OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University baseball team dropped a pitcher’s duel Saturday in the middle game of the series with Western Michigan by a 2-1 score. The RedHawks fall to 9-10 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos improve to 10-9 overall and 1-1 in the MAC.
The loss spoiled a great outing by junior pitcher Nathan Williams (1-3). He threw the first complete game for Miami this season. He allowed only two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out six.
Western Michigan struck first in the top of the second when their leadoff batter reached on a wild pitch, despite striking out. He eventually came around to score to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
Miami answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, junior first baseman Kendall Johnson reached on catcher’s interference. Sophomore shortstop Chad Sedio singled to first base, moving Johnson up to second. A single to right center by freshman second baseman Steve Sada brought Johnson home and tied the score at one.
A single and a triple in the top of the third brought home a run and put WMU back in front, 2-1. Williams would not allow the Broncos to score again, but the RedHawks were unable to plate the tying run. Miami stranded 11 runners during the contest.
Miami completes its series with Western Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m.