Feb. 27, 2005
LAFAYETTE, La. - Miami University (0-3) committed nine errors on Sunday afternoon and dropped its third game in a row to open the 2005 season, 7-5, to the Marist College Red Foxes.
Marist College struck for one run in the top of the first inning off Miami freshman Connor Graham (Bowling Green, Ohio). The Red Foxes led off the inning with an infield single by Travis Musolf, who came into score after a two-out error by freshman third baseman Evan Armitage (Milford, Ohio).
Junior Paul Frietch (Cincinnati, Ohio) atoned for Armitage's error in the bottom half of the first with a two-out run-scoring single off the right field wall, plating senior John Slone (Cincinnati, Ohio) all the way from first base, evening the score, 1-1.
Marist went back in front by a run in the top half of the fourth on a solo home run off the bat of Joe Sargent, and then followed with three more runs off Graham to chase him from the game. In his first collegiate outing, Graham went 3.2 innings and gave up five runs on six hits. He was replaced by freshman Matt Erwood (Atlanta, Ga.) who retired the only batter he faced in the fourth, stranding a runner on third.
Armitage cut the Marist lead to 5-2 with an RBI-groundout to first base with one out in the bottom of the fifth before Slone doubled down the left field line to score junior Jason Brown (Fairfield, Ohio), who singled and advanced to second on Armitage's ground ball to the right side.
Another Miami freshman made his collegiate debut on Sunday as John Ely (Flossmoor, Ill.) relieved Erwood in the seventh with one out and a runner on third base. Erwood tossed 1.2 innings of relief and allowed one unearned run. That run scored when Ely surrendered a single to Pat Feeney, scoring Keith Brachold from third base to make the score 6-3 in favor of the Red Foxes.
In the bottom of the seventh, Slone knocked in sophomore Ryne Robinson (Toledo, Ohio) from third base with a sacrifice fly to right, advancing Brown to third, who later scored on a pinch-hit single to left by junior Will Reynolds (Brownsburg, Ind.), making it 6-5.
Ely kept the RedHawks within one in the top of the eighth inning as he worked his way out of a one-out jam with runners on second and third, logging a pair of strikeouts to end the inning and keep the score 6-5.
The RedHawks surrendered another run in the top half of the ninth forcing them to attempt come from behind in the ninth for the third consecutive game. Junior Eric Radley (Gallatin, Tenn.) hit a one-out double off the left field wall to bring Slone to the plate as the game-tying run. Slone lined out to center field and Reynolds struck out to end the game.
John Slone and junior Geoff Orr (Orland Park, Ill.) each had two hits for Miami.
Notes: FR Evan Armitage recorded the first hit of his college career with a two-out single in the third inning and first career RBI in the fifth.