DAVIDSON, N.C. – One day after shutting down Davidson in a one-hit shutout, the Miami baseball team’s bats led the way in a 14-11 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The RedHawks’ (3-5) 14 runs are a season high as they won their third-straight game.
“Our lineup has been very potent this weekend,” Miami head coach Danny Hayden said. “We’ve had great approaches all 18 innings and it frustrates your opponent when you keep coming at them every inning. We made it a little tougher on ourselves than we needed to at times when we couldn’t get some bunts down, but we worked through that and our players picked each other up.”
Steve Sada’s two-out RBI double scored Chad Sedio in the top of the second, putting the Red and White ahead 1-0. Davidson (2-5) put its first two batters aboard in the bottom of the frame on back-to-back singles, but Nathan Williams dodged the scoring threat to keep the RedHawks on top.
The Red and White extended their lead with a three-run fourth inning. Dan Walsh led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. From there, the RedHawks recorded four-straight singles off the bats of Gary Russo, John Crummy, Scott Slappey and Max Andresen to make it 4-0 Miami.
After going scoreless for the first 11 innings of the series, the Wildcats put up a big third inning of their own. Forrest Brandt drove in the Wildcats’ first run of the weekend with a one-out RBI single. Nathan Becker followed suit with a two-run home run to pull Davidson within 4-3. Lee Miller’s two-out double put the tying run in scoring position and an errant pickoff throw moved him to third base. Williams stranded him there by inducing a groundout to maintain MU’s lead.
Miami did not sit idly by during Davidson’s rally and responded with two more runs in the top of the fourth. Jake Romano led off the frame with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout. With one out, Matt Honchel delivered an RBI single to plate Romano. After stealing second, Honchel scored two batters later on a throwing error off a fielder’s choice ground ball to extend the lead to 6-3.
The Wildcat lineup kept coming and erupted for five runs in the bottom of the fourth, with four of those runs coming with two outs. Andrew Pope started the surge with a one-out double while a David Daniels walk put two aboard. Ryan Lowe’s RBI double put the score at 6-4, though Williams punched out Brandt to get within a batter of escaping another jam. However, Becker laced a two-run single to tie the score up at 6-6. He stole second and came around on a double by Sam Foy to give Davidson its first lead of the series at 7-6, ending Williams’ afternoon. Lee Miller followed that up with an RBI single to put the RedHawks behind 8-6 after the fourth.
After trading zeroes in the fifth, Miami’s offense went back to work in the top of the sixth. Walsh led off the frame with a single and a one-out error and wild pitch moved the tying runs into scoring position. Slappey made Davidson pay with a two-out two-run double to tie it up before Andresen’s RBI double put MU back in front 9-8. That lead wouldn’t last long, however, as the Wildcats responded on back-to-back doubles by Becker and Foy to tie the score at 9-9 after six innings.
A pair of Davidson errors allowed Miami to plate three in the top of the eighth. With two runners aboard, the Wildcats committed a throwing error on a bunt, allowing Matt Honchel to touch home. Three batters later, Davidson failed to turn a double play with the bases loaded and a throwing error sent two RedHawks home to make it 12-9. The Wildcats answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI groundout, which moved the tying runs in scoring position. Wynston McMartin came in for Ryan Marske with one out and forced a pop out and a fly out to keep the Red and White ahead.
Jacob Wolf’s pinch-hit two-run single gave the RedHawks a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth, giving them a four-run spread (14-10) to get the final three outs. The Wildcats put some pressure on in the home half of the frame, scoring a run right away after Pope led off with a double and scored on Daniels’ RBI single to make it 14-11. A one-out single by Brandt brought the tying run to the plate, but McMartin finished the game by forcing a fly out and a ground out to seal the victory and earn his first-collegiate save.
Andresen (3-for-4 with a double and two RBI) led a balanced offensive output that saw six RedHawks record multi-hit games. Romano (2-for-6), Walsh (2-for-5), Honchel (2-for-6), Russo (2-for-4) and Slappey (2-for-5) all finished with two hits while Slappey paced the team with three RBI.
Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision as Williams was credited with 3.2 innings, 12 hits and eight runs while Lowe was lifted after allowing four runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. Ryan Marske (1-0) picked up his first-collegiate win by pitching 2/3 of an inning and getting the game to the eighth tied.
“Davidson is a much better offense against right-handed pitching,” Hayden said. “They sat some lefties last night that swung the bat well today. We felt we needed to score a lot to win this game and we were able to do it.”
Miami and Davidson wrap up the weekend series on Sunday, first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. Ryan Powers (1-1) will toe the rubber for the RedHawks.