OXFORD, Ohio – Ryan Powers capped off another impressive weekend by the Miami University baseball team’s starters by pitching into the eighth inning of a 5-3 win against Akron on Sunday.
The victory gives the RedHawks (12-17, 4-5 Mid-American) a weekend series win over the Zips (14-14, 6-3 MAC).
A two-out single by James Meeker scored Daulton Mosbarger and put the Zips ahead 1-0 in the top of the second. UA tacked on an unearned run in the third as Kyle Simonton reached on an error and promptly stole second base. He eventually scored on Mosbarger’s RBI double, which put Akron on top 2-0.
UA starter Myles McVeigh carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning, allowing just one base runner (a hit batter) in the first 3.1 innings. Dan Walsh got the RedHawks’ offense going with a one-out double to left and Ryan Elble’s RBI single up the middle put the Red and White on the board, trailing 2-1 after four innings.
That score held until the bottom of the sixth, with Miami taking advantage of a pair of Akron errors to take its first lead of the day. After Steve Sada walked to start the frame, a dropped throw to first base put Jake Romano on base as well with nobody out. Walsh’s bunt moved both runners up 90 feet and Elble’s squeeze bunt was double clutched and dropped by the first baseman, giving him no play and tying the contest at 2-2. Gary Russo followed by drilling a double to right center field to bring Romano around and put the Red and White on top 3-2 and chase McVeigh from the mound. Max Andresen capped the inning by lofting a sacrifice fly to center, giving MU a 4-2 lead after six full innings.
The RedHawks added an insurance run in the seventh as Chad Sedio led off the frame with a triple and scored on Reed Schlesner’s sacrifice fly. That offense gave plenty of support for Ryan Powers, who found his groove by retiring 11-straight batters from the end of the fourth to the beginning of the eighth inning. Devan Ahart broke up that string with a single and came around on Grant Alvarez’ RBI double to cut Miami’s lead to 5-3.
That hit ended Powers’ afternoon as he gave way to Charles Zubrod. The senior righty provided the relief the team was looking for, retiring Mosbarger on a foul out and James Sheltrown on a ground out to keep the lead intact. After getting out of the jam quickly, Zubrod was brought back for the ninth and he retired the side in order to notch his first save of the season, securing a series win for the RedHawks in the process.
Powers (2-3) picked up his second win of the season after pitching 7.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. The junior struck out five batters and walked two in his outing. He has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last three starts, posting a 1.64 ERA in that span.
The RedHawks host the Sixth Annual Joe Nuxhall Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday, opening the tournament against Xavier at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Wright State and Cincinnati are also in that tournament and begin Tuesday’s play in McKie Field at Hayden Park at 3 p.m.