May 21, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio -- Miami rallied from an 8-3 deficit with three runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Ohio answered with a single tally in the ninth and 10th for a 10-9 victory Saturday afternoon at Bob Wren Stadium.
Seven different RedHawks had two hits apiece as part of a 16-hit attack. Kyle Weldon each homered and combined for five runs batted in.
Trailing 8-3 after seven, Adam Weisenburger singled to lead off the eighth, then Redeker hit his seventh home run of the season to make the score 8-5. The RedHawks had the bases loaded with one out when Brad Gschwind hit a liner up the middle, but was gloved down by the Ryan Burgett, allowing a force at the plate. Ryan Kaup, Ryan Brenner and Gschwind added singles to drive in three runs, but Weldon grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning at 8-6.
Burgett got the first out of the ninth, but gave up back-to-back doubles to Redeker and Marcus Makuch to make the score 8-7. Ryan Curl blooped the next pitch down the right field line, bringing home the tying run in pinch-runner Pat Glass. Kaup hit the next pitch into the gap, bringing Curl in all the way from first with the go-ahead run.
A two-out single in the ninth by Ohio's hottest hitter, Ethan Newton, re-tied the game at 9-9 and forced extra innings. In the 10th, Shawn Marquardt (3-6) gave up bouncing singles up the middle to the first two Bobcats and was relieved by Brandon Adkins. After a wild pitch, Jensen Painter was intentionally walked to load the bases. With a 1-1 count, Tyler Backstrom was hit by a pitch, driving in the winning run.
Miami (32-24, 18-9) came out strong in the first, taking a 3-0 lead on a three-run home run by Weldon, his ninth of the year. Jon Edgington was hit by a pitch, then the Bobcat third baseman booted a grounder by Gschwind. Weldon crushed a 2-1 pitch over the right field line.
Ohio tallied a single run in the third when Newton doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Adam Gecewich. Another hit put runners on the corners, but starter Brooks Fiala got a flyout to center to end the threat.
Three doubles led to two more Bobcat runs and a tie score in the fourth. Painter led off with a hit down the line in left and scored one out later on a Dan Ward double. After the second out of the inning, reliever Seth Varner got Wes O'Neill to hit a fly to center, but Brenner battled the sun and the ball fell in for another double, tying the game.
The Bobcats took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Bryan Barnes led off with a single, took second on a sacrifice and scored on a two-out hit to right by Taylor Emody.
The RedHawks had a golden chance in the seventh to make some noise, but couldn't get a run across. Brenner singled and took third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Edgington. A squeeze play by Gschwind resulted in an out at the plate, then Weldon grounded into an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play.
Ohio added four runs in the bottom of the seventh, the last of which was unearned, to open a 8-3 advantage, before the late-inning fireworks.
The RedHawks will open MAC Tournament play Wednesday at a time to be announced on Monday. No. 3 Miami will open against No. 6 Toledo with No. 2 Central Michigan and No. 7 Western Michigan also in the bracket.