DAYTON, Ohio – The Miami University baseball team got a nice lift from its bullpen to pull out a 7-4 win over Canisius in the Flyer Classic on Saturday.
The RedHawks’ (7-9) relievers allowed just one run in five innings to improve it to 3-0 in this weekend’s tournament.
For the third-straight game, MU allowed the first run with Anthony Massicci hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to put CC (10-6) up 1-0. The RedHawks responded in kind in the next half inning with Jake Romano leading off the third with a triple and scoring after Alex Godzak uncorked a wild pitch. Miami added another run in the frame on Dan Walsh’s RBI single to put the Red and White on top 2-1 after three complete innings.
The lead remained intact until the Golden Griffins put together a rally in the bottom of the fourth. Jose Torralba tied it up with an RBI single and Brett Siddall gave Canisius a 3-2 lead with an RBI single of his own. A one-out error loaded the bases, but Ryan Powers induced a fielder’s choice to force out the lead runner and ended the damage with a strikeout to keep Miami within a run after four innings.
Miami’s bats got those runs right back in the fifth as Scott Slappey singled, John Crummy was hit by a pitch and Gary Russo singled to load the bases with one out. Walsh evened the score on a fielder’s choice ground out and Max Andresen put the Red and White back on top 4-3 with an RBI single. The RedHawks extended their lead to 5-3 in the seventh Kendall Johnson’s ground ball was mishandled with the bases loaded and two outs, forcing in another run.
The Golden Griffins put together a scoring opportunity in the eighth, scoring a run on Torralba’s RBI single. CC loaded the bases with two outs, but McMartin held the lead at 5-4 when Jake Lumley lined out to short, ending the inning.
Looking for breathing room, freshman Steve Sada gave the RedHawks just that in the top of the ninth. With two on and two out, Sada entered as a pinch hitter and promptly drilled a two-run double to extend the lead to 7-4. That added insurance proved superfluous for McMartin, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to nail down his third save of the year.
The RedHawks made the most of their eight hits in the victory with both Walsh and Andresen going 2-for-3. Brad Schwartz (1-2) did yeoman’s out of the bullpen, tossing three scoreless innings to pick up his first career win. McMartin allowed one run over the final two innings and struck out a batter, that run was only the second he has allowed in 11.1 innings this season.
“Brad has done good things all year,” Miami head coach Danny Hayden said. “He goes out and throws strikes, which is what you want out of your bullpen. If he didn’t bridge the gap between Ryan and Wynston the way he did, we probably don’t win today.”
Miami finishes its stint in the Flyer Classic on Sunday when it takes on host Dayton at 4 p.m.