Nine-Run Fourth Keys RedHawk Comeback
March 14, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami Baseball rallied from a 6-0 deficit with nine runs in the fourth inning and then outlasted Canisius in a 13-10 slugfest Wednesday evening at McKie Field. Sophomore John Crummy and sophomore Dan Walsh led the RedHawks with three runs batted in apiece.
Senior righty Joe Neff (2-0) picked up the win in relief, giving up one unearned run while striking out four over 1.2 innings pitched, and redshirt freshman Nathan Williams pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to close out the game and earn his third save.
Miami (9-7) scored its 13 runs on 14 hits to extend its winning streak to five games and top Canisius (7-10) for the second straight day. The Golden Griffons needed 17 hits to plate 10.
Canisius put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning before Miami recorded its first out. Each of the first four batters for the Griffs reached base, including a run-scoring single by Chris Gruarin, to chase Miami starter Alex Brown. Freshman Ryan Powers surrendered a two-run double to the first batter he faced before settling down to retire the next three hitters.
Canisius added a run in the second inning as well as two more in the fourth to put Miami down 6-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, when the RedHawks offense came to life.
Senior Bryce Redeker led off the home half of the fourth with a rocket over the left field wall to get Miami started. The next two batters for the RedHawks singled before Walsh hit a triple to right center to bring the score to 6-3. Later in the inning, Redeker and Kevin Bower drew back-to-back bases loaded walks to pull within one and tie the game, respectively. Crummy stepped to the plate as the next batter and pulled an 0-2 pitch into the gap in right center to clear the bases with a double.
The Griffons pulled back to within one after a two-run sixth inning, but again the RedHawks responded with a big inning of their own in the bottom half. Walsh drove in a run with an infield single, while Crummy scored on a Nate Bowles' double a run as Miami plated three in the inning. A sacrifice fly brought home Walsh.
Canisius looked to start a big inning in the top of the eighth as the first three batters reached base, but Miami \Matt Rosinski induced a double play ball with the bases loaded to prevent the rally. The double play kept alive Miami's streak of at least one twin-killing in every game so far this season. After Rosinski gave up an RBI to the next batter, Williams took over to close out the inning and keep Miami ahead 12-10.
The RedHawks added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth frame when pinch runner Jordan Shusteric scored on a wild pitch after moving to second on a passed ball and third on another wild pitch.
Canisius lefty Nathan Linseman (3-2), who relieved starter Alex Tufts in the fourth inning, gave up three earned runs in addition to the two runners he inherited to take the loss.
Bowles hit a single to third base in his first at-bat in the second inning to extend his current hitting streak to seven games. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI.
In other Miami baseball news on Wednesday, senior Shawn Marquardt was named MAC East Pitcher of the Week. Marquardt pitched a five-hit complete game in Miami's 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 10.
The RedHawks continue the homestand with a three-game series against Morehead State this weekend, starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.