RedHawks Top Rhode Island in Rain-Shortened Game; Fairfield Game Cancelled
March 11, 2010
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Junior second baseman Brad Gschwind and sophomore centerfielder Ryan Curl combined for six hits and all four of the Miami University baseball team's runs, leading the RedHawks to a rain-shortened 4-3 win in six innings over Rhode Island at Lake Myrtle Park Thursday afternoon. Miami's second game of the day, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. against Fairfield, was cancelled due to torrential rains.
Win the victory, the RedHawks (5-7) won their third straight game, all in Florida during the RussMatt Invitational, while taking a 4-2 lead in the all-time series with the Rams (3-8), as the teams met for the first time since 2005, which was also in Florida.
Gschwind (Cincinnati, Ohio) went 3-for-3 (tying a career high for hits), including a double, while scoring a run and batting in another. Curl (Columbus, Ohio) tied a career high with three hits, including his first home run of the year, while scoring a career-high-tying three runs.
Junior starter Tyler Melling (Bellefontaine, Ohio) picked up the win (1-1), throwing five innings while allowing three runs (two earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Freshman Mac Thoreson (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned his first collegiate save, tossing a perfect sixth inning. Rhode Island starter Tim Boyce (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs in four innings of work with eight strikeouts.
Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as a double by Gschwind and a single by senior left fielder Zak Hatfield (Fort Wayne, Ind.) each plated a run while a sac fly by junior catcher Adam Weisenburger (Plymouth, Minn.) put the 'Hawks on top 3-0 in the third. The Rams gained one back in the bottom of the third and had runners on second and third with no outs, but Melling struck out the next three batters to keep Miami up two.
Rhode Island first baseman Tom Coulombe smacked his first home run of the year in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-2, but Curl answered with a solo blast of his own in the next half inning to again put the RedHawks up two runs. An RBI single in the fifth by URI once more brought the Rams within one, but Rhode Island would not score again before the rains came, as Thoreson put the Rams down in order in the sixth.
Miami batted in the top of the seventh before the skies opened, as back-to-back doubles by Gschwind and junior right fielder Adam Eaton (Springfield, Ohio) made it 5-3 while two RedHawks were on base with two outs when lightening lit up the sky and rain poured to the ground, ending the contest. By rule, however, the game reverts back to the last completed inning, which was the sixth, making the final score 4-3.
Miami's game against Fairfield will not be made up.
The RedHawks continue their spring break trip at the RussMatt Invitational Friday when they face Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. at South Florida Community College in Avon Park, Fla.