May 11, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -- For the second straight night, the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference. Less than 24 hours after allowing Cincinnati to score four runs in a 9-6 setback, Miami returned the favor with a six spot Wednesday night, rallying past the Bearcats 10-4 at McKie Field.
Brad Gschwind, Kyle Weldon and Nate Bowles each drove in a pair with a hit in the decisive inning, and three Miami relievers allowed just one run over the final 3.1 innings as Miami improved to 28-21, matching last year's win total.
Miami opened a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning on RBIs by Jon Edgington and Adam Weisenburger. Ryan Brenner started the frame by reaching second on a throwing error. Edgington took his place with a double down the right field line. Back-to-back bunt singles by Gschwind and Weisenburger accounted for the second run
Cincinnati (26-22) struck back, though, tying the game on a two-run homer by Justin Riddell in the fourth. The Bearcats went ahead in the sixth on Riddell's third hit of the game, a single to right, then added some insurance with a run-scoring double by Jake Saylor in the seventh.
From there, though, the RedHawks took control, sending 10 men to the plate in the seventh and adding two more runs in the eighth. Brenner started off the rally with a one-out single before Edgington was hit by a pitch. With everyone expecting a sacrifice, Gschwind laced a pitch inches fair down the right field line to tie the game at 4-4 and chase UC starter Brad Mergen (1-3). Reliever Sam Slavik retired the next batter, but walked Bryce Redeker to force another pitching change. Jason Pascuzzi walked his first batter to load the bases before Weldon singled to right for a 6-4 RedHawk lead. Nate Bowles greeted the Bearcats' fourth pitcher of the inning with a double to gap in left center that made the score 8-4.
Redeker delievered a bases-loaded single up the middle in the eighth for the final tally.
Redshirt junior Ryan Meyers was solid on the mound in a no-decision for Miami. Making just his second start and sixth appearance of the year, he allowed just three runs and four hits in 5.2 innings. Ryan Campbell, Miami's third of four pitchers, picked up the win, relieving Shawn Marquardt with one out in the seventh. He improved to 1-0 on the season by stranding his inherited runner with back-to-back groundouts.
Matt Rosinski finished the contest, allowing only one hit against the seven batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.
Edgington, Gschwind, Weisenburger and Weldon each had two of Miami's 11 hits.
Miami returns to action this weekend for its final home conference series against Buffalo. The RedHawks stand second in the MAC East, three games behind Kent State, but one game ahead in the race for the No. 3 seed. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.