April 2, 2011
By Drew Davis
OXFORD, Ohio - Kyle Weldon and Bryce Redeker each homered as part of three-hit performances, helping Miami break a two-game losing streak with an 11-8 win over Ball State Saturday afternoon at McKie Field. The RedHawks pounded out 14 hits in the contest, topping 10 runs for the fifth time this season.
Joe Neff gave up one run in the sixth inning to pick up his first win of the year, while Sam Dawes pitched the final three innings, striking out four and surrendering two runs on two hits for his third save of the season. Weldon had three runs batted in, while Redeker, Adam Weisenburger and Ryan Curl each plated two to lead the RedHawks.
Miami (13-13, 4-1 MAC) moved back to .500 and maintained at least a share of first place in the MAC East while Ball State (5-19, 3-2 MAC) lost for the first time in three games.
After two consecutive games without a run, the RedHawks wasted no time, taking a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly to left field by Curl that brought Brooks Fiala in from third.
Ryan Kaup walked to lead off the third inning and picked up his third steal of the season before Redeker, a .345 batter with runners in scoring position heading into the game, delivered with a double down the left field line to score Kaup. Weisenburger moved Redeker over to third with a bunt single to second before Weldon's sacrifice fly to center brought the leftfielder in. Weisenburger came around on Curl's double down the right field line for the 4-0 Miami lead.
The RedHawks added to the lead in the fourth inning when Ryan Brenner singled on a bunt and later scored on a wild pitch to push it to a 5-0 advantage.
Ball State battled back in the fifth frame, erasing the Miami lead in one inning. The first three batters reached before Miami starter Tyler Melling recorded the first out. The Cardinals then loaded the bases before Cody Elliott cleared them with a grand slam to knot it at 5-5.
Miami reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the same inning when Weldon got hold of the first pitch he saw, a fastball from Cardinal reliever Nestor Bautista, and pulled it over the right field wall for a solo home run and a 6-5 lead.
Ball State came right back in the top of the sixth to retie it at 6-6 on a triple by Kevin Franchetti and a sacrifice fly by Kevin Campbell.
The RedHawks retook the lead for good in the bottom of the stanza with a two-out Redeker solo home run to left field and an RBI by Fiala, the designated hitter today and Sunday's scheduled starting pitcher, to go ahead 8-6.
Miami added insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Weisenburger to right center field and a Weldon single to right field for the 11-6 lead.
The Cardinals added two runs in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as Miami closed it out for the 11-8 win.
Miami faces Ball State one more time in the weekend series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKie Field.