcher David Lyon to tie the game at 2-2.
Miami threatened in the seventh, putting its first two batters on first and second, but came up empty. Adam Weisenburger walked before a Bryce Redeker single to left. Bryan Beaver tried to sacrifice, but the force was made at third for the first out. Redeker was thrown out at third trying to steal before a strikeout ended the inning.
But the RedHawks wouldn't waste a second chance. In the next trip to the plate, Miami took a 3-2 lead. With one out, Jon Edgington singled. A double steal put both runners in scoring position, setting up Gschwind for a sacrifice fly to right.
Fiala improved his record to 5-4 with his third straight win. He allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter during the contest. Sam Dawes retired all three batters in the ninth -- two on strikeouts -- to earn his team-high eighth save of the year.
Miami has a pair of encounters with Cincinnati this week. The RedHawks travel to Marge Schott Stadium on Tuesday for a 6:30 contest, then host the Bearcats Wednesday at 6 p.m.