Melling Pitches Miami to 3-1 Win over Kentucky

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Feb. 20, 2011

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Three Miami pitchers held Kentucky to five hits and Ryan Kaup drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting Miami to a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats Sunday afternoon at the College of Charleston Invitational.

Tyler Melling (1-0) allowed just two hits and an earned run over 6.0 innings, while Sam Dawes picked up his first save by pitching retiring six of the eight batters he faced in the final two innings. Matt Rosinski scattered two hits in one inning of work.

Kaup had two of Miami's six hits, the RBI single in the seventh and a single in the ninth. Ryan Brenner, Jon Edgington, Bryan Beaver and Brad Gschwind also recorded base hits.

Miami jumped out to a 1-0 lead in third when Gcshwind singled and was sacrificed to second. After a groundout, Edgington singled up the middle to put the RedHawks ahead.

Kentucky evened the game in the fourth, using a leadoff triple by Taylor Black and a wild pitch to even the game.

The RedHawks used textbook baseball to forge ahead in the seventh. Kyle Weldon led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. One out later, he came home when Kaup singled sharply to left.

Rosinski dodged a bullet in the seventh. With one out and a runner on first, Thomas McCarthy singled to right center. The ball took a bad bounce and Luke Maile tried to score, but Brenner hit Edgington, who threw a perfect strike to Adam Weisenburger. The defensive play kept the RedHawks in the lead, 2-1.

Miami added an insurance run in the eighth when Ryan Curl walked and Brenner singled him to third. A intentional walk loaded the bases with one out, allowing Curl to come home on a Braden Kapetyn wild pitch.

Kentucky starter Alex Meyer, projected as a top draft pick in June, struck out 13 in seven innings of work. He allowed just three hits and three walks. For the game, Miami struck out 17 times.

Miami returns to action next weekend at the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. The opener is Friday against West Virginia.