CINCINNATI – Matt Honchel drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 performance for the Miami baseball team, but Cincinnati scored eight unanswered runs to top the RedHawks 8-7 on Tuesday.
MU drops to 10-16 after its sixth-straight setback.
Miami’s first four batters of the evening reached base to start the game. Steve Sada and Dan Walsh singled to start things off and John Crummy’s single scored Sada to open the scoring. Gary Russo ripped a line drive to center that went off the glove of Ian Happ and plated two more runs to put the Red and White on top 3-0.
Honchel put the RedHawks on top 5-0 in the third inning when he sliced a line drive to left field with two runners aboard. Walsh and Russo, who singled and walked earlier in the frame, came around to score.
Charles Zubrod settled into a groove on the mound, retiring eight in a row until hitting Russell Clark with two down in the bottom of the fourth. Tommy Ricciardi erased him on the very next pitch by gunning Clark out at first base to end the frame.
The RedHawks used some two-out magic to tack on two more runs in the fifth. Gary Russo hustled out an infield single and promptly stole second base. Ryan Elble brought him home with an opposite field single to right field and a throwing error on the play moved Elble up to second base. Honchel drove him home by drilling an RBI double to left center field to put the Red and White on top 7-0 after five full innings.
UC (10-16) rallied in the bottom of the sixth, plating six runs in the frame and chasing Zubrod with two runs in and the bases loaded with one out. Justin Glass’ RBI single put the Bearcats on the board and a wild pitch scored Rob Blissett Jr. from third. Charlie Suich came in with the bases loaded, but another wild pitch brought Glass around to make it 7-3. A bases loaded walk for Connor McVey drove in another run and a Miami throwing error capped the scoring, cutting the RedHawks’ lead to 7-6 after six full innings.
The Bearcats threatened in the bottom of the seventh, drawing a leadoff walk and singling to put two runners on with nobody out. Brad Schwartz came out of the pen and got three-straight outs, ending the inning by fanning Jake Richmond to keep Miami on top by a 7-6 score.
A pair of hit batters put two runners aboard with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Schwartz induced a 5-3 double play ball to escape trouble. Working a third inning of relief, Schwartz began the ninth by striking out Ryan Quinn. However, Glass was plunked with one out and he stole second to move the tying run into scoring position for Happ. The center fielder ended the game with one swing, hitting a walk-off two-run homer to right to make it 8-7.
Zubrod worked the first 5.1 innings, carrying a shutout into the sixth. The senior did not factor in the decision and allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits while striking out three batters and walking three more. Schwartz (1-4) came within two outs of notching a nine-out save, which would have been the first of his career. He struck out two batters and allowed two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.
Honchel was one of three RedHawks to record multiple hits and his double was Miami’s lone extra-base hit in the contest. Walsh finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Crummy went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Miami is back in action on Wednesday when it heads to Indiana. First pitch from Bloomington is at 6:05 p.m.