RedHawks Fly by Lehigh, 14-3
March 9, 2010
LAKELAND, Fla. - The Miami University baseball team scored 14 unanswered runs after falling behind in the first inning and scored in seven of the eight frames en route to a 14-3 win over Lehigh Tuesday afternoon at Henley Field in the first game of the RedHawks' spring break trip, snapping a five-game losing skid in the process. The contest was just the second meeting all-time between the teams, as Miami (3-7) evened the series at 1-1 with Lehigh (1-7), who won the first match-up on March 10, 2003, which was also in Florida during spring break.
The RedHawks out-hit the Mountain Hawks, 13-7, as Lehigh managed just three hits over the final eight innings. Sophomore reliever Joe Neff (Carmel, Ind.) entered in the second inning and shut down the Mountain Hawks, as the right-hander tossed a career-long six innings to earn the win (1-0) in his first collegiate decision, allowing no runs and just one hit and one walk while tying a career high with three strikeouts. Lehigh starter Kevin Mihalik (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits while issuing a trio of free passes and fanning six.
Junior catcher Adam Weisenburger (Plymouth, Minn.) notched his second straight three-hit game, going 3- for-3 with a pair of RBI to lead Miami's offense, while junior shortstop Ryan Kaup (Chandler, Ariz.) tallied a season-best three RBI and his first double as a RedHawk. Freshman Kevin Bower (Indianapolis, Ind.), who entered in the eighth inning at first base, clubbed his first-career home run for Miami as well, giving him his first collegiate RBI. No Mountain Hawk recorded more than one hit, while the RedHawks totaled five extra-base hits and stole three bases in the game.
Lehigh wasted little time getting to work, plating three runs in the top of the first on four hits, but Miami answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, getting RBIs from Weisenburger on a sac fly and sophomore designated hitter Jordan Jankowski (McMurray, Pa.) on a single to even the score.
The RedHawks took the lead in the third frame on back-to-back doubles by Weisenburger and senior left fielder Zak Hatfield (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and made it a 5-3 contest in the fourth on a sharp RBI double down the left-field line by Kaup that brought home junior Brad Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio). An RBI single to centerfield by junior first baseman Kyle Weldon (Mason, Ohio) then put Miami up 6-3 through five innings.
Kaup and Weisenburger plated two more runs for the 'Hawks in the bottom of the sixth to put Miami up five. After three more Miami runs crossed home in the seventh, Bower belted his first home run in the eighth inning--a three-run blast down the right-field line--to make the final score 14-3.
The RedHawks continue their spring break trip at the RussMatt Invitational in Florida Wednesday, March 10 when Miami faces Yale. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla. at Chain of Lakes Stadium.