May 14, 2011
OXFORD, Ohio -- On Senior Day at McKie Field, Miami celebrated with an 8-2 win over Buffalo to complete the weekend series sweep Saturday afternoon. Brad Gschwind batted in two runs and scored another to lead the Miami offense and starter Brooks Fiala went seven innings, giving up five hits and two unearned runs while striking out four for his fourth consecutive win.
The RedHawks (31-21, 17-7 MAC) won for the 13th time in their last 16 games dating back to April 16 and move to 29-6 all-time against the Bulls (12-36, 2-21 MAC).
Miami struck first with an RBI fielder's choice by Gschwind in the third inning that scored Marcus Makuch from third. Makuch reached third with a single to lead off the inning, followed by an error by the Buffalo second baseman off the bat of Ryan Brenner and a walk by Jon Edgington.
Buffalo answered back in the top of the fifth, taking the lead with two runs in the inning extended by a two-out error by Ryan Kaup trying to throw out a runner at first.
The RedHawks responded in the bottom of the frame with two runs of their own to retake the lead. Gschwind picked up his second RBI of the game with a single to right field that brought Ryan Brenner in from third and moved Edgington from first to third, setting up Weldon for the RBI sacrifice fly to center field that scored Edgington to put Miami back in front 3-2.
Miami added four more in the seventh to stretch the lead to 7-2. Edgington and Gschwind got on base with singles up the middle before Weisenburger and Bower hit back-to-back, two-out singles to score Edgington and Gschwind. Bryce Redeker followed that with a deep drive to left-center to score Weisenburger and Bower. Redeker was called out to end the inning while trying to stretch his double into a triple.
Matt Rosinski relieved Fiala in the eighth and retired three of the four batters he faced, giving up just one hit.
Kaup wrapped up the scoring in the eighth with a double down the left field line to plate Ryan Curl, who entered the game as a defensive replacement for Makuch in the seventh and reached base with a walk to lead off the inning.
Ryan Campbell, a redshirt junior who participated in Senior Day with his classmates, relieved Rosinski to start the ninth inning and induced a groundout to Gschwind at third. Senior closer Sam Dawes replaced him to finish out the game and secure win.
Four RedHawks finished with multiple hits. Edgington finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Gschwind finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run, and Weisenburger and Redeker were each 2-for-4. Weisenburger scored a run and drove one in while Redeker had two RBI.
Miami wraps up its home schedule on Tuesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. against Xavier.